Results 1–20 of 4119 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

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

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?

Business of the House (14 Dec 2017)

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...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Derek Twigg: Will the Minister give way on the point about bands G and H?

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

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...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

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...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

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...

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...

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