Results 1–20 of 419 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Michael Tomlinson

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing a hugely important debate. She mentions the figures. In percentage terms, the figure is 11.9%, and the lowest it has ever been is 11.6%. I invite her to the all-party parliamentary group for youth employment. We meet on the day that the ONS figures come out. Our most recent project is on those furthest from the labour market. If we can unlock that, we...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: Will my hon. Friend commend the work of charities such as Leonard Cheshire Disability, which does some excellent work in this area, encouraging those who are disabled to get work experience, and from there to get into the world of work as well?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: It is a pleasure to speak on this subject yet again. As we have heard, it is the sixth debate on universal credit in this Parliament and the fourth in the past eight weeks. This gives me another opportunity to reiterate my support for universal credit, which encourages people to get into work and supports them while they are in work, with the overriding aim of simplifying an overly...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: The “big bang” roll-out of the tax credits system was an absolute disaster that many of our constituents had to live through for a number of years. I am disappointed that this motion fails to mention and to acknowledge the good words that we heard from the Chancellor—and not just words, but the additional £1.5 billion that was put in. Some hon. Members have mentioned...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: The hon. Gentleman mentions the Trussell Trust. Does he acknowledge that the trust’s chief executive has welcomed the measures the Chancellor announced in the Budget, and will he also welcome them?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: Despite the noise from many Opposition Members, is not it right that, at this stage of the talks, we are closer to an agreement than we have ever been, that that is a good thing—progress has been made—and that we should want to move on to talks about trade, which will be in our national interest and also in the EU’s interest?

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

Michael Tomlinson: I warmly support and welcome the Secretary of State’s and the prisons Minister’s support for and implementation of the Farmer review. How will the Minister ensure that the policy will be implemented across the board to ensure that reoffending is reduced? I would be very happy for the prisons Minister to answer.

Universal Credit (23 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: I warmly welcome the Secretary of State’s statement, and I thank him and the Minister for Employment for their hard work and for this additional support to the most vulnerable in society. Can the Secretary of State confirm that the housing benefit payments will not be repayable and that that again will help the most vulnerable as they make the transition on to UC?

International Trade: Topical Questions (23 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: Small Business Saturday is an increasingly important business day in the run-up to Christmas. How are the Secretary of State and his Department helping small businesses in my constituency to export more?

Fly-Tipping in Rural Areas (21 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: My hon. Friend is right to say that this does not just affect her constituents in Devon; it also affects mine in Dorset and doubtless those of many other Members. The cost falls not only on local authorities but often on landowners and farmers. Does she agree that, although the Government have taken some positive steps, we need to look closely to see how the burden can be fairly distributed,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Foreign and Security Policy (21 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: Is not that the point: we do not have to be inside the European Union to be concerned about and committed to European security, and we will remain as committed as ever even if we are outside the EU framework?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: My hon. Friend has said that it is a pleasure to follow so many speeches, but does she agree that the speech she is following got it completely wrong, in tone and manner? There are hon. Members on both sides who want to make this work.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: I am grateful to be called so early in this debate. It is a pleasure to speak on this important matter. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (David Duguid) for his maiden speech. I agree with what the hon. Member for Croydon North (Mr Reed) said about the speech, save in one respect: my hon. Friend gave the confident speech of a young professional. He paid...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: I will come back to the Labour party’s record on rolling out benefits in due course, but the hon. Gentleman makes an important point. I wish that Labour Members would speak up more loudly with their support for the principle behind universal credit, because at the moment it sounds like they are calling for not a delay or a pause, but a scrap. The Labour party has opposed every single...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: Perhaps the Minister will respond to the hon. Gentleman’s point in due course. I chair the all-party group on youth employment, so I want to use any mechanism available to encourage young people—everyone, in fact—to get into work. [Interruption.] Perhaps the hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Neil Coyle) could listen to my response, rather than just shaking his...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: Forgive me; I will speak up. If the hon. Gentleman stops talking, however, he might be able to hear a little more easily. He is more than welcome to come along to the meetings of the all-party group. We met yesterday, which was the date on which the latest Office for National Statistics employment figures came out. We track those figures each month. It was pleasing to see that there are still...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: I warmly welcome it. I look forward to the time when we look back and say that universal credit has been a success. Now, do not get me wrong. We are not trying to pretend that all is rosy and that there are no errors—quite the opposite. Government Members, as much as Opposition Members—well, certainly Government Members—want to ensure that universal credit works. I...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: The hon. Lady intervened on me during our last debate on this subject. It is always a pleasure to lock horns with her in a constructive fashion. The last time she challenged me, she said, “How about those young people in poverty?” I did not have the figures on poverty to hand at the time but, if the hon. Lady looks at them, she will see that there are 600,000 fewer people—I...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: In one moment. We remember the fiasco of tax credits, with £7.3 billion of overpayments, and we remember the misery that was caused. The hon. Member for Hove referred to the speed with which universal credit has been rolled out. Actually, the lesson to be learned is not to roll out a scheme in a big-bang fashion, as happened with tax credits, when £2.7 billion then had to be clawed...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Michael Tomlinson: I will not. I only have a minute and a half left, and I do not get any more time. The right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) referred to two-weekly payments. Will the Minister tell us the number of people in employment who actually receive such payments? My suspicion is that it is a very low proportion, but I want the Minister to tackle that point directly, as he was asked the...


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