Results 21–40 of 286 for speaker:Vicky Ford

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I agree with my council leader in so many ways, but the leader of Chelmsford City Council is not responsible for the education budget; that is covered within the Essex County Council area, where more frontline delivery of children’s services is happening every year. On the issue of tax, it is vital to remember that it is this Government who have made sure that the wealthier pay the...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I refer the hon. Lady back to what my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said at Prime Minister’s questions yesterday, when she reaffirmed that the top 1% of earners are paying more tax than ever before. Skills are absolutely vital to our future. I remember that under the last Labour Government over 1 million young people—those under the age of 25—were not in employment,...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: The benefit of apprenticeships is that apprentices are earning as well as learning. When I met some of those 5,350 young people who are doing apprenticeships in my constituency—especially those in financial services, which I will talk about later—they told me how happy they were to be earning while also learning. I also recognise that enabling small businesses to take on...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Absolutely. I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention, because I was the only British MEP involved in the negotiations on the last European collaborative research project. I was pleased to hear the Minister responsible for science and research confirming that he intends to continue that type of collaboration—provided that it is still focused on excellence, value for money and so...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I will give way to my right hon. Friend, because she has done something amazing in relation to maths skills.

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I am so delighted that my right hon. Friend has said that, because that is exactly the point. The Government have done a transformational thing by saying that we will give schools £600 more for every pupil who studies maths, which will be great at getting more pupils to choose the subject. However, if I may say so, the issue is not just with maths, but with physics. Forty per cent. of...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: May I call on the hon. Gentleman, who is meant to be good at maths, to withdraw his statement about school dinners? Instead, will he confirm that following the debate and vote that we held last week, we will give school dinners to 60,000 more children, including young Josh whom I met in my constituency last week?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: On this day last year, I remember being in the Westminster Parliament during our attack and lockdown. I also remember two years ago on this day being in the Brussels Parliament during that attack. How does the Minister intend for us to continue to interact with Europe on data issues after we have left the EU?

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Artificial Intelligence (22 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: What steps his Department is taking to support the development of artificial intelligence.

Health and Social Care: Life Sciences Industrial Strategy (20 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Part of the life sciences strategy is about ensuring that we have the skills for the future. May I thank the Secretary of State for the fantastic news about the five new medical schools opening in the country, including in Chelmsford?

Cambridge Analytica: Data Privacy (19 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I have been the victim of false news stories being micro-targeted at Facebook accounts in my constituency to deliberately undermine me and cause hate. I thank the Secretary of State for prioritising the Data Protection Bill and delivering the general data protection regulation to make sure that our law is clear and enforceable. How does he intend to work with Governments in other countries to...

Money Laundering (19 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Does the Minister agree that the UK is one of the most transparent jurisdictions in the world for financial services, which are a key contributor to our economy, and that suggesting that money laundering is somehow rife in the UK risks talking Britain down?

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that he agrees with the Prime Minister that we should look for a deal that covers many sectors that are not covered by the WTO, such as aviation, data exchange and having a mutual recognition of financial services, so that trade in those areas can easily continue?

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I am very much enjoying listening to my hon. Friend’s speech and hearing him talk about opportunities for trade outside the EU, but, bearing in mind that nearly half our trade is with the EU, that 40% of that is in services, and that services growth has been increasing year on year, does he not agree that we should try to do both? The EU economy is growing at the moment. We can grow our...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I think that my hon. Friend just said that he did not think that there was value in having trade agreements with other third countries. I would like to clarify that, for example, our trade with South Korea has more than doubled—increased by 100%, as the Foreign Secretary said—since the signing of a trade agreement between South Korea and the EU, of which we are a party.

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I am listening carefully to the hon. Gentleman and I understand that he is asking to have a customs union with the EU. I listened to the Leader of the Opposition’s speech less than three weeks ago, where he also asked for an exemption on state aid and competition law. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that no country has a customs union with the EU and also has an exemption on state aid and...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I ask the hon. Gentleman to withdraw his accusation that I am somehow confused. It is very clear in reading Turkey’s customs union arrangements that it has to comply with all EU treaty rules on state aid and EU law on competition.

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Given that nearly half of our trade is with the EU and that 40% of that trade is in services, does the Minister agree that the level of services coverage in, for example, CETA is not deep enough or broad enough to recognise adequately the mutual trade between the UK and the EU in services?

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