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Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Preferential Trade (18 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: In many of the countries in which the Department for International Development operates, co-operation on the ground with the European Union is crucial to the impact of our efforts. Will the Secretary of State assure us that work is being done to ensure that that development co-operation with the EU continues?

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Colchester (Will Quince) and to concur with everything he said in his excellent speech. I also pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Rushanara Ali) and the hon. Member for St Albans (Mrs Main), both of whom spoke incredibly powerfully, as has everyone else in this debate. I am pleased to say that this morning the...

Education Funding (South Liverpool) (10 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle) on her excellent and powerful speech and on bringing this important issue to the House. I echo what she said about the risks to schools in Liverpool. On Saturday, we had a demonstration against school cuts in Liverpool, organised by Liverpool City Council cabinet member Nick Small, at which the shadow Secretary...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Stephen Twigg: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate, and, in particular, to speak after my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Preet Kaur Gill), who made a very powerful and eloquent maiden speech. I concur with her tribute to her predecessor, my good friend Gisela Stuart. An extraordinary lesson that we can learn from Edgbaston is that it has elected women Members of Parliament since...

Hurricane Irma: Government Response (12 Sep 2017)

Stephen Twigg: Our thoughts are with all those affected and the British personnel who are now helping in the region. I welcome the progress we have seen over the past few days, but will the Minister respond to two concerns that have been raised? The first is that the Royal Navy was unable to land heavy equipment on Anguilla because they could not use the docks or the beach. More broadly, we were less well...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Funding (11 Sep 2017)

Stephen Twigg: In Liverpool and other cities, there is a real concern that the new formula could mean that schools lose out. Can the Secretary of State reassure the House that issues such as deprivation, prior attainment and mobility will be significant factors in any new formula?

Business of the House (7 Sep 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I welcome the fact that Select Committees will be appointed on Monday. Further to her previous answer from the Leader of the House, I would be grateful if she could assure the House that the International Development Committee will be added to the list for the vote on Monday so that it can meet for the first time next week.

Violence in Rakhine State (5 Sep 2017)

Stephen Twigg: The appalling persecution of the Rohingya is longstanding and well documented. I concur with the remarks of the former Chair of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, the hon. Member for Reigate (Crispin Blunt); I was very disappointed with the statement made in response to the urgent question. I have two questions for the Minister. On aid, reports today suggest that 30,000 Rohingyas are...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul (12 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement, and particularly welcome the additional humanitarian assistance she has announced and what she has just said about de-mining. When the people of Mosul do return, many will be deeply traumatised. What will the Government do to ensure there is the mental healthcare and support for those families when they do return?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Aid Programmes: Africa (12 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: What is the Secretary of State’s assessment of the current humanitarian and political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? In particular, what are the Government doing to assist in tackling the humanitarian crisis there, but also to ensure that Congo can move to democratic elections as soon as possible?

Export Licensing: High Court Judgment: Points of Order (10 Jul 2017)

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Export Licensing: High Court Judgment: Points of Order (10 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During the statement just now, there was strong cross-party support for the re-establishment of the Committees on Arms Export Controls. In the previous Parliament, that Committee ceased to meet because one of its component Select Committees, the Foreign Affairs Committee, voted to unilaterally leave it. May I ask you to use your good offices to ensure that...

Export Licensing: High Court Judgment (10 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: Parliamentary scrutiny of arms exports is crucial, so I welcome what the Secretary of State said in response to challenges on the Committees on Arms Export Controls. It is vital that those Committees are re-established soon. May I ask the Government to look again at the question of an independent UN-led investigation into all alleged violations of international humanitarian law, by both...

G20 (10 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: The G20 communiqué includes important references to investment in global education, including the Global Partnership for Education and Education Cannot Wait. The UK has a proud record of leading on global health. Will the Prime Minister join Argentina during its forthcoming G20 presidency to ensure that investment in global education is given the priority it deserves?

Global Education: G20 Summit — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (6 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I thank all hon. Members who have participated in the debate. It is always a pleasure to listen to the Minister; he was characteristically thoughtful and thought-provoking. To take up his point about “how much” versus “how”, I have focused a lot on the funding because of my sense that the G20 is an opportunity to make a breakthrough, but I absolutely concur that the...

Global Education: G20 Summit — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (6 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I beg to move, That this House has considered promotion of education for all at the G20 summit. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. Before moving on to the subject of today’s debate, may I take this opportunity to welcome the letter that the Secretary of State for International Development sent to all MPs about the small charities challenge fund? This is a...

Global Education: G20 Summit — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (6 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that point. He is my long-standing friend, and represents the constituency that I represented in the House between 1997 and 2005. I welcome him to the House. His point is extremely powerful. In a moment, I will refer briefly to the work that the International Development Committee was doing in the previous Parliament. I am delighted that the hon. Members...

Global Education: G20 Summit — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (6 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: The Minister asks a very reasonable question, which I was going to come on to, but I will answer now. The previous International Development Committee, which I chaired, was looking at education. In April, we wrote to the Secretary of State with a proposal that I will refer to in a moment. The solution that we identified is one with which the Minister may or may not agree: we should slow down...

Global Education: G20 Summit — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (6 Jul 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. The example that he gave from Tanzania and my example from Uganda demonstrate that DFID is supporting some brilliant programmes for disabled children and for early childhood. If DFID is able to find the funds to increase its education spending, those are the sorts of programmes that should be protected and, where the evidence is there,...


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