Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints the Independent Case Examiner is considering from Halton constituency relating to the equalisation of the state pension age; and how many such complaints from Halton constituency that examiner has resolved since 2 October 2017.
Derek Twigg: The problem is that the national productivity investment fund is not doing anything to stop the disrepair on our roads and motorways. The Government are simply not putting in enough money for local councils and the national agency to make sure that repairs on motorways and local roads are brought up to standard. We now have a greater crisis than we have seen for some time.
Derek Twigg: When can we have an urgent debate in Government time to discuss the state of our roads and particularly the number of potholes not just on our local roads but on motorways? Anyone who drives on the motorways will see many potholes, which are very dangerous.
Derek Twigg: My constituent Helen Hill’s husband was murdered in 2002, and his killer was released after 10 years. Helen has recently been told that his supervision may stop four years on from his release and she has started an online petition calling for the supervision of murderers to be kept in place in for life. May we have an urgent debate on the supervision of murderers?
Derek Twigg: Can I press the Minister on that, if he does not mind? Halton Borough Council is saying that, because the brownfield land is either contaminated or has already been allocated and used, there are exceptional circumstances to build on the green belt. My constituents do not agree and nor do I. Can the Minister tell me whether that is correct? May I also ask whether he is going to do anything...
Derek Twigg: I want to focus on my constituency and to raise the issue of how the Government keep sending mixed messages about what has priority in local plans, how many houses should be built and the amount of business that should be put in place. I live and was born and brought up in the Halton area. Halton Borough Council is putting out a local plan for public consultation. I and many of my...
Derek Twigg: My hon. Friend makes an important point, and that is the situation in Halton, where we are losing the green belt within the town while our boundary is being pushed closer to neighbouring authorities.
Derek Twigg: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point, but it is for local authorities to decide on density. It is also important that people have decent-sized gardens. One side effect of having greater density is the lack of gardens, or a reduction in their size. Halton is currently considering its local plan. The current planning policy states that it must plan to meet its objectively assessed need,...
Derek Twigg: It is of course very important that we see integration of the two services, but the fact remains that there is just not enough money. Over a year ago, one of the Minister’s predecessors praised my authority in Halton for the work it was doing in this area, but Halton is now on the brink in terms of the money it has and its ability to deliver its statutory duties. There is simply not enough...
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of his Department's house building targets on the ability of local communities to determine the outcome of proposed green belt developments.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what target he has set for Halton Borough Council for new properties to be built in Halton each year for the next 15 to 30 years.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on (a) removing land for the green belt and (b) building on greenbelt land in areas where contamination has reduced the number of available brownfield sites.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will lower the target for house building in local authority areas which have a higher than national average number of contaminated sites.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2017 to Question 50386, on Incinerators: Health hazards, what information his Department holds on the planned publication date for the papers.
Derek Twigg: Businesses still tell me that there is skills shortage in my area. FE colleges have continually faced cuts by this Government. Given the introduction of the levy and the other policies that the Government have been talking about, at what point in time does the Minister believe the skills gap will be filled, to meet the needs of business and the wider community?
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?