Results 81–100 of 330 for speaker:Rachel Maclean

Infected Blood Inquiry (29 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I start with the words of my constituent: “The miracle of child birth tainted and forever seen as a sadness by my advice to abort my child at 7 months old. An empty vessel of a lost life and its opportunities of normal happiness and future building.” Gone forever, after which she was advised that she should be sterilised. How tragic. This happened 30 years ago, and she still lives...

International Trade: Brexit (Trade Agreements) (29 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: What assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits to UK businesses and consumers of securing trade agreements with non-EU countries after the UK has left the EU.

International Trade: Brexit (Trade Agreements) (29 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Last week I visited the innovative company, Mission Resources, in Abbots Morton. It has invited the home energy resources unit, which generates energy from household waste to reduce fuel consumption, furthering climate change reduction and the Government’s clean growth strategy. Given that the company is looking to expand to powerhouses such as China and India, what assurances can the...

Social Mobility and the Economy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I very much agree with what the hon. Lady is saying. As a representative of a midlands constituency, I have personally seen that exact pattern. Does she agree the Government could look at further devolving spending on further education, higher education and apprenticeships to local areas to address those challenges?

Social Mobility and the Economy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) and a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening) on securing this important debate. It is a pleasure to follow colleagues who have spoken so eloquently on this critical subject. In a similar way to other Members, I come at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (28 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: What steps his Department is taking to support the use of small businesses in Government procurement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Government Procurement: Small Businesses (28 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: We understand that High Speed 2 will bring vast benefits to our economy in the west midlands, including £4 billion-worth of economic growth and 50,000 extra jobs, but small businesses in Redditch say to me that they are not sure how to bid for the contracts. What advice can the Minister give them?

GKN: Proposed Takeover by Melrose (27 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. Like many colleagues, I have a constituency interest in the matter. As he knows, because he has been kind enough to meet me, the global headquarters of GKN is in Redditch. Some 260 people, many of whom are my constituents, have been told that their jobs will go if this takeover goes ahead. I welcome the commitment that he has been given by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (27 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Does my right hon. Friend not agree that, contrary to what some Opposition Members have just suggested, despite Brexit we will have strong foreign policy relations around the world?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (27 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Last night, I and many colleagues across the House attended a huge demonstration to say “enough is enough” to anti-Semitism. What more can my right hon. Friend’s Department do to strongly send out the message to the Jewish community around the world that Britain is determined to stamp out this ancient hatred?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: In-work Households Living in Poverty (26 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Will the Minister confirm what he and the Government think is the most useful measure of poverty? Is it absolute or relative poverty, and can he tell us why?

NHS Staff Pay (21 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I join colleagues in welcoming my right hon. Friend’s announcement. Will he join me in congratulating the nurses and doctors at the Alexandra hospital in Redditch on their incredibly hard work in keeping people safe and well cared for throughout the winter? Following yesterday’s announcement about new medical schools and nursing apprenticeships, his announcement today represents a...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. Does he recognise that well over half a million fewer children are living in workless households now than in 2010? Children are five times more likely to be in a low-income household if they are in a workless household than if they are in a household in which all adults work. There is a knock-on effect for the next generation.

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I congratulate the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford) on securing this important debate. It is a pleasure to follow her speech, which raised some very important issues. As Members of Parliament, we all want to ensure that the welfare system operates correctly. I am a strong believer in what the Government are doing on...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I visited the food bank and have spoken to the people there, but time does not permit me to talk in depth about those issues. I have an ongoing dialogue with both the people who run the food bank and the people who use it. I understand very well what is happening in my constituency of Redditch and, if the hon. Gentleman will forgive me for moving on, I will speak about some of my experiences...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I do not agree with that, because the evidence does not bear it out. Universal credit is an agile system that is designed not only to get people who are out of work into work, but to support them as they look for better-paying jobs. I will come to that in my speech. I accept that reforming welfare is difficult, as the hon. Lady said. There can be no MP in this House who has not come across...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: This must be the last intervention. I am aware that others wish to speak.

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I have spoken to claimants in local organisations on the ground.

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Many. I can write to the hon. Gentleman with the precise numbers, if he would like me to. I will touch on another example. A qualified hairdresser had been a carer and was a single parent to her disabled children. She found it difficult to find work to fit around her responsibilities. Her work coach suggested that she consider self-employment and she was referred to the new enterprise...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Does the hon. Lady agree that all the changes in the welfare legislation should be seen in the broader context of other policies, such as the rise in the national living wage, which is lifting some of the lowest paid people in this country out of poverty?


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