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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [ Lords] (14 Feb 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Does my hon. Friend know that in 1995 the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Mr Brown) called for a panel of independent forecasters to express their views on public finances? Does he agree that it is a great shame for the nation that the right hon. Gentleman did not act on that when in government, because it might have meant that there was restraint and, in turn, that he did...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Military Covenant (16 Feb 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Did the Secretary of State know about the evidence given by officials who served the Labour Government that it was the ministerial decision to delay the SDR that made the black hole that was left so big and the difficulty of getting matters in order so much greater?

Business of the House: Forestry (England) (17 Feb 2011)

Matthew Hancock: The Secretary of State will be aware that the third largest forest in England, Thetford forest, is largely in my constituency, and I received an awful lot of correspondence on the subject. I will be sending all correspondents a copy of this exchange, because I think that the dignified way in which she has carried herself has been exemplary and they will be reassured by everything she has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Departmental Administration (Spending) (28 Feb 2011)

Matthew Hancock: What steps he is taking to remove unnecessary spending on administration within his Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Departmental Administration (Spending) (28 Feb 2011)

Matthew Hancock: I am extremely grateful to my right hon. Friend for that answer. Does he regret the fact that in 2008 and 2009, the Standards Board for England spent £5,570.54 on just nine chairs? Has he put an end to such shocking waste, not just in his Department but in agencies such as the Audit Commission for which he has responsibility?

The Tote (1 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this extremely important debate at this crucial time. As he well knows, in my constituency about 5,000 jobs in and around Newmarket are connected with the racing industry. Does he agree, especially given the history of this issue, that the crucial element is the contribution that is made to racing? I strongly agree with his view that an ongoing...

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in the debate today, and I am following a large number of Members who have spoken with great authority and understanding. I have listened with interest to the debate, but one thing seems to be missing. It is the big picture. The biggest impact of the money spent on children’s education, in terms of our ability to improve cognitive skills, is...

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Absolutely. My own county council, Suffolk, did not do very well in the distribution of the local authority grant, but because it is making savings in back-office costs, re-engineering how it delivers services, reducing the cost of services and being flexible in how it delivers them, it is able to keep its centres open. I absolutely take the hon. Lady’s point, and the crucial point is...

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: There is of course a statutory amount of Sure Start provision that must be in place, as I am sure the Minister will spell out in more detail. The question is whether services can be provided in a way that delivers better value for money, through savings in the back office. I recently chaired a report on councils’ ability to save money and deliver services better by bringing together the...

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: That is why it is important to have a specified national minimum level of provision, and then allow councils to ensure that they meet—and, one hopes, exceed—that level. The reason for allowing local innovation and flexibility with a national minimum level is to enable different approaches to be taken in different places, so that best practice can emerge. That lets local councils...

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: I listened with great interest to my hon. Friend’s passionate argument earlier, which made exactly that case. Local innovation and a local ability to respond to local events, with a national set of standards that must be met, allow money to be spent better. I come to the central reason why I support that approach—the fact that it is about outcomes, not inputs. Tight ring-fencing...

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: It is important to have highly qualified people, but again, I would not make that mandatory for a centre because many people are highly qualified to work in and deliver early years education, but do not have the specific qualification. If people in, for example, the charity with which my hon. Friend the Member for South Northamptonshire is closely involved do not have that qualification...

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Of course qualifications are meaningful, but does the hon. Gentleman claim that no person without the formal paper qualification is up to the job? I do not think so. Of course, a qualification is part of someone’s resumé and experience, but we should not be so bureaucratic about the piece of paper. We should look at the person’s ability and qualifications through their history.

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: I agree wholeheartedly. There is a consensus—I am glad that there is—about the need to focus resources on early years. There is much more difficulty with actually doing that, and several people will the ends without willing the means. I regret it when the subject becomes a political football, because almost all of us agree about the ends. Before the election, the right hon. and...

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: I am puzzled; I hope I will not be shocked. I know that Liverpool council’s total spending power is falling by 15% over two years in real terms. The hon. Lady has just claimed that spending on children’s services is falling by 35%. Is it true that Liverpool council—

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Is it run by the Labour party? Is it true that that council is cutting children’s services by so much more than the total overall cut?

Suppmentary Estimates 2010-11 — Department for Education: Sure Start Children’s Centres (2 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Does the Minister accept that in my area of Suffolk the removal of the ring fence has allowed the council to work up much more innovative solutions and to integrate different services? It can provide better solutions by bringing the delivery of services closer together, as the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr Field) said, and get better value for money. I therefore strongly applaud the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Last night there was a violent double murder in Beck Row in Suffolk, which was the most serious in a series of incidents in the area. Will the Prime Minister assure me, and the residents of west Suffolk, that these crimes will be fully investigated, that their perpetrators will face justice and that everywhere in this country must be subject to the rule of law?

Royal Assent: European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (16 Mar 2011)

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Gentleman has just said that he believes it is an error not to have a mandate, but did the previous Government have a mandate when they signed up to the EFSM after losing an election?


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