Andrew Stephenson: ...schools should be able to expand. I was particularly delighted that in her party conference speech she praised teachers at Whitefield infant and nursery school, which is one of the four schools in Pendle to benefit from a brand new building in the past three years. Does she agree that this is about the provision of more excellent school places, not about a change in Government policy?
Andrew Stephenson: The Pendle sports awards, which took place just two weeks ago, recognised the achievements of sportswomen across Pendle, including Bethany Widdup, who is now a member of the British ski team, and many others who have excelled thanks to grass-roots sports clubs across Pendle. What more can my hon. Friend do to give our local sports clubs the help they need to get even more women and girls involved?
Andrew Stephenson: ...record funding for projects across our area. This funding allowed Lancashire LEP to support projects such as the refurbishment of Brierfield mill, with £3.7 million of funding, and the Burnley-Pendle growth corridor, with £8 million of funding. However, just down the road in Manchester, where I was born, things have gone even faster, with the November 2014 devolutionary deal giving local...
Andrew Stephenson: I am pleased to support the Bill, which will, I know, enjoy the support of many of the residents I represent across Pendle for the range of important measures it introduces and for those that it strengthens. There is, of course, deep concern that our migration system needs to be much better controlled in general and, perhaps above all, there is concern that politicians have failed to get to...
Andrew Stephenson: ...the work of our dedicated police officers and immigration officials. I welcome just as strongly the tough measures contained in the Bill, which are necessary to ensure that vulnerable people in Pendle are protected from exploitation and that those who make use of illegal workers feel the full force of the law.
Andrew Stephenson: I am pleased that my constituency’s largest housing association, Housing Pendle, is delivering 122 new affordable homes this year. Will the Minister confirm that extending the right to buy to housing association properties will mean more money overall, with money being released to build new affordable homes, thus helping more families to access the good quality, affordable homes they so...
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on how many small and medium enterprises in (a) Pendle constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West have received funding from the North West Fund.
Andrew Stephenson: Greenfield sites across Pendle are under threat because the new Lib Dem and Labour administration of Pendle Borough Council has abandoned plans to spend the £1.5 million allocated for brownfield regeneration under the previous Administration. What more can the Department do to support the people of Pendle and to help fulfil their wish that brownfield is always developed ahead of greenfield?
Andrew Stephenson: ...the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what total amount his Department has granted in the form of Apprenticeship Incentive Grants in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Pendle in each of the last three years.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the extent of provision in the community for female offenders in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Pendle constituency.
Andrew Stephenson: The announcement that the free childcare available for working parents of three and four-year-olds will double to 30 hours a week in 2017 is excellent news for families across Pendle. Does not the fact that we are delivering that commitment demonstrate that only by taking tough decisions can we afford to provide the high-quality services that hard-working families deserve?
Andrew Stephenson: Pendle residents have a strong tradition of service in our armed forces. I was pleased that the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment exercised their freedom of the borough of Pendle in May with a parade through the town of Colne. Is my hon. Friend aware of any outreach work being done by our armed forces to ensure that we are recruiting from all of Pendle’s diverse communities, including our...
Andrew Stephenson: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many landlords have made a voluntary disclosure to HM Revenue and Customs through the Let Property Campaign in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Pendle constituency since that campaign began.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) England who have been diagnosed with (i) bladder, (ii) kidney and (iii) prostate cancer, in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much local authorities received in (a) England, (b) Lancashire and (c) Pendle constituency under the New Homes Bonus in each year since 2011.
Andrew Stephenson: I thank the Secretary of State for taking time to visit Nelson job centre with me. In Pendle, we have some fantastic local organisations, such as branches of Christians Against Poverty, the local citizens advice bureau, Colne Open Door and many others, running job clubs. What is his Department doing to work with such organisations and charities to help families out of poverty?
Andrew Stephenson: To mark national care home open day tomorrow, I will visit three care homes across Pendle. The debate on care homes often focuses on bad care, so may we have a debate on national care home open day, which would allow hon. Members across the House to pay tribute to the many excellent local care workers in our constituencies and to celebrate the many examples of great care that we see?
Andrew Stephenson: I would like to present to the House a petition signed by a large number of Pendle residents about the high cost of car insurance. The petition states: The Petition of residents of Brierfield and Nelson, Declares that the Petitioners believe that the price of car insurance has risen rapidly within the BB9 post code area making it unaffordable for many, as a result of a minority of drivers...
Andrew Stephenson: A number of businesses in Pendle trade with Scotland, including Carlson Filtration in Barnoldswick, which supplies products to the Scotch whisky industry. Does my right hon. Friend therefore agree that we are better together?
Andrew Stephenson: I welcome what my right hon. Friend is saying about transforming services. He has mentioned Airedale hospital twice. I thank him for visiting Pendle a few weeks ago, and visiting Marsden Grange, one of my local care homes, where he saw the telemedicine service from the care home perspective. Will he say more about how telemedicine and improved technology in the NHS can help improve patient care?