Results 1–20 of 1824 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gordon Marsden

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (19 Mar 2018)

Gordon Marsden: Last month the Minister wrote to the chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships with a long list of requirements—I have it here—for the delivery of degree apprenticeships and technical skills at levels 6 and 7. The chief executive has said he told the Minister that the IFA could not take on responsibilities for technical skills unless adequate additional resources were...

Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Gordon Marsden: The hon. Gentleman is being extremely gracious. I congratulate him—as I am sure do most Members in this House—on bringing this Bill before us today. We have just had National Apprenticeship Week. Not least of the evils of the present situation, is that, first, it prevents the sort of serial offenders that he is describing from doing something decent such as offering an...

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

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Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Gordon Marsden: The Minister speaks about rites of passage. Those are fine words, but fine words butter no parsnips. The truth of the matter is, he should be focusing on not just the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds getting to university but what stops them staying there. He should also focus on the groups who never even think about getting there because of what his predecessors’ tuition...

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Gordon Marsden: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I congratulate the hon. Member for South West Devon (Mr Streeter) on securing the debate. He spoke thoughtfully. We are both of the Kinnock generation, so I understand some of his points. He talked about his experiences in schools and people going to university. We must recognise the heart of the debate is not just the people...

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Gordon Marsden: There were several completely unproven assertions in what the Minister just said. He would do better to stick to this debate, which is about his policies rather than—

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Gordon Marsden: No, I am not going to take another intervention. The Minister will have plenty of time to say what he wants to say. My hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) rightly talked about the sustainability of the sector and some of the key issues in terms of Brexit. My hon. Friend the Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham), who is no longer in the Chamber, absolutely...

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Gordon Marsden: I absolutely agree. As the Minister is eager to explore our policies, I remind him that Labour’s policies and our message of progression were taken on board so strongly by would-be and existing students, their families and their parents during the recent election because we had a cohesive narrative. Whether we were talking about adult learning, college learning or traditional cohorts of...

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Gordon Marsden: You might get a cheque in the post.

Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (21 Feb 2018)

Gordon Marsden: Constituents of mine have been affected by both sodium valproate and Primodos. The Secretary of State has already heard the dismay expressed by my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi) at the outcome of the review by the expert working group, but may I ask him another specific question? What he has announced today will not give a great amount of satisfaction to...

Taliban and is/Daesh Attacks: Afghanistan: Contaminated Blood Inquiry (29 Jan 2018)

Gordon Marsden: Like the Minister, I have constituents who are affected by this terrible situation. I welcome the letter I received today from the Prime Minister confirming, as the Minister has today, that the families will be consulted on the terms of reference before they are set. A constituent, whom I had not met before but who had written to me, stopped me in the street back in the autumn and tellingly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Further Education Provision (29 Jan 2018)

Gordon Marsden: How can the Minister talk confidently about FE provision when the Government’s whole record on the sector is a mess? In the last 10 days, we have seen: apprenticeship starts down by 41% since the levy began; traineeship starts down by 16%; the FE commissioner telling the Select Committee on Education that funding is “unfair” and “sparse”; the Public Accounts...

Skills Devolution (England) (23 Jan 2018)

Gordon Marsden: I have personal experience of this. The Minister says that the Government pay 90% of SMEs’ costs, but that is only for 16 to 18-year-olds. It would be useful if they were to look at the market for 19 to 24-year-olds as well.

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