Alex Cunningham: Will the Minister give way?
Alex Cunningham: Will the Minister give way?
Alex Cunningham: Before the Minister concludes, I would like him to return to provision for disabled children. I accept that there is additional money in the system that was promised, but provision simply is not ramping up to the extent needed. What more can the Minister do, beyond funding, to encourage providers to give us facilities for disabled children?
Alex Cunningham: I welcome what the hon. Lady says about the need for early learning as opposed to babysitting. She will recognise that the Sure Start system that we developed in England was a tremendous success. We are now seeing the data, with headteachers saying that the children arriving in school are more equipped and school-ready than ever before—all the more reason why we must get this policy...
Alex Cunningham: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak (Ruth George) on securing the debate. Though I now have the role of shadow pensions Minister, it is children’s issues that are closest to my heart. I considered it a privilege to work alongside the former Member for North West Durham, Pat Glass, on the Childcare Bill Committee when the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr Gyimah) was...
Alex Cunningham: I was not there myself, but the Minister told the Tory party conference that she viewed carbon capture and storage as a vital technology for the future, and I welcome its revival on the Government’s policy platform. They are certainly seeing sense. CCS is also vital for Teesside and for the jobs that the Minister talked about. Will she back the Teesside Collective project with real...
Alex Cunningham: That was a really interesting answer, because the heroin dealer Ian Paul Manuel beat up prison officer Adam Jackson at Kirklevington prison in Stockton, and the courts gave him a conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £20 compensation to the officer. Does the Minister agree that such a slap on the wrist is totally inadequate, that it offers no deterrent at all to the thugs who turn...
Alex Cunningham: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likelihood that off-gas grid businesses will switch to higher carbon fuels when the climate change levy on liquid petroleum gas increases up to (a) 2019 and (b) 2025.
Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to establish an approved list of regulated pension schemes with regulated underlying investments that are deemed safe; and if he will make a statement.
Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8352, on personal independence payment (PIP): hearing impairment, what estimate he has made of the cost of developing a joined-up digital journey for PIP claimants with health and disability needs.
Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on charges by the Child Maintenance Service when claimants are required to transfer their cases from the Child Support Agency.
Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to compel employers to inform departing employees of their pension options.
Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the UK plans to (a) contribute and (b) vote at the World Bank Group (WBG) to ensure that two thirds of WBG support for energy in developing countries supports access to renewable energy and clean cooking for the world's poorest communities.
Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that schools have additional financial resources to aid them in better supporting summer born children.
Alex Cunningham: The ombudsman’s first rulings on whether the Government are guilty of maladministration for failing to give 50s-born women sufficient notice of their earlier retirement age are due soon. Maladministration or not—it will take years to resolve that matter—can I ask the new Minister to take this back, think again, tell us what he is prepared to do, and what research he is...
Alex Cunningham: The Minister knows how frustrated parents are by the delay in getting an official diagnosis, but it is the knock-on effect on other assessments, such as education support plans, that really adds to their burden. Will she give any advice to local authorities and CCGs to look beyond the official diagnosis, to make some of those other things happen?
Alex Cunningham: I was asked to speak in this debate by one of my constituents, Nichola, who has a three-year-old son called Thomas. My hon. Friend the Member for Stockton South (Dr Williams) referred to them. This is a very personal story but, before I get into it, I add my tribute to Daisy Chain, the charity based only a few hundred yards from my home in Stockton North that supports children with autism...
Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will ensure that two-thirds of UK support for energy access in developing countries is allocated to centralised, renewable electricity and clean cooking solutions.
Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to seek a solution to the problem of hidden costs and charges in pension schemes.
Alex Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to prevent the practice of pension scheme providers using percentage figures to communicate fees and charges to consumers.