Results 1–20 of 202 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gill Furniss

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries: Funding (6 Sep 2018)

Gill Furniss: Whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the viability of public libraries of changes in the level of Government funding for local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries: Funding (6 Sep 2018)

Gill Furniss: As the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on libraries, I have spoken to many stakeholders who are concerned by the lack of statistical clarity on libraries. Does the Minister agree with the research analysis published by his own Department that the most complete data on the state of the nation’s libraries—the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (4 Sep 2018)

Gill Furniss: What political and diplomatic steps he is taking to help resolve the conflict in Yemen.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (4 Sep 2018)

Gill Furniss: The value of British arms sales to Saudi Arabia surpassed £1billion in the first six months of 2017 alone. Is not one of the most effective diplomatic and political steps the Government can take right now to join other countries such as Germany and Norway and stop selling arms and call for a genuinely independent international inquiry to fully establish culpability?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2018)

Gill Furniss: UK steelmakers are paying up to 50% more for their electricity than their European counterparts, which is reducing their competitiveness on the global stage. Ofgem’s targeted charging review is set to exacerbate the situation. What representation has the Minister made to Ofgem regarding its review and the effect of that review on both the steel sector and energy-intensive industries in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Officer Numbers (16 Jul 2018)

Gill Furniss: What recent assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the number of police officers on the level of serious crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Officer Numbers (16 Jul 2018)

Gill Furniss: South Yorkshire police have seen their budget reduce by £66 million in real terms since 2010, and they expect more to come. In Sheffield, knife crime has increased by 41% over the past year. Does the Minister agree that reducing police numbers has a direct effect on this staggering upward trend in violent crime, which has led to many tragic deaths and left many families grieving?

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation: Parks (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough) (9 Jul 2018)

Gill Furniss: Even amidst the most built-up cities, we are blessed with parks and pockets of green space. Those spaces improve air quality, lower temperatures near congested cities and even harbour wildlife, but they are also the lifeblood of our communities. As we face an obesity crisis and concerns over public health, parks offer free and accessible opportunities for exercise and enjoyment. At a time...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation: Parks (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough) (9 Jul 2018)

Gill Furniss: I completely agree and will say more about that as I continue. The additional issues I have mentioned are often worsened by the funding shortfall. Since 2010, Sheffield City Council has suffered a staggering £430 million a year in cuts. The council looks after the vast majority of parks and open space in my constituency, but its maintenance of them is not a statutory duty. This contrasts...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation: Parks (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough) (9 Jul 2018)

Gill Furniss: I absolutely agree. That is the thrust of my speech tonight, and I have already detailed the effects of cuts to budgets for policing and public services. It would be easy to ask the Minister to consider making parks statutory services, so that councils could be held to account more easily for their maintenance. However, my local parks would not be helped one bit by that without the Government...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Gill Furniss: Since I became the proud Member of Parliament for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough two years ago, teachers and parents have contacted me about the severe challenges facing our local schools. I have listened to their stories about impossible teacher workloads, increasing class sizes and lack of provision for the least privileged children. I am extremely grateful for the input of those...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Gill Furniss: I said that there would be differences. The nub of the matter is the differences between northern areas where there is an educational divide: resources should be given to make up those differences. They should not be taken away from us, as we are now seeing. Some of our headteachers are even warning of mass redundancies as a last resort to balance their budgets by 2020. This is not a war-torn...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Gill Furniss: Well, we have done our figures up north. I am telling the Minister the figures that we have got—and they do not match his. We know that an alternative is possible. We, on this side of the House, have pledged to reverse the cuts and replace the national funding formula with a fairer funding system; to cap class sizes at 30; to give back control to local councils; to implement an...

Rolls-Royce Redundancies (14 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: I also thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Derby South (Margaret Beckett) for securing this important urgent question. This is deeply disturbing news, not just for the city of Derby, which relies heavily on Rolls-Royce for local employment, but for the sector as a whole. Despite Rolls-Royce making a substantial profit of £4.9 billion last year, this recent restructuring means that...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Arrangements (14 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on future customs arrangements as part of the UK’s negotiations to leave the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Customs Arrangements (14 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: Does the Minister agree with the president of the Confederation of British Industry, who warned yesterday: “If we do not have a customs union, there are sectors of manufacturing society in the UK which risk becoming extinct”?

Yemen (11 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: When will the Government realise they will have blood on their hands if they continue to co-operate with the Saudi-led coalition, not least by selling it the arms it is using to kill hundreds and thousands of civilians indiscriminately?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: What assessment he has made of the effect on the defence and military aerospace industry of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Gill Furniss: The Government have often used EU rules as an excuse for not buying British steel for big defence projects. Can the Minister guarantee today that post Brexit, Royal Navy support ships and similar projects will use 100% British steel?

Office for Product Safety and Standards — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Gill Furniss: Although the Minister said earlier that there are 290 posts at the OPSS, it looks as though there is little resource in terms of extra staffing or extra funding for local trading standards officers. Is that correct?


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