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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Budget Deficit (8 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: What steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of the budget deficit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Budget Deficit (8 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: In my constituency, the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance has increased by 147% in the past five years. Does the Chancellor agree that unemployed people in Kingswood would be best served by decisive action to tackle Labour's legacy of debt now?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Non-departmental Public Bodies (9 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: What mechanisms he plans to use to review the effectiveness of non-departmental public bodies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Non-departmental Public Bodies (9 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: While the excellent Frenchay hospital near my constituency was downgraded by the previous Government despite a 50,000-strong petition of local residents opposing the move, it was reported last year that the salaries of NHS quango bosses have increased by up to 77% in the past three years. Does the Minister agree that this Government's commitment to transparency and accountability will help to...

Tackling Poverty in the UK (10 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to make my maiden speech. I congratulate you on your illustrious elevation and I am delighted to see a fellow Bristol MP in the Chair. I also congratulate the hon. Member for Makerfield (Yvonne Fovargue) on her maiden speech, and all the other hon. Members who have made their maiden speeches today. I have enjoyed listening to them all, and it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Unemployed Disabled People (Welfare Support) (14 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: What his policy is on the provision of support for people who are unable to work as a result of disability.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Unemployed Disabled People (Welfare Support) (14 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: Many charities and voluntary organisations act as a mainstay for many people with long-term disabilities who are unable to work. Near my constituency, the superb Vassall centre and the excellent disability action group come to mind. What measures will my hon. Friend take to empower those organisations to have a greater say and play a greater role in supporting those with disabilities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: My constituency of Kingswood in Greater Bristol is excellently served by the Bristol Evening Post, whose local reporters are well established and can get into the issues that matter to the local community, particularly people who do not often use the internet to get their news. Will the Minister assure us that we can support local print media better?

Business of the House: Free Schools Policy (21 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: In the United States, one of the greatest champions of greater school freedoms is President Obama. Can the Secretary of State tell us about the successes of the charter schools movement in the US, particularly in New York?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity (24 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: What plans she has to increase levels of biodiversity; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity (24 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: I am sure the Secretary of State agrees that a key aspect of improving our nation's biodiversity is planning. In Kingswood, our much treasured green belt has been threatened by the previous Government's disastrous regional spatial strategy and the plan to build 10,000 houses on it. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the urgent abolition of the RSS and returning powers to build houses to...

CCTV: Topical Questions (28 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: In my constituency, Kingswood, under the previous Government, the local police station on the high street was bulldozed to make way for flats. Many of my constituents are rightly extremely concerned about that. What steps will the Minister take to ensure a more effective local policing presence in the future?

Regional Spatial Strategies — [Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] (30 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes North (Mark Lancaster) for initiating this debate. The abolition of regional spatial strategies by the new coalition Government is extremely welcome and cannot come soon enough. Returning powers on where to build housing to local communities and democratically elected local councillors, rather than unelected quangos and Whitehall...

Regional Spatial Strategies — [Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] (30 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: The hon. Gentleman is correct. We are currently in limbo in the south-west. Later in my speech, I should like to mention another matter, which is creating a problem at this stage, regarding the RSS and other planning legislation that has yet to be tackled. First and foremost, I want to be clear that my constituents are not nimbys. Local people recognise the need for extra housing, and more...

Regional Spatial Strategies — [Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] (30 Jun 2010)

Chris Skidmore: It is so interesting that the hon. Lady makes that point, because under the coalition agreement we will be handing more powers to parish councils, certainly for local referendums, with about 80% of parishes being able to decide where to build. There will be areas of land in a parish that the local community wants to decide on. There are certainly village communities that want to ensure that...

[Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] — Supporting Carers (1 Jul 2010)

Chris Skidmore: As a member of the Select Committee on Health and secretary of the all-party group on disability, I take a keen interest in this important matter, and I am very grateful to the Government for arranging the debate. The figures mentioned in the debate are clear. As a nation, we rely on a silent army of carers-some 6 million people or 10% of our population-to look after and support the most...

Written Answers — Justice: Young Offenders: Special Educational Needs (6 Jul 2010)

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders with (a) statemented and (b) non-statemented special educational needs have been placed in young offender institutions in each of the last 10 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (6 Jul 2010)

Chris Skidmore: Last week the Secretary of State stated his intention to establish a National Security Council. Will he explain to the House what its remit might be?

Written Answers — Education: Special Educational Needs (7 Jul 2010)

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications for statements on special educational need have been made in each local authority area in each year since 1997.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Departmental Public Expenditure (7 Jul 2010)

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on (a) refreshments and (b) furnishings in his private office in each year from 2005 to 2010.


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