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Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Retention (20 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: What assessment her Department has made of recent trends in teacher retention; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Retention (20 Jul 2015)

Rupa Huq: Various recent polls have shown that up to 68% of teachers have considered leaving the profession altogether in the next 12 months. In my constituency, the prohibitive cost of housing contributes to that figure. Heads say that that prevents teachers staying beyond their initial teacher training. What steps will the Department take to head off the coming teacher crisis in London?

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Affordable Housing (London) (9 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: We are hearing a list of questions for the Minister, and I just want to throw in a few of my own, because although I am new here, even I am getting a sense of déjà vu. I led a similar debate almost exactly two months ago, and we did not have any answers then, so I just want to throw in three questions from then.

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Affordable Housing (London) (9 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: It was just the mention of Sir George Young that reminded me, because he is a predecessor of mine.

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Affordable Housing (London) (9 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: I want to raise some questions that remained unanswered when we debated the subject in July, and I wonder whether we will have better luck with this Minister than we did with the previous one. I congratulate the hon. Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp) on securing this vital debate. The average age of an unaided first-time buyer in London is now 37, and at the debate in July I asked what...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Immigration Detention (10 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: I echo the congratulations to the two APPGs and to Members from both sides of the House who have brought this very important and timely debate. In a week when moral indignation from the nation at large has caused action by the Government, I would like to think that this debate too can play its part in awareness raising and have a similar positive effect. I do not have any of these so-called...

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — NHS (Contracts and Conditions) (14 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: We are discussing contracts and conditions. Does my hon. Friend agree that whistleblowing is another issue over which there tends to be silence? The last time there was a full debate on it in this place was 2009. It came up tangentially in 2013, in a debate on accountability and transparency, and it has appeared in statements—I think there was one last July and one earlier this year—but...

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — NHS (Contracts and Conditions) (14 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: Will the hon. Lady give way?

[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — NHS (Contracts and Conditions) (14 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: I just wanted to ask where the hon. Lady would place management consultants in that. The NHS in north-west London has spent, I think, £13 million this year alone on Saatchi and Saatchi, and various other groups. I just wondered where she would place that in that trajectory. Hopefully, it will be something we can all agree on.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend mentioned the CIPD, and it is not only the usual suspects who oppose this Bill—there are some unlikely bedfellows because the Bill goes beyond party politics. As we have heard, the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) called it redolent of Franco’s Spain. The Secretary of State pooh-poohed Vince Cable, the former Business Secretary, for calling it...

Urban Regeneration (England) (8 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I shall be brief compared with my hon. Friends, but I do want to add a London perspective to this very important debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral South (Alison McGovern) on securing it. It is disappointing to see how empty the Government Benches are. If that reflects a lack of interest on the Government...

Urban Regeneration (England) (8 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: I did.

Urban Regeneration (England) (8 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: Will the Minister give way?

National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill (Programme): High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (15 Sep 2015)

Rupa Huq: AP3 and AP4 affect my constituency much less than AP2, but given that the Minister described how he made a site visit to the constituency of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer), will he make a visit to the affected roads in my constituency, which are largely in the NW10 area? No visit has been made since the one by the Select Committee in March,...

[Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] — Cannabis (12 Oct 2015)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend describes some quite exotic places, but I want to give an example from the Recovery Interventions Service Ealing, a drug and alcohol support service in my constituency. RISE put the point to me that these things are often about working smarter, not harder. It might be about not necessarily being punitive, but looking at joined-up thinking with other agencies. RISE has a joint...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill (16 Oct 2015)

Rupa Huq: I congratulate my hon. Friend on introducing this important Bill. She mentioned damp, mould and infestation. After this debate, I will be holding my surgery where the majority of cases will be to do with those things as well as collapsed ceilings and so on. Does she agree that these things are brought more closely to our attention now? People show us pictures of them on their mobile phones....

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (20 Oct 2015)

Rupa Huq: I know that this Government and this Chancellor in particular are fond of political cross-dressing, but robbing 6,500 children in 3,500 hard-working families in my constituency of £1,300 a year makes a mockery of all that. It is in an affluent west London suburban constituency where the average property price is over £500,000. The Prime Minister pledged during the election campaign not to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: BBC (Charter Renewal) (22 Oct 2015)

Rupa Huq: What assessment he has made of the appropriate scale and scope of BBC services to inform the charter renewal process.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: BBC (Charter Renewal) (22 Oct 2015)

Rupa Huq: Ealing has long been a BBC borough, with the wig and prop department in north Acton and many things filmed there. It has many BBC employees, hundreds of whom have contacted me wanting to safeguard its distinctiveness. The Secretary of State is a fellow music buff—we are both alumni of the all-party group on music—and was at the reception where it was revealed that 75% of music played on...


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