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Erasmus Plus Programme (21 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is an pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford), and I thank the hon. Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Lloyd Russell-Moyle) for securing the debate. It is an honour to follow two Members who have played such a pivotal part in the scheme, which is valued by students in the UK and around the world. We have heard what the programme has done for 9 million...

Erasmus Plus Programme (21 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I thank the hon. Gentleman and congratulate the university on its work in that regard. Yesterday we saw the historic passing of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. With that legislation on our statute book, we can, thankfully, proceed to the next stage of EU negotiations. I am absolutely sure that our Prime Minister will want to include this very important programme in her negotiations. I...

Erasmus Plus Programme (21 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Until the hon. Gentleman started to speak, I did not know of his personal involvement in this programme, which is excellent news. I have just received a message from my son, who is one of the students to have taken part in this scheme. He said that this programme “builds future leaders with the self-confidence, determination and resilience of living and making it work in a foreign...

Universal Credit and Welfare Changes (21 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: May I assure the Secretary of State that I, too, have been to my local jobcentre and spoken to the staff there? I have heard that this is the best system to help people for 30 years—that comes from the horse’s mouth in Redditch. I used to work in the software industry, and the point about this system is that it is agile. A system on this scale cannot be built in the way that the...

Business of the House (21 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The menopause is a natural stage of life that affects every woman, and also every man who lives or works with a woman, but I have not heard it talked about in this place since I have been a Member. May we have a debate on this extremely important issue? More specifically, how can we encourage clinical commissioning groups to implement the important guidelines from the National Institute for...

Defence Fire and Rescue Project: Capita (21 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Will the Minister say a bit more about the savings he talked about being reinvested in defence, which I am sure most of us in the House would be very glad to see?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Sports-related Tourism (21 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Mr Speaker, if you were to attend the Astwood Bank carnival on 15 July, you would see the sport of Viking fighting and horseman stunts being contested on the field. This brings in 5,000 people from all over Worcestershire. Does the Minister agree with me that these local events are very important for our communities? Will he congratulate the organisers, and what more will he do to ensure...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Redditch is only about 20 miles away from Coventry which is due to be the city of culture. What are the Government doing to ensure that Redditch also benefits from this fantastic event?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Menopause (21 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the training GPs receive on the treatment of menopausal symptoms and the prescription of hormone replacement therapy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: What recent assessment she has made of the strength of the Northern Ireland economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Redditch has a proud history of manufacturing businesses that trade with Northern Ireland. One such business is Trimite, which manufactures specialist coatings for the defence and aerospace industries. What assurances can my right hon. Friend give to my constituents at Trimite and other businesses that there is a prosperous global outlook after Brexit?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I feel that I need to put it on the record that I completely refute any assertion that I, as a Member of this House, have been influenced by the tactics of the Republican party on the other side of the Atlantic.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock), although I will be taking issue with some of the more lurid assertions he made in his speech. I recognise the importance of this issue. I started my political career canvassing in 2009-10 and I vividly remember the expenses scandal and the anger of our constituents and voters on the doorstep. I remember, too, the...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: We have heard that a few times. Of course, I was not here at that time, but in my opinion, the arguments that have been brought forward today do not stack up. Did someone want to intervene on me?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Well, I think “Follow that if you dare” is an apposite comment. I thank my right hon. Friend for his intervention, and I will proceed with my remarks. The hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan) is not in his place at the moment, but he is an honourable man and I respect his campaign on this issue. Of course he has garnered a lot of sympathy across the House. We have...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. It is not that I do not understand; it is that I do not agree. Those are two different things. We have here an assertion that a private Member’s Bill, which was debated on a Friday, can better reflect this very serious issue than the Boundary Commission itself. The Boundary Commission has carried out...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. I would not dare to comment on the sensitivities of Cornwall and Devon, but I am sure that his comments have been heard and that they are very valid. He made some good suggestions in his speech about how to proceed—or possibly it was my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper). There have been some very good suggestions...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The hon. Gentleman is right to identify these critical issues that affect communities all over the country, as Members on both sides of the House have done, but does he not agree that this is precisely why the Boundary Commission is doing its work, during which he and all of us, and members of the public, have had the opportunity to put forward precisely such views, which the commission will...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Does my right hon. Friend agree that this is about a fundamental principle upon which our general elections are run: we set out our manifesto and the public vote on how they want their money spent? The attempt to change that is a fundamental undermining of our democracy in this country.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Does the hon. Lady not agree that the Boundary Commission is an independent body that is completely separate from any political considerations? It is not run by politicians. It is carrying out a thorough review, on the instructions of this House, in order to do the right thing for our constituents and for taxpayers. How can she suggest that there is any political consideration involved in the...


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