Results 1–20 of 320 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Carol Monaghan

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Carol Monaghan: It is a pleasure to be called so early in the debate this afternoon, Ms Dorries. I thank the hon. Member for St Ives (Derek Thomas) for securing such an important debate. He spoke passionately about constituency interests and local businesses that are affected. The hon. Member for Newark (Robert Jenrick) presented his personal experience of tax on SMEs and talked about the importance of...

Higher Education Funding (11 Oct 2017)

Carol Monaghan: Raising the repayment threshold is a positive step and I am delighted that the UK Government are following the Scottish Government’s lead on that matter, but we have to be clear: it is not the panacea that this Government would have us believe. Average student debt on graduation is now more than £50,000, so the announcement needs to be part of a wider reform of student support and...

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Carol Monaghan: This morning’s news is deeply worrying for BAE workforces across the UK, and we have only just heard that that includes 15 workers in Fife. Of course, it is not just the 2,000 BAE workers who will be affected but the small and medium-sized enterprises, the supply chains and the communities as well. The SNP offer our sympathy this morning to all those who are affected directly and...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: I am interested to hear the hon. Gentleman talk about a ticking time bomb in healthcare spending. Would he like to explain where new nurses are going to come from?

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: I was asking the hon. Gentleman where new nurses are going to come from.

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: It is a pleasure to follow the Secretary of State’s myth-spinning about Scottish universities. She would have us believe that our universities are not world-class. I am sure it would be of great interest to the 19 higher education institutions in Scotland, many of which are in the top 200 in the world, to hear her comments today. I thank the Secretary of State for that. As legislators,...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: First, the Scottish Government abolished fees, but secondly, since we came to power in 2007 there has been a 12% increase in Scottish-domiciled students going to university. We have a strong and principled record of opposing increases in tuition fees in England and Wales, and we will reject any legislation that seeks to increase the financial burden on students.

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: I will not give way. The fact that such a sweeping change to fee structures can be brought in by stealth as a statutory instrument—or that such an attempt can be made—is an indication of how low the present Government are willing to stoop, and how scared they are of putting this brutal policy to the test. That is not the only attack on English students. The interest on tuition...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: In Scotland, we take a holistic view of education that is not simply about higher education. In fact, I have referred to “tertiary education” several times already because the distinction between further education and higher education is fluid in Scotland. The Secretary of State suggested that fewer young people from disadvantaged backgrounds enter higher education in Scotland...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: I thank my hon. Friend. In Scotland, we tailor courses to meet the needs of our economy, meaning that we have jobs for our young people to go into. Our free tuition policy benefits 120,000 undergraduate students every year, saving them from accruing the massive debt seen in other parts of the UK. Even taking into consideration my previous comments about tertiary education, the number of...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: The Government struggle to look north. They use statistics to their advantage and to spin their particular story, but the facts in Scotland are quite different. We have the most educated population in Europe—only Luxembourg is ahead of us. We value education, and we are fully committed to ensuring fair access to higher education so that every child, no matter their background, has an...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that walking away with no deal threatens Scotland’s world-leading higher education and research sector? Our researchers have to be able to move freely to the EU, and European researchers to our universities and research centres, so that we benefit mutually from the expertise.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Overseas Students (11 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: The Minister is quite right that we are doing well with international students, particularly from China and India, but universities across the UK are losing out in the recruitment of students from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US, because the UK has one of the least competitive policies on post-study work in the English-speaking world. Will he commit to work with the Home Secretary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Overseas Students (11 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: The pilot provides only a narrow range of courses that are eligible for participation in the scheme, so it needs to be widened. The Scottish National party has consistently called on the UK Government to remove international students from the net migration figures. Now that the Government figures on net migration among those students have been utterly discredited, will the Minister join us in...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: I congratulate the hon. Member for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin) on securing this important debate, in which many hon. Members have championed their local colleges. In Scotland we have a different education system, but I will make some brief remarks. As a teacher, I know that there are arguably two phases of a young person’s education that have a special significance: the pre-school years and...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: Sometimes local people are interested in preserving a particular institution but may not see the potential for excellence from a merger. For example, City of Glasgow College in the centre of Glasgow was created from a merger of a number of older colleges, many of which were in buildings that were not fit for purpose or had poor facilities. The new college has two sites, the city campus and...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: As the MP for Scotstoun, I am beginning to see a familiar pattern here. Workers in Scotstoun and Govan were promised 12 Type 45 destroyers; they got six. They were promised 13 Type 26 frigates; we have got three so far. The Secretary of State speaks of this frigate factory on the Clyde. To be clear, a frigate factory is an indoor assembly hall; it is not putting ships together in the rain. So...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: European Court of Justice (5 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: What his Department’s policy is on the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: European Court of Justice (5 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: As you know, Mr Speaker, Scotland has its own distinct legal system. Brexit will have a direct impact on that system, on justice agencies in Scotland and on a range of devolved issues. Will the Secretary of State confirm that that distinction will be given serious consideration as the Brexit negotiations progress?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2017)

Carol Monaghan: Last week, a Tory peer said that Brexit was a good thing because our young people would be able to work longer hours. Can the Minister confirm that his Government will continue to guarantee protections for workers in accordance with the European working time directive?

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