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Written Answers — Education and Skills: Sure Start (5 Apr 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that the involvement of parents in children's centres builds on the experience of parents' involvement in Sure Start.

Public Bill Committee: Education Bill [Lords]: New Clause 15 - Reducing administrative burdens on schools, etc. (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: Does the hon. Lady suspect that, if the new clause were included in the Bill and the Act, as it will eventually become, when the Secretary of State   comes each year to lay before Parliament his or her report, he or she will send a circular to all schools and ask them to report in detail on the administrative burdens that they face and how they would like to see them reduced?

Public Bill Committee: Education Bill [Lords]: New Clause 12 - Abolition of Independent Appeals Panels (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: I want to add to what the hon. Member for Southport, my next-door neighbour, has said. The appeals panels make some potty decisions from time to time, and that is almost inevitable, but their one advantage is that they can see across an area the different thresholds for exclusion that schools have. I have seven large secondary schools in my constituency. They are all very good and I have no...

Public Bill Committee: Education Bill [Lords]: New Clause 12 - Abolition of Independent Appeals Panels (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: That does not surprise me. What worried me about the hon. Lady’s remarks was that she said that head teachers in general would not make catastrophic errors. Some heads do. My hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) told me a story about a school he knows where the head excluded a child for throwing the hat of another child out the window. The governors upheld the exclusion,...

Public Bill Committee: Education Bill [Lords]: Schedule 13 - The Training and Development Agency for Schools (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: It may be my misunderstanding, but paragraph 5 states that “The Agency ... must pay to their members such salaries or fees, and such travelling, subsistence and other allowances, as the Secretary of State may determine”. I take it that “members” means board members. Am I right? Paragraph 6(2) states: “The Agency may pay to their employees such remuneration and allowances as the...

Public Bill Committee: Education Bill [Lords]: Schedule 13 - The Training and Development Agency for Schools (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: May I ask for confirmation of whether my analysis of the meaning of the word “members” was right?

Public Bill Committee: Education Bill [Lords]: Clause 77 - Membership etc. of Agency (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: I have some sympathy with what the hon. Lady is aiming at, but the list set out in the amendment seems to me a very limited one. I know that the phrase “desirability of including” is used, but it is nevertheless limited, particularly taking into account the expansion of the responsibilities of the agency, which we discussed a few moments ago. The provision also seems a bit incestuous, in...

Public Bill Committee: Education Bill [Lords]: Clause 75 - Functions of agency (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: I have a few queries on clause stand part, which I hope my hon. Friend the Minister will be able to clear up. First, on the relationship between clauses 74 and 75, it is clear in the supporting notes that clause 75(2) extends the objectives of the Training and Development Agency for Schools listed in section 1(2) of the Education Act 1994 to include matters relating to all members of the...

Public Bill Committee: Education Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 - Duty to inspect certain schools at prescribed levels (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: We are debating the chief inspector’s duty to be responsible for inspection and reports. Although the present chief inspector is clearly irreproachable, that was not always the case, and it might not be in future. What assurance is there in the Bill, and in the Acts from which it has taken parts, that no maverick future chief inspector will be able to make substantial and arbitrary changes...

Written Answers — Solicitor-General: Crown Prosecution Service (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Solicitor-General how many complaints were received by her Department about decisions of the Crown Prosecution Service in 2004.

Written Answers — Solicitor-General: Crown Prosecution Service (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Solicitor-General what records are kept of the proportion of cases submitted by the police to the Crown Prosecution Service that are deemed not to have a realistic prospect of successful prosecution.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Sure Start (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of midwives required for the Sure Start programme in the North West.

Written Answers — Health: Midwifery (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of unfilled midwifery posts in the North West.

Written Answers — Treasury: Redundancy Payments (16 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to raise the threshold at which tax is paid on redundancy payments.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Teachers (16 Mar 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of qualified primary school teachers at present unable to secure a job in teaching in (a) Lancashire, (b) the North West and (c) England.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of incapacity benefit claims that subsequently proved to be unsubstantiated in the last year for which figures are available.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he plans to take to discourage general practitioners from issuing sick notes that support dubious incapacity benefit claims.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit (22 Feb 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what ways changes to incapacity benefit will affect long-term claimants.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Toxic Waste (10 Feb 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: What discussions she has had with the Environment Agency on the control of emissions from toxic waste tips.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Toxic Waste (10 Feb 2005)

Mr Colin Pickthall: I have here a list of substances classed as permitted waste, which have been dumped into a large toxic waste tip in my constituency. There are 350 of them and most are described as "dangerous". They range through arsenics, asbestos, phosphates, cyanides, mercury, effluent sludges and, ominously, other heavy metals, whatever they include. What work is done to examine how such materials react...


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