Alison McGovern: The Minister said earlier that the Government were standing by to help. She is correct: her predecessors in the job certainly stood by. When we asked for help with business rates and when colleagues across the House asked for help with energy costs, they stood by. For the good of all my constituents who work in the supply chain and directly for Vauxhall, will the Minister do a little better...
Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current mean time is for a claimant to apply, be assessed and receive their first ESA payment.
Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints his Department received in relation to the delay to a payment of benefit owing to the lack of an appropriately trained healthcare professional in the latest period for which figures are available.
Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 9283, on universal credit: self employed, what assessment he has made of the (a) effect of the roll-out of universal credit on the creative sector, (b) number of self-employed universal credit claimants and (c) financial saving achieved by the application of the minimum income floor.
Alison McGovern: The Prime Minister’s statement has been confusing. Can I get to the heart of that confusion? She says she wants the benefits of exactly the same terms of trade with the EU as we have now, for which we need regulatory equivalence. She also says we want the benefits of not being bound by EU rules in perpetuity, for which we need regulatory divergence. It is a simple matter of logic that...
Alison McGovern: The Secretary of State is repeating words that the Tories have used to excuse their cuts for years but that have not dealt with the deficit, which is still with us. My constituents do not care about that; they care about Eastham walk-in centre, which is closed because of staff shortages. Will he answer this simple question? When will Eastham walk-in centre reopen?
Alison McGovern: rose—
Alison McGovern: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way, but I thank him even more for coming to Eastham in my constituency, where our precious walk-in centre is closing owing to staff shortages at our A&E, which is in crisis. The Tories says that we are talking down the NHS and lowering morale, but does he agree that it is not words that matter but action, and that is why we need action on pay?
Alison McGovern: It is almost comical; we would not even have a minimum wage if it were not for Labour Members. The Minister spoke about the Government’s industrial strategy, which she thinks will help to give people a pay rise, but that strategy is absolutely at odds with the current Brexit strategy. Will the Department have a word with the rest of the Government and commit to keeping our country in...
Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the universal credit minimum income floor on self-employed creative workers whose incomes are unpredictable.
Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will commission an independent review of the universal credit minimum income floor to improve its responsiveness to the conditions of people in self-employment; and if he will suspend the introduction of that floor for self-employed claimants until such a review has been completed.
Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of closing Eastham walk-in centre on the volume of patients at the accident and emergency department at Arrowe Park Hospital.
Alison McGovern: The Secretary of State made great play of the claim that the Bill was necessary for certainty. Given the legal situation that my right hon. and learned Friend has just excellently elucidated, does he agree that the powers that the Bill gives Secretaries of State to regulate every aspect of our lives mean that it is a charter for uncertainty for ordinary British people?
Alison McGovern: Will the Secretary of State give way?
Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has been invited to attend the meeting of a new contact group on Syria at the UN in New York in September 2017.
Alison McGovern: Is it not clear from the contributions of my hon. Friends and from the experience of Busy Bees, a nursery chain that provides a service in Bromborough in my constituency, that these low rates for childcare mean that the market is now fundamentally broken? What will the Minister do if we find, after years of this Tory Government, that they have reintroduced the scourge of low pay into childcare?
Alison McGovern: Further to the questions asked by my hon. Friends the Members for Wakefield (Mary Creagh) and for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander), will the Chancellor confirm, as he failed to do before, that the cost to us of Brexit will be as described by my hon. Friends some moments ago?
Alison McGovern: May I offer to help the Secretary of State to find efficiencies in the budget? No school on its own can take on the unfair and exponentially rising private finance initiative costs, but the Department could lead a challenge to this. Will she help schools in my constituency to do that?
Alison McGovern: I thank the Minister for the northern powerhouse, the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Jake Berry), for visiting New Ferry in my constituency, where the House will remember there was recently a terrible explosion. As a result of that meeting, the leader of the council in Wirral, Phil Davies, has written to the Minister. May I ask him to expedite a reply to that letter?