Results 1–20 of 1775 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tim Farron

Special Educational Needs — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (20 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: The hon. Gentleman is being generous in giving way. Does he agree, on the issue of school budgets, that there is an inequality between schools? The fact that schools are forced to pay for the first 11 hours of meeting an EHCP from their own budgets disadvantages those that do the right thing and take significant numbers of children with special educational needs, and inadvertently helps those...

Child Sexual Exploitation Victims: Criminal Records (19 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: With children’s services having faced a 49% cut in their early intervention funding, will the Minister explain how she thinks we will be able to intervene at an early stage to spot and rescue young people at risk?

Flooding in Cumbria (19 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: I beg to move, That this House has considered flooding in Cumbria. It is a huge pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I wish to speak about the situation with regard to flooding in Cumbria. In the days following Storm Desmond in December 2015, in response to our collective call for action, I was promised by David Cameron that funding would be provided to protect those towns and...

Flooding in Cumbria (19 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: I thoroughly agree with all that the hon. Lady has said. The funding formula for Cumbria works massively against us in terms of both resilience and response to crises. I will talk later about the impact on mental health. The hon. Lady makes an extremely good point in that respect. The lasting consequences of flooding are very often huge when it comes to people’s wellbeing and their fear of...

Flooding in Cumbria (19 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: I agree with all that the hon. Gentleman has said. He makes an important point, which is very significant to his constituents, but also to mine around Windermere lake. Residences are affected, but so are dozens and dozens of businesses, all of which are the backbone of our local economy and have a massive impact on the wellbeing of local people. The Government must now take responsibility for...

Flooding in Cumbria (19 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: Yes, I agree, and I will come on to the need to treat Cumbria as a special case when it comes to flood funding allocation. We have a very long coast with many tidal estuaries, which could be a source of energy but are also a source of flood risk. The hon. Lady makes a very good point. Flooding is a problem in my patch, as well as for my constituency neighbours, the hon. Lady and the hon....

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Business Support (19 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: Small businesses and our high streets are hugely damaged by the closure of bank branches right across the country, which nets the banks, which we bailed out with taxpayers’ money, a vast amount of money in savings. Will the Minister consider a windfall tax on the banks to ensure that we redistribute some of that money back into our high streets to support small businesses?

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Agricultural Sector and Overseas Goods (14 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: During the BSE crisis of the 1990s, the foot and mouth outbreak of 2001 and the scare of 2007, even some members of the European Union took advantage of these crises to ban British meat imports, even long after any risk had expired. If we leave with a bad deal, such as the one Parliament has now rejected twice, countries will not need an excuse to act with opportunistic protectionism in that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 6 March.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: I associate myself with the Prime Minister’s remarks and pass my condolences on to the families and loved ones of those who have been the victims of tragic crimes this week. Britain spent £27 billion on bailing out the banks, and they have repaid us by closing down 3,000 branches since 2016, including the last branch in Grange this week. They have also failed to compensate innocent...

School Funding — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (4 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: The word crisis is overused in this place, for certain, but it feels very much as though the situation with school resources is a crisis. However, it is a crisis largely in disguise, for two reasons. First, headteachers and the profession as a whole are loth to get involved in what they consider to be politics, or in any way to use the children they serve and teach as pawns in a political...

School Funding — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (4 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: And it really takes that. I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her remark, which of course comes from her experience. As I said, the other reason this issue has not been spoken about as much as it might have been in another part of the public sphere is simply fear of competitive disadvantage. If a headteacher talks about having to lose teaching assistants, the children who would have come to...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Future High Streets Fund (4 Mar 2019)

Tim Farron: The Government’s plans for a puny 2% digital tax on mega online firms that avoid paying their fair share is an insult to shops on the high street in towns such as Grange, Windermere and Kendal. Will he support higher taxes on tax dodgers, which would raise enough money to slash business rates for our town centres and help to save our high streets?

Eating Disorders Awareness Week — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (27 Feb 2019)

Tim Farron: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. I, too, pay tribute to the hon. Member for Angus (Kirstene Hair), who secured this debate and made an excellent speech, and to the other colleagues who have contributed to it so far. Without doubt, eating disorders have acquired a greater profile in recent years, and there are two things that are apparent and that we can learn...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rolling Stock (14 Feb 2019)

Tim Farron: New rolling stock will of course be welcome, but is the Minister aware that there will be no stock rolling at all north of Preston over the busy Easter weekend because Network Rail is closing the line for maintenance? Does he not know that the Lake district is Britain’s biggest visitor destination outside London and that Easter weekend is our busiest time of year? Will he tell Network Rail...

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Funding: Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (12 Feb 2019)

Tim Farron: The hon. Gentleman is making a hugely significant point. I agree with him that the scheme has great benefits, but does he agree that, as well as risking potential slavery, a six-month scheme is so restrictive that many people will simply choose to go underground? The Government are setting themselves up for that to be a serious problem. Does he also agree that for many other industries—the...

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Funding (12 Feb 2019)

Tim Farron: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the crisis in funding is about not only the overall sum of money but the distribution? Government policy means that schools have to absorb up to £11,000 of the cost of meeting an EHCP. Schools that do the right thing and accept children with special educational needs are therefore punished, and those that do not are rewarded. Does he agree that that is an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Voter ID Pilot Schemes (6 Feb 2019)

Tim Farron: Mr Speaker, I am incredibly grateful to you for those kind words and for coming along to Cumbria Day. Is the Minister aware that voters in my constituency, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales cannot vote at all on planning and housing issues that affect them? What steps will she take to bring in democracy for those parts of our country that are under the aegis of a national park, which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Deficit Reduction (29 Jan 2019)

Tim Farron: World-class connectivity is vital to tackling the deficit, but the Treasury’s decision to stop investors in community benefit societies receiving 30% tax relief could undermine the good work of broadband pioneers such as Broadband for the Rural North—B4RN—in Cumbria. Given that B4RN has reached the parts of Cumbria that the Government and BT could not or would not reach, what assessment...

Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (28 Jan 2019)

Tim Farron: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Saffron Walden (Mrs Badenoch), who gave an impassioned and well-delivered speech, almost all of which I disagreed with. This Bill has taken its time to arrive. And now that it is before us, it is a disaster waiting to happen. Right the way through, it is based on an assumption made by the Prime Minister in her Lancaster House speech that what 17...


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