Ken Purchase: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the 1988 Act was a seminal moment in the bureaucracy of education, and that in many ways things have gone downhill since, in terms of what teachers, head teachers and local authorities have had to do in producing league tables, SATs results and a raft of unnecessary changes to the working day in schools?
Ken Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to answer Question 324573, on Ofsted, tabled on 23 March 2010.
Ken Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of Ofsted's operations in the last year for which figures are available; and what targets there are for Ofsted to reduce its expenditure in the next three years.
Ken Purchase: It is an interesting experience following the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond), who is known for his rapier wit. I shall resist the almost irresistible temptation to joust with him this evening, because I would not want to have to make a round condemnation of nationalism in any form. I, of course, wish him well in his future role in the Scottish Parliament. It would not...
Ken Purchase: Does the right hon. Gentleman accept, however, that although the Chancellor's remarks may be seized upon and used for great merriment or other purposes, the truth of the matter is that during the years of the Thatcher curse we were not cutting away fat or meat; we were sawing at bones? Given that there has been a fourfold increase in vital services since Labour came to power, does the right...
Ken Purchase: Bow wow!
Ken Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in state schools in Wolverhampton achieved five GCSE grades including mathematics and English in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
Ken Purchase: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Advantage West Midlands has allocated to the West Midlands since the agency's creation.
Ken Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start children's centres there are in the City of Wolverhampton.
Ken Purchase: We who live in the region welcome this development. Although we are, of course, concerned about the environmental impact, the Minister should give priority to highlighting the economic development opportunities that will arise from the line. Will he also ensure that we develop the line in such a way that all those towns and cities just north of Birmingham do not miss out on what is an...
Ken Purchase: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Wolverhampton have been visited by representatives of his Department's time to pay initiative during the recent recession.
Ken Purchase: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the monetary value of capital allowances to UK industry in the latest year for which figures are available.
Ken Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers were employed in state schools in Wolverhampton in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available.
Ken Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed in the NHS in Wolverhampton (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available.
Ken Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed by West Midlands Police (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.
Ken Purchase: What recent representations he has received from businesses on the level of capital allowances.
Ken Purchase: Does my hon. Friend recall that the polices of the Conservative Government of the 1980s and 1990s meant that it was far more tax-efficient to distribute what should have been retained profits for investment than to retool and re-kit our industry? That was especially true in the west midlands, where we lost a great deal in terms of modernisation. Will she tell us this afternoon that the policy...
Ken Purchase: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much capital expenditure his Department has allocated to (a) the University of Wolverhampton and (b) Wolverhampton further education colleges since 1997.
Ken Purchase: The Government are correct to work for the toughest possible inspection regime of the Iranian ambition to promote enriched nuclear material, whether for domestic or other purposes. However, the Foreign Secretary has a duty to tell us in what circumstances he believes the Iranians might launch an attack on any other country in that region, especially Israel.
Ken Purchase: Those assurances need to be absolutely clear before the whole Bill is passed in the Chamber. These are important questions, and people in the teaching profession will want to know their legal position as a result of being granted a licence to teach. If it puts them in a similar position to doctors, architects and so on, questions will need to be answered to reassure teachers that it is for...