Results 121–140 of 434 for speaker:Heidi Allen

Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (17 Nov 2016)

Heidi Allen: As all speakers have done so far today, I thank the hon. Member for Airdrie and Shotts (Neil Gray) for bringing this debate to the House. I am glad that Members on both sides of the House are contributing to this debate, which is such an important one. When I look back at my first year as an MP, I cannot think of a vote that has been so regretted by my colleagues on the Government Benches. I...

Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (17 Nov 2016)

Heidi Allen: Absolutely. I could not have put it more succinctly myself. It was because of that promise and guarantee that Members opted to support the Government, but, unfortunately, that has not yet been fulfilled. Most heartbreakingly of all, the Lords was not asking for much. It was not so naive as not to accept that the ESA system needed reform, as it so clearly does. The announcement from our new...

Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (17 Nov 2016)

Heidi Allen: Does the hon. Lady therefore welcome, as I do, the fact that the Government will take a completely fresh look at the whole way in which the work capability assessments are carried out, so that we can put people into the right support group—or not, as the case may be?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 Nov 2016)

Heidi Allen: I was very pleased to hear last week from the Minister for Disabled People that she really understands the extra cost that people face in the employment and support allowance work-related activity group. She talked a lot about liquidity. She gave a reassurance to my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) that the people who would no longer receive the extra ESA WRAG...

Autumn Statement (23 Nov 2016)

Heidi Allen: I just want to say, “Thank you.” An awful lot of R and D funding will help my constituency. Scientific businesses in South Cambridgeshire have been worried since Brexit, so I thank my right hon. Friend for that. East-west rail links and road links will help us to spread that prosperity. Overall, I thank him for the money on universal credit. That was a difficult decision. It is not...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Occupied Territories: Demolition (24 Nov 2016)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the demolitions in Khan Al Ahmar.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Guidance on clustering of betting offices and pay day loan shops (13 Dec 2016)

Heidi Allen: Members might be relieved to know that I shall be extremely brief. I rise to speak to my amendments 24 and 25, although I should say that there is not a new clause or an amendment that we have heard about today that I disagree with. I thank the many Members on both sides of the House who have supported my amendments. My hon. Friends will know that I am a passionate champion of the vulnerable....

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Guidance on clustering of betting offices and pay day loan shops (13 Dec 2016)

Heidi Allen: Absolutely. I see that particularly in my constituency of South Cambridgeshire, which has one of the fastest growing elderly populations. We are spending money hand over fist by acting after the event. If we can keep people safe in their homes, it does not take a genius to see, given the pressures on the NHS at the moment—hip fractures alone cost us £2 billion a year—that there are...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Guidance on clustering of betting offices and pay day loan shops (13 Dec 2016)

Heidi Allen: My hon. Friend makes an extremely important point. This is all about thinking about things before we have to fit them retrospectively. It is vital that we have warm and efficient homes that save money for elderly people. Some might argue that if central Government agreed to legislate through my amendments, that would take power away from local authorities. However, the amendments would not...

Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Dec 2016)

Heidi Allen: I came to Prime Minister’s questions today from an incredibly moving and powerful private session with the Work and Pensions Committee, where we talked and listened to victims of modern slavery who are now living in safe houses—I do not think I will ever forget it in my life. Please will the Prime Minister take her enthusiasm and the passion with which she drove this issue as Home...

National Funding Formula: Schools/High Needs (14 Dec 2016)

Heidi Allen: I am delighted to speak as a Member from the county of Cambridge, which has for decades been one of the lowest funded councils in the whole country. I would like to press my right hon. Friend a little further on the interim funding, which some Members have mentioned. I do not wish to be ungrateful, but last year the interim funding was completely swallowed up with pension and national...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigrants: Detainees (20 Dec 2016)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women recorded as pregnant have been held in immigration detention; and how many of those women left detention to be removed from the UK since the Immigration Act 2016 came into force.

New Partnership with the EU (17 Jan 2017)

Heidi Allen: I am very pleased to hear that priorities include allowing EU citizens to stay here and allowing us still to access the vital skills that we need, especially for science and innovation. While appreciating that the Prime Minister’s negotiation cannot be open for all to see and that no running commentary will be possible, will the Secretary of State commit to listening to the globally...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2017)

Heidi Allen: More than 30,000 unaccompanied child refugees arrived in Greece and Italy last year. Building on the good work that we did in Calais, can the Minister give me an update on when we expect the first children to come from Greece and Italy under the Dubs criteria and whether he has a sense yet of how many there might be?

School Funding (25 Jan 2017)

Heidi Allen: Of course I commend the Government’s determination to build a new schools’ funding formula, but I am pleased it is still at the consultation stage. Representing South Cambridgeshire—a constituency in a county that, until 2015, was the lowest funded in the country and had been for decades—I understand only too well how underfunded schools have struggled. The proposed new formula,...

School Funding (25 Jan 2017)

Heidi Allen: Will my hon. Friend do what I am doing, which is to encourage all my governors, teachers and parents to feed into the consultation? I suspect there are some anomalies because it is the same in my area, in that we expected more and it has not been delivered.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (27 Jan 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on determining the eligibility criteria for children in Greece and Italy to be considered for transfer to the UK under the Dublin Regulations and section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (27 Jan 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will confirm when the first transfers of unaccompanied refugee children from Greece and Italy will arrive in the UK under the Dubs amendment; how many children the Government plans to transfer to the UK under that amendment; and when she plans for the programme of transfers to the UK under that amendment to end.

Changes in Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Heidi Allen: Does the right hon. Lady agree that, given that this is a brand-new relationship between our Prime Minister and the President, now is the time to set the ground rules? This is the beginning of the relationship and we need to set out, for all the world to see, what we consider to be appropriate in terms of behaviour and policy.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Heidi Allen: It is hard to be a remainer with remain constituents firing off such emails on an hourly, never mind a daily, basis. Would my right hon. Friend argue, like me, that the best thing we can do for them is fight with every fibre of our being to make sure that this deal is absolutely everything they need it to be?


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