Results 1–20 of 1506 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bill Esterson

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: First, I apologise to the House for missing the start of the debate, which was entirely beyond my control. I also thank my hon. Friends for their contributions: my hon. Friends the Members for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie), for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander), for Bridgend (Mrs Moon), for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders) and for Brentford and Isleworth (Ruth Cadbury). I will just...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: I thank all hon. Members who have taken part in this excellent debate. The right hon. Member for Meriden (Dame Caroline Spelman) made an excellent speech. My hon. Friend the Member for Wigan (Lisa Nandy), as ever, brought huge insight to the debate, combining passion and authority and making some brilliant points. I also thank hon. Members who made interventions. I especially thank the...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: I am glad that my hon. Friend raises the point about the cost element of recommending adoption and special guardianship orders rather than long-term fostering. That particularly applies for those aged 18 and above. In my speech I did not mention Staying Put or the fact that the funding for it is lower than for foster care. Does my hon. Friend agree that that is a big mistake and a big...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: I beg to move, That this House has considered foster care. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. This subject is very dear to my heart, as I shall explain. The life chances of children in care—they are also referred to as looked-after children—are significantly lower than those of other children. That applies to their prospects of getting well-paid...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: My hon. Friend makes his point extremely well. I know many foster-carers, and I am sure that other Members here do too. The vast majority do exactly as he said: they provide an extremely supportive, loving and caring environment. They do their best to deliver the kinds of outcomes he mentioned, in the face of great difficulty, due, as he said, to the cuts forced upon local government. I have...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: That is probably more of a question for the Minister. The hon. Gentleman said that funding had gone up. It is true that spending has gone up, but funding from central Government for local authorities is significantly down, including in children’s services. Some local authorities have seen significant cuts and some have seen very few. That may have something to do with what he says.

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We cannot ignore the effects of the wider local government and public service spending situation. Numerous organisations who provided briefings for the debate pointed out that if the support is not there for families, it is difficult for local authority children’s services departments to act in anything other than a reactive way, intervening only in a...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: Absolutely. It is well established that continuity and stability are vital to the long-term wellbeing and life chances of children in care. In foster care, that applies to the carer and also to social workers. One point made in the briefings is that there has not been continuity between social workers. A child and their foster-family need support from a social worker, but in far too many...

Foster Care — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (14 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: The answer is that in all cases the consideration must be what is in the best interests of the child. That has been my view for as long as I have looked at this. Some of the briefings pointed out the need to recruit and retrain better, to deal with the shortages in the areas I touched on. To address that point, the stocktake and the Select Committee both recommended a national register of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: The UK has the lowest growth in the G7. Why is the Government’s answer to that to give handouts to some of the wealthiest bankers, to fund an already lavish lifestyle, paid for by taking the crumbs off the table of those on universal credit, whose children depend on free school meals?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Business Sector (13 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: The Minister should stop being quite so complacent. Carillion was a signatory to the prompt payment code; Interserve still is. Carillion suppliers were paid on terms of 120 days, while Interserve subcontractors say that they are being absolutely hammered by late payment. Yesterday the Federation of Small Businesses again highlighted the damage done to growth by late payment. When will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (1 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: Ministers say that they want to reduce roadside emissions. The road leading from the port of Liverpool has some of the biggest air quality problems in the country. Will the Secretary of State listen to calls for investment in rail freight as an answer to the problem?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Road and Rail Investment (27 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: This Government have done nothing to deliver local rail infrastructure in the north-west, which is vital for jobs and the economy. When are they going to invest in decent local rail services, including those used by my constituents from Southport to Manchester? If the Government will not do it, they should stand aside and let us get on with the job.

International Trade: Exiting the EU: Trade Agreements (22 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: The Secretary of State has told us that he plans to replicate all the provisions of the trade agreements that the UK has, as a member of the EU, with Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Those provisions include free movement of people in the cases of Norway and Switzerland, and a customs union with Turkey. Will the Secretary of State confirm that it is the Government’s policy to replicate...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) on securing the debate, in collaboration with the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Mr Wragg). It has been an excellent debate. Many examples were cited, and there was cross-party acknowledgment of the devastating impact on all our communities of the closure of branches of a variety of banks. The point about the...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: I am very sorry—my right hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley. I am pleased to be able to set the record straight.

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: My right hon. Friend is working very hard on this campaign, as well as having worked hard to achieve that recognition in this place. My hon. Friend the Member for Midlothian (Danielle Rowley) mentioned the RBS closures, as did other Members in all parts of the House. Some spoke in a very heated way and no love was lost on a couple of occasions. An important point was made about the limited...

Woodlands Hospice, Aintree (7 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: My hon. Friend was describing the excellent work that goes on at Woodlands Hospice, and my constituents benefit from that as well. In addition, the hospice provides “Hospice At Home”, helping people out in the community. The combination of services is vital to supporting the national health service. Does he agree that failing to support hospices, including Woodlands, is very...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary: Points of Order (6 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I have also seen the full report, which refers to an “intentional and co-ordinated strategy by management” and makes clear the responsibility of the RBS board for the mistreatment of small businesses. I have raised this matter through a series of parliamentary questions with Ministers, and I raised it in the debate that my hon. Friend...

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Bill Esterson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Bromwich West (Mr Bailey) on—yet again—securing a debate on this topic. I did not attend the debate on pubs last year, but I did attend the one before that. I am no longer the shadow pubs Minister; that is now my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Brightside...

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