Results 1–20 of 26 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

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Thelma Walker: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) for securing the debate. I declare an interest because I am one of the women affected by these changes, as I was born in the 1950s—[Interruption]—surprisingly, even unbelievably. But I am not speaking in this debate just for myself; I am speaking for the 7,000 women in my constituency who have been affected by...

Healthcare Optimisation Plan: Kirklees (12 Dec 2017)

Thelma Walker: Does my hon. Friend agree with me that the use of BMI to classify whether someone is obese is, frankly, laughable? Does she agree that Greater Huddersfield CCG needs to look at an alternative measure that would not put Huddersfield Giants prop forward Sebastine Ikahihifo, whose BMI is 32.3, in that category?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Thelma Walker: Does my hon. Friend believe it is appalling that the Government are trying to play public sector workers off against one another and that every public sector worker deserves a pay rise, as they are the glue that holds this country together?

Social Mobility Commission (4 Dec 2017)

Thelma Walker: With all the board members of the Social Mobility Commission resigning, and with a new report released today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation showing that the number of lone-parent families in poverty has increased by 5% since 2010-11, does the Minister agree that the Government’s ambition for social mobility has failed?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Thelma Walker: I wish to use the next few minutes to set out an alternative Budget—one that the UK, as a leader of global nations, should have delivered; a Budget that works not only for the haves, but for the just about managing. This Budget was an opportunity for the Chancellor to speak to the homeless and the sick; to the looked-after child, the disabled man, the 80-year-old with dementia and the...

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Thelma Walker: Thank you, Mr Paisley. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) for securing this debate on such an important topic, which she has championed so well. I would like to start by reading a short excerpt from one of my favourite stories: “‘Yes,’ said the bear. ‘I emigrated, you know.’ A sad expression came into its eyes. ‘I used to live...

Paradise Papers (6 Nov 2017)

Thelma Walker: My constituents in the Colne and Holme valleys pay their tax in the usual way. Can the Minister explain to them why their public services are being cut while the rich are using tax havens to avoid paying their fair share?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (6 Nov 2017)

Thelma Walker: Some 50% of schools and colleges, including Huddersfield New College in my constituency, have dropped modern foreign language subjects from their subject choices, citing funding as a reason. What is the Minister doing to reverse this trend?

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Thelma Walker: I thank those hon. Members who secured this debate. Imagine, for a moment, that it is your child who is alone in a foreign country, unable to speak the language and at risk of being trafficked. As a parent, would you want that for your child? No parent would, and we have a duty of care and a civic responsibility to make sure that these vulnerable children are protected. This country has a...

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Thelma Walker: I begin with these words: “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the disabled.” Those words, spoken by Vice-President of the United States Hubert Humphrey, still ring true today. Social care should...

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (25 Oct 2017)

Thelma Walker: Does the Prime Minister agree that the potential downgrading of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary— 479 professionals lost, over 300 hospital beds cut, and a 90-minute journey to the nearest A&E—is not in the best interests of my constituents? Will she meet me to discuss the detrimental impact this will have on Colne Valley and the surrounding area?

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?

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