Bambos Charalambous: In the run-up to the referendum, voters were assured by the leave campaign that Wales would not be one penny worse off as a result of leaving the EU. Will the Secretary of State assure the House that the benefits of EU structural and investment funds in Wales will continue after March 2019?
Bambos Charalambous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) on securing this important debate. Women who need to escape their fate at the hands of an abuser need somewhere safe to go, but the effect of the Government’s new funding model would be to block off those escape routes. Since 2012, a third of all...
Bambos Charalambous: What recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of capital funding for schools.
Bambos Charalambous: Can the Minister confirm that, despite the additional £1.3 billion announced in July, the schools budget is still facing a £1.5 billion real-terms funding shortfall, which nothing has been done to reverse?
Bambos Charalambous: Nelson Mandela said: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” Those words should be at the forefront of our minds as we consider the ways in which prisons operate in England and Wales. With £3.954 billion of annual expenditure, prisons take up the largest...
Bambos Charalambous: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for public service pension schemes of the judgment of the Supreme Court in Walker v. Innospec Limited?
Bambos Charalambous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for presenting the petition in this debate, and I declare that I am a member of the trade union Unison. Before being elected to represent my constituency in Parliament, I worked for a local authority and, along with my colleagues, was subject to the pay cap....
Bambos Charalambous: The hon. Lady is absolutely right; the silence is deafening.
Bambos Charalambous: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, and I agree 100% with what she has said: ending the pay cap would be a good start to addressing inequality. Decent pay for a hard day’s work is an easy concept to grasp, but it does not fit with the Government’s view that austerity and stripping the state to the bone are the only way to ensure that privatisation happens hard and fast. Just over a...
Bambos Charalambous: Over 120,000 children are set to be without a home and living in temporary accommodation this Christmas—an increase of 66% since 2010. Why does the Secretary of State think that the number of homeless children fell under Labour but has risen under the Conservatives?
Bambos Charalambous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is shared between NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups, education providers and local education authorities after a diagnosis of autism for a child of school age.
Bambos Charalambous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential for digital technology to support (a) diabetes self-management and (b) diabetes education.
Bambos Charalambous: Is the Minister aware that there is a piece in this week’s Law Society Gazette about rewriting civil procedure rules to accommodate litigants in person, who may not fully understand court procedures in civil proceedings?
Bambos Charalambous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship in this important debate, Mr Robertson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Sweeney) on securing it. To get perspective on the problem of access to legal aid, we first need to remind ourselves that the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949 came in as one of the Labour Government’s swathe of measures to help alleviate...
Bambos Charalambous: What steps she is taking to ensure that private contractors funded through Official Development Assistance are scrutinised and managed effectively.
Bambos Charalambous: I wish to focus on three areas of deficiency in the Budget: education, social care and the public sector. Many schools across the country are struggling financially. The Chancellor, while promising an extra £40 million to train future maths teachers, seems sadly to have missed the point. The Government’s ideologically driven onslaught on education has led to an exodus of teachers, and many...
Bambos Charalambous: What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the adequacy of funding for his Department.
Bambos Charalambous: In a recent letter to the Defence Secretary, 25 of his Conservative colleagues said: “We look forward to rhetoric being matched in deeds over the coming months.” Will the Secretary of State listen to colleagues from all parts of the House and match the Government’s rhetoric with increased resources for our armed services?
Bambos Charalambous: What assessment he has made of the level of investment required to ensure high standards of cyber-security in the public sector.
Bambos Charalambous: Our public services have been starved of cash for seven years, but cyber-security requires constant investment, so has the Minister advocated long-term funding to enable public services to protect themselves against all forms of cyber-attack?