Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2018 to Question 123365 on Office for Students, whether the selection criteria for the Office for Student’s student panel included a specific requirement in to appoint a disabled student.
Thelma Walker: Kirklees Council, which serves my constituency of Colne Valley, has already had its budget cut by nearly £200 million, with a possible £45 million of cuts still to come. Which of the following things would the Prime Minister recommend that it cuts next: care for an older person with dementia; emptying the bins; providing hot school meals for vulnerable children; libraries, leisure...
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has assessed the potential merits of donating used service personnel clothing to homelessness charities.
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 1.25 of PFI and PF2, published by the NAO on 18 January 2018, HC 718, what plans his Department has to start recording data on the cost effectiveness of PFI deals.
Thelma Walker: What assessment she has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on the number of disabled people living in poverty.
Thelma Walker: As disability charity Leonard Cheshire has pointed out, many disabled people do not have internet access, assistive technology or the necessary support to fill in the online form to apply for universal credit. Does the Minister agree that the application process needs to be more accessible, so that disabled people can easily apply for these benefits?
Thelma Walker: On 14 December last year, I asked the Minister not to ignore the voices of the 7,000 women in my constituency who are affected by state pension inequality, because we are not going away. Is the Department now any closer to paying us what we are due?
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of Yorkshire farmers receive direct payments and rural development support from the EU.
Thelma Walker: I thank the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) for securing this important debate on one of the many issues facing carers, families and staff who visit our hospitals. If I parked at the hospital car park in my constituency of Colne Valley, it would cost me a third more than if I parked in a council-owned car park. How is that acceptable? Is this not NHS trusts profiteering from the...
Thelma Walker: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. How are my constituents meant to afford these excessive costs? Hard-working nurses, doctors, porters, cleaners and receptionists go to work to help people. Those hard-working staff are paying £1,680 a year to support families whose loved ones are dying. They are paying £1,680 a year to work a 12-hour shift caring for people. They are...
Thelma Walker: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for bringing forward this important debate. Does she agree that, as we set the rules for people outside the House to take maternity, paternity and shared parental leave, we ourselves have a system that makes this place less family-friendly than most workplaces in the UK?
Thelma Walker: Does the Minister agree that, with Carillion and now Capita, the outsourcing of our services has failed? Instead of expensive bail-outs, they should be brought back into public ownership.
Thelma Walker: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she plans to review the operation of the Equality Act 2010.
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on the number of job centre staff who speak a second language fluently.
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much of his Department's budget was spent on increasing the number of visitors to Yorkshire in the most recent 12 months for which data is available.
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support her Department provides to support the creative industries in (a) Kirklees and (b) Yorkshire.
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the number of incidents involving dangerous driving.
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timescale is for his Department receiving a response from the Independent Review Panel on the referred plans from Calderdale Huddersfield Foundation Trust.
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobcentre staff hold a level 2 British Sign Language qualification.
Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of changing the work capability assessment to take into account degenerative illnesses.