Results 1–20 of 1640 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

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Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation (18 Jul 2018)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 The petition states: The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to withdraw the draft guidance and the consultation, until it has put in place an accessible and...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.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Jul 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: President Trump has recently locked up children in cages, instigated a ban on Muslims, stalled action on climate change and started trade wars, and he is now threatening women’s reproductive rights. Should the Prime Minister not be challenging his divisive and damaging policies, instead of inviting him for tea and cakes at No. 10?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brownfield Regeneration (18 Jun 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Recent figures from the Campaign to Protect Rural England show that the amount of farmland, forest, gardens and greenfield land lost to development each year has increased by 58% over the past four years. What are the Government going to do to better protect our vital green spaces and redevelop our brownfield sites, which are so urgently in need of regeneration?

Business of the House (29 Mar 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Many high streets throughout the country are suffering, partly because shopping habits continue to change. May we have a debate so that we can discuss how the Government can help local authorities to reconfigure and regenerate our town centres?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Mobility (19 Mar 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The Secretary of State must understand that if we are to achieve social mobility, our schools have to be adequately funded. Because of funding cuts, Durham County Council is closing a school—the only school—in a disadvantaged village in my constituency. The young people there will feel undervalued, as will the community, so what will the Secretary of State do to ensure that that...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I join the Minister in welcoming International Women’s Day. Does she also welcome the fact that the UN Commission on the Status of Women is meeting again in New York next week? Does she agree that it is really important that it comes up with strong policies so that women in rural communities are adequately supported?

National Planning Policy Framework (5 Mar 2018)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I begin by thanking the Secretary of State for early sight of his statement. Today, once again, we have seen the Government bringing forward proposals that tinker with the planning system in yet another vain attempt to look as if they are doing something about the housing and infrastructure crisis that the country is facing, which is largely of their making. Let us be clear about the scale of...

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

Roberta Blackman-Woods: Does my hon. Friend agree that, unless the Government are at least prepared to put more money into the sector, it is difficult to understand how we will get a sustainable system for funding universities? The Minister needs to be clear about that.

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

Roberta Blackman-Woods: The hon. Lady makes an important point. Does she agree that it is important not to talk in binary terms about university or technical education? Our universities deliver some of the best technical education in the country, and we should aim for a route to whatever form of education is best for the young person or older person retraining. We should not get stuck in the binary divide, but...

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

Roberta Blackman-Woods: My hon. Friend is making a really important point, which I hope the Minister can address. There is real concern among universities that the review could result in a huge loss of income. As I said earlier, the whole of the sector is not making a huge surplus. We want our university sector to thrive, compete globally, and give our young people and others the skills that they need to compete in...

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

Roberta Blackman-Woods: I am glad that my hon. Friend has raised the discussion we had in that Bill Committee about what universities contribute to our society in addition to teaching and education. They contribute to sports development, cultural development and social outcomes in our communities. They do a lot of voluntary work. Students from my own university, Durham, do a lot of voluntary work in the local...

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...


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