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Durham County Cricket Club — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (1 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend again makes an excellent point. That is what it feels like, but this is about the hugely damaging nature of the penalties for the future. The penalties will prevent the club from easily getting back to the first division or getting into a position of financial viability. That is the underlying worry that we all have. As the team will no longer be in the top division, it will...

Durham County Cricket Club — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (1 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Absolutely. We need to have far more information in the public domain, particularly on how the decision was made. Tom Harrison concludes: “We understand that these conditions are difficult for the club”. What an understatement. The ECB has plunged the club into a really difficult, if not impossible, situation, and all he talks about is the ECB’s hope that restructuring will...

Durham County Cricket Club — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (1 Dec 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend is making a really strong case. Does he agree that the test matches, in particular, have made good days out for families in Durham, and have introduced a lot of young people and children to that standard of cricket, which is very much to be applauded?

State Pension Age: Women (30 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I thank SNP Members for bringing forward this debate, and I pay tribute to the WASPI women and their supporters up and down the country for their tireless campaigning on this important issue in the face of an obstinate Government who refuse to listen to their very rational arguments about the need for better transitional protection and arrangements for this group of women. Most of all, I want...

State Pension Age: Women (30 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Absolutely, and that was the point that was being raised. It concerned the way in which the changes were being implemented and the lack of proper transitional arrangements, rather than the equalisation issue itself. I am pleased that Labour Front Benchers have come forward with an answer, or a partial answer, to the problems highlighted by the WASPI campaign. I am pleased that they have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Authority Planning Departments (28 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The Minister will know that, due to Government cuts, spending on planning in local authorities has fallen by a massive £1 billion since 2010. We have heard warm words from the Government this afternoon about plugging the huge funding gap, particularly in relation to allowing fees to rise, but will he tell us what more he plans to do to resource planning departments properly, so that they...

Clinical Commissioning: North Durham (23 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will the Minister focus on this specific referral system, under which, we understand, all referrals to specialists from GP practices in the CCG area are subject to private company screening and there is also a target to send back at least 50% of all referrals made?

Clinical Commissioning: North Durham (23 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The only information that North Tyneside CCG has put into the public domain is how much money it has saved through this system. It has not made an assessment of clinical outcomes for patients at all.

Clinical Commissioning: North Durham (23 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I beg to move, That this House has considered changes in clinical commissioning group commissioning practices for GP referrals in North Durham. I asked for this debate as a result of a development that affects many in my constituency and other constituencies covered by the North Durham clinical commissioning group. I was made aware of it not by the clinical commissioning group but by...

Clinical Commissioning: North Durham (23 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Indeed, I was shocked and surprised. In fact, when “BBC Look North” presented me with the information, my immediate reaction was of huge concern for my constituents. I did an interview for “BBC Look North” and was then contacted by other news outlets. As a result of those interviews, I was contacted by many of my constituents,...

Exiting the EU: Higher Education — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (23 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I, too, want to start by thanking my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing Central and Acton (Dr Huq) for calling this extremely important debate. I think we would all agree that higher education and research must be at the forefront of the Government’s mind as they start to make preparations for leaving the EU. The HE sector...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: United Kingdom Research and Innovation (21 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I rise to echo some of the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool South (Gordon Marsden) from the Front Bench. We can agree with some of the Bill. I do not think any Labour Member has a problem in principle with putting a teaching excellence framework in place. We think that it is a necessary corrective for many of our institutions to ensure that teaching gets the same level of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: UKRI report: international specialist employees (21 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: That seems a bit convoluted. A number of universities are still raising issues. We have just heard from the University of Cambridge, which says that “the Bill itself does not contain any specific duty on the OfS to consult with UKRI towards the award of research DAPs. We believe that this should be specifically provided for in the Bill.” I agree. I think that we would all like the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: UKRI report: international specialist employees (21 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I wish to speak about amendments 57 and 59, and amendment (a) to Government amendment 17. In Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool South (Gordon Marsden) and I said that the OFS should not have sole power and control over authorisations of research awards, and that UKRI and other bodies should be involved in authorising degrees. I argued that there were two major problems with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Will the Minister give the House some idea of when that guidance might be available?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The hon. Lady was on the Committee, and I am sure that she will recall that the things in the amendment are in addition to what we might call the core business of a university, which is to enable people to study for a higher-level qualification. The amendment is designed to ensure that we do not get a whole series of institutions that can use the title of university but that offer only a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I, too, think that BT has a number of strengths as a company, but it is yet to be determined whether it is very good at running a university. We will only know that in due course. If BT runs a university, I want to ensure that it is a university as we would commonly understand it, not simply a company that offers a degree course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I concur exactly with my hon. Friend. In Committee, the Minister said that he was setting “a high bar that only high-quality providers will be able to meet.”––[Official Report, Higher Education and Research Public Bill Committee, 11 October 2016; c. 410.] Unfortunately, at this point in time we have absolutely no idea what is meant by that high bar. I am hoping we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I want to speak to new clause 16, which draws on some of the points that my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) made in relation to amendment 49. In essence, the new clause seeks to remove students from the net migration figures. It would be interesting to hear from the Minister whether the Government have that on their agenda. I also want to comment on how damaging...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. The Government should take on board his point about that ambassadorial role. We can only be bewildered at the mixed messages the Government are giving international students. One message is coming from the Department for Education, another from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and another from the Home Office. I do not yet...


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