Results 1–20 of 542 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Julian Sturdy

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Major Infrastructure Investment (27 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: What plans the Government have to invest in major infrastructure during the 2017 Parliament.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Major Infrastructure Investment (27 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: Through the major road network, vehicle excise duty will be made available for investment in strategic roads outside the remit of Highways England. I understand that economic growth must be a priority, but how much will the pressure of future housing developments be considered in any of these future schemes? My constituency in York, for example, is surrounded by the northern ring road and we...

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: I beg to move, That this House has considered the introduction of an agriculture GCSE. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes, I think for the first time. As Members may recall from previous debates, my professional background is in agriculture; I draw Members’ attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. My background and...

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman. I have not quite reached the farmer’s average age yet, which is around 59 at the moment. I was going on to mention that Northern Ireland already has a GCSE in agriculture, which started in 2013.

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: It is up to the Minister to respond to that, and I hope she does, but I do not want to see a GCSE in agriculture only in North Herefordshire. I want to see it in England and Wales and perhaps Scotland as well.

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend, who makes a valuable point. My support for the agriculture GCSE is based on two central arguments: first, the course would offer great benefits to GCSE pupils in helping to equip them for a skilled and fulfilling career that agriculture can offer; and secondly, it would support the farming sector by providing a better and larger pool of young, educated...

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: I am glad my hon. Friend has brought those figures to this debate. I can always rely on him to bring facts to the table. It is also worth mentioning that there is an opportunity for those who are privileged enough to have the advantage of taking an IGCSE qualification in agriculture offered by Cambridge Assessment, but it is clear that opportunities are limited to a small cohort of students...

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. It is important to ensure that all education facilities have the opportunity to offer a GCSE in agriculture. It should be available to all—that is the premise of the argument—and not a limited few.

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: Very briefly.

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: Again, I entirely agree. I will go on to mention that this is not just about agriculture. The wider rural economy, the environment and food security link back to agriculture and food production. I understand that the Department for Education has recently introduced changes to secondary qualifications and wants a time to allow those to settle down, but a model exists for how to design and...

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: I entirely agree that it is about connecting with food production, and ensuring that we understand where our food comes from, how it works in the chain, the environmental impacts, and how we manage production. I cannot say that I am old enough to remember the O-level; my year was the last to take O-levels, but I cannot remember having the opportunity to take that one. The point is that we...

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: I could not agree more with the hon. Gentleman; he makes the point very well. As we move forward with Brexit, now is the time to push the boundaries and take agriculture to new levels. To do that, however, we will need the skills base for the future, and we have to enthuse young people. A GCSE in agriculture gives us a real opportunity to do that. Sadly, there is plenty of evidence that young...

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: Sorry, Hertfordshire—once again, I thank my hon. Friend for giving the correct details. Other examples include Fera Science, just outside my constituency in North Yorkshire, and Stockbridge Technology Centre in North Yorkshire. We should be trying to fire the imaginations of our young people by engaging them in the classroom with such examples as soon as possible, just as we try to...

Health and Social Care: Hospitals in Special Measures (6 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: What recent progress he has made on improving the performance of hospitals in special measures.

Health and Social Care: Hospitals in Special Measures (6 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: Given that York’s local health service is in special measures, the additional funds in the Budget to deal with winter health pressures were very welcome. I am pleased to say that York NHS has already received a tranche of those funds, but the remainder of its share has not been released, although discussions with NHS Improvement are ongoing. Will the Secretary of State undertake to look...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

Julian Sturdy: Can the Minister reassure me that upcoming negotiations with the EU on future migration arrangements will prioritise the needs of UK science and research, allowing the two-way flow of talent that is vital for our top universities, such as York University in my constituency?

Cancer Treatment: Patient Travel Times — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Julian Sturdy: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate. Will he also note the importance of local charities? In my constituency, we have a charity called York Against Cancer, which has raised £15 million over the past three years. That money goes towards running a local minibus from York to Leeds for patients who have to be treated at Leeds in the radiology department.

Yorkshire Devolution (9 Jan 2018)

Julian Sturdy: I am listening carefully to what the hon. Gentleman is saying; he is making an articulate argument. I agree that we need a solution for Yorkshire, and that that solution must be ambitious, as he said. However, I want to pick up on one point that he made. He mentioned a wider Yorkshire deal by 2020. I know that he is making the case for Barnsley and Doncaster, but as an MP for York and North...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Business Sector (12 Dec 2017)

Julian Sturdy: Unfair trading practices used by big retailers have been identified as a factor in limiting the growth of small and new businesses supplying to the groceries sector. Will the Minister therefore reassure me that the Department will be bringing forward proposals to widen the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator in its response to this year’s consultation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Dec 2017)

Julian Sturdy: What recent assessment he has made of the resilience of flood defences.

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