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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Economy (13 Dec 2017)

Chris Ruane: The Secretary of State has already been quizzed about the effect on the Welsh economy of the loss of European structural funds. May I ask him specifically whether the Government’s flagship growth deals will result in similar or even greater funding for the four growth and city deal areas of Wales?

Backbench Business: Rural Economy of Wales (28 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: Let me first congratulate the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Ben Lake). To have a debate this late in the day and to have 10 Welsh MPs here shows the importance of the subject; to have five of them from north Wales and five of them Labour shows the importance of the debate to north Wales. It is vital that we carefully consider how rural Wales can respond to increasing digitisation, the global...

Backbench Business: Rural Economy of Wales (28 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: The Minister should know that history. It is a huge amount of money for the whole of Wales—€320 million per year in direct subsidies from the common agricultural policy, with a further €355 million to support rural development. I ask the Minister, as I have asked him before, to make sure that we have extra funding beyond 2020. Our urban and rural communities have been...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: What we have seen over the past 24 hours is a great unravelling of the announcements made from the Dispatch Box yesterday. The £44 billion that was going to fund 300,000 extra houses was not £44 billion in extra spending. According to the OBR, it was £15 billion. The £1.2 billion promised to Wales—there was great fanfare from the Secretary of State for...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: He’s not listening.

Universal Credit (23 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: Until recently, my local authority, Denbighshire, had the highest levels of household debt in the whole country. People were forced into the arms of loan sharks, pawn shops and payday-loan usury. Will the Government’s decision to encourage universal credit recipients to apply for and accept Government loans increase or decrease household debt in Denbighshire?

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: I apologise, Mr Wilson, for dipping out for an hour. I had to meet Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, at a Welsh group meeting, but I was here for the first 30 minutes and I did intervene on many occasions on my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell). The World Health Organisation says that by 2030 the biggest health burden on the whole of the planet...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: Absolutely. Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see.” We are change-makers in this room, and we need to make our personal, political and parliamentary decisions from a position of personal equanimity and balance. If we do that, we will be doing tribute to ourselves and our society. Some 150 MPs and Lords have had the training, and we instituted a parliamentary inquiry on...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. That is what is happening in mindfulness research. Bangor University is looking at mindfulness for the baby in the womb. The biggest cause of low birth weight babies is maternal stress—either directly or through legal and illegal drugs, tobacco or alcohol—and it is working on a curriculum for babies in the womb. Bangor University is looking...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: Will my hon. Friend pay tribute to the mindfulness pioneers in the UK who developed the .b curriculum for secondary schools and Paws b for seven to 11-year-olds, which was developed at Bangor University? Bangor is already working on a curriculum for three to seven-year-olds. Most importantly, will she commend the work of Oxford University’s mindfulness centre and the Mindfulness and...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: Is my hon. Friend aware that 32.3% of 15 to 25-year-olds have one or more psychiatric conditions? The wider point about all those terrible statistics is that even people who are not adversely affected by mental ill health can be taught in school through modern positive psychology and mindfulness to lead flourishing lives. The whole wellbeing curve of mental health could be shifted if we took...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: The figure that I mentioned of 32.2% of 15 to 25 year-olds will include trainee teachers. After they finish their training, 40% of teachers do not continue in education after the first year, largely because of stress, so does my hon. Friend agree that perhaps one way to square the circle would be to train those 18 to 21-year-old potential teachers in ways of getting their own equilibrium,...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: Would my hon. Friend add the British aerospace industry to that list? In north Wales, 7,000 jobs in one factory in Broughton depend on it. With 100,000 jobs in total, would aerospace be up there on her list of sectors that we need information on?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: The right hon. Gentleman is a former Secretary of State for Wales, and I think that he sent £120 million back from Cardiff to London. Will he now support calls from the Opposition to ensure that Wales does not lose out on the money it is currently receiving from Brussels?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Infrastructure Investment (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: I would like to add my condolences, and those of Labour Members, to all those affected by the heartbreaking tragedy at Llangammarch. Wales is one of many areas in Europe that have received EU structural funds to help to improve their infrastructure. After 2020, will Wales receive the same funding as those comparator regions of Europe or will there be a reduction in funding to Wales by this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Infrastructure Investment (1 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: I am afraid that the Minister did not answer my question, so I will come back to it. There is a lack of clarity about what will happen in Wales after 2020. I thank the Secretary of State for meeting me to discuss these issues, but will he and the Minister convene a meeting of the Wales team, the shadow Wales team and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to sort these issues out so that there is...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Chris Ruane: Does the hon. Lady agree that if the companies failed to introduce proper clinical trials at the outset, they should now be queueing up to ask these women to come forward so that they can look at the specific cases where the devices have failed? They should be begging these women to come forward.

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Ruane: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey) on securing this debate. I also congratulate Lord Alan Howarth, who was the mover behind the APPG, and his team, many of whom are here today. I speak from a personal perspective; I was a primary school teacher for 15 years before becoming a Member of Parliament. The children in my care loved art, drama, craft, music and sport ahead...

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Ruane: On longevity, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that someone born today has a 50% chance of living to more than 105 and that a 20-year-old today has a 50% chance of living to more than 100? As the period of old age grows, it is important that we have fulfilling activities for older people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Registration (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Ruane: The integrity of the electoral register suffers while millions of British citizens are unregistered. What specific measures is the Minister taking to register the millions of young people who remain off the register, and what specific funds has he allocated to that worthy cause?


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