Stephen Timms: I echo the Minister’s tribute to the people and Government of Bangladesh for the generosity that has been shown to the Rohingya refugees. What realistic prospect does he see of any significant numbers of returns to Rakhine state in, say, the next 12 months? He was right to highlight the pernicious effects of the 1982 citizenship law. Does he see any realistic prospect of that being...
Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the state of freedom of religion and belief in Pakistan.
Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made on assisting the Federal Government of Pakistan with drafting a new educational curriculum to ensure the removal of biased content and derogatory language toward religious minorities.
Stephen Timms: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in the UK are self-employed; and what proportion that number is of (a) people in work and (b) the working age population.
Stephen Timms: I want to focus on a single point. The proposals for eligibility for free school meals are catastrophic for work incentives in the welfare system. The right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith)—I am sad to see that he is not in his place—used to tell us that the central point of welfare reform was to improve work incentives, but these proposals rob...
Stephen Timms: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about that. The whole idea about UC was that it was supposed to get rid of cliff edges and benefit traps, but instead it is introducing a benefit trap far bigger and far worse than anything in the old benefit system. This is completely scuppering the whole purpose of UC. If it is true, as the Secretary of State told us, that jobcentre coaches are going to...
Stephen Timms: I am glad that my hon. Friend has picked out that point. She will have heard the Secretary of State saying that jobcentres would advise people not to take extra work or to get a pay rise because they would end up worse off. Is that not absolutely contrary to the whole principle of universal credit that she has just read out?
Stephen Timms: On problems with universal credit, the Secretary of State will, I think, recognise that the last thing that families earning a bit less than £7,400 a year will want is a pay rise, because if they get it, they will immediately lose their free school meals and be much worse off as a result. That is a very serious problem for work incentives, which used to be a big priority for her...
Stephen Timms: The number of apprenticeship starts plummeted after the botched introduction of the apprenticeship levy last year. I welcome the additional support for apprenticeships in small businesses that the Chancellor has announced today, but does he recognise that to get anywhere near the 3 million target by 2020 will require much more radical action, and will he return to that at the time of the Budget?
Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to secure the validity of UK statutory audits across the EU after the UK leaves the EU.
Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to secure recognition of UK accountancy qualifications across the EU after the UK leaves the EU.
Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Early Years Workforce Strategy published in March 2017, whether he has made an assessment of the feasibility of a programme to grow the graduate early years workforce in disadvantaged areas; and if he will make a statement.
Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is after the issue date of the judgment for prisoners who have been granted release to directed premises by Parole Boards (a) being found suitable premises and (b) being released from prison in the most recent period for which figures are available.
Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February to Question 127593, on Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner, how many meetings were held between Ministers and the Anti-Slavery Commissioner in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018; and what the dates of those meetings were.
Stephen Timms: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the East Ham constituency are self-employed; and what proportion that number makes up of (a) those in work and (b) the working age population.
Stephen Timms: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of new homes for social rent since 2010.
Stephen Timms: The number of Government-funded homes built for social rent fell to 199 in the past six months—the lowest number since records have been kept. Is it not now clear that there is an urgent need for a major Government-funded programme of social housing?
Stephen Timms: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on extending the role of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.
Stephen Timms: I am the unpaid chair of the trustees of the Fairtrade organisation Traidcraft. There were high hopes across the Chamber of a stronger Groceries Code Adjudicator to protect suppliers from unfair practices, such as last-minute cancellations of orders and unexplained deductions from invoices. Ministers started consulting, I think, 18 months ago on possible changes. The farming Command Paper...
Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with Parkinson's disease have been placed in the (a) support group and (b) work-related activity group with a prognosis statement of (i) three months, (ii) six months, (iii) 12 months, (iv) 18 months, (v) two years and (vi) more than two years at work capability assessments in each year since the introduction of employment...