Conor McGinn: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for affording me the opportunity to make my maiden speech in this debate on the Gracious Speech. Let me begin by paying tribute to other hon. Members who have made their maiden speeches today. They have set a high standard for those of us who must follow them. It is truly a special honour to speak in the House as the newly elected Member of Parliament for St...
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of running a proportion of direct train services from London to Liverpool through (a) Newton-le-Willows, (b) Earlestown and (c) St Helens Junction.
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his Department's industrial strategy is for (a) Merseyside and (b) the North West.
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what organisations in each region have benefitted from the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) Fund; and how much each such organisation has received.
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has for the promotion and development of rugby league.
Conor McGinn: I am sure that the Minister agrees that support for our veterans is fundamental to the armed forces covenant. There are 500,000 veterans in the north-west of England, many of them in my constituency, but not one penny of the £40 million veterans accommodation fund went to any organisation in the north-west. Will he ensure that funding for veterans organisations is fairly distributed across...
Conor McGinn: What recent assessment he has made of progress in implementing Network Rail’s investment programme.
Conor McGinn: The latest figures show that the cost of rail season tickets held by commuters from Garswood, Rainford, Earlestown and Newton has risen by up to 25% since 2010. Can the Secretary of State explain to my constituents why the Government are allowing blatant profiteering that is ripping off passengers?
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the role of the British-Irish Council.
Conor McGinn: Child poverty in St Helens is higher than the national average. Does the right hon. Gentleman think that taking in-work benefits away from working families would increase or decrease the level of child poverty in my constituency?
Conor McGinn: It was announced yesterday that my local authority in St Helens is having a further £23 million cut from its budget, meaning that by 2020 it will have suffered a 50% reduction in funding under this Government. May we have a debate on the crisis in local government funding and its impact on critical services?
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his oral statement of 25 June 2015, Official Report, column 1067-8, on Network Rail, what effect changes to Network Rail's programme will have on upgrading of stock on and electrification of the lines between (a) Liverpool and Manchester and (b) Liverpool and Wigan.
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding is received per pupil in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) the North West and (c) England.
Conor McGinn: To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has attended meetings of the British-Irish Council since 2010.
Conor McGinn: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many telephone calls to HM Revenue and Customs from residents and businesses in St Helens North constituency were unanswered in 2014-15.
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in St Helens North constituency are identified as suffering from long-term illnesses; and what the comparable average figure is in the (a) North West and (b) UK.
Conor McGinn: It is good that the Government have invited the Leader of the Opposition and my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) to tomorrow’s National Security Council meeting to discuss these important issues—and I very much welcome that. In the same spirit of co-operation and in the national interest, will the Secretary of State commit to a comprehensive, transparent strategic...
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of the average domestic energy bill in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) the North West and (c) the UK in 2010 and 2015.
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the Competition and Markets Authority's provisional findings on the energy market, published on 6 July 2015.