Results 1–20 of 635 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lucy Powell

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Strategic Road Network: Congestion (19 Oct 2017)

Lucy Powell: As has been said, reducing congestion on our roads requires serious investment in our rail infrastructure, so when will the Government give the north our fair share of rail investment and, in particular, agree to a Crossrail of the north that is fully integrated with HS2 at Piccadilly station?

Race Disparity Audit (10 Oct 2017)

Lucy Powell: Like others, I welcome this audit, but I am not sure that we needed an audit to tell us of the deep rooted injustices and discriminations in many of our institutions. I have a specific question about charges brought under joint enterprise. Is the Minister aware of research from Manchester Metropolitan University that found huge disparities in the number of people in prison under joint...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Congenital Heart Services: North-West (10 Oct 2017)

Lucy Powell: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of congenital heart services in the north-west.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Congenital Heart Services: North-West (10 Oct 2017)

Lucy Powell: Is not the truth behind what happened that Ministers and NHS England prejudged the review and therefore left services untenable and unviable in Manchester? There are no level 1 adult congenital heart services anywhere in the north-west and patients are having to travel to Leeds and Newcastle for the treatment. Will the Minister apologise today to those patients for this botched review, which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

Lucy Powell: Is not the whole point of a pilot to test a system and then change it before it is rolled out further? Many of my constituents are in the universal credit pilot scheme. Given my caseload from them, I was horrified today to receive letters about all the rest of the jobcentres in my constituency getting universal credit roll-out. This needs to be looked at, along with the taper and many other...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Reception: Starting Age (11 Sep 2017)

Lucy Powell: As my summer-born son starts his first day in reception today, I am all too well aware that the big gaps in attainment among his classmates are related not to the time of year when they were born, but to whether they come from advantaged or disadvantaged backgrounds. That is still the biggest problem facing our education system. Does the Minister agree that it needs to be tackled? If so, how...

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Lucy Powell: Has the Minister read the report that I published last week with the Social Market Foundation? It shows that, of the extra money that the Government are pumping into early years over the course of this Parliament, 75% is being spent on the top 50% of earners and less than 3% will go towards the most disadvantaged. This comes at a time when the Government’s own evaluation of the...

Free Childcare (18 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: The Minister says that 120,000 codes have now been issued and that he expects that to rise to 200,000 by the end of the month, but given that the Government’s own estimate of the number of eligible families is in excess of 390,000, by my maths that means that only just over a quarter of those eligible have now got their codes. Given that we had warning after warning from providers that...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: While I welcome this announcement of extra money today, is not the fact that the Government got themselves into such a mess over schools funding an indication of the fact that they have not been straight with people all along—and I am not sure they are being entirely straight with people now? The Secretary of State talks about an increased schools budget but fails to mention that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Sector (17 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: The private rented sector has the poorest quality housing in my constituency. It is unregulated, and it needs looking at. I would very much welcome Manchester having a borough-wide licensing scheme like the one in Newham. I ask Ministers to take this issue very seriously, before we see safety concerns in the private rented sector as well.

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: I am sure there will be lots of comments on the scope of the report during this debate, and I do not want to widen it too far, but can the First Secretary of State assure the House that the scope will include private blocks and not be confined to social housing? In my experience as a city centre Member of Parliament, it is often much more difficult for residents of private blocks with opaque...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: Will the First Secretary give way?

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul (12 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: The liberation of Mosul is a significant step towards the defeat of this evil terror, but does the Secretary of State agree that the rebuilding and de-radicalisation of communities are just as important as that defeat?

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: I thank the Minister for his wind-up speech and for allowing me a short moment to thank those who have spoken in the debate. There have been some really thoughtful speeches and much agreement across the Chamber. I hope that that spirit can continue in these debates. As ever, there were fantastic and important speeches from my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker), from my hon....

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: I know that I will have a moment to sum up at the end, but just for the record, although we may have more teachers than ever before, there are also many more pupils than ever before. In relative terms, there is a chronic teacher supply issue.

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: I beg to move, That this House has considered Government policies on social mobility. It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. This debate builds on debates that were called in the previous Parliament. I believe that social mobility—or the lack thereof for the many—is the big issue of our time. It is creating a divided Britain, which not only is bad for our...

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: I thank my new hon. Friend for raising those important points, which I will elaborate on further.

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: That is why some of us wore dresses. There is the intergenerational inequality and the lack of opportunity for today’s young people to progress, which I think was brought to the fore in the general election, and there is also the huge regional inequality that my hon. Friend the Member for Colne Valley (Thelma Walker) mentioned.

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: My hon. Friend makes a good point, and I sure that the Minister will listen to what he has to say. We have huge regional inequality and many communities have been left behind, which I think was expressed in the Brexit vote. We have stubborn wealth inequality, with a growing divide between rich and poor. Our country’s failings on social mobility is the national challenge. As the Social...

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Lucy Powell: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point. Parrs Wood High School, which I attended and which my son now attends, is an outstanding comprehensive school, but it will struggle to continue to be so if those cuts come forward.


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