Mike Amesbury: Surely the way forward in this debate is what works. In the past 14 days alone, Northern Rail has cancelled 1,159 trains—full cancellations. It is complete chaos in my constituency. That demonstrates that the current franchise system is not working. We need public ownership and public control.
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Mike Amesbury: What fiscal steps his Department is taking to increase regional productivity.
Mike Amesbury: Given that average UK productivity is 30% below German levels, does the Minister agree it is now time to rebalance our economy and support further devolution for areas such as Cheshire and Warrington?
Mike Amesbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Health Service Investigation Branch plans to being its investigation into avoidable baby deaths.
Mike Amesbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional (a) funding and (b) resources have been allocated to the Health Service Investigation Branch for its investigation into avoidable baby deaths; and what the timeframe is for that funding.
Mike Amesbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether hospitals are compelled to accept and act on Health Service Investigation Branch recommendations that result from the investigation of avoidable baby deaths.
Mike Amesbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of self-employed claimants on universal credit full service who have remained self-employed once the Minimum Income Floor is applied at the end of their first 12 months of trading.
Mike Amesbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish the framework for bids for further devolution from areas that do not have a devolution agreement.
Mike Amesbury: What steps he is taking to help ensure the affordability of ticket prices for national sporting events.
Mike Amesbury: I am sure that the Minister will want to join me and my hon. Friend the Member for Halton (Derek Twigg) in congratulating Runcorn Linnets on winning the Hallmark Security League Premier Division title this week. Although my constituents can watch the Linnets for a relatively reasonable price—a very low cost—people attending major events cannot, as prices have rocketed in recent...
Mike Amesbury: Can the Minister guarantee that future publications of such sensitive reports will be done in a timely manner and given proper parliamentary scrutiny?
Mike Amesbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the potential job losses arising from the proposed merger of ASDA and Sainsbury's in the (a) stores, (b) head offices and (c) distribution centres of both supermarkets; and what assessment he has made of the potential effect of that merger on the level of growth in the (i) North West and...
Mike Amesbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to encourage ASDA and Sainsbury's to engage directly and meaningfully with trade unions following the announcement of the potential merger of those businesses.
Mike Amesbury: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the revised guidance notes relating to the Enterprise Investment Scheme following changes announced in Autumn Budget 2017.
Mike Amesbury: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous), who is very knowledgeable on these issues. In October last year, we sat in the Chamber and conducted an Opposition day debate on this crucial issue of social care. Today, six months later, we are doing exactly the same thing, not because there has been any major policy change or even any significant ideas...
Mike Amesbury: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Mike Amesbury: It is a fact that 50 out of 55 schools in Halton, which is part of the constituency I represent, have had a real-terms funding cut totalling more than £4 million. I listen to the teachers and parents I represent—maybe I am living on a slightly different planet from Conservative Members—and that is the reality on the ground.
Mike Amesbury: Capita employs hundreds of people in my constituency at a place called Preston Brook. What discussions have the Government had with recognised unions, such as the Communication Workers Union, about the job and pension security of those workers?
Mike Amesbury: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the great battle of ideas in the past resulted in something that seemingly we now all take for granted and claim to love—the NHS? Historically, the NHS was opposed; in fact, it was opposed 22 times on a three-line Whip by the Tory party, so the idea of the NHS, which is free at the point of delivery and based on need, is of course politically driven....