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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...

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 important point. International students are central to the business model of every higher education institution in the country. In addition to the possible reputational damage that could be done to our universities, we do not want a message to go out that international students are not welcome. The Minister, the Home Office and other Departments could deal with that by...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Plans (15 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21 October 2016 to Question 49099, of the 244 of local planning authorities who have an adopted Local Plan, how many of those adopted local plans are in conformity with the contents of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Service: Staff (14 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were employed in (a) Durham, (b) Frankland and (c) Low Newton prisons each year since 2010; and in what category of occupation those people were employed in each such year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Higher Education (14 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: What priorities her Department has identified for higher education in the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Higher Education (14 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: As the Minister knows, the higher education sector contributes a massive £73 billion to the UK economy, including £11 billion of export earnings, yet the Department for Education has no representation on the EU Exit and Trade Committee or Sub-Committee. What reassurances can he give the House that the priorities for the sector, such as growing the number of students and sustaining...

Community Pharmacies (2 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Let me begin by thanking Greg Burke of County Durham & Darlington local pharmaceutical committee for his valiant efforts in bringing the issue of cuts in community pharmacies to my attention. I also thank him for arranging my visit to Bowburn pharmacy, where I met Phyllis Whitburn, Nigel Nimmo, Len Britten and Hieu Truong Van. The visit reinforced my view that community pharmacies are...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Service: Staff (1 Nov 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to increase prison staffing numbers.

Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) Bill (28 Oct 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I would like to take the Minister back to the comments he made a few minutes ago. Was he confirming that the housing White Paper, which we expect in a few weeks’ time, will contain measures to deal with abuses of permitted development?

Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) Bill (28 Oct 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I too begin by congratulating the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) on the progress of his Bill. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) for introducing this excellent Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) Bill. His constituents have clearly been having problems with permitted development so I applaud him for shining a...

Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) Bill (28 Oct 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I do indeed know that a local authority can apply for an article 4 direction, but I also know that the Government have made it extremely difficult for local authorities to get one. Applying for an article 4 direction is a cumbersome process. To be clear, we are not against change of use, per se. Labour is arguing for a proper system of planning approval that considers all the issues that are...

Public Bill Committee: Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Review of permitted development rights (27 Oct 2016)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Would my hon. Friend like to point out to the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton that on the internet, one can find the 10 worst permitted development loopholes, and they are truly shocking? I am happy to let the hon. Gentleman see the examples after the Committee has ceased this sitting. They point to some serious breaches of good planning policy that emerge from an overzealous use of...


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