Results 1–20 of 1530 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Roberta Blackman-Woods

Higher Education Funding (11 Oct 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is right that the Government have frozen tuition fees, but I wonder whether I could nudge the Minister to go a bit further and get rid of this unsustainable fees system altogether. When is he going to guarantee that universities and their funding will not be adversely affected in any way by the changes the Government are proposing?

Schools: National Funding Formula (14 Sep 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: In the Secretary of State’s original funding formula proposals, schools in Durham were projected to lose up to £1,000 per pupil. Even with the additional resources, which are welcome, many school budgets in Durham will, at best, flatline. Will the Secretary of State guarantee today that no school in Durham will face a real-terms cut? In addition, when will she address the urgent...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Let me take the Secretary of State back to her earlier point about the sustainability of funding. As was pointed out by my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood), we know that 75% of students will not pay back their loans, and that all the Government are doing is saddling a future Government with having to pay off the huge debt that will remain unpaid, which will...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: May I say what a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter? I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) on securing this important debate and on his powerful opening speech. I wish we were not having this debate. It is an absolute disgrace that, 15 months after the referendum and six months after article 50 was triggered, so little progress has...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend makes a really excellent point, and I hope that the Minister is paying attention to it. I think we have all had hundreds of letters and emails from constituents who are EU nationals asking that the Government guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I think that what the hon. Lady describes is a challenge to the Minister. As I was saying, many of our constituents are very worried that they will have to uproot their families by the end of March 2019. That is only 18 months away and it is completely wrong that people’s lives are still being negotiated over, which is causing this amount of concern. I hope we get some reassurances...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I, too, will vote against the Bill this evening, and I bring to bear two aspects of my experience in this House on my assessment of the Bill as being profoundly undemocratic and something that this House should reject. In recent years, I have served on a number of Bill Committees, and every Bill has contained centralising measures that take powers away from Parliament, or from a range of...

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Betts. I am very pleased that this debate has been called to mark the International Day of Democracy, which takes place next Friday. I know that the Westminster Foundation for Democracy is hosting an event in Parliament next week, which I will attend in my capacity as shadow Minister for International Development, and that many other...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Aid Programmes: Africa (12 Jul 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The Independent Commission for Aid Impact has reported that UK development assistance to Africa was down by a massive £20 million in 2016 and it warned that Africa is losing out on aid spending as the Government divert money to countries in Europe and Asia. Considering that Africa has the highest proportion of population living in extreme poverty, will the Secretary of State update the...

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does my hon. Friend agree that the review is welcome but that it would have been really good to hear the Minister say this afternoon that he would definitely want to act on its outcome, not simply ignore it, which could happen in the future?

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend is making a strong case. I agree that it is good that the Government have recognised the challenge to university reputation that could come from the extension of university title without safeguards in place. Does he agree that the Government’s proposals are a watering down of Lords amendment 1 and that it will be necessary to look carefully at the guidance in due course...

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I hear what the Minister is saying about the TEF, but does he accept that, although there might be widespread consent across the sector for a TEF-type exercise, the sector is not happy about the traffic light system and wants to see the review he is establishing?

School Funding: North-east of England — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend is making a powerful case. Does she agree that the most pernicious aspect of the Government’s education policies is that schools in the most disadvantaged areas face the biggest cuts, yet the Government waste money on grammar schools for the few and not the many?

School Funding: North-east of England — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) on securing this really important debate. I pay tribute to the work of my hon. Friends the Members for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Tom Blenkinsop) and for Hartlepool (Mr Wright), who will be very much missed by their colleagues....

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Small Businesses (24 Apr 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Given the great concern expressed by small businesses up and down the country about their ability to pay the business rate rises, I am going to give the Secretary of State another chance. What reassurance can he give small business owners who are concerned about the impact of rate rises that they will not be paying higher rates over the next few years than online and large retailers such as...

Legislating for Uk Withdrawal from the EU (30 Mar 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: In the statement, the Secretary of State said that the Bill will convert EU law into UK law wherever practical and appropriate, allowing businesses to continue operating knowing the rules have not changed. However, companies such as Nissan and Hitachi in the north-east need to continue to expand if there is to be future prosperity in the region. What will he do to ensure that opportunities to...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Prison Officers: Recruitment and Retention (7 Mar 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: What steps she is taking to increase recruitment and retention of prison officers.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Prison Officers: Recruitment and Retention (7 Mar 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: An inspection report on Durham prison published this morning shows that 60% of prisoners report feeling unsafe—up from 37% in 2013. At the same time, the number of staff has reduced from 190 to 159. Does the Secretary of State agree that it is harder for prison staff to keep themselves and prisoners safe when numbers have been so reduced? What is she going to do to improve prisoner...

Prison Officers Association: Withdrawal from Voluntary Tasks (28 Feb 2017)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The Minister does not need me to tell him that staff morale in our prisons is extremely low, which is not helped very low staff numbers. In my constituency since 2010, the numbers at Frankland have gone down by 32%, at Durham by 48% and at Low Newton by 17%. When does the Minister think that he will be in a position to produce a pay offer that recognises the difficult and dangerous job that...


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