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Adult Social Care (21 Jan 2015)

George Mudie: It is a pleasure to see the Minister here for this debate as well as you, Mr Robertson. I thank the Speaker for this opportunity to discuss the present and future state of the adult social care sector. This area of local government covers a vital service for the most vulnerable people in the country, with the elderly, the disabled and those with mental health difficulties being among its most...

Adult Social Care (21 Jan 2015)

George Mudie: The hon. Gentleman is quite right. I will touch on the sheer lack of connected thinking in the Treasury—I do not think that the Department of Health has much to do with that. The National Audit Office, which is usually pragmatic and non-political and accepted as objective, pointed out in its review of the service that total spending on adult social care—covering the whole gamut of, I...

Adult Social Care (21 Jan 2015)

George Mudie: My hon. Friend is quite right. When I was a trade union official, I looked after what were termed home helps and I always appreciated that point—as I did as a councillor, just like him. They were invaluable people who went into old people’s homes, met them and formed relationships, and if they were handled and trained properly, they would report back on any change in condition they saw....

Adult Social Care (21 Jan 2015)

George Mudie: It is clear that my hon. Friend has read my speech; I was just coming on to the privatisation of adult care services. I hope that I have highlighted in my remarks the important role of local authorities in the sector. As an ex-councillor, I instinctively have much sympathy with the difficulty they face in having to take some very difficult decisions about priorities in the face of the...

Adult Social Care (21 Jan 2015)

George Mudie: I totally agree with that. Now that the local authorities have pocketed the money, it is clear that they are pressing down on the private firms, and we are a step away from the disaster of the private firms just going, “There—that’s it.” What happens when we have closed all our residential homes? There is a real problem building up. I am sad that financial pressures have forced...

Opposition Day: [10th alloted day] — The Economy (26 Nov 2014)

George Mudie: Was it not made more unacceptable by the fact that this week midwives were here lobbying for a 1% wage increase that the Government had turned down? That same Government were taking Europe to court because the cap limited bankers’ bonuses to 100% of their pay. At the same time as taking Europe to court for stopping bankers getting bonuses above 100% of their pay, the Government were not...

Opposition Day: [10th alloted day] — The Economy (26 Nov 2014)

George Mudie: My hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham East (Chris Leslie) asked the Minister about the unfunded £7 billion of tax cuts. They have been described by the Business Secretary as a “total fantasy”, and by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, her colleague, as a “grand deception” of the public. Does she support the Chief Secretary to the Treasury? Will she withdraw her remarks about...

Opposition Day: [10th alloted day] — The Economy (26 Nov 2014)

George Mudie: My hon. Friend the shadow Minister says that the debt has not started dropping. Will he confirm that when we left power, it was £750 billion, whereas today it is in the region of £1.4 trillion?

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2014)

George Mudie: The one thing I agree with the last speaker on is that Betty is wonderful. She deserves the congratulations and the compliments. I want to raise the issue of adults with autism and the possible problems the Care Act 2014 may bring. The Department is consulting on the criteria for support, and there are fears that adults’ eligibility to receive support could be damaged. I do not think that I...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Office for Budget Responsibility (Manifesto Audits) (25 Jun 2014)

George Mudie: Before Members make their address, they should answer this question for the general public to hear—do they agree to use the OBR to examine the tax and spending policies of the major political parties? If Members are against that, they should tell the public. That is seen by the OBR, the Treasury Committee and the House as the main purpose of the exercise. The hon. Member for South West...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Office for Budget Responsibility (Manifesto Audits) (25 Jun 2014)

George Mudie: I follow my right hon. Friend the shadow Chancellor in not wishing to inflame matters or become party political. We are speaking about an issue that is very important to the general public and a first step to giving Back-Bench Members an input into Budgets, as the Americans, the Dutch and other Parliaments do, whereas we are simply used as voting fodder when a Chancellor presents a Budget....

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Office for Budget Responsibility (Manifesto Audits) (25 Jun 2014)

George Mudie: No. I shall finish my point. I have quoted what Mr Chote said, but Back-Bench Members do not necessarily have a full picture of all the details and discussions that have gone on. For the Minister to say to the shadow Chancellor, “I will only believe this if you put it in writing” is quite disgraceful. Twice, to my knowledge, Robert Chote was asked in the Committee whether he wanted to go...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Office for Budget Responsibility (Manifesto Audits) (25 Jun 2014)

George Mudie: I am listening intently to the hon. Gentleman. He is saying that the House should not subcontract out; is he saying the same of the Government? If he is saying to the Opposition parties that the OBR cannot vet economic policies, presumably, the same goes for the Government. Is he confirming, therefore, that he would do away with the OBR?

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Passport Applications (18 Jun 2014)

George Mudie: I first want to thank and congratulate the front-office staff in passport offices. Someone said that they are only doing their job, and asked why we should thank them. I think that to have worked under the pressure that they have worked under, to have had angry people on the phone every time they pick it up and to have been badgered by MPs is to have done a tremendous job. I have had nothing...

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Passport Applications (18 Jun 2014)

George Mudie: I respect the Home Secretary for saying sorry, but under the circumstances, “sorry” is an easy word. What has happened is that people have been harmed: they have lost money, they have lost holidays and they have incurred costs. If the Home Secretary is sorry, will she back it up by ensuring that people are recompensed?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: HM Passport Office (12 Jun 2014)

George Mudie: We all have constituents who have made straightforward applications within Home Office guidelines and who a day or two before they flew were forced to pay £55 for an upgrade to get their passports. What consideration is being given to repay that money?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Bank Bonuses (29 Apr 2014)

George Mudie: May I offer my congratulations to the hon. Lady on her much-deserved promotion? The whole House welcomed the Chancellor’s intervention to stop loss-making RBS pay these bonuses to its investment bankers. However, it has now emerged that RBS intends to pay that money as allowances. What is the Government’s intention on this matter?

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Backbench business — NHS Patient Data (27 Feb 2014)

George Mudie: It is a pleasure to serve under your distinguished chairmanship, Mr Bayley. I must compliment the hon. Member for Mid Norfolk (George Freeman). I have always regarded him as a talented man, but when a man can speak, take a telephone call, say who has rung him and switch the phone off without breaking a sentence, that is real ability. I should almost apologise for daring to speak after the...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Backbench business — NHS Patient Data (27 Feb 2014)

George Mudie: I apologise, Mr Bayley, and I apologise to my colleagues. I understood that only one other Member was on the speaker’s list. [Mr David Amessin the Chair] The hon. Member for Totnes, a Conservative, said: “Nothing will undermine this valuable project more than a belief that data will be sold to insurance companies, so will he”— the Secretary of State— “set out the way in which he...


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