Emma Hardy: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect of LINK's decision to reduce its ATM interchange fee on the viability of small and medium-sized businesses in Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle constituency.
Emma Hardy: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders). The debate on school funding always appears to follow the same tired pattern. Teachers, parents, education trade unions and the Opposition parties all point to the facts: increased class sizes; the number of teachers leaving the profession; the lack of adequate support for children with...
Emma Hardy: Has the hon. Gentleman read the recent report that looked into the issue of there being more children in good and outstanding schools? It said that the number of children in such schools had increased because the number of children had increased. Actually, a high number of such schools have not seen an inspection since 2010. Does he agree that the figure could be at least a little misleading?
Emma Hardy: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Emma Hardy: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the whole pupil premium system needs to be reviewed in order to look at children facing bereavement and at different eligib—eligibil—[Interruption.] I will get there in the end.
Emma Hardy: I obviously do. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that we need to look at different criteria—I will go with that word—for children qualifying for the pupil premium?
Emma Hardy: The PIP assessment has disproportionately and unfairly impacted on people with epilepsy, with 60% having their budgets reduced when they move from DLA to PIP. This is nearly 20% higher than for any other condition. Will the Government admit that the current assessment process is not fit for purpose for people with epilepsy and set out what is being done to improve it?
Emma Hardy: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I rise to ask your advice on a matter of exceptional importance to my constituents. As you know, I have been seeking for quite some time now to get a simple, clear answer to what I believe to be a simple, clear question. I have written to Ministers, put in written questions and asked questions during oral questions, and so far I have been unable to get a...
Emma Hardy: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Tooting (Dr Allin-Khan) for her work on raising this issue. When I was a child, it was evident to everybody who came to my house that I had an incredibly obsessive football-supporting father. They spotted it from the moment they stepped into the lounge and saw the football shrine...
Emma Hardy: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the timetable for the Government releasing the funding for a new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services unit in Hull; and if he will make a statement.
Emma Hardy: I made a point earlier about Hull East and Hull West. There is also a proud fishing tradition among the Hessle Road community in Hull, which goes back for years. The new boundary will divide that community—a community that has existed for hundreds of years. Does my hon. Friend agree that that should be looked at again?
Emma Hardy: The hon. Gentleman has my full sympathy when he talks about constituencies crossing boundaries. It might sound like a joke to Members, but the fact that the new constituency boundaries would cross over from east Hull into west Hull is felt very deeply by people in my area. There is a strong and long-standing division between the east and the west, yet the new boundaries would take a lump out...
Emma Hardy: Further to those last two points, would my hon. Friend acknowledge that the amount of constituency work required from a Member often bears no relation to the number of people on the electoral register? I dare say that about a third of the people who come to my surgeries for advice and support are not registered to vote.
Emma Hardy: One of my constituents, Leah, summed it up best when she said that this abhorrent act could happen to any woman, regardless of age, class, race or sexual orientation. Will the Minister please ensure that the new legislation on upskirting will grant anonymity in any criminal case to protect the women who suffer from this disgusting practice?
Emma Hardy: There are 22,000 properties in Hull with a housing, health and social care rating hazard category of 1, the highest hazard rating that there is, and all these properties are in the private rented sector. The cost of repairing and removing these hazards is £23.5 million. Who does the Minister think should pay for that? Does he think it should be councils or private landlords? If he thinks...
Emma Hardy: I will use this opportunity to focus on continuing the great work of my predecessor the right hon. Alan Johnson and his campaign to ensure that Hull has the much needed child and adolescent mental health unit in our constituency. We all accept that mental health is a huge problem, and I was proud to play a part in the Education Committee’s joint report on failing a generation which...
Emma Hardy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the recommendations made in the report Crumbling Futures, published by Children’s Society in March 2018.
Emma Hardy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) educational and (b) career outcomes for children in need.
Emma Hardy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to improve the (a) educational and (b) career outcomes for children in need.
Emma Hardy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support provided to children in need in the transition from childhood to adulthood.