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UK Policy on the Middle East: Emerging Economies (14 Jun 2010)

Alok Sharma: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to make my maiden speech. I start by congratulating my hon. Friends the Members for Sleaford and North Hykeham (Stephen Phillips) and for South Thanet (Laura Sandys) on their excellent and moving maiden speeches. My constituency of Reading West was created in 1983 and was served from then until 1997 by a Conservative Member, Sir Anthony...

Business of the House: Public Spending (17 Jun 2010)

Alok Sharma: Will the Chief Secretary remind us once again why we face such a difficult spending review? It is clearly something that the Labour party has failed to understand.

Business of the House: Banking Reform (17 Jun 2010)

Alok Sharma: Does my hon. Friend agree with the Governor of the Bank of England's assessment that there was little real reform of banking regulation under the last Government, and that the Opposition should therefore welcome the measures that we are setting out today?

Capital Gains Tax (Rates) (23 Jun 2010)

Alok Sharma: I start by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle (John Stevenson) on his passionate speech and on speaking up for localism. That is something that Government Members strongly believe in, and I hope that we will see it acted out in the Government's manifesto. Having listened to Opposition Members during today's debate, it is interesting that not a single one of them had...

Capital Gains Tax (Rates) (23 Jun 2010)

Alok Sharma: Thank you, Mr Speaker. On Government help for local businesses, during the height of the recession, I attended a meeting of more than 100 people from businesses in my constituency. That was when the then Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson, was parading all over the place to tell us about all the schemes he was introducing to help local businesses. When I asked those business people whether a...

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration: South East (11 Nov 2010)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents of (a) Reading West constituency, (b) Reading, (c) Berkshire and (d) the South East are awaiting the completion of legacy immigration cases.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Overseas Trade: India and China (12 Nov 2010)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support access for UK technology companies to new markets in (a) India and (b) China; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Compost (15 Nov 2010)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to support the development of in-vessel composting for the recycling of organic material; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Department: British Nationality: South East (15 Nov 2010)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) applied for and (b) were refused UK citizenship who were resident in (i) Reading West constituency, (ii) Reading, (iii) Berkshire and (iv) the South East in each year since 2001.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (15 Nov 2010)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in transferring clients of the Child Support Agency under the pre-2002 scheme to the current scheme; and if he will make a statement.

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: Funding and Schools Reform (17 Nov 2010)

Alok Sharma: In addition to welcoming the success of the academies in my hon. Friend's constituency, does he also welcome, as I do, the Secretary of State's recent decision to allow the National Education Trust, the Centre for British Teachers and the Friends of All Saints school to move forward to the next stage of setting up a free school in my constituency with the aim of opening a 120-pupil school in...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (1 Dec 2010)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average difference between the amounts paid by clients of the Child Support Agency on the (a) pre-2002 and (b) post-2002 scheme.

Written Answers — Education: Education: Assessments (8 Dec 2010)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) methodology and (b) tools were used to assess the progress of children who did not sit SATs in 2010; and whether the baseline against which such assessments were made was adjusted to take account of those children who did not sit SATs; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Business: Government Assistance (9 Dec 2010)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many grants made by his Department to small firms based in Reading West constituency under the (a) Small Firms Local Guarantee scheme and (b) Enterprise Finance Guarantee were of between (i) £1,000 and £5,000, (ii) £5,001 and £20,000, (iii) £20,001 and £50,000, (iv) £50,001 and...

Consolidated Fund Bill: Higher Education Fees (9 Dec 2010)

Alok Sharma: We have heard much self-righteous indignation from the Opposition about the proposed rise in tuition fee levels, but no real acknowledgement of why these decisions are having to be made. The fundamental reason why the coalition Government are having to make difficult choices on public expenditure is the shocking state of the public finances left to us by the previous Government.

Consolidated Fund Bill: Higher Education Fees (9 Dec 2010)

Alok Sharma: This is an economic decision. The Labour party left us with a mess, they have absolutely no plan and they come here trying to oppose a fair policy that we are putting forward. The Opposition have talked about the proposed tuition fees increase "pulling the ladder" away from poorer students, but that clearly is not the case. Such talk is pretty rich coming from a party whose policies in...

Consolidated Fund Bill: Higher Education Fees (9 Dec 2010)

Alok Sharma: I could not agree more with my hon. Friend, who makes a very good point. It is clear that Labour's opposition to the change in tuition fees is all about party politics and opposition for its own sake.

Consolidated Fund Bill: Higher Education Fees (9 Dec 2010)

Alok Sharma: No, I will not give way now. That approach comes from a party that appears to have no consistent or developed policy on higher education funding. The Leader of the Opposition, who is not in his place, has said that that Labour party policy is a "blank sheet of paper". Well is it not time that he started scribbling on it? The Opposition have raised a number of objections to the proposed...


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