Results 1–20 of 3932 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Frank Field

Work and Pensions Committee (8 Feb 2018)

Frank Field: I hope I will also leave the House silenced by my report, and I hope to do so in record speed. The House passed a motion on 5 December 2017 agreeing that the Select Committee on Work and Pensions should review the five project assessment reviews on universal credit. The Government went beyond that and gave us other papers. All the papers were almost unreadable, and the fact that they are now...

Work and Pensions Committee (8 Feb 2018)

Frank Field: I am immensely grateful to my hon. Friend for that question, because the central part of any business case for universal credit is that there will be a movement from benefits into work. We know the Government have no up-to-date data on that, yet they are pressing ahead. That is why I asked the Economic Secretary to the Treasury not to sanction further cash for this programme until the...

Work and Pensions Committee (8 Feb 2018)

Frank Field: There needs to be some internal sharing of information with the Treasury, if the Department has it, and the Treasury should put a stop to any expansion until it gets the business case. I underscore what the hon. Lady says: our constituents will be on the rough end of this if it all goes wrong.

Work and Pensions Committee (8 Feb 2018)

Frank Field: I would love to say that it was IT-focused, but it is neither that nor person-focused.

Royal Assent: Motability (8 Feb 2018)

Frank Field: The Work and Pensions Committee will be undertaking an urgent inquiry into this issue. We will be seeking your support, Mr Speaker, so that we can co-opt my hon.—very honourable—Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) on to our Committee to pursue the issue. As we are drawing up our agenda over the next few days, will the Secretary of State say which questions she would find...

Taylor Review (7 Feb 2018)

Frank Field: As the Prime Minister established the Taylor review in response to a report written by Andrew Forsey in my office, I thank the Minister for his statement. Previously the Government rejected one of the Taylor recommendations, which was that if workers in the gig economy were required to turn up to work at their employer’s request in times of low demand, they should still be paid the...

Personal Independence Payment (23 Jan 2018)

Frank Field: I welcome the right hon. Lady to her place and I welcome her statement. Given the size of the task before her, with up to 220,000 people affected, may I again press her to give some sort of timetable for meeting that objective? Might she start by writing to the oldest claimants first, and might she put a monthly report in the House of Commons Library on progress to that end?

Personal Independence Payment (23 Jan 2018)

Frank Field: And can we have a monthly statement?

School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Frank Field: I entirely understand why the Minister does not want to go down a primary legislative route, but the main aim of the Bill was to invite the Government to match the extraordinary efforts of the voluntary sector and undertake their own pilots. Equally important, however, is the research side. We need to understand what is the best way of delivering this service to poorer children, and also to...

School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Frank Field: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I thank those who, through the usual channels, have ensured that we got a debate today. I have never been more pleased with their activities and with what they have shown us over the last few hours. The case for the Bill has been made in the country and, as I told the Minister, I intend to be brief. People do not want to hear me; they...

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Frank Field: That links to the point made by the hon. Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham). It is possible that the local initiatives that he praised so much will continue to operate, but they need funding. They are not dependent on local funding. Such measures often do not work unless they are supported strongly locally, but the funding is key.

Supported Housing — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (18 Jan 2018)

Frank Field: May I say what a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma? This is the first debate I have contributed to with you in the Chair, and I very much hope it will not be the last. I note with pleasure how my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) opened the debate. The two Committees are fully signed up to much of what he said. I thank the members of the...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Frank Field: This House voted overwhelmingly to begin the process of implementing the referendum decision. Since then, we have had two major Bills—this being the second—where the Order Paper looks as though the main aim is to interrupt the Government’s carrying out that intention to follow through on the referendum decision. In the Secretary of State’s opinion, what image does that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: Is it not—[Interruption.] Yes, I am sorry, but I have got in again. One of the truths that we have to bear in mind—people on the outside will remember this even if people on the inside wish to deny it—is that from very word go, according to the great Guardian record of the European experiment, the great fear was that we the British people could not be told where this journey...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: Ah! They are like spoiled children, aren’t they? Is not another objection, if not the real objection, to the point made by the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) that it is the sort of point that should have been made in a Second Reading debate? We have two days for Report and Third Reading. That may be a stage at which the Government wish to look at these things,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Rights of Disabled People (18 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: Will the Minister please consider a root and branch reform of PIP? Someone who came to Feeding Birkenhead was doubly incontinent due to cancer, but she received a nil rating for PIP. While she needed food, she also needed nappies. When she did not turn up after a few days, people went to see how she was, and she was washing babies’ nappies, because she wanted to get about and was too...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: Will the Minister give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I have never doubted the motives of people on the other side of the House. As the Government have accepted the motion, will the Select Committee have the papers tomorrow?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: This Christmas, we hope.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: Mr Speaker, I will, if I may, come to talk to you about how soon we can get the documents. We have been promised the papers, not redacted papers.


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