Results 1–20 of 347 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Angela Rayner

Higher Education Funding (11 Oct 2017)

Angela Rayner: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will make a statement on higher education funding.

Higher Education Funding (11 Oct 2017)

Angela Rayner: Let me welcome Members back from conference season. We sang “The Red Flag”, the Conservatives waved the white flag. I told our conference that the Government should get on with sorting out student finance. Then the Prime Minister told her conference that they would. I suppose I am cheaper than Lynton Crosby, but the Government’s announcement begs just a few questions: what,...

Schools: National Funding Formula (14 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: Once again on the last day before a recess we see the Secretary of State sneak out new policy. [Interruption.] I would hardly call that once in a national debate, but I wonder whether this statement has been put out today to try and hide and to distract from the fact that the Government are ripping up the rulebook on democracy, as they did yesterday in the debate on tuition fees. But of...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The vote we just had reflects that it is the will of this House that the increase in tuition fees be reversed. As was mentioned in the debate, it has taken far too long for the House to have the opportunity to vote on this issue. Now that it has, more than eight months since a motion to annul the regulations when they were first tabled, it has voted...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether he actually read our manifesto and looked at our costings, and where in his party’s manifesto the DUP deal was?

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: rose—

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: I beg to move, That the Higher Education (Higher Amount) (England) Regulations 2016 (S.I., 2016, No. 1206) and the Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2016 (S.I., 2016, No. 1205), both dated 13 December 2016, copies of which were laid before this House on 15 December 2016, in the last Session of Parliament, be revoked. It has taken a long time to get to today’s...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: I hope that the hon. Lady notes that after having to bring this Government to the House to discuss this really important issue time and again, we have had to do this in Opposition time. I hope that Conservative Members who promised the electorate that they were against rises in tuition fees will take that on board today and support the Opposition’s motion. Ministers seem to have found a...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: First of all, let me say that my husband would have been Charles I; I probably would have been a Cromwell. On the important point about our policy on tuition fees, we were clear in our manifesto that we would abolish tuition fees. I think the general public absolutely were clear on our policy on that. [Interruption.] The Secretary of State says, from a sedentary position, “What about...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: I will make some progress. The intention of the parent Act, the Higher Education Act 2004, was clear. It allows any such regulations to be annulled. The then Minister, the former Member for Hull West and Hessle, assured the House that “any change to the fee cap must be made by the affirmative resolution procedure, not the negative procedure. Although we cannot do it in...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: I presume that the hon. Lady is slightly confused by the diktat from the Conservative Whips, which says something about student debt and tuition fees. We have been absolutely clear on both issues. We would not even be having this debate if the Labour party had won the general election, because we would have abolished tuition fees, as promised. The Conservative party already trebled tuition...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: I absolutely agree, and the points that I have just made show that the Government could progressively do something about that. The interest rates are scandalous, and the income threshold has been frozen despite the Government’s promises that they would not do that. They also still refuse to bring back maintenance grants. Shame on this Government—they do not care about social mobility.

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: Only this morning, the director of the Conservative think-tank Bright Blue echoed a point that we have been making for months, writing: “What would make a real difference is increasing the salary threshold of £21,000 for repaying student loans.” That is one of the—[Interruption.]

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: Thank you, Mr Speaker. As I said, only this morning the director of the Conservative think-tank Bright Blue echoed a point that we have been making for months about increasing the salary threshold. That is one of many options that we have told the Government time and again they need to look at. I had a group of young air cadets from my constituency down here yesterday, and I hope that they...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: I thank my hon. Friend for that important point. We are trying to highlight a number of things that the Government have done in both further education and higher education that have genuinely damaged the opportunity for our young people to get on and get by in life. Today, they have an opportunity at least to do what some Government Members promised at the general election by refusing to...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: The hon. Lady makes two important points, but she fails to recognise two important things that have happened alongside that. Lord Adonis made it clear that the Frankenstein that the Government have created with tuition fees is completely unsustainable, so Conservative Members cannot hide behind that if they think it limits their responsibility for trebling tuition fees. They are now trying to...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: I am at a loss about how to answer the hon. Gentleman. Our young people know the reality of the debt they take on today. I have just spoken about many different ways in which the Government could alleviate our students’ debt: there is the interest rate, the income threshold, and even maintenance grants if they really cared about students from poorer and disadvantaged backgrounds....

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. You may be aware of press reports that have circulated during the day that the Government are abandoning their manifesto commitment to ensure that private schools take concrete steps to earn their charitable status. Once again, this appears to be an announcement made to the media rather than this House, and with only one sitting day remaining for us to...

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

Angela Rayner: It is a sad fact that it actually does have an impact on the number of international students coming to the UK. For years, the Prime Minister told us that we need to clamp down on international students who overstay their visas, using figures to suggest that as many as 100,000 people are remaining in the UK illegally. In fact, we know the figure is now 4,600 students—the Government were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Shortages (11 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: My hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) made a very good point, and the School Teachers Review Body, the Education Select Committee and the Secretary of State’s predecessor have all said that pay has contributed to the crisis in teacher recruitment, but—notably—not the Prime Minister. Last week, our research showed that the Government’s...


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