Results 1–20 of 1452 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alex Cunningham

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Alex Cunningham: Will the Minister give way?

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Alex Cunningham: Will the Minister give way?

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

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?

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

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...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

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...

Clean Growth Strategy (12 Oct 2017)

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...

Prisons Policy/HMP Long Lartin (12 Oct 2017)

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Arrangements for Women (9 Oct 2017)

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...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

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?

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2017)

Alex Cunningham: The Minister will know how many summer-born children needlessly end up on the special needs register because of the lack of specific targets and support to help them close the gap on their older classmates. What guidance and resources is the Minister giving to schools so that children get the help they need?

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Alex Cunningham: The Government cannot hide on this issue. During the Childcare Bill Committee, I and others here and outside Westminster told the then Minister that his plans were full of holes, and so it has been proved. What will the new Minister do to fill the gaps in provision, particularly in deprived areas, where the holes are the deepest and the need is the greatest?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Funding in Wales (6 Sep 2017)

Alex Cunningham: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on whether additional funding announced for Northern Ireland in the Government’s deal with the Democratic Unionist party will have consequences for funding in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Funding in Wales (6 Sep 2017)

Alex Cunningham: Given the cash deal with the DUP to prop up the Government, did the Secretary of State demand an increase for Wales under the Barnett formula, or was he simply sidelined?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers: Recruitment (5 Sep 2017)

Alex Cunningham: How many additional prison officers have been newly recruited since January 2017.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers: Recruitment (5 Sep 2017)

Alex Cunningham: The Minister will be aware of the major drugs finds and related problems at Holme House prison in my constituency, where experienced officers have left and have been replaced by 18-year-old recruits. Does he really think that recruiting youngsters is the answer when it comes to meeting the needs of our increasing prison population, tackling drugs, and solving the crisis in the Prison Service?

Business of the House (13 Jul 2017)

Alex Cunningham: May we have a debate on the future of Durham Tees Valley airport, the promise made by the Tees Valley Mayor to buy it, and the Government’s position on whether his nationalisation plans will be funded from the public purse?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (12 Jul 2017)

Alex Cunningham: With 95% of its drinking water now unsafe to drink, Gaza is fast approaching the point of becoming uninhabitable, as predicted by the United Nations. What are the Government doing to ensure that we do not reach that point and to push the EU plans to fund a desalination plant there?

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Alex Cunningham: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I thank my hon. Friend and north-east England colleague the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) for securing the debate, and I thank everybody who has contributed this afternoon. Speaking of north-east colleagues, I also congratulate the hon. Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman) on his promotion to Pensions Minister—it...


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