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Results 1–20 of 900 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Siobhain McDonagh

Health and Social Care: Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust (29 Oct 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: This plan could see two A&Es reduced to one and two maternity units reduced to one. Have the Government taken into account the need for extra capital funding for both St George’s and Croydon university trust should St Helier place this new hospital on the Sutton Hospital site?

Speaker’s Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: Let me start with some good news. Last Thursday, I used Parliament’s brief prorogation to visit the remarkable Perseid School in my constituency, a school for children with severe learning difficulties that has just been judged “outstanding” by Ofsted for the fourth consecutive time. As part of its consistent excellence, Perseid has been a key player in a groundbreaking project...

Health Infrastructure Plan (30 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: I would always welcome more money for our NHS, but as always the devil is in the detail. The “Shaping a healthier future” programme proposed the closure of four A&Es in north-west London, at a cost of £76 million, but just six months ago the Health Secretary stood at that Dispatch Box to declare the scheme scrapped. The author of that scheme, Daniel Elkeles, is now the chief executive at...

Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: British House Building Industry (5 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: I thank everyone who has contributed to the debate. In the few seconds I have left, I want to ask that we ban the word “affordable” in the context of housing. “Affordable” means 80% of market rent, but the vast proportion of our constituents could never afford 80% of market rent. Let us talk about social housing rent and owner occupation, but let us also clearly address the question...

Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: British House Building Industry (5 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: I beg to move, That this House notes with concern the ongoing shortage of housing and the housing crisis across England; further notes with concern the number of families in temporary accommodation and the number of people rough sleeping; acknowledges that there are over one million households on housing waiting lists; recognises the Government’s target to build 300,000 new homes each year;...

Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: British House Building Industry (5 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: The social and financial cost of homelessness far exceeds what we spend on temporary accommodation, which was £1 billion of taxpayers’ money last year—every £1 of it badly spent. Some 6,980 families in my constituency are trapped in bed and breakfast accommodation, having been there longer than the six-week legal limit, including 810 children. Others are stuck in hostels far away from...

Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: British House Building Industry (5 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman and would love an opportunity to have a debate about planning law, building on the green belt and other matters. I could speak at great length about them but I will not because I want to allow other people to get in. I would like Members to focus their attention on pay. Some of the figures are staggering. Let me be clear: I am new Labour to the core....

Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: British House Building Industry (5 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: I completely agree with my hon. Friend and congratulate him on all the work he has been doing. Without the attention he has given the issue, much would not have happened. Let us be clear: the money does not flow through the companies. Thanks to excellent new research from the High Pay Centre, I can reveal the quite extraordinary pay packets of the 10 FTSE 350 house building companies. In the...

Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: British House Building Industry (5 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: Actually, the shareholders are doing quite well as well, because they are getting quite a lot of money on the back of Help to Buy. That could be the subject of another debate. I have no doubt that those four men work hard and have a grasp and understanding of their industry that few others could provide, but surely high pay is supposed to be about high productivity and high quality of...

Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: British House Building Industry (5 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: I certainly agree with the hon. Gentleman in part. I have had the honour of meeting Mr Pidgley and I give him credit for his career and his actions. His profits do not come from Help to Buy but, even so, it does seem like a very unequal company. I have no problem with people earning well at the top, but the people at the bottom should not earn badly.

Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: British House Building Industry (5 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend, and I know that he works really hard on that subject. Just like the issues about the whole planning system, that could be the topic of another debate, to which I am sure we would both want to contribute. The median pay for FTSE 100 house building CEOs is 228 times that of the typical UK construction worker.

Uk Shared Prosperity Fund: British House Building Industry (5 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: I think the hon. Gentleman has stolen the words of the hon. Member for South Norfolk (Mr Bacon), who also does loads of work on self-build. It is an issue that small and medium-sized builders have been squeezed out, but unfortunately I do not have time to address that matter today. Let me return to the matter of pay ratios. At Barratt, the pay ratio between median executive pay and median...

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (4 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 4 September.

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (4 Sep 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: May I associate myself with the comments about the brave acts of the police officers? On Brexit, the former Prime Minister’s deal was unacceptable to this House, but to leave without a deal is unthinkable, yet the Prime Minister pursues a game of brinksmanship built on the livelihoods, health and future of my constituents and our country. There is still an option to resolve this once and...

Summer Adjournment (25 Jul 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: It is a true pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell), who spoke so passionately and knowledgeably about her constituency. In my contribution, I wish to highlight two incredibly important services both for my constituency and for the wider area. The National School Breakfast Programme provides free breakfasts to 1,775 schools in our country, feeding...

Summer Adjournment (25 Jul 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: As the hon. Gentleman will be aware, although I am highlighting and he has met with Shooting Star, funding is an issue for all children’s hospices. The only way in which those 250 families can get the respite care they need from the hospice is by receiving £400,000 from the £14 million that the NHS has identified for children’s hospices in 2023-24. I regret to say that these children...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (22 Jul 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: Mr S has been a brilliant private tenant for the past 12 years in his flat, always paying his rent on time, and decorating the flat and repairing it when necessary. He is also a great patriot, as a Royal Navy reservist. But none of this matters: in eight weeks, when his landlady issues him a section 21 notice, he will become homeless through no fault of his own. How is that right or fair?

Business of the House (18 Jul 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: Ms Watson is a disabled single parent who is studying to become a children’s social worker. She gave all her information to the universal credit authorities correctly and on time. Some 18 months later, they uploaded the information; two years later, they decided that she had had an overpayment of £10,000. They have accepted that that is their fault and even paid her £100 in compensation...

EU Structural Funds: Least Developed Regions — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (26 Jun 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: I am sorry, but Members must go down to three-minute speeches, so will everybody be circumspect about making interventions?

EU Structural Funds: Least Developed Regions — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (26 Jun 2019)

Siobhain McDonagh: Order. All Members can see that there is an awful lot of interest in the debate. I understand that it is important to lots of Members’ constituencies, so I ask you to work with me, and I apologise for imposing a limit of four minutes on each speech so that we ensure that everyone may speak on behalf of their constituents.


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