Kate Hollern: Absolutely. It is an absolute nonsense that Lancashire should be penalised because of a flawed formula.
Kate Hollern: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of how many people in Blackburn who have taken out student loans since 2012 will be affected by the freezing of the repayment threshold of student loans at £21,000.
Kate Hollern: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many responses he has received to the consultation, Freezing the student loan repayment threshold, launched in July 2015; and when he expects the results of that consultation to be published.
Kate Hollern: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which psychiatric disorder had the highest mortality rate in each of the last five years.
Kate Hollern: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on his Department's rail electrification programme.
Kate Hollern: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to reintroduce National Road Safety targets.
Kate Hollern: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy that the extension of right to buy to housing associations will apply to tenants whose properties were built exclusively with private finance.
Kate Hollern: My understanding is that for an employer to take on an employee the latter needs a national insurance number. Would that not automatically say that someone had the right to be here?
Kate Hollern: On economic stability and the creation of unfair competition through what is, to my mind, exploitation, I find it difficult to understand why the penalty for an employee is much harder than that for an employer. We would presume that an employer would be more aware of rules and regulations in this country, yet they have a get out: they did not know or have “reasonable cause to believe”....
Kate Hollern: No, thank you.
Kate Hollern: Will the Minister give way?
Kate Hollern: What situation would the family have been in had this legislation been in place then?
Kate Hollern: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents were reported involving mobility scooters in 2014.
Kate Hollern: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made with the insurance industry on (a) identifying products that might be offered to drivers of mobility scooters and (b) how such products could be used to promote safety.
Kate Hollern: My constituent Enola Halleron-Clarke, who is 11 years old, suffers from Morquio syndrome. This distressing disease stunts her growth and leads to abnormal development of the bones, and at the moment there is no cure. Enola would like to be able to use the drug Vimizim to help alleviate her condition, but the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has yet to decide whether the drug...
Kate Hollern: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 2828, if she will publish the advice she has received from (a) the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides, (b) her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser and (c) experts from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive on the use of clothianidin,...
Kate Hollern: When the criminal courts charge was introduced, Labour warned that the lack of judicial discretion would result in miscarriages of justice, with people pleading guilty to avoid additional cost. It concerns me that people may be pleading guilty to save money in the short term. That will have a longer term impact on employment opportunities. Does the Minister think that is right and fair?
Kate Hollern: What recent assessment he has made of progress on rolling out universal credit.
Kate Hollern: I am surprised by that response. The targets that the Minister set last October have been dramatically missed. Will he now accept that universal credit is a failed and expensive policy?
Kate Hollern: Let me begin, Mr Deputy Speaker, by thanking you and the House for the honour you do me by listening to my maiden speech today. As MP for Blackburn, I follow in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors. After the war, a formidable woman, Barbara Castle, represented my constituency until 1979. When Barbara Castle made her maiden speech 70 years ago, she made a promise that in her career in...