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Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (16 Mar 2015)

George Hollingbery: In August 2011 Denmead neighbourhood forum in my constituency received £20,000 from the Front Runners scheme to complete its neighbourhood plan, and it was passed on the Thursday before last with a resounding majority. Will the Minister congratulate Denmead neighbourhood forum on that fantastic achievement by local people for local people?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: “Not Just For Boys” Campaign (9 Mar 2015)

George Hollingbery: What progress he has made on the “Not Just For Boys” campaign.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: “Not Just For Boys” Campaign (9 Mar 2015)

George Hollingbery: A recent OECD report made it clear that gender differences among high-performing students remain stubbornly high in science, technology, engineering and maths—the STEM subjects. In 2012, only 12% of women entering university chose to study in science-related fields, compared with 39% of men, with all that that entails for women’s long-term job security and levels of pay. Does my...

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day] — Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Communities and Local Government: Devolution in England (2 Mar 2015)

George Hollingbery: I am grateful to the Chair of the Select Committee with whom I served for some time, although I did not take part in this report. One problem of devolution as he describes it, particularly on the issue of GVA in cities, is potentially the buoyancy and predictability of taxation and revenues. I would have thought that if this was done too rapidly and without some sort of mechanism from central...

Living Wage (Reporting): Secondary Class 1 contributions: apprentices under 25 (3 Feb 2015)

George Hollingbery: Will the Minister develop that point a little by saying exactly how many apprentices he thinks the change will encourage?

Living Wage (Reporting): Secondary Class 1 contributions: apprentices under 25 (3 Feb 2015)

George Hollingbery: Will the Minister elaborate on the Government’s own productivity and on whether our investment in apprenticeships has been compared with other potential investments in productivity?

[Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench business — Cavity Wall Insulation (3 Feb 2015)

George Hollingbery: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Mr Sanders. I am grateful to the right hon. Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr Denham), for securing this important debate. The tale I have to tell today is not quite as dramatic as the one he told. Today’s debate of course follows on from a similar one obtained by the hon. Member for Arfon (Hywel Williams) in October....

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Social Care (15 Dec 2014)

George Hollingbery: The accident and emergency department at Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth continues to struggle to meet its four-hour waiting time targets. Does my hon. Friend agree that, as part of the solution to this problem, the local NHS and the surrounding providers of care, the local authorities, must work together much more closely, particularly on the subject of discharge?

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UK Sea Bass Stocks (3 Dec 2014)

George Hollingbery: May I just confirm that the Minister is talking not about the sea angling report, but about the report into the study of minimum landing size?

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UK Sea Bass Stocks (3 Dec 2014)

George Hollingbery: I am grateful to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Crausby. It is a pleasure to be here debating the important subject of the management of sea bass in the UK. For many years, those involved in sea bass fishing in the UK have warned that the stock has been left increasingly vulnerable by weak management tools and practices. Now, almost too late and certainly with far too little, the European...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UK Sea Bass Stocks (3 Dec 2014)

George Hollingbery: I agree with my hon. Friend. I will allude to the study that he is referencing a little later in my remarks. On the ecological damage done by pair trawling and indeed by other sorts of trawling, including otter trawling, there is no doubt that it is very destructive to the environment. Although it is effective and useful for commercial fishermen, all of us interested in sea angling should...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UK Sea Bass Stocks (3 Dec 2014)

George Hollingbery: I agree completely. It is always difficult to quantify exactly the economic benefit of fishing done for fun, but all the evidence points inescapably towards it being an extremely important stream of revenue, in particular for less economically advantaged areas, of which there are a great many in the south-west and the part of the world that my hon. Friend represents. It is also worth noting...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UK Sea Bass Stocks (3 Dec 2014)

George Hollingbery: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, but that will only happen when the IFCAs and others understand and accept the importance of recreational angling and see the Government outline a direction of travel. Only then will the recreational anglers get a proper bite of the cherry, and only then will the IFCAs and other follow that course. The Government must lead from the front.

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UK Sea Bass Stocks (3 Dec 2014)

George Hollingbery: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. It is a vexed issue. There are people who make a very small-scale living out of bass fishing. My belief is that it is likely that in the near term, as has happened in Ireland, the north-east coast of the United States and a great many fisheries where proper regulation has been put in place, people who run sub- 10-metre boats will find...

NHS (Ttip): Universal Credit (25 Nov 2014)

George Hollingbery: Given the huge importance of universal credit and the scale of the programme, has my right hon. Friend had any confirmation from the Labour party as to whether it actually supports universal credit, as opposed to vaguely supporting it in principle?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Housing Supply (9 Jul 2014)

George Hollingbery: rose—

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Housing Supply (9 Jul 2014)

George Hollingbery: Let me ask the hon. Lady about leadership in this business. Some 30% of local plans were approved when this Government took office and that figure is now approaching 70%. Does that mean that we can expect much more house building to occur? Furthermore, let me press her on the structure of the building industry. The fact that we have larger and fewer house building companies is hardly a...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: DWP: Performance (30 Jun 2014)

George Hollingbery: The motion before the House is wide-ranging, and I will concentrate on three fairly niche areas in some detail. The motion notes that the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning) recently commented in the Work and Pensions Committee on work capability assessment throughput, but it fails to note what officials then...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: DWP: Performance (30 Jun 2014)

George Hollingbery: No, I will not, because we all have a limited speaking time. I think the Minister was right to end the Atos contract and re-let it because it seems that Atos did not have the capacity to do what it needed to do. It is somewhat ironic that the Opposition motion should seek to emphasise something that was caused entirely by actions taken by Labour when in government and that this Government are...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: DWP: Performance (30 Jun 2014)

George Hollingbery: No. I have already made it clear that I am not going to give way. The risk register is also identified in the motion—[Interruption.] I notice that my time now seems to be infinite, which is absolutely splendid—[Interruption.] The clock has now dropped down to three minutes. I should have said nothing. The motion demands a publication of the risk register held by the Department....


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