Graham Jones: The Local Government Chronicle has listed my constituency as the one that has received the biggest cuts in Britain-nearly £3 million at district level. As the Prime Minister will be aware, it is an area of poor health, low incomes and some of the worst housing in Britain. In fact, at the weekend the Liberal Democrat leader of Burnley borough council, the neighbouring council, said: "The...
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress he has made on the Bury to Rawtenstall rail extension project.
Graham Jones: I am concerned about the context of this debate, which the hon. Member for Wirral West (Esther McVey) touched on. Our region has many disadvantaged communities-in fact, one of the highest proportions in the country. Will the Minister specifically address the disadvantaged areas? His priority tends to be the west of the region, where the nuclear and defence industries are located, rather than...
Graham Jones: Will the Minister give way?
Graham Jones: My local authority is Lancashire county council, which has just lost Building Schools for the Future phases 4 and 5. The administrative cost of the £100 million programme for phase 4 work was £893,000. I return to the point that my hon. Friend made about politics. Does he agree that the comments made by Conservative Members are focused on the politics, not on the facts, given that £893,000...
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress he has made on the Todmorden Curve rail project.
Graham Jones: Will the Minister let my constituents, and those of the hon. Member for Burnley (Gordon Birtwistle), know what progress he has made on the Todmorden Curve rail project?
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the relative level of deprivation in Hyndburn constituency; and if he will make a statement.
Graham Jones: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his proposed review of the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies will contemplate the drawing of constituency boundaries across the existing boundaries of (a) metropolitan and (b) non-metropolitan counties.
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to improve the quality of school buildings in Hyndburn constituency.
Graham Jones: What recent discussions he has had with the BBC on the level of the television licence fee.
Graham Jones: The Secretary of State has said that a huge number of things need to change at the BBC. Will he tell the House what he means by that and provide a list of the changes that he thinks are in order?
Graham Jones: The cost of elections in Lancashire is expected to be at least £1 million. Given that the Home Secretary has just said that there is no money, can she tell us whether they will be paid for by the Treasury or by Lancashire taxpayers?
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to reduce levels of income inequality in Lancashire.
Graham Jones: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to make my maiden speech, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Witham (Priti Patel) on her maiden speech today. It is an honour and a humbling privilege to represent Haslingden and Hyndburn in this House. It is a constituency that sits in the impoverished east Lancashire corridor, with its companion constituencies of Blackburn, Burnley and...
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will hold discussions with Blackburn council to seek to keep Shadsworth Leisure Centre open.
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will compensate Lancashire county council for its expenditure incurred in relation to those elements of the Building Schools for the Future programme in Lancashire which will not now proceed.
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of the council tax allowance for each unit of new build housing district councils will receive under the New Homes Bonus Scheme in the first six years of its operation; and to which bodies, and in what proportion, the remainder of the allowance will be allocated; (2) how many new homes he expects to be...
Graham Jones: The Minister makes the point that there is quality provision in the private rented sector, but I should like to point out the situation in my constituency and the east Lancashire corridor, which probably reflects that in many areas of the country. In my area, 40% of properties do not meet the decent homes standard and 11% are unfit for human habitation; and within those statistics, it is...
Graham Jones: Will the Minister give way on that point?