Rachael Maskell: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I thank the hon. Member for Stone (Sir William Cash) for bringing forward the debate and all other hon. Members for their pertinent questions. Let us first remind ourselves why investment in growing our railways is imperative. We need investment in capacity growth and connectivity, which is being called for particularly in the...
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a tobacco industry levy to fund smoking cessation services provided by local authorities.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential causal link between respiratory diseases and deprivation and its effect on levels of (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (b) cancer, (c) tuberculosis, (d) pneumonia, (e) pulmonary fibrosis and (f) asthma; and what steps he is taking to reduce any such inequalities relating...
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason public health provision was excluded from Fair Funding Review, published by his Department on 19 December 2017.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department plans to use to calculate public health funding in relation to the roll-out of Business Rates Retention in 2020-21.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the Ministry of Defence Fire Services undertook during firefighting operations near Saddleworth Moor between June 2018 and July 2018; and if he will make a statement.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the levels of (a) lead and (b) phosphorus are in the water supply for each regional water authority.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many libraries have closed in each of the last eight years.
Rachael Maskell: We have heard some excellent speeches this afternoon, not least the two maiden speeches. In 1772, Robert Hay Drummond, Archbishop of York, commissioned what is now known as Bootham Park Hospital. John Carr was drafted in as the architect, and in 1777 the hospital opened. It was a stunning building based in parkland and 17.85 acres of land, or 21.2 acres including adjacent public land. In...
Rachael Maskell: How exactly will further education colleges be able to give their staff an uplift?
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish his Department’s analysis of feedback from the roadshows for tenants on the development of the Social Housing Green Paper.
Rachael Maskell: We have had an excellent debate, conducted in very much the right tone. We exist in communities, not least this parliamentary community, so every decision that we make, action we take and word we speak has an impact. There are huge inequalities of power throughout society and, to date, that has also been true of this place. It is because of that inequality of power that we find ourselves...
Rachael Maskell: The reality is that this is about amendment of the Standing Orders, which govern the procedures of the House, so while I accept that the motion is not necessarily in the right place, without the amendment it could lead to the identity of a reporter being exposed.
Rachael Maskell: I have just checked Standing Order No. 150(12)(b) again, and its wording will not protect anonymity if there is no change. I am disappointed that the motion is not quite right and nor is the amendment. Therefore, because of the risk the amendment brings of breaching the confidentiality of a reporter in these cases, it cannot be supported, but we must address this issue in the six-month...
Rachael Maskell: NHS Property Services has been required to dispose of the Bootham Park Hospital site. The city urgently needs capacity for new health services, yet developers want to move on to the site to build luxury apartments—we have far too many of those. Can we have a debate about public interest in the disposure of public sites?
Rachael Maskell: The chemicals regulation division of the Health and Safety Executive regulates biocides and pesticides under the EU REACH—registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals—regulation. The pesticides have to be tested within the EU, so we will lose that work on 29 March 2019. Will the Government buy into the new replaced EU body, losing 300 jobs in York and...
Rachael Maskell: My hon. Friend is making a very important speech. As I know from being a physio who worked with cystic fibrosis patients, when making an assessment of the cost of treating cystic fibrosis, we must look at the social cost, the economic cost and the immense cost of keeping somebody alive. Does he agree that Orkambi would be a solution to that, let alone addressing the human cost?
Rachael Maskell: There may be a lot of discussion between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Treasury, but the reality is that there is no action on business rates. Our retail sector is closing down and 200,000 businesses have been taken to the magistrates court for non-payment, so when will we have a review of business rates and when will we see change?
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of qualified HGV drivers in the road haulage industry for each year since 2010.
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under - Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans of 9 July 2018, Official Report, column 706, whether it is his policy that the One Public Estate principles apply to public land that has its freehold vested within an association.