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Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: I would like to say how much I enjoyed the tone at the start of the speech from the right hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) when she praised the work of public services. We all feel, on both sides of the House, that it is important they deliver for everyone in our country. It is an honour for me to close this debate. I thank Members on all sides who have...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: I would like to make some progress, if I may, because time is short. I will take interventions later. The hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) raised the national school meals programme. That is a very important programme, which we are very proud to have introduced. We will very much be supporting it going forward. I would like to pay tribute to my right hon. Friends the Members for...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: We have already explained that we have secured an extra £66 million for early years in the Budget. We will make further announcements on how we do this in the near future and we will address the issue of maintained nurseries, which we recognise play such an important role. However, I say to Labour Members that if they want to drive up standards in every one of our schools, ensure that...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: It is fair to say that there is a lot that does not add up from the Labour party. Put simply, the concept of getting rid of Ofsted to drive up standards is absolutely farcical. We need Ofsted; it plays a vital role in ensuring the very best for our children.

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: I will make some progress, thank you ever so much. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Angus (Kirstene Hair), who raised the issue of post-study work visas. Conservative and Unionist MPs from Scotland have been raising that consistently, as have MSPs, and we are very glad to be able to deliver on it. My right hon. Friend the Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Sir David Evennett) spoke...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: As the hon. Gentleman will know, we outlined extra funding for that in the spending review. Young or old, we are all increasingly dependent on the internet, and people of all ages across the UK will benefit from one of the greatest eras of infrastructure investment, starting with legislation to help accelerate roll-out of full-fibre broadband right across the country. As we exit the EU, it is...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: I would like to say how much I enjoyed the tone at the start of the speech from the right hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) when she praised the work of public services. We all feel, on both sides of the House, that it is important they deliver for everyone in our country. It is an honour for me to close this debate. I thank Members on all sides who have...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: I would like to make some progress, if I may, because time is short. I will take interventions later. The hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) raised the national school meals programme. That is a very important programme, which we are very proud to have introduced. We will very much be supporting it going forward. I would like to pay tribute to my right hon. Friends the Members for...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: We have already explained that we have secured an extra £66 million for early years in the Budget. We will make further announcements on how we do this in the near future and we will address the issue of maintained nurseries, which we recognise play such an important role. However, I say to Labour Members that if they want to drive up standards in every one of our schools, ensure that...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: It is fair to say that there is a lot that does not add up from the Labour party. Put simply, the concept of getting rid of Ofsted to drive up standards is absolutely farcical. We need Ofsted; it plays a vital role in ensuring the very best for our children.

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: I will make some progress, thank you ever so much. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Angus (Kirstene Hair), who raised the issue of post-study work visas. Conservative and Unionist MPs from Scotland have been raising that consistently, as have MSPs, and we are very glad to be able to deliver on it. My right hon. Friend the Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Sir David Evennett) spoke...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Gavin Williamson: As the hon. Gentleman will know, we outlined extra funding for that in the spending review. Young or old, we are all increasingly dependent on the internet, and people of all ages across the UK will benefit from one of the greatest eras of infrastructure investment, starting with legislation to help accelerate roll-out of full-fibre broadband right across the country. As we exit the EU, it is...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Education: Education Update (30 Sep 2019)

Gavin Williamson: Education is key in creating a productive economy as well as maximising the opportunities for future generations. It is vital we are supporting the right mix of skills and delivering for all young people so that they can reach their potential, regardless of their background. The Government recently announced an additional £400 million investment in the provision for 16-19 year olds. Building...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: Ministerial Duties (9 Sep 2019)

Gavin Williamson: Holding answer received on 03 September 2019 It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Per Capita Costs (9 Sep 2019)

Gavin Williamson: I refer my hon. Friend, the Member for Hendon to the answer I gave on 4 September 2019 to Question 282367.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Higher Education: Pensions (9 Sep 2019)

Gavin Williamson: I refer the hon. Member for Portsmouth South to the answer given by the former Minister of State (Jo Johnson), my right hon. Friend for Orpington on 8 August 2019 to 281106.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Universities: Antisemitism (9 Sep 2019)

Gavin Williamson: The government has urged all higher education providers (HEPs) to consider adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition. It is a useful tool which will help front-line services better understand and recognise instances of antisemitism. However, HEPs are autonomous organisations who are independent from the government. Each individual provider will decide if, and...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Higher Education: Wansbeck (9 Sep 2019)

Gavin Williamson: The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service publishes data on the proportion of 18 year olds entering full-time undergraduate higher education by parliamentary constituency. The entry rates for the last 5 years for Wansbeck constituency are shown in the table below. 18-year-old entry rates to full-time higher education Year 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 Entry...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Higher Education: Wansbeck (9 Sep 2019)

Gavin Williamson: Information on students enrolled in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is collected and published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). More information is available at: https://www.hesa.ac.uk. The number of undergraduate higher education entrants who were domiciled in the Wansbeck constituency prior to study in each year between 2013/14 and 2017/18 has been provided in the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Universities: Admissions (9 Sep 2019)

Gavin Williamson: Widening access and participation in higher education (HE) is a priority for this government. This means that everyone with the capability to succeed in HE should have the opportunity, regardless of their background or where they grew up. Whilst we have made real progress, (the latest data for 2019 shows that the entry rate for 18-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds has continued to...


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