Derek Twigg: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been diagnosed with lung cancer in Halton constituency in each year since 2012.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many men in Halton constituency have been diagnosed with prostate cancer in each year since 2012.
Derek Twigg: The problem is in constituencies like mine, which is one of the most deprived in the county, where more and more people are having to go to food banks. What is the Chancellor doing, in terms of the economic development of the country, to ensure that we get better-paid jobs, especially in places that are severely deprived such as Halton?
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 December 2017 to Question 120356, what the reasons are for the Qualifying Young Persons criteria in Universal Credit not being aligned with the Qualifying Young Person criteria in both child benefit and tax credits.
Derek Twigg: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate and on his commitment to defence. Is it not true that the Government have not set out a strategic vision of how we, as a country, will meet the threats we face?
Derek Twigg: A number of my constituents have contacted me over the leasehold scandal, whereby people have found that their leasehold has been sold on to unscrupulous financiers. The Government have said that they are going to do something about it, but what about the people already caught in the trap? May we have a debate in Government time to hear what the Government intend to do about the people who...
Derek Twigg: Given what the Minister has said, what information does he have that there has actually been an increase in the number of small and medium-sized businesses accessing Government contracts?
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Departments policy is on the continued payment of universal credit element for young people still in full time, non-advanced education when they reach the age of 19.
Derek Twigg: Halton Borough Council has had a 60% cut since 2010, and it is struggling to ensure it has enough money to fulfil its statutory responsibilities. If the funding situation continues as it is now, the council will have a real problem in future years. What is the Secretary of State doing to consider smaller unitary authorities such as Halton that have a very good record on efficiency but are...
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of medically optimised patients in hospital because they do not have a care package in place by (a) hospital and (b) local authority area.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the health effects of vapour plumes emitted from waste incinerators on the local population.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Clinical Commissioning Groups are forecasting an overspend for the 2017-18 financial year.
Derek Twigg: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate and his tireless work in supporting this cause. I certainly support the call for fair transitional state pension arrangements for all WASPI women, but a number of options have been suggested. Will my hon. Friend be dealing with those in his speech?
Derek Twigg: Will the Leader of the House ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to come urgently to the House before Christmas to explain why his Department is failing to get a grip on the poor assessments that are taking place for those people applying for the personal independence payment? I have encountered a case just recently involving a lady who has had cancer. The impact of it has been...
Derek Twigg: Will the Minister give way on the point about bands G and H?
Derek Twigg: I will concentrate on the three or four key issues in this area that most constituents contact me about; I cannot concentrate on every issue that every constituent has raised with me. First, I would like to put on record my congratulations to Halton Borough Council. It is a fantastic achievement to have delivered this huge infrastructure on time and to budget when the council is probably one...
Derek Twigg: My hon. Friend makes an important point. There is increased traffic going through Warrington, which was always expected, and that is causing further congestion. Again, it comes back to this: if a bridge is tolled, some traffic will try to find an alternative route. How long that will go on for, I do not know, but it is having an impact. The reality is that we needed a new bridge. The Silver...
Derek Twigg: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The fact remains that it was not Halton Borough Council’s decision to make it a toll bridge. I know that because I have been involved with the project from the very start. It was clearly central Government that made that decision. The solution that has been raised by my hon. Friends today rests with the Government, not Halton Borough Council, which...
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical endoscopists have been trained to date as part of the accelerated training programme.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical endoscopy cohorts have completed training in 2017 as part of the accelerated training programme.