Results 1–20 of 355 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Helen Whately

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Helen Whately: Listening to this afternoon’s debate, I have been disappointed by the relentless negativity from Opposition Members. I am sure that all of us, on both sides of the House, spend the majority of our constituency time supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities. We all care—I certainly care—about getting the best possible opportunities and support for our most...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Helen Whately: May I back up my right hon. Friend, drawing on work I have done in my area and on discussions with citizens advice bureaux? When people have needed advance payments, they have received them incredibly quickly, within two or three days, and the jobcentre staff tell me that universal credit is helping them to help people to get into work. Does he share my frustration at hearing so much...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Helen Whately: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Helen Whately: Yesterday’s red skies were a timely reminder of the Russian revolution 100 years ago, which brought such chaos and suffering. In the light of indications that Russia seeks to destabilise western democracies, does the Secretary of State share my concern that Russia’s state broadcaster appeared to be providing a platform to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party and its campaign to...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Trade Policy (12 Oct 2017)

Helen Whately: Could my right hon. Friend advise what steps the Government are taking to ensure that when we leave the EU, businesses do not face a cliff edge for trade with countries that are beyond the EU but covered by trade agreements that the EU has?

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Helen Whately: I congratulate my hon. Friend and constituency neighbour on securing this debate and on making the case so strongly that the problem of lorry parking needs urgently to be addressed, across the country but especially in our area of Kent, for the sake of residents and lorry drivers. We must ensure that the parking of lorries in the right place is effectively enforced, and that has to go hand in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Public Sector Pay Cap: NHS Staffing Levels (10 Oct 2017)

Helen Whately: In the work that I have done in hospitals, staff have told me that they are most unhappy about too much reliance on temporary staff, rota gaps and not feeling valued, as opposed to issues around pay. The latter—not feeling valued—often goes hand in hand with poor management practices. What is my right hon. Friend doing about those causes of staff unhappiness?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Helen Whately: I thank the Minister for giving way. I have in the past expressed frustration with my local council for not taking enough action, but there is one site in my constituency where the local council has taken action. In December 2016, three enforcement notices were served on that site, but the appeal against those notices will not be heard until March 2018, because, as I understand it, of the...

Local Housing Need (14 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: I fully appreciate the problem of the unaffordability of housing, not least on the basis of my own casework, but the main concern in my area about development relates to the lack of infrastructure and, in particular, the failure to invest in the road network. Will my right hon. Friend ensure that councils plan for and seek investment in infrastructure in line with development? Does he...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate. I will not try to compete with my right hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry), but one reason why I am speaking today—and why I often speak on healthcare matters in this place—is that I, too, come from a family of doctors and nurses who work in the NHS. It was wanting to make the NHS better that first got me involved in...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: I genuinely believe that all members of the public sector should be paid a fair amount, and that is exactly what the pay review body will report on in its next report. I was making the important point that pay has not been the No. 1 issue among nurses and other healthcare professionals when I have asked them what worries them most. Instead, they mentioned having time to care; being part of a...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: Opposition Members are raising concerns about staff shortages and about recruiting staff from overseas. I am sure we all have hospitals serving our constituents that have had to go overseas to recruit. We do not want to see that; we want to see nurses trained in the UK and British nurses. I welcome the fact that the Secretary of State has taken action to remove the cap on nurses in training...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the pay restraint over the past few years has been uncomfortable but necessary, in order to bring Government spending—[Interruption.]

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: None of us would want anyone to be paid any less, but it has been difficult but necessary, in order to control the overspending by Government and put right the financial mess that the country was left in after the last time the hon. Gentleman’s party was in government.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: I congratulate the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous) on securing the debate, and I am pleased to see so many people in the Chamber; it reflects the level of concern about the waiting times for autism diagnosis. First, I welcome the efforts that clearly are being taken by Governments and local authorities to provide more support for children and adults with autism....

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: We are very short of time, so I had best press on. I draw on examples in part because we do not have regional data on waiting times. I asked the local clinical commissioning group and was told that it does not have easy access to that data, so I do not know what the waiting times are—I just have stories that make it clear that they are extraordinarily long. My first request is therefore...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Sep 2017)

Helen Whately: Living near a natural green space is good for physical and mental health, but people in the most deprived areas of the country are the least likely to do so. My right hon. Friend has committed to reducing inequality and improving mental health, so I ask her to read the new report published by the Conservative Environment Network and masterminded by my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton Deane...

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