Andrew Stephenson: Last Friday, I held my fourth Pendle jobs and apprenticeships fair, which was attended by more than 30 local companies and more than 700 jobseekers. Will the Prime Minister congratulate all those who have got jobs or started apprenticeships in Pendle since 2010? Unemployment in Pendle has fallen by 36% in just the last year, showing that our long-term economic plan is working.
Andrew Stephenson: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. One school in Pendle that has really embraced providing impartial careers advice is Marsden Heights community college. It set up a job junction that opens on Monday and Thursday lunchtimes every week, and students employed in the dream team deliver careers advice, including discussions of the current apprenticeship vacancies in Pendle,...
Andrew Stephenson: On Friday, I held my fourth Pendle jobs and apprenticeships fair, at the Colne municipal hall. I was delighted that the Army was one of more than 20 organisations that took a stall, at which it promoted regular and reserve opportunities. Will my hon. Friend tell us more about the steps that the Ministry of Defence is taking to recruit more reservists in the north of England?
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils took GCSEs in (a) dance, (b) art and crafts, (c) I.T. (d) art and design, (e) drama, (f) media, film and television and (g) music in Pendle in each of the last five years.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what changes there have been in the level of participation in (a) dance, (b) music, (c) theatre and (d) arts and crafts in primary schools in Pendle in each of the last five years.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire who have been diagnosed with diabetes are receiving the nine basic monitoring tests.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors were employed in Pendle constituency in each year since 2009.
Andrew Stephenson: What steps he has taken to encourage the development of brownfield sites in Pendle.
Andrew Stephenson: ...areas like the Rough and the Meadows in Colne, which are currently subject to planning applications. What more reassurance can the Minister give me that the Government will support councils like Pendle to prioritise brownfield?
Andrew Stephenson: ..., Brierfield mill in my constituency. Following the fantastic news of Government funding for the project in last week’s growth deal, will Ministers commit themselves to continuing to work with Pendle borough council and myself to move forward this massive regeneration project?
Andrew Stephenson: ...the House, including on 19 November 2009, when he said: “‘This is saving lives; I will stand by it’”.—[ Official Report, 19 November 2009; Vol. 501, c. 236.] On behalf of the residents of Pendle, I urge the Secretary of State to take no lessons from Labour on the management of our NHS.
Andrew Stephenson: ...tribute to organisations across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom that organised their own books of condolence, vigils and fund-raising events for the victims—including the Burnley and Pendle friends league that organised an event I attended at the people’s centre in Brierfield?
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many adoptions there were in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Pendle constituency in each of the last three years.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effects of the benefits cap on reducing employment in Pendle constituency.
Andrew Stephenson: ...than 200 of my constituents, when I joined them for worship in the run-up to Christmas and I said I would bring it to the attention of the House. The petition states: The Petition of residents of Pendle, Declares that the Petitioners believe that the laws of Pakistan systematically discriminate against non-Muslims and leads to the persecution of Christians such as Shahzad Masih and Shama...
Andrew Stephenson: ...(David Rutley) on securing the debate and on setting out a really good argument in favour of investment in the north of England and of supporting our businesses. I will keep my remarks focused on Pendle and the support that businesses there have received, as well as some of the challenges that we still face. Pendle’s local economy relies heavily on manufacturing, and Government support...
Andrew Stephenson: I am proud to have 1104 Pendle squadron air cadets in Nelson and Army cadet force units in Briarfield and Barnoldswick in my constituency, but we are yet to have any cadet units in schools. Will my hon. Friend update the House on the funding model for all combined cadet forces?
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of child poverty was in Pendle in each year since 2006.
Andrew Stephenson: Between 1997 and 2010, under Labour, Pendle lost 17 sub-post office branches. I am therefore delighted by this statement on the Post Office card account, with £250 million of support and a new seven-year contract. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the front office counter service framework will allow the Post Office to bid for, and win, more Government business in future?
Andrew Stephenson: ...got a £102 million boost from hosting the Tour de France in May, and I am delighted to have been involved in the bid that will mean that a leg of the Tour of Britain cycle race will come to Pendle and Ribble Valley next September. Could we have a debate on cycling, which would cover everything from continuing to fund Bikeability in schools to supporting fantastic British companies in the...