Results 1401–1420 of 1457 for speaker:Carol Monaghan

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: Not at the moment. House of Commons Library research suggests that £1.6 billion could be wiped off the total FE budget next year if the proposed cuts are pushed through. Over the past few months, I have met representatives from the Association of Colleges, representing sixth-form and FE colleges in England, and Members from both sides of this House, all of whom are concerned about the...

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: I am not going to give way just now. [Interruption.] I have told all those people the same thing: colleges in Scotland are about providing access, pathways and employment.

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: Finally the Minister decides to stand; it seemed as though he wanted to intervene from a sedentary position.

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: First, education is devolved—[Interruption.] I think this House could possibly pay attention. Members from the Minister’s own party have come to ask me what Scotland is doing—they are looking for advice and a new way of doing things.

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: In Scotland a well-publicised restructuring of the college sector has taken place over the past few years. We hear about these supposed cuts to places and hours, but what has been cut is short leisure courses of under five hours that do not lead to progression. In fact, in one area, college numbers were being made up from pupils at a local primary school who were subscribing to do a first aid...

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: The number of young people not in education, employment or training in Scotland is even lower still. There have been challenges in the college sector in Scotland. That was necessary to produce a sector that focuses on employability. In the past, courses were over-subscribed. Young people subsequently floo ded the jobs market searching for positions that simply did not exist. We do not want to...

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: Absolutely. I agree 100% that colleges in Scotland serve not just young people, but a wide sector of society. The Scottish Government are determined that young people should leave college with the skills that employers want, so the right thing to do is to prioritise full-time courses for recognised qualifications to match true market need. In 2013-14, there were nearly 120,000 full-time...

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: Absolutely. Since 2006, we have seen an increase in the number of full-time students under 25.

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: I will of course do so, Madam Deputy Speaker. As hon. Members from both sides of the House—and colleges—have sought my advice, it might be worth their taking account of what I have to say. To ensure access to and inclusion in colleges, the Scottish Government have provided an additional £6.6 million for part-time places. Further education students can get bursaries of up to £93 a week....

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Further Education (18 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: No, I will not give way because I have been encouraged by Madam Deputy Speaker to be quick, so I will be. Local employers such as BAE—[Interruption.] Perhaps the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr Jackson), who is making interventions from the Bench, could learn something from the picture in Scotland. Local employers such as BAE are working with the college, doing day releases with...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drugs: Licensing (17 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the availability of off-patent drugs for novel uses through non-legislative measures.

Off-patent Drugs Bill (6 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: How many people will die as a result of this?

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — School Funding (5 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness (Graham Stuart) and the right hon. Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw) on securing the debate. As a physics teacher for more than 20 years in Glasgow, listening to the debate has been absolutely fascinating for me. Our two nations are so closely linked, but our education...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — School Funding (5 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: It is interesting that the hon. Gentleman mentions that. When he was speaking, I made a note that this pupil funding is now being introduced in Scotland. The Scottish Government are looking at directing funding to where it is most needed: to pupils in deprived areas. That has already been done. Another thing that has been done in Scotland is the continuation of the education maintenance...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — School Funding (5 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. That is what I was trying to say in my opening remarks: Scotland does not have the massive discrepancies that seem to be present in the constituencies of other Members.

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — School Funding (5 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: The Minister must have different figures from me, because across Scotland we are seeing the attainment gap reduce and pupils from more disadvantaged backgrounds being more successful in accessing higher and further education than ever before. One of the great things this afternoon has been the positive language used about the teaching profession, which is reassuring to hear. Often teachers...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — School Funding (5 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that. He spoke about the discrepancy between neighbouring schools in neighbouring areas, which was a real eye-opener for me. We do not have those discrepancies in Scotland, but I imagine they impact on parental choice on the schools they wish to send their children to, which is an issue. The right hon. Member for Exeter talked about further education...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — School Funding (5 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: The right hon. Gentleman raises some points that have been raised time and again. Difficult choices had to be made on college places. Places were cut—places that were not leading to employability and places that did not give our young people the best chances. Tough choices had to be made, and places that led to employability were protected. The overall number of college places has not...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — School Funding (5 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: No, I am fed up of giving way. [Laughter.] I have already mentioned the targeting of pupils in deprived areas, which is really important. Early intervention and the Scottish attainment challenge, which is supported by a £100 million Scottish attainment fund, are targeted at primary school pupils in deprived areas to ensure they are able to reach their potential. The hon. Members for...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — School Funding (5 Nov 2015)

Carol Monaghan: It is interesting that the hon. Gentleman mentions funding. Yesterday in Scotland questions, there was an allegation of Scotland being subsidised, but the fact is that Scottish people are paying more in taxes than they receive back in block grants. His own Government have identified that.


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