Results 1–20 of 4124 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Derek Twigg

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Derek Twigg: Many of the primary schools in my constituency are planning to cut staff and, under the new schools funding formula, all but one of our secondary schools will have big cuts in their budgets. If this new formula and the new settlement are so good, will that no longer have to happen?

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Derek Twigg: Will my hon. Friend give way?

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Derek Twigg: My hon. Friend is making a very good speech. To take up his point, it is the human cost that matters here. Some of my constituents have told me that they have taken up, or plan to take up, caring responsibilities and are facing real financial difficulty—and once someone is over 60 it is difficult for them to get a decent job as well. Those are real issues and the Government need to take...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Doctors and Nurses (4 Jul 2017)

Derek Twigg: According to the latest NHS indicators published by the House of Commons Library last week, the number of GPs is estimated to have fallen over the past 12 months, and the figures for March 2017 are expected to show a further fall. Why is that?

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Derek Twigg: I congratulate you on your election today, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Queen’s Speech set out no strategy and no answers to solve the crisis of both staffing and funding in the health service. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when the Conservatives were in power for so long, we saw a massive crisis, and that has been repeated under the Conservative Governments of the last seven years. There...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Social Housing Rent Arrears (24 Apr 2017)

Derek Twigg: Has the Minister had discussions with his colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions about universal credit and the impact it is having on many of my constituents who are not being paid for weeks and sometimes months on end and are therefore going into arrears? That is in addition to being hit by the bedroom tax and other benefit changes. Has he had these discussions, or will he do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: North Wales-England Transport Links (30 Mar 2017)

Derek Twigg: The Secretary of State rightly mentioned the Halton curve, for which I have campaigned for many years. It opens up all sorts of possibilities, not least in respect of our connectivity with north Wales. Will he look at the importance of reopening the Ditton station in Halton and, when the new city region mayor is elected, talk to them about how that can be brought about much more quickly?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Overseas Trade (23 Mar 2017)

Derek Twigg: May I ask the Minister specifically what advice there is, and what the Government are doing, to help small businesses in that respect?

Aviation Security (22 Mar 2017)

Derek Twigg: May I ask the Secretary of State about flights from this country? Is he confident that if a terrorist were to try to get a laptop or an iPad on to a plane here, that would be detected, and that there is no chance of their getting it through our security?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: GP Recruitment (21 Mar 2017)

Derek Twigg: Only recently, a surgery has been closed down in the Borough of Halton. There is a clear shortage of GPs. Despite the efforts of the clinical commissioning group to try to find replacements, that has not happened. How will merging CCGs help, and can the Secretary of State rule out any merger between Warrington and Halton?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: GP Recruitment (21 Mar 2017)

Derek Twigg: You set them up.

Personal Independence Payments (15 Mar 2017)

Derek Twigg: I want to press the Secretary of State on the question of assessments. Will he look again at the quality and professionalism involved? I just cannot understand why some of the people who come to see me have not been awarded their benefit. I have had experience of cases such as these over a number of years now, and I have never come across such difficult cases as those I have seen recently.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Nato (13 Mar 2017)

Derek Twigg: When the Secretary of State had discussions with his US counterparts, did he talk about NATO’s capability to deal with any threat from Russia in the Baltics and elsewhere?

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Liverpool City Region (Poverty) — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Derek Twigg: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. There have been many improvements in my constituency, particularly under the last Labour Government, but he has hit on an important point: working people are suffering poverty because they are on very low wages or can find only part-time jobs. One of the greatest challenges is surely how we ensure that people get a better income, because working...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Liverpool City Region (Poverty) — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Derek Twigg: May I take my hon. Friend back to apprenticeships? Riverside College in my constituency, which he is due to visit, provides excellent opportunities for apprentices, but further education colleges have had massive cuts to their budgets. The Government need to address that if they want to expand apprenticeships and have good quality apprenticeships that link in well with local businesses,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Long-term Infrastructure (28 Feb 2017)

Derek Twigg: Does the Chancellor believe that the balance of infrastructure spending between the north and the south-east is fair?

Housing White Paper (7 Feb 2017)

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?

Maintained Nursery Schools Funding — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (1 Feb 2017)

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?

Maintained Nursery Schools Funding — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (1 Feb 2017)

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....

Maintained Nursery Schools Funding — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (1 Feb 2017)

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...


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