Conor McGinn: The cornerstone of the political settlement reached in Northern Ireland was the three-stranded nature of the Good Friday agreement—relations within Northern Ireland, relations between the north and the south, and indeed east-west relations. Will the Secretary of State confirm that the Government are still committed to that approach and rule out taking any action to suspend the Assembly...
Conor McGinn: As my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) said, the serious issue here is the fact that the Government have given permission for UK armed forces personnel to be involved in air strikes in Syria, despite giving first the impression and then the assurance that they would come to the House before they did any such thing. The Secretary of State has not recognised that. How can the...
Conor McGinn: Figures from the Department show that per pupil funding for St Helens will be more than £150 less than the average across England this year. In addition, our local authority is being asked to take a further £23 million from its budget in the same period. Will the Minister listen to the concerns of staff in schools in my constituency, who tell me that their ability to teach and support...
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provisions for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme for a person injured as a result of an attack by a dangerous dog where the animal was not used with intent to cause injury; and if he will bring forward proposals to amend legislation on that matter.
Conor McGinn: What assessment he has made of recent trends in bus (a) fares and (b) service use in England.
Conor McGinn: Figures from the Minister’s own Department show that 121 bus routes in the north-west of England have been cut in the last five years, while fares have risen by an average of 25%. When will the Government give more powers to all communities—whether or not they want an elected mayor—to control fares, set routes and integrate services?
Conor McGinn: This weekend, I shall somewhat advisedly seek to double the number of Labour MPs in Scotland—albeit temporarily—by visiting Ayrshire to serve as best man for my friend Alan Gemmell, who is marrying his partner Damien Stirk. Does the Leader of the House share my pride in the fact that Britain has led the way on equal marriage, and will he provide time for a debate so that the House can...
Conor McGinn: The Home Secretary has clearly considered this matter, and I respect her decision. All that I will say is that when the Police Service of Northern Ireland makes it clear that it requires water cannon for public order situations, it rightly receives the support of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. But when police in England and Wales say that they require that capability in their...
Conor McGinn: I give a hopeful but cautious welcome to the Foreign Secretary’s statement. He will know that the UK and NATO partners are in dispute with Russia over a number of critical defence issues. Will he therefore recognise that many of us are uneasy about Russia’s role in this process? What assurances can he give the House on that?
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time for an Employment and Support Allowance assessment has been in (a) St Helens North constituency, (b) the North West and (c) the UK since the instigation of those assessments.
Conor McGinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of delays in employment and support allowance assessments on people who lose their income based benefit waiting for that assessment.
Conor McGinn: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of households in St Helens North constituency affected by the changes to tax credits proposed in the Summer Budget 2015; and what his estimate is of the effect on each such household of those changes.
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.
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.