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Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: The bottom line is that, had exports gone to plan, these sites would not be in this position. We have heard a lot of commitment in words, but we need to see action from the Government. May I make what I hope is a constructive suggestion? The Minister’s point on participation has been heard and I suggest she does not repeat it now. There are ambassadors all around this House, including...

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

John Woodcock: Disadvantaged children cannot get to university if they do not get the grades in the first place, so will the Minister ask the schools Minister to meet us in the Furness area who are looking at a major new initiative to get the private-sector local employees involved in closing the generations-long gap in GCSE numeracy and literacy attainment?

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

John Woodcock: May I question the Secretary of State on recommendation 9 in Sir John Parker’s report, for the freezing of the design specification? Does it mean that a repeat of, say, the change in the design specification of the Astute class submarines in build to introduce special forces capability would be bindingly ruled out in future? Would it also rule out a repeat of the fiasco over cats and...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: When the Minister for School Standards met a cross-party delegation of Cumbrian MPs as recently as March, he was clear with us that it was necessary and fair for the schools budget overall, after having been protected, to now play its part in the Government’s strategy of deficit reduction. Was he right or was he wrong?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Waste Collection (17 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: Rather than lecturing councils about their legislative requirements, would the Minister like to come up to Barrow and Furness—or so many other councils, particularly across the north of England—to see the scale of the cuts that these councils are having to implement and the near impossibility of being able to balance a budget in these situations, and provide more help?

Bill Presented: Passchendaele (13 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: Is the Minister troubled, as I am, by the inherent tension within the nation’s commemorative programme for the first world war between the need to remember the sacrifice of previous generations and the desire to instil in current generations the need for patriotism and potential sacrifice in defence of our values? The dreadful, needless mass loss of life in the first world war was...

Counter-Daesh Update (13 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: The fact that, apparently, there is currently no evidence that a single civilian casualty has resulted from an RAF strike during this campaign is extraordinary and commendable. Further to the question from my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn), may I ask what influence the UK armed forces can have on some of our coalition partners, in whose cases the rules of...

Business of the House (13 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: The Leader of the House will be aware of the terrible neglect, which has proved a national scandal, at South Lakes safari zoo. May we have a debate—a debate was in train before the snap election was called—on the lamentably inadequate national regulation? Many senior members of the organisation team that was in charge while the neglect was happening have had to be granted a new...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul (12 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: The tributes that the Secretary of State has made were right, and the ambition is commendable, but the question is: how is this going to be achieved? People talk facilely about learning the lessons from Iraq, but is it not an example of the collective failure to reconstruct the country that many Sunni families saw Daesh as their protectors against the legitimate Government, rather than the...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: Will the Minister give way?

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: It is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Mr Gray. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) on securing the debate. I shall speak briefly, as you stipulated, Mr Gray, and will focus specifically on the future of Moorside and NuGen. I welcome the Minister to his post. He will no doubt have spent a substantial part of his time so far in the Department...

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

John Woodcock: What are the Secretary of State and her ministerial colleagues doing about the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who cannot access any UK aid because they are still under siege from the al-Assad Government?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (11 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: Will the Foreign Secretary meet the members of the all-party group for friends of Syria to discuss the desperate need to get more aid to the hundreds of thousands being starved to death by al-Assad in Syria?

G20 (10 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: For all the progress against Daesh, hundreds of thousands of civilians in Syria remain under siege from the evil al-Assad Government. Will the Prime Minister look again at securing multilateral agreement to get aid into those besieged towns and cities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Dreadnought Submarines (10 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: We were looking forward to discussing this very issue with the Minister during the general election campaign. I do not know what happened to her; perhaps she can come up to see us next time. Will she put the Government’s full support behind our campaign now to raise education standards in the Furness area where, for generations, school leavers have had below average English and maths...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

John Woodcock: It is good to see you back in your place, Mr Deputy Speaker. Indeed, it is rather good to be back in mine after everything that has happened. Those of us who occasionally glance at Twitter while we are listening attentively to speeches in the Chamber may have noticed that the Government appear to have told the media today that they may be relaxing the pay cap that has been strangling public...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

John Woodcock: Absolutely. The cap is not only unfair to those workers who are just scraping by; it is becoming a barrier to delivering the first-class care that patients need. Given the way this is being done, the Government are beginning to look like they are, to quote the now Lord Lamont, “in office but not in power.”—[Official Report, 9 June 1993; Vol. 226, c. 285.] Now, I have not...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

John Woodcock: The Minister shakes her head, but will she tell me whether that definition will take into account the full need to deter the horror of financial control and emotional abuse, as only a strong definition will? If it will, the Government can rely on full and hearty support from Labour Members. If it will not, we will push them to finish the job properly.

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

John Woodcock: Of course the Bill is very welcome, but what can the Home Secretary say to reassure those who fear that the definition that is now going to be produced might not be strong enough to capture the level of emotional and financial abuse that terrorises too many women in the UK today?

Petition - Ulverston Post Office (26 Apr 2017)

John Woodcock: It is with considerable pride that my last act in this Parliament before prorogation is to present a petition of 7,846 residents of Barrow and Furness—of course, overwhelmingly in the town of Ulverston—to save Ulverston post office. Ulverston post office has been an essential part of community life in its building in County Square for more than 100 years, so we were devastated to...


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