Results 1–20 of 1439 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nicholas Dakin

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: Scunthorpe market provides around 250 local jobs and is well valued by its customers, yet its future is currently at risk because of the behaviour of North Lincolnshire Council. May we have a debate about the role of markets in local communities and councils’ roles in supporting them?

Petition - Myanmar’S Muslim Ethnic Minority (11 Oct 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: I want to praise the work that the Bangladesh Welfare Association in North Lincolnshire does in the community, and also to thank the association for co-ordinating the petition and bringing it to me. The petition states: The petition of residents of Scunthorpe County Constituency, Declares that urgent action should be taken to stop the violence against Myanmar’s Muslim ethnic minority,...

Adjournment (February, Easter, May Day and Whitsun): Devolution: Yorkshire (10 Oct 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: If there were a desire from the northern Lincolnshire area to be involved in that process, would that be looked at by Ministers?

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: The hon. Gentleman has secured this debate at a timely moment. Does he agree that the lack of clarity from the Government is leading to a lack of investment in supported housing? The longer that goes on, the bigger the crisis will be in the future.

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: You’d know all about that!

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

Nicholas Dakin: It cannot be right—can it?—that sixth formers are given 21% less funding than 11 to 16-year-olds, so will the Government respond to the constructive campaign by the Association of School and College Leaders, the Association of Colleges and the Sixth Form Colleges Association by fundamentally reviewing post-16 funding?

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: I thank the 17 or 18 Members of Parliament who have contributed to the debate—on a Thursday, on a one-line Whip. That demonstrates the strength of feeling across the House and the country on this matter. I thank the Minister for her response. Despite my attempts to encourage her to focus on the 85% of young people who go to general education, her civil servants managed to pull her back...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: I beg to move, That this House has considered 16 to 19 education funding. It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Hanson. I am pleased to move this debate and to see so many hon. and right hon. Members here on a Thursday afternoon to show their interest in this important subject. Let me start by declaring my interest in and passion for 16-to-19 learning. I have worked in post-16...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: My hon. Friend is completely right. Cuts elsewhere in further education budgets make life even more difficult and challenging for people leading those institutions and delivering not only for adults but for 16 to19-year old learners. Alongside these funding cuts, inflationary pressures have continued to bite and costs have continued to rise. Employer contributions to the teachers’...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Giving people a leg up and supporting them, and generating social mobility is exactly what good post-16 education does. She is absolutely right to remind us of the challenges in her constituency, which are reflected across the English education system. Labour has shown real leadership in arguing for improved technical education to stand alongside the growth...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I want the Minister to focus on getting good value for the vast majority of students and to address the funding inequality that my hon. Friend highlights so well. In its offer to the British people this year, the Conservative party promised fair funding for schools, but its current proposals wholly ignore post-16 education. This made complete sense when...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: My hon. Friend makes a good point. The reality is that the squeeze on funding for education for 16 to 19-year-olds puts pressure on special needs support not only in colleges but in school sixth forms. This issue covers sixth formers wherever they end up in the system. Recent research from the Institute of Education describes sixth form education in England as “uniquely narrow and...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The tragedy is that already the post-16 curriculum has shrunk so we are already in danger of getting to where my hon. Friend describes, and there is concern about where we might be going in future. The funding that schools and colleges now receive to educate sixth formers covers the cost of delivering just three A-level or equivalent qualifications, and...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: Sixth form colleges are particularly affected, as my hon. Friend describes, and they cannot claim back VAT in the way that schools do, so that puts them at a significant disadvantage overall. The treatment of 16-to-19 funding is in stark contrast to the pre-16 funding that was protected in real terms under the coalition Government and protected in cash terms during the previous Parliament....

Business of the House (7 Sep 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: British Steel pensioners are concerned that proposed changes will result in their losing out on the proper uplifting of their pre-1997 service. May we have a statement from the Government on the proposed changes to the British Steel pension scheme and on how they will ensure that pensioners are not short-changed?

Free Childcare (18 Jul 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: In light of these additional difficulties in bringing in what is a very welcome policy, what additional support will the Government give to nurseries that are preparing to deliver the scheme? We need to make sure that the resources are there for delivery.

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: The Secretary of State’s statement did nothing to address the service and consistent underfunding of 16 to 18-year-olds. Over the last two years, there was an underspend of £267 million. Will the Government commit themselves to reallocating those moneys as soon as possible, and also to addressing the underfunding of 16 to 18-year-olds in the future?

Women and Equalities: State Pension Age: Women Born in the 1950s (6 Jul 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the disadvantage experienced by women born in the 1950s as a result of changes to the state pension age.

Women and Equalities: State Pension Age: Women Born in the 1950s (6 Jul 2017)

Nicholas Dakin: Yesterday, in response to the Westminster Hall debate, the Minister made the well-intentioned but ill-judged suggestion that an adequate response to the pensions plight of the 1950s-born women was for them to access apprenticeships. That shows how far out of touch some people are on this issue. There is a clear consensus across this House to address this injustice. When will the Government...


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