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Results 101–120 of 2441 for speaker:David Evennett

Further Education Funding — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (2 Apr 2019)

David Evennett: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) on securing this debate on such an important topic. We have heard powerful arguments on further education funding, which I myself will come to shortly, but we should first take a moment to recognise the real achievements we have seen in further education in the past few years. All Members here today will have some...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Non-domestic Rates (25 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when all local authorities will retain 100 per cent of business rates.

Special Educational Needs — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (20 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: The Minister is making a constructive and excellent speech. Will she praise the teachers in the colleges and schools for their work in SEN, because they have a difficult job, and I think they are working really hard and well?

Special Educational Needs — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (20 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. I am listening with interest to his analysis, and I look forward to his further comments. I welcome the extra resources that the Government have given, but real issues and concerns remain. Is he aware that in my borough the high needs in Bexley meant a 14% increase in the number of education, health and care plans during the 2017-18...

Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Civil Service Pay (13 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: Will my hon. Friend say whether in the discussions he has been having he has reflected on how much the national living wage will increase from next month, and how many workers that will benefit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Disadvantaged Children: Attainment Gap (11 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: What progress he has made on closing the attainment gap for disadvantaged children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Disadvantaged Children: Attainment Gap (11 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: I thank the Secretary of State for his response. Research shows that when children fall behind in the early years it is incredibly difficult for them to catch up. Will he advise me as to how his Department is supporting disadvantaged children in those crucial early stages of education?

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: I beg to move, That this House has considered rail services in south-east London. It is a particular pleasure to speak in this debate with you, Sir Henry, my long-term friend and colleague, in the Chair; it is a real privilege to do so. I am grateful to be able to raise an extremely important issue that affects my borough of Bexley, and north-west Kent—indeed, it is a common problem across...

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: The hon. Gentleman is quite right. We have been ignored, which is unacceptable. Travellers have faced huge disruption, with little or no support from the operator, Southeastern.

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: I totally agree with my hon. Friend, and I will be coming to that point later. Network Rail, of course, is responsible for the tracks and for the problems that we have had with the landslip. I recently met with its route managing director, John Halsall, to discuss the situation, and he understood that it was unacceptable. There is nothing new in that; it is unacceptable. Network Rail has...

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: The hon. Lady makes a good point. Our area is ripe for further development, which is what we want. We want jobs, houses and opportunities, but we cannot have those without infrastructure. If the infrastructure cannot cope with that development, more problems are going to occur. The Minister may be able to tell us different, but I believe no other rail network has had as many problems as ours....

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: I totally agree with that. The sooner we know, the better, so the new operator can get cracking on what needs to be done to improve the service. The new franchise contains some good proposals. Working more closely with Network Rail will be a great improvement, because I do not think the operator and Network Rail work together terribly well at the moment. We welcome the fact that there will be...

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: That would show good faith to the public, who are suffering from that situation now, would it not? I totally agree with the hon. Lady, and I hope that a 15-minute Delay Repay policy will motivate whoever holds the new franchise to operate a better service. As the Minister will know, we have been blighted by endless signal failures at Lewisham, which again have caused misery, delays and...

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Solutions are what are needed. I therefore hope that the Crossrail to Ebbsfleet campaign proposals will go forward to a full business case, allowing for a detailed engineering design, land and financial modelling, and a legal framework to be progressed, because then we could get the plan on the books to look at it. Extending Crossrail is not just for...

Rail Services: South-east London — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: I totally agree with the hon. Gentleman. I hope that the Minister will look seriously at other alternatives we could also have, such as going into Thamesmead or wherever with the docklands light railway or something. That could help not only our regeneration, but the existing population who live there and need to commute. I will not go into all the benefits that an extension of Crossrail to...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southeastern: Standards (4 Mar 2019)

David Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of trains on the Southeastern rail network have been delayed in the last 12 months; and what proportion of those delayed trains were the fault of (a) Southeastern and (b) Network Rail.

Supplementary Estimate 2018-19: Department for Education (26 Feb 2019)

David Evennett: I am listening with great interest to my right hon. Friend’s analysis. Does he agree that this Government have a proud record on education spending and achievement and should be congratulated? However, there are particular areas where we would like to raise issues, as he is doing. In addition to what he is saying about utilising resources, I advise him that in the Borough of Bexley, we saw...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asylum Seekers: Right to Work (25 Feb 2019)

David Evennett: Does my right hon. Friend recognise the importance of work for physical and mental wellbeing and for community integration? Does she agree that we should do everything we can to ensure integration?

Making Tax Digital (19 Feb 2019)

David Evennett: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement, and especially his determination to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right with MTD. I am also pleased that he will be sympathetic to small businesses, particularly initially, but will he confirm that the Government remain absolutely determined to tackle tax avoidance, tax evasion and non-compliance?


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