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Results 1–20 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Evennett

Social Mobility (12 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: I thank the Minister for her comments and for the information she has given us, and I also thank everybody who has participated in today’s debate, which is vitally important. We need to work together across parties to ensure that we achieve what we all want, which is to make sure that the deprived areas have the best opportunities for young people and to create aspiration and opportunities...

Social Mobility (12 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: I beg to move, That this House has considered social mobility. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I am grateful to be able to raise this subject, which I believe is vital to our country as we develop global Britain and look to a successful and exciting future. Among other roles outside politics, I have worked as both a teacher and a lecturer, so I am particularly...

Social Mobility (12 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: I welcome my hon. Friend’s intervention. I, too, am a product of social mobility: education and social mobility have characterised my life. I was born into a family whose origins were in the east end of London, but, through family, education and opportunity, my grandparents and parents were able to develop and get on in life. I am therefore always grateful for the opportunities I had from...

Social Mobility (12 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: I totally agree—and, of course, the opportunities have to be there for people to do it. That is what this debate is about. Last month, the World Economic Forum highlighted the problem of poor social mobility around the world. It concluded that where someone is born still pretty much determines the opportunities they get in life. It also published a new global social mobility index, on which...

Social Mobility (12 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: I thank my hon. Friend for giving us that informative statistic. Conservative Governments have made considerable progress since 2010, particularly on education standards and opportunities. Education gives us a better understanding of the world around us, helps us to develop a perspective for looking at life and helps us to build opinions. It is key to social mobility. Some 86% of schools are...

Social Mobility (12 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: That is a good point, and that is regrettable in 21st century Britain. The “Elitist Britain” report made a number of policy recommendations, but I want to highlight two of them: “Recruitment practices should be open and transparent” and “Leading social mobility employers should take a sector leadership role and share best practice.” In the previous Parliament and the one before...

Education and Attainment of White Working-Class Boys (12 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful case and we are listening with great interest. Does he agree that if this issue is not successfully addressed, we will have disaffected youth, there will be consequences for local communities and a loss of real potential—of real talent—in our workforce?

Treasury: Small Businesses (11 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: What fiscal steps he is taking to help small businesses.

Treasury: Small Businesses (11 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: We all know that small businesses are the driver of growth and prosperity across our country, but too many struggle because of high business rates. Can the Minister confirm that the Conservative Government will extend the retail discount of 50% later this year, giving a much-needed tax cut to millions of small businesses on high streets across the country?

Home Department: Violent Crime: Young People (10 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: What steps she is taking to divert young people away from violent crime.

Home Department: Violent Crime: Young People (10 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: Can my hon. Friend assure me that the police have all the powers they need to crack down on the scourge of knife crime, which is ruining so many lives across the country, but particularly in London? Could she update the House on what plans she has to target repeat knife carriers?

Home Department: Topical Questions (10 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Home Department: Topical Questions (10 Feb 2020)

David Evennett: What steps is my right hon. Friend taking to attract highly skilled scientists and engineers to come and work in our country and contribute to our successful future?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Clean Growth: New Jobs (21 Jan 2020)

David Evennett: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s comments on this important issue. Does he agree that this country has an amazing potential to continue to grow our economy dramatically by supporting new green industries?

Education and Local Government (14 Jan 2020)

David Evennett: Madam Deputy Speaker, I am delighted to see you in your place. I am also delighted to be able to participate in the Queen’s Speech debate today and strongly support the measures proposed in it. I congratulate the hon. Member for Luton South (Rachel Hopkins) on a passionate and confident speech. I congratulate her on the passion for her town that she brought to her speech. We knew her...

Education and Local Government (14 Jan 2020)

David Evennett: I am delighted that the Assembly is back in operation, because that is good news for Northern Ireland and for the whole United Kingdom. I want briefly to highlight the fact that every child deserves the best start in life regardless of their background or where they live. Access to good schools is essential to build the foundations for success in future life. I am concerned about the...

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jan 2020)

David Evennett: Does my right hon. Friend share my concerns about the lack of educational achievement and aspiration among so many of our working-class boys across the country? Will he make it a top priority for his Government to ensure that all schoolchildren throughout the country are given the opportunities to maximise their talents?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (20 Dec 2019)

David Evennett: I am listening with great interest to my right hon. Friend. Can he also confirm that when we leave the EU we will have control over our taxes again and the ability to make decisions on them, including VAT?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (20 Dec 2019)

David Evennett: But the people have voted in a general election and supported the Prime Minister’s deal. As a democrat, surely the right hon. Gentleman should pay heed to the people.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (29 Oct 2019)

David Evennett: Does the Minister agree that the latest data on the soft drinks industry levy is encouraging and a positive step in the campaign to improve health, particularly of young people?

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