All 15 results for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Thelma Walker

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Thelma Walker: What is happening to our country is something of which this Government should be ashamed. This is a country where families cannot feed their children, where people are reliant on the generosity of others and where disabled people face being thrown out on to the streets. We have a Government who do not seem to care, and who continue to push on with their plans regardless. The universal credit...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Thelma Walker: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak (Ruth George) for giving us the opportunity to debate this important issue. When a family are spending a majority of their income on childcare, something has to give. We continuously hear how we should be more economically stable in work than out of work, and I am sure we all agree with that. However, that means that we need childcare that is...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Thelma Walker: While I welcome the Prime Minister’s initiative to tackle ethnic inequality in targeted areas, including Kirklees, can the Minister explain what that will actually do to improve the lives of my constituents?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Staffing Levels (10 Oct 2017)

Thelma Walker: What recent assessment he has made of trends in staffing levels in the NHS.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Staffing Levels (10 Oct 2017)

Thelma Walker: Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, which is in my constituency, is currently facing plans for a downgrading that would result in the loss of 500 hard-working professionals. Is it too much to ask for the Minister, or the Secretary of State, to visit the hospital, as I have requested, before those hard-working trained professionals are lost, and can he assure me—and my constituents—that...

Schools: National Funding Formula (14 Sep 2017)

Thelma Walker: At a meeting with the National Association of Head Teachers this week, headteachers told me that they face a teacher recruitment crisis, a school budget crisis and endless tinkering with assessment and the curriculum. Will the Secretary of State tell the House which of those she would like them to deal with first?

Local Housing Need (14 Sep 2017)

Thelma Walker: Given that the number of homeowners under 45 has fallen by 900,000 since 2010, what is the Secretary of State doing to increase the supply of homes for low-cost ownership?

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Thelma Walker: Colleges such as Kirklees College had over 3,000 16 to 19-year olds on full-time programmes last year, but the funding available covered only 15 hours a week per student. Does my hon. Friend agree that this is wrong and that we need fair funding for all 16 to 19-year olds, regardless of where they choose to study?

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Thelma Walker: What does the Minister have to say to the parents of children with special educational needs who cannot access childcare for their children?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

Thelma Walker: What steps his Department is taking to ensure that people in each region of England and Wales have adequate access to legal aid providers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

Thelma Walker: The latest report from the Children’s Society, “Cut off from Justice”, found that in Yorkshire we saw a 56% drop in the availability of free immigration advice between 2012 and 2016. Given the acute vulnerabilities of unaccompanied children who need to access legal advice, will the Secretary of State commit to consider those children in the upcoming review of the Legal Aid,...

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Thelma Walker: The recent report on social mobility confirmed the points that have been raised about our divided nation. Over the past 20 years we have come to have a new geographical divide, an income divide and a generational divide. The geographical divide is between successful city regions and places such as my constituency of Colne Valley and Kirklees, which have seen a lack of regional investment,...

Adult Social Care Funding (6 Jul 2017)

Thelma Walker: Does the Minister agree that it is time we considered bringing the social care sector back into public ownership to remove the profit-making aspect of looking after the most vulnerable in our society?

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Thelma Walker: Does my hon. Friend agree that we need to stop the STPs in their tracks right now so that we can prevent the dangerous downgrading of hospitals and the loss of our accident and emergency centres?

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Thelma Walker: I am so honoured to be here to deliver my maiden speech as the Member of Parliament for Colne Valley. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, Jason McCartney, for his work for the constituency over the past seven years and I wish him well for the future. The beautiful valleys that are my home hold an important place in Labour’s radical history and are closely...


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