Results 1–20 of 77 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alex Burghart

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) on securing this important debate. It is always refreshing to be in a debate where there are so many shared views from different parties. I congratulate him on the tone with which he conducted his speech. I echo some of the comments that remind us of how we have come...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: I absolutely accept what the hon. Gentleman says, but I think he would accept that some people do not appeal because they are pleased with the outcome. That is why my hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson) mentioned that the Government and the previous Government have always been in a process of ongoing review—we have had annual reviews and a Green Paper. I am sure...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: The hon. Lady gives powerful examples. As I have said, the most important thing that we can do is improve the accuracy and quality of the assessments to prevent such cases. Schizophrenia is a complex condition that can manifest in many different ways from case to case. Consequently, it will vary in its impact on the ability to work, depending on the individual case. To my mind, it would be...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: I appreciate that it is the nature of bureaucracy to be inflexible, so I take the hon. Lady’s point. I am keen for the Government to go back to the central principle of finding out what people can do rather than what they cannot do. With greater expertise in the assessment process it would be possible to identify the sorts of jobs that other people with the condition in question have...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend is being extraordinarily generous with her time. Like her, I enjoyed the speech of the hon. Member for Bootle (Peter Dowd), although I did not agree with all of it. He says that there is nothing in the Bill for low-paid workers. Perhaps my hon. Friend would like to remind him that there is a tax cut for 31 million workers, from which low-paid workers will benefit.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: Given my hon. Friend’s experience of the NHS, I should be interested to hear how that £500 million investment in future technologies could benefit the health service in the future.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: We were asked earlier to look things up on the internet, so I looked up something about universal credit. It turns out that £2 billion has been set aside for universal credit but, according to the shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the £1.5 billion set aside by the Chancellor in the Budget represents only £1 in £10 that needs to be put in, therefore creating...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Farming (7 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: What steps he is taking to maintain the economic viability of farming after the UK has left the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Farming (7 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: I am grateful to the Minister for his remarks. Many farmers in my constituency in the bounteous county of Essex supported Brexit, but some did not. What reassurances can he give them that the Government are straining their many sinews to ensure that new and emerging food markets are open to them after Brexit?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate, and it is always good to discuss universal credit in the House. As a member of the Work and Pensions Committee, I want to make a minor point before I go on to more substantive arguments. The first I knew about the Committee’s involvement in the motion was when I saw the Order Paper this morning while I was having my breakfast. I understand...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: I fully understand the hon. Lady’s point because of course there are knock-on consequences. I am also very sorry to hear that her constituent waited eight weeks for money, but we know that that should never happen when advance payments are available and people can receive money on the same day. The seven waiting days have now been removed. The process of test and learn shows that we can...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Alex Burghart: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Work, Health and Disability (30 Nov 2017)

Alex Burghart: I strongly welcome the statement that the Secretary of State has made this afternoon. I also welcome the news that the disability employment rate has risen by nearly 5% since 2014. The Government are obviously a major employer of people. What are the Government doing to ensure that the civil service leads by example in this area?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Potholes (30 Nov 2017)

Alex Burghart: What steps he is taking to reduce the number of potholes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Potholes (30 Nov 2017)

Alex Burghart: We have heard some thoughtful remarks about tyre quality on both sides of the House this morning, and road quality is the flip side of that coin. Many of my constituents suffer from pothole-marked roads. In our Conservative manifesto this year we committed to improve the quality of roads and fill potholes. Will my right hon. Friend tell my constituents that we remain committed to that?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Value for Money (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Burghart: What steps she is taking to promote value for money in aid spending.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Value for Money (29 Nov 2017)

Alex Burghart: I welcome the Minister’s comments on accountability. My constituents raise value for money in aid spending with me on a regular basis. Does he agree that accountability to people in poor countries is essential in getting value for money?


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