Results 21–40 of 2646 for speaker:Roberta Blackman-Woods

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we need the Government to look at sustainability in the sector? The briefing for this debate said that the forecast surplus for the university sector is only 1.3% this year, so it is not a bloated sector. It does not mean there is a differential outcome for various institutions. In fact, university budgets are under threat from Brexit, from the cuts in...

Office for Students: Points of Order (27 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I asked the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation whether the person specification for the board members of the Office for Students had been checked properly and if we could be assured it met the requirements of the code for public appointments. He did not address that issue, so I wonder whether you could give any advice as to how we can...

Office for Students (27 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I start by thanking all Members who signed the letter to the commissioner for public appointments asking for his investigation. I also thank him for yesterday’s response. Despite what the Minister says, the report clearly shows a lack of proper process in the appointment of Toby Young and in relation to the student appointment. We need to hear a lot more from the Minister about how...

Post-18 Education (20 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The terms of reference that the Secretary of State published say that the review cannot make recommendations on tax policy and that it must make recommendations in keeping with the Government’s fiscal policies. Does that mean that there will be no new money for higher education regardless of the review’s recommendations?

Petition - Sherburn Hill School, County Durham (6 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The second petition is from the residents of Sherburn Hill on the closure of Sherburn Hill School. They believe that Durham County Council has not guaranteed that all its pupils will be eligible for transport-to-school funds. The petition states: The petition of residents of Sherburn Hill, Declares that the proposed closure of Sherburn Hill school in County Durham is contrary to the wishes of...

Petition - Mount Oswald Estate (6 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I hope you will bear with me, Madam Deputy Speaker, while I present these two petitions. The first is from the residents of the Mount Oswald estate in Durham. The petition states: The petition of residents of Mount Oswald Estate in Durham, Declares that the new development, built by David Wilson Homes, where there are residents who lack any form of acceptable broadband service; further that...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I start by thanking hon. and right hon. Members who have contributed today, not least the hon. Member for Tewkesbury (Mr Robertson), who secured this important debate. It is good to see the hon. Member for Grantham and Stamford (Nick Boles), a former planning Minister, back in his place. I am acutely aware that the subject of this debate is often contentious and that discussion of the green...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend makes a very good point, which has been much made this afternoon. The change signalled by the Government is what I think led my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham) to label the policy “green belt first”. My hon. Friends the Members for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders) and for Bury North (James Frith) also clearly highlighted the...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I thank the Minister for her statement. Will she join me in paying tribute to the group of women in Durham who this year are not only helping to organise the Durham miners’ gala but are reinstating the women’s gala on 30 June to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage?

Rail Update (5 Feb 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I think it is the Secretary of State who has the short memory, so I will remind him that this is the third time in 11 years that a private sector franchise on the east coast line has failed. Can he explain to the House why his Department prevented East Coast, a public company that ran the railway superbly for both passengers and the taxpayer, from bidding for this contract? Will he today...

Backbench Business: Town and Village Plans (30 Jan 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I thank the hon. Member for Mid Norfolk (George Freeman) for securing this incredibly important debate. There is a lot of cross-party agreement on the issue, and I agree with almost everything that hon. Members have said in the debate. My only disagreement with the hon. Gentleman is that I think the issue affects both rural and...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Fire Safety (22 Jan 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: As the Secretary of State has said, one of the key recommendations of the interim review of building regulations and fire safety was to restructure the whole suite of approved documents to provide more clarity on how fire safety measures are applied. Will the Secretary of State therefore provide an update on what steps his Department is taking to implement that recommendation, with particular...

School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am grateful to the Minister for announcing at least some progress. Will the pilots involve looking into how the sugar tax could be used to help to feed children during the holidays?

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My right hon. Friend is making a really powerful speech. Does he agree that the Government should be very grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck) for bringing forward this legislation again and giving them an opportunity to overturn their previous opposition to the measures that he has outlined, including during the passage of the Housing and Planning Bill?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Strategic Equality Objectives (15 Jan 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: When his Department plans to publish its new strategic equality objectives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Strategic Equality Objectives (15 Jan 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Having more diverse armed forces clearly adds to their effectiveness, but, unfortunately, the latest figures show that the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic regular personnel has risen only 0.5% since 2015. What specific initiatives does the MOD have to improve on this?

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Had the Secretary of State been in his place, I would have reassured him that the Labour party knows that the Bill is a deliberately limited piece of legislation concerned with continuing the existing trade arrangements after Brexit. However, the fact that the Bill is about transmuting EU agreements into UK law does not mean that we do not have questions about, first, the process the...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Very briefly.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point, but the point I am making is that it would have been extremely helpful to have had things like that flagged up in the legislation, partly to give reassurance to developing countries. Global Justice Now has highlighted the problems with some existing economic partnership agreements because some countries have refused to sign them. It would have been...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Ethnic Groups (19 Dec 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Burma about the treatment of the Karen people by the Burmese state.

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