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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Detention: Children (16 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: This year, Bail for Immigration Detainees has represented 155 parents separated from their children while in immigration detention, yet the Prime Minister states that that is not the Government’s practice. Can the Minister condemn the practice and finally stop it?

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: I will take that on board, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I thank you for your comments in this debate. I should begin by welcoming the hon. Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson) back to the DWP. Even though it contributed to his return to Government, there surely can be no one gladder of the Chequers version of “Deal or No Deal” than the Work and Pensions Secretary. For a few...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: I take the right hon. Gentleman’s point. The honourable thing for the Secretary of State to do would have been to apologise directly to him for what might have been a slur on his character and reputation. This is important, because we are talking about the central—the flagship—social security policy of this Government, which has been criticised in report after report for...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: On the last point, the NAO entirely contradicted the hon. Lady’s point. One fact I would relay back to her is that the Government’s own figures—this is from the DWP—show that 40% of universal credit claimants are living in poverty and struggling to make ends meet. I hope she will consider that fact as we build towards the autumn Budget, when I hope we can form a...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: The hon. Gentleman makes some very fair points. We of course know from the recent statistics published by the DWP that 59% of claimants impacted by the two-child policy on tax credits and by universal credit are already in work. These are facts, and the Government should be considering them. This is not of course the first time that this Government have tried to dismiss evidence placed before...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: I will give way one last time, because I am conscious that others want to speak.

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. One of the central tenets of what the NAO called for in its report was that that type of evidence gathering needs to be done.

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: I said that that was the last intervention I would take. The evidence is there—it is in black and white—with the clear researched correlation between universal credit and housing debt. It is not even close; any responsible organisation, never mind a Government, would look at that type of key performance indicator and say, “Right, how do we fix this, because it’s...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (10 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2018 to Question 158272 on Work Capability Assessments, for what reason informal observations are included in Work Capability Assessment decisions.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (10 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2018 to Question 146881 on Personal Independence Payments, for what reason informal observations is a criterion for a decision-makers in coming to a decision.

Opposition Day - [15TH Allotted Day, 1ST Part]Opposition Day: Claim of Right for Scotland (4 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: The motion talks about the claim of right, rather than the votes we have had previously. Labour used to support this, so I wonder whether she feels she might be able to support the motion this evening.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: The recent aid transparency index showed DFID a commendable third but the FCO a poor 40th in the global rankings of aid agencies. Can the Secretary of State explain the discrepancy between the two and ensure that all UK aid spend meets the same standards of quality, poverty reduction and transparency?

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Caribbean (4 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date the proposal to destroy the Windrush landing cards was first presented to a Minister in her Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: HMRC: Office Closures (3 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, the Chancellor and the Prime Minister all gave commitments from the Dispatch Box that a meeting between senior HMRC officials and members of the Roadchef Employees Benefit Trust would bring a resolution to that dispute, but that did not happen, because HMRC stonewalled the EBT members. Will the Chancellor or the Financial Secretary commit to becoming a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Vulnerable Claimants (2 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: On Thursday, our concerns became a reality, as we discovered from the Government’s figures that 190 women were put in the impossible position of declaring that their child was born as a result of rape in order to receive universal credit or child tax credits. We can also estimate from those figures that around 200,000 children have been affected by the two-child cap. How does she feel...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Vulnerable Claimants (2 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: The Government continue to mislead. We know from the figures that 59% of all those households impacted are already in work. The Secretary of State continues to suggest today that this was about making the choices the same for those who are in and out of work, but actually it is about the Government making people’s choices for them. What advice does she have for a woman who is in work...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (2 Jul 2018)

Neil Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a Work Capability Assessment report includes observations of a claimant’s behaviour that is not included in the criteria for the assessment.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment Support Allowance (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional (a) resources and (b) funding her Department has been allocated to process back-dated claims for employment support allowance.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will undertake a review of the assessment criteria for personal independence payments.

International Trade: Trade and Road and Rail Infrastructure (28 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: If he has not already done so, will the Secretary of State raise the potential merits of Scottish inclusion in the HS2 project with the Secretary of State for Transport?


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