Christopher Pincher: One of the most difficult educational problems we face in Tamworth is that not enough young people aspire to go to university. May we have a debate on the pupil premium and how over time it can drive up aspiration among our most disadvantaged young people and encourage more of them to go to university?
Christopher Pincher: Because Haunton Hall nursing home in Tamworth is owned by Southern Cross, its fate is of grave concern to residents and their families. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that any advice he receives from the regulator about companies such as Southern Cross, which the Labour party unfortunately ignored, will not go unheeded by him?
Christopher Pincher: From today, victims of the Equitable Life scandal—in Tamworth and around the country—begin to receive justice as the compensation scheme begins to pay out. Following years of vacillation from previous Governments, may we have a statement or a debate to mark that milestone?
Christopher Pincher: What recent discussions she has had on the delivery of her Department’s biodiversity strategy.
Christopher Pincher: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Christopher Pincher: Will my right hon. Friend work with the Secretary of State for Education to introduce a system of post-A-level university applications? The current system, whereby many students are offered places based on their predicted grades, is bureaucratic and inefficient, and undermines the opportunity of many of our most disadvantaged students to get places, because their grades are routinely...
Christopher Pincher: Last Friday, I met all the head teachers of primary schools in Tamworth and they told me that many of their staff have no intention of following their highly paid union leaders out on strike because they want to stay in their schools and teach. Will my right hon. Friend commend the attitude of those teachers and of the teacher at Rawlett high school who sent a message to me only this morning...
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Christopher Pincher: What plans he has to provide support through his Department’s housing policy to serving and former members of the armed forces.
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people representing small and medium-sized businesses located in (a) the UK, (b) Staffordshire and (c) Tamworth constituency (i) he, (ii) Ministers in his Department and (iii) officials in his Department have met in the last 12 months.
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for future funding of the manufacturing advisory service, west midlands, following the closure of advantage west midlands.
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on operations-specific personal protective (a) clothing and (b) equipment in the last 12 months.
Christopher Pincher: Does my right hon. Friend think that this is rather rich coming from Labour Members, and certainly from the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones)? Having had 13 long years with the time, the majorities and the money to introduce a Bill, they merely produced a Green Paper, whereas we introduced a Bill within 12 months. Is not my right hon. Friend rather proud of that?
Christopher Pincher: My hon. Friend is quite right to say that we should be careful how we use these powers. Does he agree that we should also be careful how we communicate them to potential employers, so that they know exactly how the powers might be used and will not disadvantage people in the reserve forces?
Christopher Pincher: The Government are incorporating the co-operation and competition panel into Monitor to advise the NHS on competition rules. Given that the Opposition seem to be engaged in collective amnesia this afternoon, will my right hon. Friend remind the House which party first established the CCP and the concept of competition in the NHS?
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of shoplifting on retail stores; and what steps she is taking to reduce levels of shoplifting.
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether HS2 Ltd will be required to mitigate any impact of railway building on sites of biological importance in (a) Staffordshire and (b) England.
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to permit freight traffic on the High Speed 2 route.
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effect on wildlife populations of construction of High Speed 2.
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has estimated the proportion of the High Speed 2 route which will render agricultural land unusable.