Toby Perkins: What recent estimate he has made of the number of eligible voters not on the electoral register.
Toby Perkins: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.
Toby Perkins: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I wanted to clarify and correct the record in relation to something I said yesterday. The House will have heard me ask the Education Secretary about Brookfield Community School in Chesterfield, an outstanding local authority school that was forced into being an academy. I said yesterday that it now required improvement and that the governing body was being replaced. I...
Toby Perkins: Anyone who attended the Unison briefing this morning will know how worried local authority workers are about the impact of austerity on the services that they provide. Can the Chancellor reassure them that they will see in his next Budget a level of money that means we do not see many more authorities facing the catastrophe that Northamptonshire has had and that we have all witnessed this year?
Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has classified Mr Hasan Mushaima as a prisoner of conscience.
Toby Perkins: A few years ago, Brookfield Community School in Chesterfield was an outstanding local authority-run school. Because of the financial pressure the Government put on the school to become an academy, it has done so, but just a few weeks ago it was rated as “requiring improvement” and the academy arrangements have now been sacked. Will the Secretary of State recognise that outstanding...
Toby Perkins: I am probably in the position of largely agreeing with the Minister. I remember that, back in 2010, we had the Derbyshire primary care trust, but then the Lansley reforms came in, broke up the PCT and turned it into five different organisations in North Derbyshire. Can he imagine how galling it is for us to hear that those organisations, which went from a very strong financial position back...
Toby Perkins: May I make a point of clarification, because the Minister is misquoting me? I said that the financial position was strong in 2010, not in 2016.
Toby Perkins: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. Does she agree that, alongside the financial consequences of their cheaper cost, many voluntary organisations, such as Age Concern, which I saw last week, keep old people well and prevent them from having to use health services by providing services such as the befriending service in Chesterfield?
Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the immigration status of members of the Windrush generation in the last 12 months.
Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the publication of the results of the Blue Badge (disabled parking) scheme eligibility review consultation on the Gov.uk website.
Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the results of the Blue Badge disabled parking scheme eligibility review consultation were not published within three months of the consultation closing on 18 March 2018.
Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to review the adequacy of the element of the Funeral Expenses Payment that is used to pay funeral directors, coffins and flowers to cover those costs.
Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the average cost of a funeral in each year since 2003.
Toby Perkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average Funeral Expenses Payment was in each year since 2003.
Toby Perkins: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. There is a great deal of concern across Parliament about the mysterious disappearance of the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable). He has been missing since last night. This morning, he was texting about being the only person really fighting Brexit. I just wonder if you and the parliamentary authorities could ascertain his whereabouts and...
Toby Perkins: Many small care agencies face bankruptcy in the light of the Treasury advice on the way in which sleep-ins are paid, which has now been changed by the courts. The Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, the right hon. Member for Devizes (Claire Perry), did not seem to know too much about this, but may I urge her to avail herself of the facts urgently, because many small agencies will go bust...
Toby Perkins: To underline my hon. Friend’s point, does not the fact that 50% of women in prostitution in the UK are estimated to have started being paid for sex acts before they were 18 years old expose more than anything the vulnerability of people in this trade and how the almost rosy image that is sometimes given to it is very far away from the reality of what faces them?
Toby Perkins: For the entire country to benefit from sports-related tourism, it is important that there is a fair distribution of cricket, for example. Half of all the test matches between 2019 and 2023 will be in London, meaning that Trent Bridge will not get an Ashes test in either of the next two series. Will the Minister sit down with the England and Wales Cricket Board, tell it to go back to the...
Toby Perkins: One of the areas on the high street that is particularly struggling is that of our important pubs. I would be interested to hear the Minister’s view on the extent to which pub-owning businesses and tenants enjoy confidence in the Pubs Code Adjudicator—and if they do not, what steps the Government are taking to put that right.