Alex Norris: What the Government’s policy is on zero-hours contracts.
Alex Norris: I thank the Minister for her response and for her kind words. Given the ease with which, just yesterday, £1 billion was found to protect only one job in Westminster, will the Minister please say what actions the Government are taking to encourage business to offer genuine financial and personal security to the nearly 1 million workers on zero-hours contracts?
Alex Norris: Thank you for this opportunity to make my maiden speech in this important debate, Mr Speaker. As I believe is customary, I wish to start by paying tribute to my predecessor—this is something I am very glad to do. Graham Allen served our community in Nottingham North with distinction over the past 30 years. He has fought for better jobs, decent housing and the best possible education for...
Alex Norris: Health and social care integration is prized on both sides of the House. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is jeopardised by Government plans to base it on pounds and pence, not the needs of people?
Alex Norris: Cyber-security is, of course, only as strong as it is policed. What steps is the Minister taking to ensure the police have the resources to enforce cyber laws without having to sacrifice neighbourhood policing?
Alex Norris: What steps the Government are taking to support the implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change.
Alex Norris: Last week, Downing Street said that the Prime Minister intended to challenge President Trump on climate change at the G20 meeting. Would it not have been better to do that before he announced that the United States was pulling out of the Paris agreement, rather than after?
Alex Norris: I will start by declaring an interest as chair of governors at Rosslyn Park Primary School. I shall not impose on the Minister’s time for more than four or five minutes; I am enormously grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to speak. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood) on securing the debate. She, like me, made school cuts the focus of...
Alex Norris: The Transport Secretary is due to outline his plans for rail investment in the coming days. There is real concern that the promised electrification of the midland main line, which has the best business case, will be delayed again or dropped completely. Keeping promises is important. Will Ministers be keeping theirs?
Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the costs and benefits of rail franchising.
Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated average annual cost is to the NHS of providing Brineura (Cerliponase Alfa) to someone with the CLN2 variant of Batten Disease.
Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average annual cost is to the NHS of care and treatment of people with (a) any Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis disease and (b) the CLN2 variant of that disease.
Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the UK are undergoing care and treatment for (a) all Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis diseases, (b) the CLN2 and (c) the CLN5 variants of that disease.
Alex Norris: What assessment he has made of the potential effect of the planned closure of job centres in Scotland on local communities.
Alex Norris: Given that UK Government cuts to social security and new sanctions on low-paid workers are likely to increase demand for jobcentres, do Ministers agree that it is reckless and perverse of the Government to be closing them down, especially in our most deprived communities that have some of the highest rates of unemployment?
Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets she has set for local police forces to tackle cybercrime; and how work to meet those targets will be funded.
Alex Norris: As crime changes and the focus on cyber-crime grows, what assurances can the Minister give us that police budgets will match that changed focus and that we will not see a loss of bobbies on the beat as resources are inevitably shifted?
Alex Norris: If he will include within the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill proposals for a mechanism to ensure that UK workers' rights and protections remain in line with EU rights and protections after the UK leaves the EU.
Alex Norris: We have heard very warm words about protecting workers’ rights, something which will be tested over time, but will Ministers detail today the precise mechanism that they will use to work with trade unions and employers to ensure that Britain does not become the low-standards capital of Europe post-Brexit and to maintain workers’ rights over time?