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Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Small Businesses (26 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: Many small engineering companies would have liked the opportunity to apply to the £10 million fund to support women engineers, but the design of the fund meant that they could not afford to do so. Unfortunately, less than £200,000 was spent of the £10 million. In his last few days in office, will the Secretary of State look again and ensure that the rest of the money is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Child Sexual Abuse (24 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current Crown Prosecution Service guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Child Sexual Abuse (24 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: I welcome the Attorney-General’s reply. As he will know, prosecuting sexual offences is very difficult, and such prosecutions are particularly difficult for children. When the guidelines were introduced, it was feared that not all the measures involved would be properly introduced everywhere. What steps are being taken to review the process and keep track of what happening, so that...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: I am pleased to speak in my final Budget debate. In his Budget speech, the Chancellor said: “Future economic success depends on future scientific success”.—[ Official Report, 18 March 2015; Vol. 594, c. 776.] I agree entirely, but this Budget does not do enough to unlock the potential of our science, engineering and technology industries, which have the capacity to grow and...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: My right hon. Friend may know that I have been banging on about that for years; I will come to it shortly. There is currently an annual shortfall of about 55,000 skilled workers. The Chancellor’s commitment for financial support for PhD and research masters degrees will certainly help, but to keep up with demand we need to nearly double the number of engineering graduates. We need...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: I am concerned about a recommendation in a recent Home Affairs Committee report that those arrested on sexual offences charges should be given anonymity. Does the Home Secretary agree that in these circumstances, these prosecutions are extraordinarily difficult, and that the decision should be made carefully by the police? Will she ask the independent panel inquiry also to look at this issue?

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: Significant evidence has already been provided. With all due respect to the Minister, for whom I have a lot of time, the problem is that the evidence is there and the opportunity was there with the Deregulation Bill, but this has simply been blocked.

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: One thing that I struggle with is that the evidence base for free schools is nowhere near as robust as the evidence base for co-operative schools. For example, the excellence that has been achieved in a multi-school trust in Birmingham is there for all to see. Why is the Department so resistant to supporting co-operative schools as an alternative model?

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: We could get to 5,000 co-operative schools in the next five years if we changed the law and made it easier. Why will the Government not sign up to give so many schools that opportunity?

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: In 2007, the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), now the Prime Minister, said the Conservatives would shortly publish their policy proposals for a supply-side revolution in Britain’s schools system—a long-term response to various challenges and what he saw as educational failure. He said that he wanted to highlight one specific aspect of that revolution: the opportunities...

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: I welcome the hon. Gentleman—a strong supporter of co-operative schools who has advocated for them. Let us find out a little more about what actually happened as a result of what the Prime Minister said. When the coalition Government came to office, there were 87 co-operative schools in England. Today, there are 834. The majority of those are foundation trust schools established under...

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: I would like to know what is putting the Government off, because I spoke to the new Secretary of State for Education and she indicated that she was willing to consider the issue. The Department said that it would work with co-operative schools to produce data on performance and look at a power to innovate to try to resolve the issue preventing nursery schools from becoming co-operatives. The...

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: Of course, my hon. Friend is right: these are key issues. He is a great advocate of that approach. The hon. Member for Wycombe (Steve Baker) spoke extraordinarily eloquently about the schools in his area and he is, believe it or not, a Conservative, so there is still some support.

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: I agree. I am not for one minute suggesting that Conservatives do not support those values. In fact, the Cabinet published a document called “Making it mutual: the ownership revolution that Britain needs”, which stated: “The conditions are right for a resurgence of co-operative mutual and reciprocal activity.” That has been said not just by people in the Labour and...

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: We are getting into the realms of fantasy now, are we not? The hon. Gentleman can hardly expect me to agree to that. What I am saying is, regardless of our party political affiliations and regardless of where we come from, why can we not get together around the issue of co-operative schools? Why have those schools become so contentious when there is support for them, and not just from the...

Co-operative Schools (11 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: How could I object to that intervention? Before I finish, on the issue of co-operation as opposed to competition, I quote Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but co-operation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off”. The Department’s vision is for a highly educated...

The Hague Abduction Convention (10 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: I congratulate the hon. Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan) on obtaining this important debate. I thank him for allowing me to make an extremely brief contribution to add to what he has said about the importance of looking at the issues from the point of view of the child. Like him, I have a particularly difficult constituency case at the moment. I know that the Minister is aware of it. I will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Troubled Families Programme (10 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: This is an important and successful approach. It is the kind of approach that I took when I first started my social work career more than 30 years ago and that, in those days, many social work staff took. One of the reasons why silos developed was the pressure on budgets. Given that many local authorities have tried to protect children’s services but they continue to be under threat,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Road Traffic Accidents at Work (9 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: What assessment he has made of the performance of the Health and Safety Executive in reducing road traffic accidents at work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Road Traffic Accidents at Work (9 Mar 2015)

Meg Munn: More than three times as many people die when they drive for a living as they do in any other workplace. It is estimated that 20% of accidents are caused by sleepiness. Is it not time that we use the expertise that the HSE has used so well in other workplaces and apply it to people who drive for a living, and reduce the death toll from driving?

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