Results 1–20 of 804 for speaker:Siobhain McDonagh

Business of the House (22 Jun 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Given the Prime Minister’s comments yesterday that every child deserves a place at a good school, will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on the plans of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and my local clinical commissioning group no longer to diagnose children with autism? The decision would mean that there will be no opportunity for a special...

Universal Credit — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (19 Apr 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I do not want to repeat things that have already been said. I want to concentrate on the impact that universal credit is having on homelessness and the potential for the eviction of private tenants. In my experience from my constituents, the delay in assessment of cases has undermined and threatened the tenancies of a considerable number of people. When housing benefit administration was part...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medical Treatments: Innovation (30 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the proposed £20 million budget impact threshold will apply to treatments still being appraised by NICE at the proposed implementation date of 1 April 2017.

School Funding (London) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) on her brilliant exposition of the issues currently facing London schools. In May, I will have been the MP for Mitcham and Morden—the place of my birth—for 20 years. One of the biggest and most satisfying things during those 20 years has been seeing the blooming of our schools. Schools that were...

School Funding (London) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I invite the Minister to come to William Morris Primary School, in Pollards Hill, which is going to lose £487 per pupil, which is the equivalent of four teachers, or to Singlegate Primary School, which will lose £424 per pupil; or perhaps he would like to go to Morden.

School Funding (London) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I am sure that, when a bill has to be paid, the headteacher is not looking for the reason why it is becoming more difficult for them to do that. Certainly—

School Funding (London) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, but I am delighted that the Minister is intervening on us, because he needs to understand what schools are finding and experiencing. I know from my long awareness of his work that this cannot be a pleasant thing for him to be doing. He needs to understand—I am sure he does—the effect on the schools that are the most vulnerable and hang...

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I associate myself with the comments of all Members in relation to yesterday’s incident. It still seems completely unreal, and my thoughts are with the brave police officer outside defending us who lost his life just doing his job—it is hard to come to terms with that. Without prejudging the person who did this, I suspect that issues of social mobility might apply here. I...

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: On the issue of working hours, I find in my south-west London constituency that the bigger determinant is ethnicity. If people have travelled a long way to get here, an education is the most important thing for them. In my experience, their children do exceptionally well whatever hours they work, because they imbue them with the importance of education. The young people who go to the grammar...

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I believe that all parents aspire for their children, but some do not know how to make things happen. We know that doing more homework on more evenings is more likely to get children to where they aspire to be. The inability to connect reality and the required work with the aspiration is a problem.

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Would my hon. Friend like to thank Lord Adonis for all the work that he did on the London Challenge? Throughout all my time during the Labour Government, I found him to be the most effective and passionate Minister when it came to improving schools. He has a truly brilliant record.

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Last week, through no fault of her own, Amy and her young daughter became homeless. After months of looking for a flat, she finally went to Merton Council, which told her that it could only offer her temporary accommodation in Birmingham, 140 miles away from her job, her daughter’s school, and the friends and family who make it possible for her to be a working single mum. May I ask the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Terrorism: Armed Police Protection (6 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Does the Home Secretary agree that countering the terrorist threat begins with preventing radicalisation? She will be aware of the case of Tanveer Ahmed, who is in prison for murdering the peaceful Ahmadiyya shopkeeper, Mr Assad Shah. From his prison cell, Mr Ahmed is using the phone and letters to continue to radicalise people against Ahmadiyya Muslims. Given the increase in anti-Ahmadiyya...

Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Council (28 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: On that point, does the hon. Gentleman share my concern that failed asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka since the election of the new Government in January 2015 have reportedly been tortured, and that that continues? Information from Freedom from Torture indicates that we must keep pursuing the Government of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Council (28 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Our stance is one of assistance to President Sirisena, because he needs some countervailing pressure; it is only with that pressure that he can say to some of the forces pitted against these changes that he and Sri Lanka need to do something.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Palbociclib (22 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with metastatic breast cancer patients on the future availability of the Ibrance form of the drug palbociclib.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: On behalf of my constituent, Miss Leslie, may I ask the Secretary of State to get personally involved in her case? The victim of a house fire when she was 12 weeks old, she has no hands and has multiple physical problems. In the migration from DLA to PIP, she could not open the envelope telling her to go for her assessment. On 1 February, all her benefits ceased, and on 10 February, her...

Private Renting: Homeless and Vulnerable People (8 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I congratulate the hon. Member for Newbury (Richard Benyon) on securing this debate. I am here because I am full of rage. I am full of rage at the number of homeless families I see on a weekly basis who do nothing worse than working for their living and raising their children and who find themselves homeless because of a lack of security of tenure in the private sector. It is about time that...

Private Renting: Homeless and Vulnerable People (8 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I have a controversial view on the prevention of homelessness Bill. I believe that it is a sticking plaster and does not resolve the problem. It simply puts more demand on local authorities, which cannot cope with what they have at the moment. At the heart of the matter is supply. At the heart of it is control, whether that is control over how much rent people have to pay, some control over...

Private Renting: Homeless and Vulnerable People (8 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I will not. Increasingly, that is life for people in middle-class jobs who simply cannot get on the housing ladder and cannot rent something that is in any way affordable. When the White Paper was presented to the House yesterday, the Minister talked of families for whom rent is 50% of their income. I regularly see working families whose rent is 200% of their family income. We have a crisis....


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