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Results 1–20 of 124 for speaker:Andrew Lewer

Defence: South China Sea Operations (12 May 2020)

Andrew Lewer: Whether the Royal Navy plans to continue operations in the South China sea.

Defence: South China Sea Operations (12 May 2020)

Andrew Lewer: The Royal Navy is at its best when it works closely with our allies. Will the Minister update the House on recent co-operation with the Royal Australian Navy?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Health Services (25 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure (a) people with motor neurone disease and (b) other vulnerable groups can access the healthcare they need during the covid-19 outbreak; and what support will be available to family members who have had to (a) stop working and (b) withdraw children from school in order to provide care and avoid passing...

Treasury: Rent a Room Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: What assessment he has made of the socioeconomic effect of raising the Rent a Room Scheme threshold to £7,500.

Treasury: Rent a Room Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: Given that some 37% of homes in the country are under-occupied, my right hon. Friend will realise that encouraging more owners to take in lodgers could provide affordable housing to thousands more people. Will he please look to review whether there should be a higher level, perhaps £9,500, for live-in landlords with two or more lodgers, and would he be willing to have a virtual meeting with...

Educational Settings (18 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: As chairman of the all-party group, I bring the positive message from the independent education sector that it is part of communities—it wants to help, and it wants the Department to know that. There is also a concern: will boarding schools be allowed or be expected to continue caring for any remaining boarders, especially international ones, who have not gone home or cannot do so?

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: Could I provide my hon. Friend with some constructive challenge, following some of the comments from colleagues around me? Aneurin Bevan once said that nothing is too good for the working class. Nothing should be too good for any school in any area, and therefore every school should be able to have a distinct and clear, rather than excessively generic, identity, out of pride in their school....

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: It is interesting, and in some ways welcome, to have a proposal before the House that attracts cross-party support, but also obliges us to consider it and debate it carefully. The hon. Members for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury) and for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) have talked in the House about schoolwear costs—the latter quite extensively—as have numerous Conservative...

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: The hon. Gentleman provides a good illustration of how personal experience informs rather than inflames the debate. His point also illustrates the importance of local areas and schools having a measure of control and responsibility. That is not always delivered by an attitude of, “The man in Whitehall knows best.” There is space for guidance—that is the purpose of our discussion...

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: What my hon. Friend says is true in the overwhelming majority of cases. It is interesting; I have found from my meetings with larger schoolwear suppliers, and the intermediate businesses that provide wholesale stock of those garments to a local area, that some of them have prevailed on schools to take a more measured and responsible approach. It is a tribute to people in the sector that...

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: That is absolutely true. I do not want to play school status bingo, but that does sound very grand because all we had for a house was a little plastic or metal badge—that was it.

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: It can. I put a big question mark next to this section of my speech in case it instigated a wide range of people’s recollections of various kinds. However, I have been pleased to hear those from Members. I do want to mention Duston School in my constituency, led by the no-nonsense head, Sam Strickland. An aversion to philosophy and a preference for pragmatism has overall served this country...

Palestinian School Curriculum: Radicalisation — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (10 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: Mr George Bradford, a constituent of mine, works hard to raise awareness about extremist teaching in Palestinian schools. I met him here in Parliament last week. Does my hon. Friend agree that such awareness-raising has a valuable role as part of wider debates such as this one?

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sleeping Rough (2 Mar 2020)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional funding to tackle rough sleeping in the next spending round.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Uniforms (28 Feb 2020)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the role school-specific uniform plays in counteracting bullying in schools.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Uniforms (28 Feb 2020)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the role school-specific uniform plays in promoting a sense of identity within schools and their local communities.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Uniforms (28 Feb 2020)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to hold discussions with school-uniform retailers, distributors and manufacturers on his Department's school uniform guidance; and what plans he has to work with that sector to implement that guidance.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Uniforms (28 Feb 2020)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the (a) quality and (b) value for money of school-specific uniform.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Non-domestic Rates (29 Jan 2020)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Local Government Association Business Rates Avoidance Survey Report 2019, published on 1 January 2020, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the finding of that report that £250 million is lost to business rates each year; and what steps he plans to take to protect revenue from...

NHS Funding Bill (27 Jan 2020)

Andrew Lewer: This Government have now committed £33.9 billion, the largest cash increase in the history of the NHS, and I am hopeful that the funding will go where it is needed most and that, when combined with the NHS long-term plan, it will help to provide direction and certainty. During the last Parliament, I sat on a Joint Committee of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee and the...


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