Results 2661–2680 of 2749 for speaker:Nigel Huddleston

Budget Changes (21 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: Will the Minister confirm what the top rate of income tax is today, what the top rate of income tax was for 99.3% of the previous Labour Government, and how many basic rate taxpayers have been taken out of paying income tax altogether under the Conservatives?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (17 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: I have heard what the hon. Lady is saying, but does she recognise and accept that disability spending is going up, and there will be more than £1 billion of spending on disability? Is it not appropriate for welfare spending to go to those in most need?

Three-tier Education — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (16 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: I beg to move, That this House has considered three-tier education. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I would also like to express my gratitude to Mr Speaker for granting this debate. I called for this debate because, since being elected last May, I have been contacted by many parents asking for my advice and guidance on the advantages and disadvantages of middle...

Three-tier Education — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (16 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: I, too, reached out to the Library when researching for the debate. There is not a huge amount of information. The hon. Lady is right. One of the issues that we face is whether the three-tier or the two-tier system is better. The evidence is inconclusive, which is one of the reasons why I called for this debate.

Three-tier Education — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (16 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: I could not agree more. Some middle schools are thriving—there are raving fans of middle schools up and down the country—but their long-term viability is in question. There is also the issue of transfers into secondary schools. Again, I hope the Minister can provide guidance on that. The confusion that I mentioned earlier led to the development of all sorts of middle schools with...

Three-tier Education — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (16 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: Again, I could not agree more. I seek additional guidance from the Minister. After all, one of the Department for Education’s responsibilities is to give guidance on the best options for our children’s educational outcomes. The academic and other research is confusing for Members of Parliament, including me and the hon. Lady, and also for parents. I have talked about the advantages of...

Three-tier Education — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (16 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: I again thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. He has almost stolen my conclusion with the point he has made, which gave him an excellent opportunity to namedrop those schools. At the end of the day, I wish to be very respectful to the views of people on both sides of this debate. My key ask of the Minister and the Government, however, is that they do everything they can to provide clear...

Apprenticeships (10 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: I, too, welcome the great progress that has been made on apprenticeships to date and the overall positive tone from across the parties in support of them. The Minister mentioned broadening out apprenticeships. Can he tell me what progress has been made in encouraging apprenticeships in highly seasonal industries, such as farming and tourism?

Business of the House (10 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: This week is English Tourism week, so will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the important contribution made by tourism to the UK economy? A record 35.8 million visitors came to the UK last year, but we need to get people outside London and visiting other areas of the country such as Worcestershire, where perhaps they could visit the Fleece Inn, which this week was named pub of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Cold Weather Payments: Correspondence (8 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on individual cold weather payment notifications in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013, (d) 2014 and (e) 2015.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: EU Digital Single Market (3 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: The Minister will be aware that, at 12.4% of GDP, the UK’s internet economy is by far the largest of all the G20; it is double that of the US, more than twice the size of Germany’s and about four times the size of France’s. Does the Minister agree that getting a good deal on the digital single market is particularly important for the UK, because so many jobs and so much of the economy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Living Wage (1 Mar 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: Most businesses, as well as workers, in my constituency warmly welcome the introduction of the national living wage and the increased spending power it will deliver. Will the Chancellor and his team carefully monitor the implementation of the national living wage to see whether there are any unintended consequences, particularly in sectors where margins are already small, such as farming,...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Radio Frequencies (24 Feb 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with Ofcom on (a) allocating additional resources and (b) developing additional measures to monitor accidental interference to programme making and special events services from (i) licence-exempt and (ii) manually configure white space devices.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Radio Frequencies (11 Feb 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the evidential basis is for clearing the 700 MHz band of spectrum requiring £600 million in funding; and what discussions his Department had with representatives of the programme making and special events sector prior to agreeing that figure.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Radio Frequencies (11 Feb 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the £600 million funding allocated for clearing the 700 MHz band of spectrum will be made available to the programme making and special events sector to compensate for the cost of new equipment required as a result of access to that band ending.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Hospital Trusts: Special Measures (9 Feb 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: What progress his Department has made on improving the performance of hospital trusts in special measures.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Hospital Trusts: Special Measures (9 Feb 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: Will the Secretary of State set out for my Worcestershire constituents what impact the putting of trusts into special measures is likely to have this year and what improvements can be expected when the trust exits special measures?

Tax Avoidance and Multinational Companies (3 Feb 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: I draw hon. Members’ attention to the Register of Members’ Financial Interests and go beyond that by declaring that, prior to the 2015 general election, I worked for Google—often commented on as the most desirable company in the world to work for. However, I must make it very clear that I am not a spokesperson for Google. I did make it clear in my maiden speech that I wish to be an...

Deaths of Journalists: Conflict Zones (1 Feb 2016)

Nigel Huddleston: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way and I congratulate her on securing this very important debate. Does she agree that the pace of news in the modern age means that we can no longer wait for dispatches to be informed about what is going on in conflict zones? Journalists are best positioned to give us this real-time accurate information of what is really going on.


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