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Grenfell Tower: Business of the House (19 Oct 2017)

Ian Mearns: I thank the Leader of the House for the business announcement for next week, and for confirming the two Back-Bench business debates on Thursday 26 October on the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and on global LGBT rights. May I, however, entreat her once again to give us some notice of future Back-Bench time? We received eight applications from right hon. and hon. Members on...

Grenfell Tower (19 Oct 2017)

Ian Mearns: I remind the Secretary of State that the withdrawal of billions of pounds of revenue support grant from local authorities has been a unilateral decision of his Government since 2010. Therefore, placing that responsibility on local authorities in that light is beyond contempt. The residents of my 24 tower blocks in Gateshead really do express their deep sympathy for the occupants of Grenfell...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Tyne and Wear Metro (19 Oct 2017)

Ian Mearns: When his Department plans to make a decision on the mechanism for the Tyne and Wear metro to receive funding to replace and renew its rolling stock.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Tyne and Wear Metro (19 Oct 2017)

Ian Mearns: The metro system’s rail stock is more than 40 years old, and I am afraid to say that it is failing on a daily basis, causing delays for its 40 million users each year. On 17 July, nine of my right hon. and hon. Friends representing the Tyne and Wear area and I wrote to the Secretary of State about this issue. We again wrote to him on 12 September asking for at least an acknowledgement...

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Ian Mearns: May I just correct my hon. Friend the shadow Leader of the House, as World Mental Health Day was on Tuesday, not yesterday? It is always on 10 October, and we should never forget that. I thank the Leader of the House for announcing next week’s businesses and, in particular, for advertising the wares of the Backbench Business Committee. On Tuesday there is opposed private business, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Ian Mearns: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 11 October.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Ian Mearns: The Prime Minister will know that yesterday was World Mental Health Day. Mental health problems affect one in four people, but only £1 out of every £8 in clinical commissioning group budgets is spent on mental health services. Newcastle Gateshead CCG is set to cut its budget by a further 1.1% next year, bringing the total spend for mental health to less than 10% of its entire...

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Ian Mearns: May I crave your indulgence for a moment, Mr Speaker? Members across the House might be aware that a light aircraft crashed on the Sandringham estate in the North West Norfolk constituency on Monday evening. Two people were killed, and it was subsequently discovered that they were both from Gateshead. They were the pilot, Nigel Dodds, who was from Gateshead but lived in Menorca, and a friend...

Business of the House (7 Sep 2017)

Ian Mearns: I think the phrase that the Leader of the House was looking for earlier was “scalded cats”. In Tyneside, we would say, “scadded cats”. I note that there are two days of general debates in the business that she announced this morning. One is next Thursday and the other is on the first day back after the conference recess. As she is aware, the Backbench Business...

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Ian Mearns: The Leader of the House says that the Committees will be elected in due course. The Labour party has carried out its elections today, and those Committee members will be in place tonight. How soon can we expect the Government to sort out their side of the equation?

Business of the House (13 Jul 2017)

Ian Mearns: We do not yet know the allocation that the Government have determined for the Backbench Business Committee in this Session. We hope that the 27 days allocated in a normal Session will be doubled to 54 in this two-year Session. Will the Leader of the House try to facilitate deciding the membership of the Backbench Business Committee quicker than that of the other Select Committees? The...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Local Transport Projects: Funding (13 Jul 2017)

Ian Mearns: Tyne and Wear Metro customers are affected daily by failing trains; it has the lowest performance level of any equivalent system in the UK; that includes the oldest rolling stock on the London underground. That is largely due to the fact that the metro is well past the 35 years for which it was designed. Is the Secretary of State aware of the situation? When will he provide the funds to...

Taylor Review: Working Practices (11 Jul 2017)

Ian Mearns: We have flexibility in the labour market on one side of the coin, but insecurity for people in employment on the other. There has been criticism, for instance from Unite the union this morning, that insecurity is to be the new norm, and we want to avoid that. Will the Minister think about reversing the coalition’s decision to extend from one year to two the protection of employment...

Business of the House (29 Jun 2017)

Ian Mearns: I thank the Leader of the House for the letter she sent to me in my role as Chair of the Backbench Business Committee in the last Parliament, but I do have some concern about a particular line. We were looking to see how Back-Bench time would be allocated, given that this is a two-year Parliament. The Standing Orders guarantee us 35 days within a Session—27 of which should be in this...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Workers (29 Jun 2017)

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers are directly employed by the NHS in adult social care.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Clinical Commissioning Groups: Staff (29 Jun 2017)

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to clinical commissioning groups regarding workforce planning (a) across the board and (b) for social workers on hospital wards.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Workers (29 Jun 2017)

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers are employed in the adult social care sector.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Workers: Private Sector (29 Jun 2017)

Ian Mearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many social workers are employed by private adult social care providers carrying out NHS contracts.


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