Results 4661–4680 of 4767 for speaker:Esther McVey

Written Answers — Transport: Rolling Stock: North West (11 Feb 2011)

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to make (a) new and (b) additional rolling stock available to operate on electrified rail lines between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Voluntary Organisations (9 Feb 2011)

Esther McVey: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment has been made of the relationship between the private and voluntary sectors as part of the Government's big society initiative.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Voluntary Organisations (9 Feb 2011)

Esther McVey: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what account will be taken of corporate social responsibility as part of the Government's big society initiative.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Overseas Students: Loans (7 Feb 2011)

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what measures are in place to ensure that students from other EU countries studying in the UK repay their student loans after leaving the UK.

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

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with the National Grid on the installation of an underground electricity cable between Scotland and England via Wirral; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ivory Coast (1 Feb 2011)

Esther McVey: What recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Ivory Coast; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ivory Coast (1 Feb 2011)

Esther McVey: The latest registration figures show that 31,000 refugees have fled from the Ivory Coast to eastern Liberia in the last two months alone. Having just returned from a medical visit to Liberia with representatives of the charity Merlin and the Royal Society of Medicine, and having met the President of Liberia and Health Ministers, I know that the country is hardly best placed to deal with such...

[Jim Dobbin in the Chair] — School Governance (1 Feb 2011)

Esther McVey: I am delighted that my hon. Friend the Member for South Swindon (Mr Buckland) has secured this debate, and that I am able to add to it. I welcome the Government's plans to allow and encourage more schools to become independent of local authorities, but it has to be acknowledged that the role of governing bodies will therefore become more pivotal in the school system. With the increased...

Written Answers — Transport: Railways: North West (27 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with Network Rail on the planned electrification of rail lines between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool; and if he will make a statement.

Community Cohesion (26 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: I came to listen to the debate and perhaps make an intervention, but I thought that what I had to say might go on too long and you might ask me to sit down, Mrs Main. Therefore I thought I might say something near the end of the debate if there was time. When I saw the title, "Community Cohesion", I thought, "What an admirable debate." Is that not what everyone, on both sides of the House, is...

Community Cohesion (26 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way and for bringing this important debate to Westminster Hall. I came along because I was intrigued by the title of the debate, "Community Cohesion". Obviously I have listened to what you have said. I believe that our Localism Bill very much embeds all the charities and all the volunteers within what we are trying to do, whether it is HealthWatch, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: I am delighted that the Government's new enterprise allowance will be announced and will begin in my home area of Merseyside on Monday. Is it not initiatives like this that will spark enterprise and start businesses in some of the most deprived parts of the country?

Careers Advice (Schools) (13 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: I am delighted that this important matter is being debated in the Chamber today. However, as it is an important and complex matter, I would very much like this to be the start of a discussion on careers advice for all ages, so that we can create a much greater awareness of the issue as a whole. It is because of the scope of the topic of today's debate that I shall focus on careers advice for...

Careers Advice (Schools) (13 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: I have two hon. Members seeking to make an intervention-like buses, two have come along at the same time. I will give way first to my friend from Walton.

Careers Advice (Schools) (13 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: I do not believe that that is what is happening. Not only have I read out quotations from other people, but when the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath commissioned a report into the matter, he said that the project in question had been expensive and had not worked. I also specifically said that I was not looking at the staff individually, because so many of them are well...

Careers Advice (Schools) (13 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: My hon. Friend makes a key point, which I was going to touch on a little later. Did the requirements on schools perhaps produce some distortion, pushing children down a university route that might not benefit them all? That is why I am asking for far more sophisticated careers advice, so that each child gets the career outlet that is best for them, and not necessarily one that produces extra...

Careers Advice (Schools) (13 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: What the hon. Lady has said is vital, which is why we are here today. We are saying that such a situation could be on the horizon, so we need to capture the people I mentioned. However, when Members on both sides of the House have said that Connexions is not working, failing and an expensive experiment, it shows that the system is wrong. It is not the people who are wrong but the system, so...

Careers Advice (Schools) (13 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: The hon. Gentleman has hit the nail on the head. He has identified one of the key flaws in the careers advice that is currently provided. As he says, apprenticeships have equal standing. Careers advice should take account of the abilities and capabilities of the individual, and should aim for the complete fulfilment of that person. We need to increase understanding of the status of...

Petition — Minimum Sentence for Murder (11 Jan 2011)

Esther McVey: The petition has 833 signatures and states: To the House of Commons, The Petition of supporters of Families Fighting For Justice and others in Wirral, Cheshire, Merseyside, Declares that the Petitioners are concerned about the wording of section 170 of the Ministry of Justice Green Paper, Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders, regarding the...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Local High Streets (21 Dec 2010)

Esther McVey: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingswood (Chris Skidmore) on securing this debate. It is wonderful to see so many Members here despite the imminent recess. My hon. Friend the Member for Amber Valley (Nigel Mills) hit on a key point when he talked about practicalities, the reality and individual choice. In my constituency, this is such a hot topic that should I call such a...


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