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Heavy Goods Vehicles (Seat Belts) ( 8 Dec 2009)

Alan Milburn: On that point, I fully understand and welcome the fact that the various associations are campaigning and giving a profile to the issue, so as to encourage more truck drivers to wear belts when they are fitted. I want to ask the Minister two simple and specific things. First, alongside that campaign, may we have a small, specific campaign run by the Department for Transport, the two...

Heavy Goods Vehicles (Seat Belts) ( 8 Dec 2009)

Alan Milburn: I am grateful to Mr. Speaker for the opportunity to have this debate on what may seem a small and somewhat arcane issue of fitting seat belts to heavy goods vehicles. However, on occasion small issues have large consequences and, in this case, it can be a matter of life or death. Normally, discussions about road safety and heavy goods vehicles focus on their role in accidents and fatalities...

Bill Presented: Social Mobility and the Professions (11 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: It is always a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Havant (Mr. Willetts). At some points in his speech, his insight and knowledge were in danger of creating a progressive consensus in the House; then, however, he lapsed into criticism rather deeper than I would have expected from him. It is also a great pleasure to follow the Minister, whom I congratulate on her appointment to an...

Bill Presented: Social Mobility and the Professions (11 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: The hon. Gentleman is on to a very important point. One thing that I am absolutely convinced about, not just from anecdotal evidence but from academic evidence, is that the problem is not that young people do not have aspirations, it is that they are blocked in fulfilling them. It is not that the country does not have talent—to coin a phrase, Britain's got talent. It's got lots of talent....

Bill Presented: Social Mobility and the Professions (11 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: When I compare my kids' experiences and life chances with those of my childhood, it shows that we are living in a different world. It is amazing, and something to cherish about modern society that, by and large, there are fantastic opportunities for more and more people. We live in a world of opportunity. Notwithstanding the problems of economic recession, we live in a world of greater plenty...

Bill Presented: Social Mobility and the Professions (11 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: Oh happy days! Yes, I do, and I also well remember my hon. Friend's championing of Peninsula's cause. She knows that Sir John Tooke, who does a fantastic job at Peninsula, is one of the panel members. It is not only one of the most progressive but one of the best medical schools in the country—I should have said "and", not "but" in that sentence. It is one of the best because it is one of...

Bill Presented: Social Mobility and the Professions (11 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: It is important in these debates to ensure that the emphasis is on all groups and not just on some. However, we also have to recognise that different people from different backgrounds have different starting points in life. There is no equality of life chances at the beginning of life, and public policy will quite rightly want to intervene to ensure that life chances are made available...

Bill Presented: Social Mobility and the Professions (11 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: Yes, I have a feeling it will be coming my hon. Friend's way. I guess that we knew that, although it is just a guess. That is the point, I suppose. I guess that we had a hunch about it, and we have some rudimentary data, but they are pretty rudimentary. This is an issue of accountability for public sector bodies, including the BBC, to consider. They are funded from the public purse—from the...

Bill Presented: Social Mobility and the Professions (11 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: That is a slightly more contentious point. Is it time for my hon. Friend to leave? We know that when universities broaden their base for recruitment, it does not lower levels of achievement. Figures from the Higher Education Funding Council show that students from state schools, once they get into university, perform at the same level as—or at a higher level than—students from private...

Bill Presented: Social Mobility and the Professions (11 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: The hon. Gentleman raises a very important point, but what is his view on the solution that the panel received in evidence? There has been a huge growth in the number of apprenticeships, and we can argue about whether that is right or wrong, but opening up such opportunities to a mix of in-college and on-the-job training seems to be a broadly good thing. There is, none the less, a...

Bill Presented: Social Mobility and the Professions (11 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: I am grateful not to be told what to do by my hon. Friend. If it helps the hon. Member for Havant (Mr. Willetts) and the House, I can say that the intention is to publish our report in mid-July. It is for the Government to decide whether they want the House to consider it. As it is an independent report from a ferociously independent panel, representing all parties and none, I cannot speak...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Housing: Insulation ( 8 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many houses have been insulated in (a) each region of England and (b) Darlington under Government schemes in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Duchy of Lancaster: Minimum Wage: Darlington ( 4 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of people in Darlington constituency whose income rose following the introduction of the national minimum wage.

Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Gifted Children ( 1 Jun 2009)

Alan Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in (i) each region of England and (ii) Darlington are on gifted and talented programmes.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Fuel Poverty ( 5 Mar 2009)

Alan Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) County Durham and (c) England in which more than one individual receives the winter fuel allowance.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Apprentices: Darlington ( 3 Mar 2009)

Alan Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many new (a) apprenticeships and (b) training places are planned to be made available for people in Darlington constituency in the next 12 months.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Train to Gain Programme: Darlington ( 2 Mar 2009)

Alan Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people living in Darlington constituency have participated in the Train to Gain programme in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Duchy of Lancaster: Job Vacancies (24 Feb 2009)

Alan Milburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average number of job vacancies was in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) County Durham and (c) England in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Treasury: Child Trust Fund (23 Feb 2009)

Alan Milburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average payment has been made by parents into Child Trust Fund accounts in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) County Durham, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since the scheme's inception.

Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Pre-school Education: Darlington (21 Oct 2008)

Alan Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Darlington constituency took up free nursery places in each of the last 10 years.


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