Results 1–20 of 53 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kate Hollern

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Belfast Agreement: Impartiality (28 Jun 2017)

Kate Hollern: What steps the Government are taking to comply with the requirement for rigorous impartiality set out in the Belfast agreement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Belfast Agreement: Impartiality (28 Jun 2017)

Kate Hollern: In the past few days, the deal with the Democratic Unionist party has been described as grubby, dangerous and desperate. Obviously, the situation in Northern Ireland is at a very sensitive point. Can the Secretary of State outline in a clear and cohesive way the steps that his Government are taking to ensure impartiality?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (27 Jun 2017)

Kate Hollern: The Conservative manifesto pledged to deliver a country

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Apr 2017)

Kate Hollern: We have heard today an awful lot about a stronger economy and the need to improve productivity. What discussions has the Chancellor had with his Cabinet colleagues about skills and education funding? There is concern that children in Blackburn are about to lose £284 per head under what the Government call a fairer funding formula.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: National Road Safety Targets (30 Mar 2017)

Kate Hollern: If he will reintroduce national road safety targets.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: National Road Safety Targets (30 Mar 2017)

Kate Hollern: Is the Minister aware that between September 2015 and September 2016 there was a 2% increase in deaths on roads, and a 6% increase in casualties? The rate of casualties in my constituency of Blackburn is 49% higher than the national average and, shockingly, child casualties are 102% higher than the national average rate. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of dedicated road traffic police...

Breathing Space Scheme (29 Mar 2017)

Kate Hollern: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I, too, thank the hon. Member for Rochester and Strood (Kelly Tolhurst) for securing this important debate on a serious issue. I can see the devastating effects of debt simply from my constituency casework. Blackburn, unfortunately, has more than 5,000 children living in families with debt problems. I have seen cases where a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Probation Service (24 Jan 2017)

Kate Hollern: What recent assessment she has made of the effect of the volume of probation officer caseloads on the effectiveness of the probation service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Probation Service (24 Jan 2017)

Kate Hollern: In October, a joint report by the prisons and probations inspectorates found that “high workloads meant that there was no time to think about cases in prison” and that “workload for resettlement workers meant that they spent very little time working with individual prisoners”. Is not that evidence that the Government’s mistaken privatisation of the probation...

Kashmir: Holocaust Memorial Day (19 Jan 2017)

Kate Hollern: The tales this afternoon have been extremely moving and that strengthens why these lessons should never be forgotten. The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is, “How can life go on?” It is intended to promote consideration of the aftermath of the holocaust and subsequent genocides. As has been eloquently observed many times in this place and elsewhere, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Social Care: Funding (16 Jan 2017)

Kate Hollern: What steps is the Secretary of State taking to ensure that local authorities are able to move patients in need of social care from hospitals to a more appropriate facility in a timely manner, thus preventing bed-blocking?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Social Care: Funding (16 Jan 2017)

Kate Hollern: Library figures show that between November 2013 and November 2016, instances of bed-blocking for which social care needs were solely responsible increased by 89%. In the 12 months to November 2016 alone, bed-blocking has increased by 39%. Does the Minister recognise that the precept package brought forward by the Government in December is insufficient to solve the crisis in our social care...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Adult Social Care (28 Nov 2016)

Kate Hollern: It has been interesting to listen to the Minister’s responses, which demonstrate that the Government do not accept that there is a crisis in adult social care. That denial leads me to worry about the 1.2 million people who cannot even access a service. Local authorities have had to cut between 40% and 50% of their budget. Blackburn Council raises £900,000 with a 2% precept, but to...

Petition - Bozeat Branch of the Post Office: Capita Contract (Coventry) (8 Nov 2016)

Kate Hollern: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this debate. I have been approached by several GPs in Blackburn who feel that the service they are providing to the public is going under. They can no longer cope with the burden placed on them. Would it be in order to ask the Minister whether she can urgently step in? GPs are under a lot of pressure right now, and this added burden is a false economy and...

Petition - Bozeat Branch of the Post Office: Capita Contract (Coventry) (8 Nov 2016)

Kate Hollern: No, I am from the Labour party.

Local Government Pension Scheme — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (24 Oct 2016)

Kate Hollern: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I thank the hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford) for securing this debate, and I thank hon. Members who have articulated their opinions clearly on this issue. We have heard about a variety of interesting options for and aspects of the upcoming changes, but the nub of the matter is that 5 million people rely on...

Local Government Pension Scheme — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (24 Oct 2016)

Kate Hollern: I agree entirely. This is an appalling misuse of power, and contrary to the best interests of scheme members, who want to ensure that their pensions are invested in the way they want, not the way the Government wants. It also flies in the face of European law. Article 18 of the directive on institutions for occupational retirement provision—hon. Members have already covered this...

NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (14 Sep 2016)

Kate Hollern: I have serious concerns about the lack of transparency in the process. If there had been more consultation, it would have been far more transparent. The plans’ only aim is to fit funding, rather than to examine and improve services. Hospitals are under huge pressure in Blackburn and the surrounding Pennine area—as I am sure you are aware, Mr Deputy Speaker—with the closure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Spending: Small Firms (12 Sep 2016)

Kate Hollern: It is interesting to listen to the Minister. I greatly support the aim of 25% of defence expenditure being with small and medium-sized enterprises by 2020. However, figures published last month showed clearly that only 2% of spending went to companies assessed as SMEs. The SME status of suppliers is determined by independent verifiers. Why has there been no assessment of new MOD suppliers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Procurement: Steel Industry (12 Sep 2016)

Kate Hollern: Recent defence procurement decisions have failed to take into account the benefits to the UK economy gained by manufacturing domestically. A growing number of products, particularly steel, are procured abroad. Will the Minister therefore commit to assess the wider economic and social benefits derived from building the three new solid support vessels in the UK with British steel, and to share...


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