Results 1–20 of 188 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lucy Allan

Children’s Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: Is the Minister aware of the comment from the chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service that there are children in care unnecessarily—children who would not be in care if they had the help that is available in some parts of the country? The inference is that the service is very patchy and that a child might end up in the care system, when elsewhere in...

Children’s Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Lady is to be congratulated on moving this important motion and I am grateful to her. I hope she will join me at a later stage in introducing a Backbench Business Committee debate so that this extremely important motion can be debated more fully. Does she agree that it is a stain on our society that we have so many children being taken into state care, and that the focus is on taking...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children in Care (11 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: What steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of children taken into care.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children in Care (11 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: With record numbers of children being taken into state care, and with more and more families being subjected to statutory investigation, funding for children’s social care is increasingly directed at such last-resort interventions, instead of at supportive measures to help families at an earlier stage. Given the lifelong cost to children of this skewed model, will the Minister consider...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in this very important debate. I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan) on being the promoter of a Bill on such an important issue, and on his excellent and passionate speech setting out some of the arguments that need a light shone upon them. There is much to be commended in the Bill, which highlights some of...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I think we all agree that the cost of politics should be reduced, and there are ways in which we can do that, but as Members of this place democracy is the first principle we are duty-bound to uphold. The current proposals do not achieve the objectives that both the Government and the Boundary Commission intended to achieve through the original legislation....

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Gentleman makes a really important point. Many Members represent constituencies with a high level of unregistered voters, but the Boundary Commission is not prepared to take them into consideration. Very often, those in most need of representation are not registered to vote. I normally have my constituency surgeries on a Friday—I feel passionately that I should be here today to...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Lady makes a very important point. That is just one of the flaws with the current process that needs to be addressed. As the chair of the all-party group on new towns, I want to talk about rapidly growing towns. Indeed, the process needs to recognise the changing demographics right across the country. Telford is surrounded by a band of leafy and affluent rural Conservative...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Gentleman is right. There needs to be some discretion and flexibility to take account of local anomalies and issues, in particular those he raises. I have a great deal of sympathy for Opposition Members, because I serve a population with pockets of significant deprivation. People come to see me when they have nowhere else to go. My weekly surgeries are full, despite best efforts to...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

Lucy Allan: That is an interesting point. We are not taking into account the number of people who are coming to new towns such as my constituency, or, indeed, the number of people who will move into the houses that are currently being built and have almost been completed. In my view, the so-called public consultation has been no such thing. The Boundary Commission is simply taking submissions from...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Value for Money (29 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: What steps she is taking to promote value for money in aid spending.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Value for Money (29 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: Greater transparency in how and where aid money is spent is vital to ensure public confidence. Will my hon. Friend champion the transparency agenda and ensure that aid to the Palestinian Authority does not fund radicalisation?

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Gentleman is making a very interesting point about the benefits of mindfulness. I have had the great pleasure of participating in the MPs’ mindfulness training, and have to say that it is quite a challenge to get MPs to turn off their phones and concentrate. Does he agree that we need to encourage more people to understand the benefits of mindfulness and to participate in it?

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: Thank you for calling me to speak in this important debate, Mr Brady. It is a pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon), and I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) for her inspiring opening to the debate. We all agree that education is about preparing our young people for the future. Key to both success and...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: My right hon. Friend makes a vital point. I would like to see mental health awareness built into the fundamental training of all teachers. To be a good teacher, someone has to have an understanding of the mental health issues and challenges that young people in their care will face. Far more important than training one teacher to be a first aid counsellor is to give all teachers that...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: That is an excellent idea, although I would still like to see some form of training built into the basic PGCE training that all teachers receive. However, a dedicated individual with a strategy for the school, which the governors would be aware of and everybody would buy into through a whole-school approach, would be extremely helpful. As I am sure anybody who has ever heard me talk about...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Lady makes an important point about Ofsted’s role in all of this. Many teachers, who I am sure she speaks to, live in fear of Ofsted. I do not know if she has ever been a school governor, but Ofsted visits are quite a scary process, as is the whole concept of having one more box to tick—“Have I satisfied the safeguarding requirement? Have I satisfied the mental...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. What we must press for, and what we must ask the Minister to respond to, is that this becomes a priority for all schools. They should help their children to identify the signs of mental ill health and equip them with the skills to deal with those, as well as helping them to access the support that they need. All teachers must be trained to understand the...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: The hon. Lady is making a powerful and important point about supporting children in care and meeting their mental health needs. She served with me on the Select Committee on Education when we did an important report more than a year ago about the mental health needs of young people in care. Does she agree that that is an important part of what we are debating?

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Lucy Allan: Last week, my right hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) and I, along with other members of the Select Committee on Education, met teachers to discuss that very point about the mental health implications for them of being overburdened and overstressed by the many demands made on them. They made the exact point that the hon. Lady just made: that the mental health difficulties...


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