Results 4581–4600 of 4796 for speaker:Esther McVey

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Adoption (9 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I have two specific questions, one about the loss of 28% of voluntary adoption agencies because of the 2009 Labour legislation, and what we as a Government will do to fill that huge gap. The other is about support in the education system for children who are adopted.

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Adoption (9 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Erewash (Jessica Lee) on securing this debate. We have had an overview of the situation from her, and a personal story from my hon. colleague the Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson). I want to look at two issues raised by constituents of mine, one about the choice and selection of adoption agencies, the other about awareness in the education...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Adoption (9 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I completely agree. There are benefits to society, but also huge benefits to the child who progresses into adulthood. My constituents came to see me about the significant changes to adoption agencies under Labour’s 2010 equality laws, which state that the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is a fundamental principle of human rights laws and that such...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Adoption (9 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: Absolutely. The key point is, “When does tolerance become intolerance?” The Catholics who came to see me thought that that had happened. They believed that providing choice could bring about equality, but that what we had stopped was choice. My second point, which a constituent of mine, Paula Davies, raised with me, is about the lack of awareness in the education system. She had adopted a...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Adoption (9 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that point. I was not aware that there were differences, but if so, of course they need to be addressed. Particularly for children adopted later in life, it is painfully apparent that they might need the same support as children in care. I will conclude on that point, but I would like replies from the Minister on my points about choice, equality and...

[Jim Sheridan in the Chair] (8 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

[Jim Sheridan in the Chair] (8 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I think if the hon. Gentleman was listening to what I was saying, he would know that I gave full acknowledgment to the grammar schools that we have, and the fact that parents want to keep them. My speech was not about increasing them, or making alterations; I was saying that they are an important part of the education system, for which they must be acknowledged.

Grammar Schools (8 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) on raising this issue. All of us are saying that grammar schools provide excellent education for all children from all backgrounds. As my hon. Friend the Member for South Thanet (Laura Sandys) explained most powerfully, we would not necessarily know what schools people’s children go to when we are knocking on doors...

Grammar Schools (8 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: To be fair, I think that man has got move and groove and slinky hips, and I will be voting for him. As an ex-dancer, I was taken by his dancing abilities. I welcome what the Government are doing. I welcome free schools and academies, because I believe in choice. The grammar schools in Wirral West are moving to become academies and following the academy route. As they progress towards becoming...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Electricity (3 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with electricity generators on the need to retain energy intensive industries as future baseload customers.

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I congratulate the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith) on bringing this timely debate to Westminster Hall. However, having listened to what has gone on, I think that we need to put the debate in context, so here goes. We have to look at the time when the coalition Government took office. We had the biggest deficit ever in peacetime history. We were paying £120 million...

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: No, the hon. Gentleman will find that his party left the economy in so bad a situation that we not only had to say, “You will live within your means and spend what you have,” but we had to provide a growth structure so that we could rebalance the economy.

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: Not yet. Let me proceed to put the debate in context. Hon. Members talked about the regional development agencies. I will talk favourably about the Northwest Development Agency because the staff there are superb. I have worked with many of them and have a lot of time for them. However, let me give the statistics. From 1990 to 1999, annual growth was 1.7% in the north-west and 2.3% in the...

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: No, I will not. Therefore, we now have to ask how we will spend money better, how we will live within our means and how we will rebalance the economy. I talk as someone who had her own business for the last 14 years. I have set businesses up and sold them. I also set up the biggest business network for women in the north-west, involving more than 9,000 business ladies. I therefore like to see...

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. As I said, I did not deal with Yorkshire Forward; I worked with the Northwest Development Agency and I congratulate the staff, who were excellent. I am saying that, despite spending £3.7 billion, what was meant to be done—rebalancing the economy—never happened. We are therefore asking how we can best deliver the money, how we can focus it and...

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. The purpose of the regional growth fund was to stimulate growth, secure jobs and increase the number of jobs. There was a consultation with the public: what did they think it would be best for the regional growth fund to do? The replies came back that they wanted flexibility and no duplication of funds. It was thought best that at least for stage...

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: No, I will not just yet; I will in a second. When we talk in Westminster Hall about the confidence that business needs—we all know that that cannot really be defined but is necessary—it helps for all parties to give confidence to business.

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: That is indeed vital. When we talk in the House and our words are taken down in Hansard and when people look at it on the internet, people must not just hear doom and gloom, because in reality many positive things are happening and they are coming from private industry.

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: I will give way first to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Richard Burden).

Regional Growth Fund (1 Nov 2011)

Esther McVey: Let me correct that. I do not think that the RGF will be delivered more effectively, but that it will change along the way, as small and medium-sized enterprises link together and put in bids for £1 million. Everybody knows—I was slightly startled by some Members’ comments about this—that due diligence must be done and that money must be targeted at the right people. That is what...


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