Derek Twigg: My constituency is the most heavily urbanised in Cheshire. Most of the available brownfield sites have been built on, there is little green belt land and there is pressure on school places and on the local roads. Will the Secretary of State or his Minister therefore meet me to discuss the specific problems that areas such as mine, particularly small urban areas, have in meeting housing demands?
Derek Twigg: I am intrigued by the Minister’s view on funding. Why do head teachers write to me saying that they have real concerns about massive funding cuts to their budgets?
Derek Twigg: I have heard some excellent speeches today but I want to give particular credit to my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for her excellent speech. Halton is the 27th most deprived borough in the country, and its maintained nursery schools are important not only to the general population but for the difference they make for children from deprived and poorer backgrounds....
Derek Twigg: My hon. Friend is right. A whole sphere of things can make a difference. I will come back to that later in my speech, but he makes a very good point. Halton is one of the 25% of councils that will lose money for early years in the revised formula. At present, early years is a priority for Halton and we feel there should be funding to support it—early years has always been a priority in...
Derek Twigg: Given that further education colleges have an important role in providing skills and training and help many people to become self-employed workers, does it make sense to cut their budgets?
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the UK National Screening Committee plans to begin its review of systematic population screening for atrial fibrillation.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual financial cost is of atrial fibrillation-related stroke to the NHS.
Derek Twigg: Further to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson), can we have an urgent debate to discuss the Government reneging on their promise to provide special help on tolls for small businesses in Halton when the new Mersey gateway bridge is opened? That is the second time they have reneged on something. The decision was announced by the then Chancellor,...
Derek Twigg: I recently met representatives of a very important multinational manufacturing company that employs people in my constituency. They told me that they did not believe that the Government understood the concerns of industry about Brexit, and particularly about the customs union. Why does the Minister think that is?
Derek Twigg: Getting ex-prisoners into employment is clearly very important, as the Secretary of State has said. What assessment has her Department made of the number of prisoners who leave prison and get into employment and stay in it for more than six months?
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59597, on hospital beds, how many patients' discharge was delayed because there was no care package in their own home or place in a care home in November 2016.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2017 to Question 59597, on hospital beds, when data for December 2016 will be published.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2016 to Question 57440, how the safety of asylum seekers housed in initial accommodation centres is protected when such centres go through public consultations and the planning process.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many surgical procedures were cancelled in each NHS acute hospital trust in December 2016.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS ambulance trusts met their response targets in December 2016.
Derek Twigg: I was originally told that the study by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit investigating the potential link between emissions from municipal waste incinerators and health outcomes would be published in 2014, then 2015. In October last year, through a parliamentary question, I was told that it would be published this year. Is the Minister confident that it will at last be published this year?
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospital trusts met the four-hour accident and emergency target in December 2016.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital beds in each hospital in England were being occupied by patients who were ready to be discharged but could not be released because a care package or support had not been put in place within the community on the most recent date for which figures are available.
Derek Twigg: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I know that you are a staunch defender of Back-Bench Members’ rights, so may I ask your advice? A Government proposal to site an asylum hostel in my constituency has caused great angst and concern there. It is an inappropriate place. It is the wrong decision. In connection with that, I have been pursuing questions with the Minister for Immigration. The...
Derek Twigg: indicated assent.