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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will sentencing women to the proposed new residential women’s centres rather than to prison custody require a change to the sentencing framework and/or new legislation? If so, will the Minister commit to consulting widely with the sector before bringing forward the reforms?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Authority Funding: Allocation (5 Nov 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: A recent report by the New Policy Institute shows that the majority of local government cuts have fallen on the 10 most deprived councils, despite the fact that they have higher numbers of looked-after children and adults needing social care and other council services. Will the Minister now commit to funding councils properly and according to levels of need, rather than political colour, as...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The Budget, as we all know, delivered a pathetic £400 million for schools, which many professionals have said is an insult when they are facing staff redundancies and cuts to pastoral and special needs services. Indeed, Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said: “Many public services are going to feel squeezed for some time to come. Cuts are not about to be...

Shale Gas Development (31 Oct 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate the hon. Member for Fylde (Mark Menzies) on securing the debate, which is obviously important and timely given the number of people in the Chamber. Labour is totally opposed to fracking, and it will be interesting to see how the Minister, when he gets to his feet, defends the indefensible. The Government...

Shale Gas Development (31 Oct 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I totally agree. Despite the huge wealth of environmental, medical, geomorphological and other scientific evidence, the Government are ploughing ahead. Even the research of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shows that just 16% of people support fracking—the lowest figure since it started collecting data five years ago. Greenpeace has commented that public...

Shale Gas Development (31 Oct 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend makes an important point. BEIS concludes that all the scientific evidence pertaining to possible risks of damage to the natural environment, the risk of contamination to the water supply, and safety concerns about earthquakes are to be dismissed. Try telling that to the people of Lancashire. They have had 18 earthquakes recently, each one increasing in seismic magnitude....

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend is making an excellent point about the high street. Does she agree that it is ridiculous of the Chancellor to ask that local authorities develop a plan for their high streets, which is something we support, while he is taking away the means for them to be able to plan for their high streets by introducing yet more permitted development?

Beauty and the Built Environment — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Ms Dorries, and I congratulate the right hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr Hayes) not only on having the most beautiful name for his constituency, but on securing this important debate on beauty. I will return to his comments in a moment, but first I wish to thank the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) for his...

Health and Social Care: Health and Social Care Hubs (23 Oct 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Social care hubs could be part of the way forward for social care, but, in response to a recent survey of care providers in my constituency, 71% said that despite the best efforts of staff the quality of care had greatly diminished because of years of chronic underfunding. Does the Minister agree that we need a systemic change in social care funding, given that the extra money provided so far...

October EU Council (22 Oct 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Can the Prime Minister clarify whether 95% of a withdrawal deal has been agreed with the EU? If it has, why has this House no details of it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (18 Oct 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I was hoping we would get to question 7, but thank you very much, Mr Speaker. In July this year, the National Audit Office produced a report that was very critical of DEFRA’s oversight of the scheme, which sends half of all our mostly plastic recycling material abroad, mainly to China. With China indicating that it intends to stop the importation of solid and plastic waste, what is...

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. We have been informed via a written ministerial statement that the Government have today published the revised national planning policy framework. It has not yet been laid before the House, and copies are therefore not available for Members in the Vote Office. This seems extraordinary, given the importance of the document to Members on both sides of...

Esa Underpayments: Business of the House (19 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: We are approaching the school holidays, when many children will lose the important contribution that a free school meal makes to their overall sense of wellbeing. Will the right hon. Lady therefore make time for a debate early next week on how the Government can help plug that gap and better support provision to tackle holiday hunger?

Petition - Leasehold Terms in Chase Park, Sherburn Village (18 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I present this petition on behalf of my constituents, and in particular of the petition co-ordinator, Mr Steve Wrathmall. The petition of residents of the United Kingdom, Declares that the terms and conditions associated with the lease extensions of leasehold property on the Chase Park Estate, Sherburn village, Durham, are unfair; and further that the current terms and conditions make it...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation (18 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I rise to present two petitions. The first is on behalf of my constituents who wish to have better consultation with home educators in drawing up Department for Education guidance on this topic. The petition states: The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to withdraw the draft guidance and the consultation, until it has put in place an accessible and...

Business of the House (12 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Durham is currently reviewing its strategy to tackle obesity, including childhood obesity, and has identified a huge problem with the availability and take-up of community sports facilities. That is perhaps not surprising given the massive cuts to the council since 2020. Following a week when we have all been concentrating on sport, will the right hon. Lady make time for a debate on how her...

Visit of President Trump: Policing (12 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I do not have the numbers for Durham, but I know that 100 officers have been requested from Northumbria police at a time when a great many events are taking place in the region, not least the excellent Durham miners’ gala in my constituency. It is important that the police have enough resources to keep people in the region safe as well. Will the Minister take that on board, and will he...

Eu: Future Relationship White Paper (12 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: People across the country who work in our universities will want to know that any Brexit deal continues to give them access to European research funding and networks. These networks are really important for business development for medicine and innovation across the piece. While the White Paper says that “the UK wishes to explore association in research and innovation programmes”,...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh (4 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: What steps her Department is taking to protect Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in preparation for the monsoon season.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh (4 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Save the Children has warned that not only are powerful storms affecting the Rohingya refugee camps, but such storms are likely to become more frequent. What are the Government doing to ensure that global action is taken to address flooding issues? [Interruption.]


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