Results 1–20 of 73 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

Proxy Voting (18 Jul 2018)

Thelma Walker: The Conservative party appears to have an issue with women. That has been made clear by the sexting scandal and the fact that only a third of the Cabinet are women, and now the chairman of the party has broken with parliamentary protocol and betrayed a new mum. The Leader of the House promised that pairing would take place when she withdrew the debate. How can we be sure that the Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Thelma Walker: Delays, non-accessible platforms, cancelled trains, failed investment—would the Secretary of State like me to add broken promises of electrification to the list of issues with the trans-Pennine route for my constituents?

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Thelma Walker: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman). As a co-sponsor of this debate with the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon), I believe that it is important that this House has the opportunity to scrutinise fully the Department for Education’s spending. I hope that Members will come to the same conclusion as me—that much more needs to be...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Thelma Walker: I could not agree more. The Select Committee on Education will be looking at that issue in its inquiry. Sadly, many children across the country are not given the appropriate support. “Growing up North”, a report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, stated that “it is also important to understand that a disproportionate number of children in the North are growing...

Saddleworth Moor and Tameside: Ongoing Fire (2 Jul 2018)

Thelma Walker: May I put on record my thanks to all the firefighters and those from the armed forces for supporting our fire service during these moorland fires? Many volunteer groups, such as mountain rescue services, have also been working to support the fire service. What plans does the Department have to support those volunteers who, like many others, are working in such challenging conditions?

Football: Safe Standing — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (25 Jun 2018)

Thelma Walker: I remember going to the football with my dad when I was a child, holding on to his hand as we headed for the terraces, wearing our team’s colours, laughing and joking with other fans, and the whole stadium would be standing cheering the team on throughout the match. The excitement and the atmosphere were electric. Everyone should be able enjoy supporting their team, whether standing or...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Thelma Walker: Does my hon. Friend agree that, as our constituents are paying some of the highest prices in Europe for train tickets, the minimum they should expect is for trains to run on time and to be modern and comfortable and for them not to be packed in like sardines? If the train companies are unable to do that, they should have their franchises taken off them and be brought back under public ownership.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jun 2018)

Thelma Walker: I am sure that the Prime Minister will join me in congratulating my hon. Friends who are this week celebrating the first anniversary of our election. In December, the four remaining members of the Social Mobility Commission resigned, with the chair citing the Government’s inability to “devote the necessary energy and focus to the social mobility agenda”. Does the fact that...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Thelma Walker: Disabled passengers in my constituency have been told that they will not be able to catch certain trains as TransPennine has rolled out old stock to try to fix the broken timetables and reduce delays. Does the Transport Secretary agree that this is discrimination and unacceptable? Will he intervene to tell TransPennine that it must make sure that each train is compliant with disability...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 2018)

Thelma Walker: I welcome the fact that the Health Secretary is in listening mode and has referred the plans for downgrading Huddersfield Royal Infirmary back to the trust. Now, here is the challenge. Nationally, how will the Government fill the 34,000 nursing vacancies, recruit the 47% of vacancies in GP surgeries, increase funding for community NHS services, fix Kirklees Council’s social care funding...

Tributes: Baroness Jowell: Schools That Work For Everyone (14 May 2018)

Thelma Walker: How can the Secretary of State justify £50 million to increase the number of grammar school places when schools in my constituency are facing a £3 million cut?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Basic Skills (14 May 2018)

Thelma Walker: What steps he is taking to improve basic skills.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Basic Skills (14 May 2018)

Thelma Walker: When I met representatives of businesses in my constituency, they told me that many apprentices are missing core skills such as English and maths. What plans does the Minister have to address these concerns without placing additional pressure on young people through yet more testing?

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (8 May 2018)

Thelma Walker: Does the Minister agree that eating a nutritionally balanced meal can reduce snacking between meals and therefore help to reduce childhood obesity? If so, will he speak to his colleagues in the Department for Education and ask them to ensure that the 6,400 children in Kirklees who are set to lose out on a well balance nutritious free school meal do not?

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Thelma Walker: Businesses in my constituency of Colne Valley, like others across the country, are deeply concerned about the UK’s walking away from our largest export market. Does my right hon. Friend agree that a customs union with the European Union would offer the best protection to businesses in each of our constituencies?

School Funding: Social Care (25 Apr 2018)

Thelma Walker: Kirklees Council has had its funding cut by central Government by nearly £200 million. This year, it has raised its council tax by 5.9% to help pay for services. The three percentage points for social care come to £4.8 million, but there is a shortfall of £12 million a year. Can the Minister tell councillors where the rest of the money for social care should come from?

School Funding: Social Care (25 Apr 2018)

Thelma Walker: When elderly people fall, they often have a stay in hospital, putting additional pressures on the NHS, and when they are ready to be discharged, hospitals sometimes cannot discharge them, because local social care provision is not available. Two thirds of admissions to hospitals for falls could have been averted by early intervention in the home. Does my hon. Friend agree that we need more...

School Funding (25 Apr 2018)

Thelma Walker: Class sizes have risen in 80% of the secondary schools in my constituency since 2014. Every secondary school in my constituency has had to cut staff in the same timeframe. Does my hon. Friend agree that cuts to school budgets are responsible for that?

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill (Ways and Means): Higher Education (23 Apr 2018)

Thelma Walker: The report by the Commissioner for Public Appointments on recruitment to the Office for Students highlighted several concerns about fairness and consistency in the appointment process. Will my hon. Friend comment on how students and universities can be expected to place any trust in that body as a regulator?

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Thelma Walker: We are witnessing the fundamental dismantling of the NHS and creeping privatisation, which is undermining its dedicated, hard-working staff. Does my hon. Friend agree that we need to halt all privatisation and legislate against the selling-off of our world-renowned health service?


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