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Chuka Umunna: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to give my maiden speech today. I congratulate my fellow south Londoner, the hon. Member for Croydon Central (Gavin Barwell), and others on their fine maiden speeches. It is a pleasure to be able to make mine in the same debate this evening. I am deeply humbled to stand here as only the second Labour Member of Parliament for Streatham. Six...
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for capital allocations to the Decent Homes programme of (a) Lambeth Living and (b) United Residents Housing arm's length management organisation in 2011-12.
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future of his Department's Decent Homes programme.
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many children in Streatham constituency have received assistance from the Child Trust Fund; (2) what steps his Department takes in respect of stakeholder accounts into which child trust fund vouchers have not been paid by the child's parents within one year of issue.
Chuka Umunna: My understanding is that the credit rating agencies are not subject to any proper UK regulation at the moment and that some action is being taken at EU level in that regard. Does the Chancellor see any place in the new arrangements for UK regulation of the credit rating agencies, which, of course, bear a large responsibility for what happened in the sub-prime crisis?
Chuka Umunna: On 26 May, the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury came to the House and said in answer to an urgent question on the future jobs fund that Government "policy...has to be informed by the facts, and...advice...from the Department for Work and Pensions". He added that that advice was that the fund "was...not effective and that the money was wasted."-[ Official Report, 26 May 2010; Vol. 510,...
Chuka Umunna: Again and again, the Chief Secretary, his predecessor and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions come to the House and assert that the future jobs fund is an ineffective scheme. How can the Chief Secretary say that when the Department for Work and Pensions has not collected the data concerned? The first cohort of young people to take part in the scheme have only just finished, and the...
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent assessment is of the standard of passenger train services provided by First Capital Connect on the Thameslink franchise.
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department made an assessment of the merits of providing a station stop at Brixton on the East London Line London Overground extension.
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what statistical evidence on the effectiveness of the Future Jobs Fund programme he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such item of evidence.
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received work placements through the Future Jobs Fund since the programme's inception.
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many residents of (a) the London Borough of Lambeth and (b) Streatham constituency have received work placements through the Future Jobs Fund; (2) how many individuals have received work placements under the Future Jobs Fund at premises in Streatham constituency since the programme's inception.
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2010, Official Report, column 188W, on the Child Trust Fund, whether parents and guardians will be able to take control of stakeholder Child Trust Fund accounts previously established by HM Revenue and Customs for a child in receipt of a voucher under the scheme after January 2011.
Chuka Umunna: I have listened with interest to the various speeches made today and I do not think anybody denies the need to reduce the deficit. Neither do I think that my fellow Labour Members think that the answers all lie with government, but the big decisions that we are taking at the moment are about judgment and the direction in which we think economic strategy should go. I want to pose some...
Chuka Umunna: No, I am not, but I am seeking to point out what happens when people take a cold, dispassionate and inhuman approach to economics and neglect to consider the consequences of their actions.
Chuka Umunna: Silence. There has been a lot of talk about IFS and IOD reports, various statistics, the extent to which we need to reduce the structural deficit and the extent to which it is cyclical-but we are talking about people's lives, and I am deeply worried about what the approach adopted by the Government means for my constituents and those who live in similar areas. There was talk of contrived...
Chuka Umunna: First, the deficit pre-November 2008 was primarily in some respects caused by increased spending to which those who are now in the Conservative Government were then committed. Conservative Members are continuing to promote the view that somehow there was no global credit crunch, and that the bankers, many of whom they are very friendly with, had nothing to do with it-but the general public do...
Chuka Umunna: I am not going to say that I do not welcome things such as apprenticeships, because we need those programmes, but at the same time as the Government are putting in place 10,000 apprenticeships, they are slashing a programme that could place hundreds of thousands of people in work. I do not understand their approach; ultimately, my constituents want to know what is happening.
Chuka Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made a decision on proposals by Network Rail to terminate all Thameslink Wimbledon Loop services at London Blackfriars from 2015.
Chuka Umunna: How she plans to take forward the conclusions of the work of the "Together we can end violence against women and girls" strategy consultation on domestic violence.