Results 141–160 of 4951 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Angela Eagle

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: There is, if I may call it this, a “brand issue” with particular suggestions in the White Paper and the Bill. Again, the Opposition will want to study in great detail, and ask a lot of serious questions about, the potential consequences of what the Minister has suggested in the White Paper and the Bill. There is absolutely no evidence that such competition will lead to higher...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I have talked to Universities UK, and it has grave concerns and reservations about the route the Government are taking—for some of the reasons I am outlining now. Of course Universities UK will work with the Government—it has a White Paper in front of it, and there will be a Bill on the Table of the House, which it will want to make the best it can be—but I would not take...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: Again, the hon. Gentleman makes an extremely good point, and I look forward to hearing what the Minister has to say about it when he replies to the debate.

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I will give way to the hon. and learned Lady for the last time, because I want to get on and finish.

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: Yes, but I am talking about how we measure excellence and what it means. If the hon. Lady were so concerned about the excellence of teaching, she would be looking at Sure Start and what is happening with early teaching. She would also be looking at the problems we have with teacher recruitment and at a range of other things. Nobody in the House disagrees with the concept of teaching...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I do. The Select Committee report outlines the sector’s worry that the reforms are being rushed in keeping with a timetable that does not actually reflect best practice. A lot of vice-chancellors and others in the sector are extremely worried about the implications of that.

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I am saying not that it cannot be included, but that the proxies the Government have chosen have given cause for concern, and I have tried to explain why. We have to think about how this works through, and I will be interested in what the Minister has to say about that.

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: Well, let me finish this point first. If the Minister is not careful, he could end up with a range of results he does not want. There could be paradoxical disincentives for excellence. People who always find it difficult subsequently to get a job in the labour market may become less attractive as students to certain institutions because of the way these measurements are used. That would be a...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman and then to the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Nicola Blackwood), if she will be a bit patient.

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: As I understand the White Paper, this also about competition between universities, and there are some paradoxical results there that I would be worried about if I were interested in widening, not narrowing, opportunities. I think the hon. Gentleman ought to accept that.

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: It is partly about speed. I think that the REF took six years to get into place, and this is all due to be done from a standing start in a couple of years. We have to get it right or there will be consequences that nobody on either side of the House would want to see.

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I do not want to get into a Second Reading debate on the Bill—that is probably not wise. I want to get on and finish my speech. I have tried to take a lot of interventions, and it is only fair to those who want to speak in the rest of the debate that I get to the end of my speech. Education should not be about shackling a generation with yet more debt but about unleashing their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: We look forward to the vote on Trident—he should get on with it. Given the overnight news of the French authorities’ dawn raid on Google, investigating allegations of aggravated financial fraud and money laundering, does the Chancellor now regret calling his cosy little tax deal with the same company “good news” for the British taxpayer?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: Obviously, the Chancellor has done a bit more research this time. I regard that as a compliment. From that answer, I think the Chancellor is far too easily satisfied with his cosy little tax deal. I note that even the hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) labelled that deal “derisory”. The British public think it is even worse. Despite all the rhetoric, on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: We all have a great deal of respect for the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke). The Chancellor of the Exchequer will know that the Exchequer Secretary deals with taxes on vices, not on Google. I did my job in taxing vices when I was in the Treasury. The Chancellor will be judged on results. He has been in office for six years. Given that France is demanding 10 times...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I think the Chancellor has just agreed with Len McCluskey. The former Work and Pensions Secretary said this week that the Chancellor’s Brexit report should not be believed by anyone, and he branded the Chancellor “Pinocchio”, with his nose just getting longer and longer with every fib. Meanwhile, the general secretary of the TUC said that the Treasury report gives us...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I am glad that the Chancellor agrees with Frances O’Grady, but it is a pity that he cannot get half his Back Benchers, and most of his own party, to agree with him. Given that the former Work and Pensions Secretary has just called the Prime Minister “disingenuous”, and that the former Tory Mayor of London has called him “demented”, I would not talk about Labour...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Last week, the former would-be leader, Michael Portillo, said of the Queen’s Speech: “After 23 years of careful thought about what they would like to do in power, and the answer is nothing…There is nothing they want to do with office or power…The government has nothing to do, nothing to say and thinks nothing.” Even this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: With 29 days to go until the most important decision this country has faced in a generation, we have before us a Government in utter chaos—split down the middle and at war with themselves. The stakes could not be higher, yet the Government are adrift at the mercy of their own rebel Back Benchers, unable to get their agenda through Parliament. Instead of providing the leadership the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (3 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: Two Select Committees of this House are now preparing to examine the collapse of BHS into administration last week, putting at risk 11,000 jobs. Sir Philip Green bought the company for £200 million, took hundreds of millions of pounds out of it in dividend payments for his own family and then sold it for £1 to a bankrupt with no retail experience. What does the Business Secretary...


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