Results 1–20 of 1647 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

Public Sector Pay (24 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: I strongly welcome the extra money for lower-paid teachers. May I ask my right hon. Friend where the £500 million will come from within the Department? The Department has already had to make efficiency savings, given the extra £1.3 billion that has gone to schools.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (24 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his new position. Despite having incredible NHS staff, our hospital in Harlow, the Princess Alexandra Hospital, is not fit for purpose in terms of its building. We desperately need a new hospital. Will he visit Princess Alexandra Hospital as Secretary of State and will he please make sure that we get the new hospital that we urgently need in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: In Harlow in 2016—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: Thank you, Mr Speaker. In Harlow in 2016, a beautiful little girl, Summer Grant, tragically lost her life when a bouncy castle she was playing in blew away. This weekend there was another horrific fatality from an inflatable in Great Yarmouth. The grandmother of Summer Grant has contacted me to ask for more safeguarding and training for these temporary structures. My right hon. Friend the...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: I thank Members from all parties for speaking on this important matter. The shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane), was kind about my speech, but then said that he preferred textbooks to Tories and compared himself to the England captain; I have to say that Harry Kane is a lot better at scoring goals. On the general question of education, in the 1970s, we...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: It is a pleasure to open this debate on the spending of the Department for Education in my capacity as Chair of the Select Committee on Education. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for allowing the debate and particularly my colleagues on the Committee who are here in the Chamber for all the work they do alongside the Committee officials. If we regard the NHS as the guardian of our...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: As I said, I am not against grammar schools, but the problem is whether they are providing opportunities for the most disadvantaged pupils. Only 3% of pupils in grammar schools get free school meals, and I would rather the Government increase that proportion of pupils before giving grammar schools extra funding. That extra £200 million of funding will benefit only a few thousand pupils,...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: While I accept that funding is much higher than it was in 2010—no doubt the Minister for School Standards will set that out—I also agree that there are increasing cost pressures, but I will make that argument in a moment. I am full of admiration for my right hon. Friend the Health Secretary, who has successfully made the case for a longer-term vision for health and social care. I...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: If the hon. Gentleman will allow me, I will come on to those points later, and if he does not feel that I have responded to them, I would be happy for him to intervene again. In truth, the £1.3 billion should never have been necessary. While the introduction of a national funding formula is an entirely logical and necessary process of structural reform, for many schools the question is...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: I think those are mixed figures, because if we look at this in the round, the number of teachers has gone up by a significant amount since 2010. Again, this is part of the argument I have been making. Such arguments are why the Education Committee has launched an inquiry into school and college funding. We have no intention of unpicking the huge public consultation on the national funding...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. We are doing a separate inquiry into children with special educational needs and disabilities, which I hope will reflect the issues he has raised. We began our inquiry on 19 June, with a scene-setting session featuring the National Foundation for Educational Research, the Education Policy Institute and Institute for Fiscal Studies. In our future...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: I will give way for the last time, because I know you want me to get on, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: The hon. Lady makes an important point. I passionately support the pupil premium—it was a great reform by the Government—but we need to make sure that all children who should be entitled to it get it. We need to look at suggestions like the one made by the hon. Lady. The third flaw is that the pupil premium may not be effective enough. At current rates of progress, it will simply...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Halfon: Given that the independent Centre for Economics and Business Research has said that the fuel duty freeze has contributed to creating 121,000 jobs, and that the Treasury said in 2014 that the benefits of the fuel duty freeze had offset the loss in tax income, does the Minister not agree that it would be absolute madness to raise fuel duty and hit working people up and down this country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kurdistan and Iraq (26 Jun 2018)

Robert Halfon: What progress the Government are making on encouraging dialogue between the Kurdistan regional government and the Government of Iraq.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kurdistan and Iraq (26 Jun 2018)

Robert Halfon: With the all-party group on Kurdistan, I recently visited Sulaimani University and Kurdistan University. Their students love Britain and want to study in Britain, yet are being held back by visa bureaucracy. Given that Kurdistan is in the frontline against ISIL and is a beacon of stability, can my right hon. Friend do more to unwind the bureaucracy so that more Kurdistan students can study in...

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment: Childhood Obesity Strategy: Chapter 2 (25 Jun 2018)

Robert Halfon: At a time when families are struggling with the cost of living, I urge my hon. Friend to make sure that these measures do not increase prices, which hit those on the lowest incomes the most.

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment (25 Jun 2018)

Robert Halfon: Given what my right hon. Friend the Member for Wokingham (John Redwood) said, and given Boeing’s £40 million investment, is it not important that we listen to all voices in this argument, rather than concentrating on one voice, which may have a different view about Brexit, disproportionately more than others?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Educational Needs: Support Services (25 Jun 2018)

Robert Halfon: Every year, 3,285 children with special needs are excluded from our schools—that is roughly 17 a day—and 833 children with special needs are given fixed-term exclusions. Does my hon. Friend recognise that that is a major social injustice? I know that he has his review, but surely the Department’s priority must be to address that.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (19 Jun 2018)

Robert Halfon: My hon. Friend has visited Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow and has acknowledged that it is not fit for purpose. Will he use the excellent £20 billion of extra NHS funding to ensure we get the Harlow hospital health campus we need?


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