Results 1–20 of 4129 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

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Derek Twigg: I fully support what the Prime Minister said in her statement and the actions that she outlined today. I have some concerns about whether we have a proper strategy in place to combat chemical weapons attacks against this country and in particular, these small-scale attacks—it is joined up with the security services, the Government and the armed forces. Will she give me some reassurance...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (6 Mar 2018)

Derek Twigg: The Minister’s earlier answers to questions about violence in prisons focused on prisoner violence. Our hard-working prison officers face daily violence in their jobs. I have just written to the Minister about a constituent who had urine and excrement poured over him, but let me now ask him a wider question. What is the Department doing to ensure that prison officers are given full...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Road and Rail Investment (27 Feb 2018)

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.

Business of the House (22 Feb 2018)

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.

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

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 that 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?

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

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...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

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...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

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.

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

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,...

Health and Social Care: Health and Social Care Services (6 Feb 2018)

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...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Apprenticeship Levy: SMEs (30 Jan 2018)

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?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Personal Incomes (16 Jan 2018)

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?

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

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?

Business of the House (11 Jan 2018)

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...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Contracts: SMEs (10 Jan 2018)

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?

Local Government Finance Settlement (19 Dec 2017)

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...

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...

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