Mike Kane: A number of us mourned the death this month of Cardinal Tauran, who told us that the conflict with radical Islam would be an intergenerational struggle that would require education, dialogue and, yes, force. Does the Minister not agree that facilitating vengeance in the judicial system via the use of the death penalty will make our world a much less safe place?
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of an underground Northern Powerhouse Rail station at Manchester Piccadilly.
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants of universal credit claimants with a rent liability receive their first payment of housing costs within two months of their date of claim.
Mike Kane: I want to apologise to you straight away, Mr Deputy Speaker. I prepared diligently for this debate, but I had not realised the importance of estimates day debates to the House. I woke up today to headlines in all the newspapers talking about Kane for England, “Go Kane” and Kane for Harry, England and St George. It was not until the shadow Secretary of State turned up in her...
Mike Kane: I was so looking forward to that! The Prime Minister came to my constituency a few weeks ago to visit a school in Brooklands, in Trafford. That seat had never turned Labour in the history of municipal authority, but it did so that night and Labour took Trafford, because Trafford is losing £3.3 million in spending power for its schools. Under the Department’s spending plans, schools...
Mike Kane: I have very little time left. Stoke-on-Trent is having £2.8 million taken away from its budgets. The hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman), which is in East Sussex, will see £6.4 million of funding removed. It is eight years since the former Chancellor delivered the first austerity budget. After eight years of cuts and the usual platitudes, can Government Members really...
Mike Kane: With trains cancelled and delayed and journey times between Leeds and Manchester airport in my constituency up by 12 minutes, how does the Minister think the northern rail project is going, especially given the news at the weekend that he is reneging on the commitment to electrify the line between those two cities?
Mike Kane: It was the Mancunian entrepreneur and industrialist Daniel Adamson who coined the phrase “northern powerhouse” in 1882, when he wanted to create a single economic region stretching from the Mersey estuary to the Humber estuary. The process of building the Manchester ship canal took up three years of parliamentary time. The Department for Transport has done an astonishing piece of...
Mike Kane: I respect my hon. Friend’s position. It is horrible when City and United fans fall out, but when people born in Wythenshawe fall out, the gods weep. Heathrow and Gatwick have benefited from huge subsidies, including £15 billion for Crossrail and £500 million of public funds for western rail access. Manchester airport could meet 75% of long-haul needs for the whole country. I...
Mike Kane: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Mike Kane: Information released accidentally from Ofsted shows that only 4% of schools in the most deprived areas achieve “outstanding” ratings, compared to 58% in the least deprived. Inspections are measuring deprivation rather than the quality of teaching and learning. Does the Secretary of State not agree that that is morally repugnant?
Mike Kane: As the home of Manchester airport, my constituency is one of the most visited in the north of England. However, many of my constituents suffer the menace of unlicensed airport parking operators who use the streets outside their homes. Will the Government provide a statement on the measures they are taking to tackle rogue meet-and-greet airport parking companies?
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what applications have been made to date to the Northern Powerhouse Education fund.
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been spent in what areas and on which projects from the Northern Powerhouse Education Fund.
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Schools Commissioner was first informed of the intention to close Studio School Isle of Wight.
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding the Studio School Isle of Wight has received since it was opened.
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the local authority has a statutory duty to assist in finding an alternative provider for the Studio School Isle of Wight.
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will provide transition funding to another multi-academy trust to takeover the Studio School Isle of Wight.
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons his Department refused emergency funding to the Ormiston Academies Trust.
Mike Kane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons his Department did not allow the Isle of Wight college and CECAMM to take over the Studio School Isle of Wight.