Results 1–20 of 1383 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Robert Halfon

Grenfell Tower: Points of Order (19 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Yesterday, my hon. Friend the Member for Southend West (Sir David Amess) mentioned the sad passing away of Sir Teddy Taylor. I also bring to your attention the sad passing away over the summer of the former MP for Keighley, Mr Gary Waller. I mention it because he was president of the Harlow Conservative Association for a number of years, and he was also a...

Grenfell Tower: Business of the House (19 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: Does my right hon. Friend agree that although winter is coming, one freeze that millions of hard-working people want maintained is the fuel duty freeze? Is she aware of the campaign by FairFuelUK and many MPs not just to keep the freeze, but to stop taxes on diesel car owners? Will she make a statement on what the Government are doing to help hard-pressed motorists?

Grenfell Tower (19 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: I welcome the work my right hon. Friend has set out. He mentions the social housing review; should not that focus on our need for dramatically more social housing? Will he lobby the Treasury for tax incentives for housing associations, and will he liberalise planning rules so that we can build social housing for the 21st century?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Strategic Road Network: Congestion (19 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: Is my hon. Friend aware that many Harlow motorists face significant problems from ever-increasing congestion and the ever-increasing number of terrible accidents on the M11? Will he investigate that to see what can be done?

Capital Funding: New Hospital in Harlow — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: I beg to move, That this House has considered capital funding for a new hospital in Harlow. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth, and I am grateful to Mr Speaker for allowing this debate. The Princess Alexandra Hospital was completed in 1966 to provide acute hospital and specialist services for around 350,000 people living in Harlow and the surrounding areas....

Capital Funding: New Hospital in Harlow — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: As usual, my hon. Friend makes a powerful point. I will come on to how changes in nearby hospitals have had a significant effect on the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The emergency department in particular suffers. As the CQC reported last year: “Long waits in the emergency department and capacity issues in the wards meant that patients were not always seen in a timely manner, with many...

Capital Funding: New Hospital in Harlow — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: My hon. Friend has set up the all-party parliamentary group on new towns, of which she is the chair and I am pleased to be vice-chairman. We set it up because we have many of the same problems. Our towns were built at the same time and we have the same issues, whether it is to do with our hospitals or regenerating housing and our high streets. I thank her for the work she does on this and the...

Retail Energy (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: I welcome the changes that my right hon. Friend has made today. I have mentioned this to him before, but can he look seriously at the issue of energy companies charging people a lot more money for their domestic energy bills if they do not pay by direct debit and instead pay by cheque or through their bank or post office? It seems outrageous that these customers have to pay a lot more when...

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: I thank my hon. Friend for his work on this. Will the consultation also look at potential gender-related pay disparities?

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: I thank my hon. Friend for securing the debate and congratulate him and the hon. Member for Stroud (Dr Drew) on the principled way in which they resigned because of what I and many other people see as an outrageous amount of money. Does he agree that the pay of vice-chancellors should be clearly linked to performance measures? One performance measure must be successful job destinations, with...

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority: University Vice-Chancellors: Pay (11 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: My hon. Friend is being incredibly generous in giving way, and that is typical of him. Does he agree that it is not just an issue of vice-chancellor pay but of senior management pay and the random way in which professors are paid from university to university, sometimes using significant amounts of funds? There is also an issue of pay disparity in senior management between men and women....

Higher Education Funding (11 Oct 2017)

Robert Halfon: I strongly welcome the measures that my hon. Friend has set out because we have to be fair to students and fair to the taxpayer, too. In the review, will he look at the high interest rate and at lowering the interest rate for students? On a wider issue, the Government announced a big boost to degree apprenticeships. Does he agree that we should be incentivising and putting all financial...

Schools: National Funding Formula (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Halfon: I strongly welcome this announcement, particularly the help for the disadvantaged. This is social justice in action, and I look forward to discussing the measures with my right hon. Friend when she comes to the Education Committee on 25 October. Has an assessment been made of how much the pupil premium helps disadvantaged pupils in particular? How will the pupil premium sit alongside the...

Local Housing Need (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Halfon: I strongly welcome the measures that have been set out today, particularly the statement of common ground, given the development of Harlow North by Places for People. My right hon. Friend recognises the need for more social housing. Will he consider tax incentives for housing associations so that more can be built?

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Robert Halfon: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate. The Labour party bears a responsibility. There is no doubt in my mind that, in my constituency of Harlow, young people thought Labour was going to scrap student debt. [Hon. Members: “No, they didn’t.”] They did. The leader of the Labour party said it was going to “deal with” student debt. Whatever the...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Robert Halfon: The hon. Lady is absolutely right on that, and I was pleased to visit her excellent local college when I was in my previous role. Of course she is right to say that we need a UCAS for apprenticeships and the skills system. That was in the Conservative manifesto and I believe the Government are working hard to achieve it. Over the summer, the issue of vice-chancellors’ pay has...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Robert Halfon: We need to look at this across the board to make sure that salaries are related to performance and are seen as fair. I am not against high salaries, but what we have seen with some of these vice-chancellors, although not all, is pretty awful. As I say, their Marie Antoinette response to this just shows that they are completely out of touch with what is going on with a struggling economy,...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Robert Halfon: I have heard that argument, but the wealthier students are the most likely to be able to pay off the current interest rate. A member of my office staff, who is not paid huge amounts of money and whom I would love to pay more, has £60,000 to pay. I just find that unacceptable—

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Robert Halfon: Not only am I nearly finished, Mr Speaker, but I shall not take any more interventions. We need to assess the impact of tuition fees on part-time learners—an issue that has already been raised in the debate. The number of part-time learners peaked at almost 590,000 in 2008-09, but it is now down to 310,000—a fall of 47%—and we know that they are more likely to be older, to...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Robert Halfon: I thank my right hon. Friend for the huge and strong support he has given to Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow and to our campaign for a new hospital. I welcome the moves the Government are making on the pay cap and I look forward to announcements in the coming weeks. May I urge him to do even more than the Government are doing on nursing apprenticeships, because they are one key way...


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