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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jan 2019)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The Prime Minister may have created a Brexit crisis, but other crises are unfolding. Rates of chronic health conditions and obesity in the north- east are the highest of any English region, and people over 65 in Durham can expect only eight years of healthy living, compared with 14 in Windsor and Maidenhead, so why on earth is the Prime Minister planning to cut Durham’s public health...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [6th Allotted Day] (10 Jan 2019)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is nothing short of a tragedy that today we are discussing this totally inadequate deal at the 11th hour, with the threat of “this deal or no deal” still being exercised by the Government, despite there being no majority in the House for no deal. It did not have to be this way. As many others have said today, the Prime Minister should have reached out across the House to secure a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [6th Allotted Day] (10 Jan 2019)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am sorry, I will not because we are short of time. If the deal is voted down next week, as we expect it to be, and if there is no general election, the House must have the guts to go back to the country and ask again for people’s opinion on this deal. When people voted in 2016, in good faith, we did not have the details of this deal, and in order to make progress it is important to allow...

Leaving the Eu: No Deal: Leaving the EU: No Deal (19 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Last night, a man sleeping rough on Parliament’s doorstep died. This is the second time that that has happened. I know individual MPs and staff do what they can to help people, but I wonder whether you are aware of any strategy that Parliament might be seeking to put in place to support people who are homeless. I also wonder whether there has been...

Leaving the Eu: No Deal: Leaving the EU: No Deal (19 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does my hon. Friend agree with me and the north-east chamber of commerce that no deal would be disastrous for our economy, that WTO rules would make it much more difficult for our businesses to be able to compete in Europe, and that we in this Chamber should be doing everything possible to stop no deal happening?

Leaving the Eu: Uk Orchestras: Public Service Pensions: Government Contributions (19 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will the Minister give way?

Leaving the Eu: Uk Orchestras: Public Service Pensions: Government Contributions (19 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I thank the Minister for those comments. I accept his point about efficiencies. However, we are really talking about the overall size of the cake. The police force and the fire authority in Durham have already significantly reduced in size since 2010, to the point that they struggle to run an effective service. We can talk about procurement and efficiencies, but the pressure on our public...

Leaving the Eu: Uk Orchestras: Public Service Pensions: Government Contributions (19 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Sir Christopher. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (Gerald Jones) for securing this important debate. I am grateful to him because he is shining a light on a very important issue that Parliament has not given enough attention to. The reduction in Government contributions to public sector pensions from...

Ons Decisions: Student Loans (18 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The fact that the ONS has said that student loans will push up the UK’s deficit undoubtedly provides an incentive to reduce fees, but that could create a huge problem for university funding. I hope the Government will take stock and introduce a new system of student finance that does not rely on loans, massive student debt or punitive interest rates, but gives our universities the stable...

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am one of the few people in this House brought up in Northern Ireland during the years of conflict, and I do not ever want to see a return to that time. So how is the Prime Minister going to ensure no hard border in Ireland now or in a few years’ time and absolutely no undermining of the Good Friday agreement that brought such welcome peace? Surely, this negotiation should not be about...

Shisha Lounges (5 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I mentioned the need for enforcement after breaches of the Licensing Act 2003 and the 1982 Act, but no one should think that I believe enforcement to be the answer—I do not. I think that there is a gap in the legislation, and Opposition Members understand clearly how to address it.

Shisha Lounges (5 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Shabana Mahmood) for securing the debate. She has done the House a real service because a lot of us, even though we know something about licensing, were unaware of the issue. I hope that when we hear from the Minister we will be able to chart a way forward. From the...

Shisha Lounges (5 Dec 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. Does she agree that under the Licensing Act 2003 it should not be so difficult to get premises closed down for antisocial behaviour and other breaches of the legislation?

Nursing: Higher Education Investment — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech on a topic that is important to us all. The Royal College of Nursing has made it very clear that the priority for the bulk of investment in nursing education must be the three-year undergraduate degree, because that is the fastest and safest route for growth at scale. Does she agree with that, and does she agree that we must not try to do nursing...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission: Public Appointments (19 Nov 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission (a) when and (b) where the position of Chair of that Commission was advertised.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission: Public Appointments (19 Nov 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applicants there were for the position of Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission: Public Appointments (19 Nov 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many candidates were were shortlisted for the role of Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission: Public Appointments (19 Nov 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the candidates who applied for the Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission were deemed appointable.


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