Results 101–120 of 2523 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Graham Stuart

Energy Bill [Lords]: Onshore wind power: circumstances in which certificates may be issued after 31 March 2016 (20 Apr 2016)

Graham Stuart: I agree that there are such issues. In his speech, my right hon. Friend did not reflect on the success of the Government. I know he is sceptical about both climate change and the Government’s approach to this over the years, but what is undeniable is the way in which the cost curve has accelerated downwards. We were previously in a situation in which clean energy was ridiculously more...

National Living Wage: Educational Attainment: Yorkshire and the Humber (18 Apr 2016)

Graham Stuart: Will the hon. Lady give way?

National Living Wage: Educational Attainment: Yorkshire and the Humber (18 Apr 2016)

Graham Stuart: I chair the all-party group on careers information, advice and guidance. Schools are encouraged by the Government to work towards a quality in careers standard, but they are not obliged to do so. In a high- stakes accountability system, in too many cases they will not do the right thing until that is joined with the system. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we should make it mandatory for...

National Living Wage: Educational Attainment: Yorkshire and the Humber (18 Apr 2016)

Graham Stuart: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is not just about attracting great leaders into Yorkshire? We need to do more to grow our own, and we need to build the systems to do that. Attracting them from outside is probably not going to be the primary answer; growing our own is.

National Living Wage: Educational Attainment: Yorkshire and the Humber (18 Apr 2016)

Graham Stuart: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate. I congratulate the hon. Member for Batley and Spen (Jo Cox) on securing it and for setting out so passionately and in such a well informed way her desire, which we all share, to see no child left behind and the regional gaps that have occurred in this country closed. Members on both sides of the House will surely agree that raising school...

National Living Wage: Educational Attainment: Yorkshire and the Humber (18 Apr 2016)

Graham Stuart: The hon. Lady is making a powerful case and her point about the gap between Yorkshire and London is valid. She cites the evidence, but will she join me in agreeing that having 1.4 million fewer children in underperforming schools is a significant national improvement, although, as we will be discussing tonight, we need to ensure that that success is everywhere and not just concentrated in...

Energy and Climate Change: Onshore Wind (11 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: May I follow the previous comments by suggesting that we introduce subsidy-free CfDs as quickly as possible? The most important thing that was needed in relation to onshore wind was to make sure that local communities did not have it imposed on them. The Government have rightly done that. What can the Minister do to ensure that where communities do want it, we get as much onshore wind as we...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend is right that it is a synthetic froth. Let us take Tameside and Trafford. In the original settlement, Trafford was facing a 28% reduction in Government-funded spending power, against 19% in Tameside. Surrey was facing a 54% cut—I would never normally speak up for Surrey—so it is no wonder that it got some transitional relief.

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: According to the figures that I have seen, the average cuts in Government-funded spending power in this Parliament will be 19% in metropolitan areas and 30% in rural areas, and the figure for Liverpool is just over 15%. Where did the hon. Gentleman find his figure of 58%?

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend may want to reflect on the fact that the reductions in Government grant and Government spending power over this Parliament to the original settlement in Durham amounted to 19.6%, yet rural areas were seeing reductions of 30%-plus. That is why Durham did not receive transitional relief—because it was not among the councils that were suffering the most. It is a simple concept,...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate. I stood here a month ago and said that now was the time for the rural voice to be heard. A month on, I am pleased to say that the rural voice has spoken and has been heeded, at least to some extent. I pay tribute to the way in which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has conducted the consultation, making time for colleagues in all parts...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: I expect that my right hon. Friend and I will always be on the same side on such matters. He is right in what he says. One of the most important aspects of the settlement—the promise to look again fully at the needs of local government—is not actually in the settlement, and it is long overdue. As my right hon. Friend has just said, when the facts change, sometimes my opinions do, too. The...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: Some of the hon. Lady’s colleagues deny that the people in rural areas are older, on average, than those in urban areas. They shouted “Rubbish!” just moments ago when I asserted that, even though the shadow Minister acknowledged it in his speech in January. People are, on average, older in rural areas, and the hon. Lady is clearly unaware of—or, like too many of her colleagues, closes...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend, who has been a champion of the rural interest, along with so many other colleagues, in arguing for a fair settlement. In the rural fair share campaign, which has always been a cross-party campaign, we have been clear that we want something that is fair to all. The reason I have been so confrontational with Labour colleagues is that I am starting to hear the...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend is right about the fundamental needs reassessment and he is right to congratulate the Secretary of State, but does he share my disappointment that, repeatedly in January, the Opposition spokesman refused to sign up to closing the gap?

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: The hon. Gentleman is making a powerful speech, but I think that it is factually incorrect. As he will know, rural areas tend to have the oldest populations, yet when this Prime Minister came to power, there was a 50% premium going to urban councils with much younger populations. Whatever the future might have held for them, they were not old then and they did not have the need. Rural areas...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: My right hon. Friend maintains a soft and genuine manner, which I admire, but I am made furious by the interventions by Labour Members, because when in power they skewed the whole system. They could not find a way to put the money into Labour areas without coming up with a falsehood. They put density into the formula at four times the weighting of sparsity, when there was no evidence...


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