Results 101–120 of 2474 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

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...

Local Government Finance (8 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: I join colleagues in thanking the Secretary of State for the manner in which he carried out the consultation. Further to the remarks of the Scottish National party representative, the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss), who suggested that rural areas were richer than urban areas, the opposite is true: average earnings are higher in urban than in rural areas, and council tax is...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Tax Avoidance and Multinational Companies (3 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: The shadow Chancellor said that he would set out his ideas, and I had hoped that he would talk about a more revolutionary change to the methods of taxation. With the massed ranks of corporate lawyers put up against national tax jurisdictions, it is an uneven battle, so perhaps we need some more radical thinking altogether.

Financial Conduct Authority (1 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: I wonder whether there has been a reduction in small companies. Heavy regulation often favours larger organisations, so it cuts out the entrepreneurial and small business in a market town in my constituency above a shop, while it favours the large companies, which then gouge the public for higher fees. Does my hon. Friend agree?

Financial Conduct Authority (1 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend is making a strong case for the role of the FCA in terms of systemic, high-level regulation, but does he think it is fit for purpose in protecting consumers, entrepreneurs and individuals who, from that high level, might not look so important?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Fuels: Renewable Sources (28 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: What recent assessment his Department has made of when the UK will meet its target in the EU renewable energy directive of 10% of its transport fuels coming from renewable sources.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Fuels: Renewable Sources (28 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: There has been a £400 million investment in the Vivergo Fuels plant in my constituency, supporting 4,000 jobs. Does he agree that the most cost-effective way of meeting our transport emissions targets is to increase the share of bioethanol in our petrol?

Childcare Bill [Lords] Bill: New Clause 2 — Attainment and development of children (25 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the greatest achievements of the last five years has been the reduction in the number of workless households? Research shows the scarring, long-term negative effect that research they have on children. This is another step to build on the already strong foundations we have put in place to make sure that fewer children are brought up in workless...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Quality in Careers Standard (25 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: If she will make it her policy to require all schools to work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance recognised by the quality in careers standard.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Quality in Careers Standard (25 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: It was great to hear at the weekend that the Secretary of State was going to act to give further education colleges and apprenticeship providers access to our schools, but the central challenge in the careers space is the lack of incentives for schools to play with when they have so many high incentives in relation to exams. Will the Secretary of State change Government guidance to introduce...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Will the Minister deal with one of the practical points made by my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh)? Those who wish to teach in this extremist way will effortlessly elude any regulation system that we set up. We will therefore have an expensive and burdensome system that captures so many organisations, but does not capture the very organisations that we need to...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) referred earlier to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Charedi Talmud Torah Tashbar school in Stamford Hill, which apparently operated illegally for 40 years. The Department for Education, Ofsted, local authorities and others need to enforce the existing law before they are capable of extending it elsewhere. Let us enforce the existing law...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Stick to the point. Stop this political partisan stuff.

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: I am struck by the parallel with the registration proposals of the previous Labour Government for home education. The thought was, “There could be a problem. We don’t have enough data. We don’t know what’s going on. There could be issues—children could be being abused in their homes. So we must register every single parent,” even though the long-standing...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Nearly exclusively. It is exactly the same issue. I make one final point. If we go ahead with this, it will have the opposite effect on safety to what is intended. Forget all the other points my colleagues have made about how it will break down volunteering and all the rest of what is good—what about targeting Islamic extremism? If we take an organisation such as Ofsted, whose budget...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend is right. There also seems to be little evidence that the inculcation of ideas in madrassahs leads to extremism. We have had little from the Government to show an evidential link—it seems to be lonely teenagers looking on the internet rather than being taught in schools, officially registered or otherwise.

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Does my hon. Friend remember that when we were in opposition, we opposed the then Labour Government’s ContactPoint database precisely because it sought to capture information on every child in the country? We said, “No, it should be proportionate. We should capture the information on children at risk, not every child.” Why does he think that that principle is not being...

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day] — Student Maintenance Grants (19 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am sure that the shadow Minister would not wish to mislead the House, but he has just said that tuition fees were introduced not after the 1997 election, but after the following general election. That is not true. They were introduced in 1998. Having said that they would not introduce them, the Government started the process 12 weeks later.

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day] — Student Maintenance Grants (19 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: The hon. Gentleman is doubtless equally proud of the fact that the Labour Government said that they would not introduce tuition fees, and then did; and said that they would not introduce top-up fees, and then did. Does he accept that he and others who said five years ago that the introduction of increased fees would lead to a reduction in those from poorer backgrounds going to university were...


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