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Parliamentary Scrutiny of Leaving the EU (12 Oct 2016)

Neil Carmichael: First, I acknowledge the result and accept that its consequence is that Britain will leave the European Union, as I would have expected people to have done back in 1975 when we last had a referendum on this subject. My second point is that it is really critical to recognise that a binary decision of this nature opens up so many issues, and we have to think carefully about them all. I am going...

Parliamentary Scrutiny of Leaving the EU (12 Oct 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Absolutely right. I have talked many times in this Chamber about the importance of free movement and the importance of the single market in connection with supply chains, investment and so on. That is central to the single market argument. That reminds me of an important point made earlier: we have to make sure that we have some friends in the world so that we can deal with them later. We...

Petition - Implementation of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts (11 Oct 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I rise to present this petition on behalf of the residents of the constituency of Stroud in the same terms as the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South. The Petition of the residents of Stroud. [P001720]

Next Steps in Leaving the European Union (10 Oct 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The Secretary of State is absolutely right to seek success, but the question is: what does success look like? What will actually happen when Britain leaves the European Union? Is he thinking of applying any tests along the journey of the negotiations that he feels we might need to meet, particularly in relation to the state of our economy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Departmental Allocations (10 Oct 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The Secretary of State will surely agree that fairer funding for schools is a top priority, but another priority must be to ensure that we have adequate skills training, especially in the professional and technical sectors. I believe that that should be a key objective of the Green Paper. Will she reassure the House that that is also her priority?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Syria: Aid (14 Sep 2016)

Neil Carmichael: What discussions is the Secretary of State having with our partners and allies on this matter, especially in connection with action to provide good support for children and families in Syria?

Digital Economy Bill (13 Sep 2016)

Neil Carmichael: It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Worcestershire (Nigel Huddleston), because he made the fundamental point about the size of the digital economy in the United Kingdom and its importance to so many of our constituencies, including my own. One of the things I want to highlight first is that we in Stroud have a strong and growing e-learning centre, effectively,...

Digital Economy Bill (13 Sep 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. He raises an important point. My hon. Friend the Member for North West Hampshire (Kit Malthouse) raised the issue of what people get, in that sometimes they do not get what they expect to get and sometimes they do get it and then it becomes less later. That is the sort of problem that we have. Consumers are concerned about it, and rightly so. It...

Schools that Work for Everyone (12 Sep 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Back in 1944, three types of school were proposed—grammars, secondary moderns and technical schools—but by 1959 only 2% of any year group could expect to get to a technical school. The problem is sometimes in delivery and the mechanism for implementation. What plans does the Secretary of State have to make sure that the changes in the Green Paper will be implemented in such a way...

New Grammar Schools (8 Sep 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The World Economic Forum has recently reminded us that we are well down the tables in terms of literacy and numeracy. It says that some 20% of 16 to 18-year-olds struggle with literacy, and the figure for numeracy is even worse—25%. Does the Secretary of State agree that it is absolutely vital that any discussion about grammar schools does not distract us from our fundamental task of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (8 Sep 2016)

Neil Carmichael: With the continuing success of Formula 1—and, incidentally, the success of teams based here—does the Minister agree that we should be encouraging more young people to go into engineering and engage in motor sport?

Exiting the European Union (5 Sep 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I welcome my right hon. Friend to his new post, although its precise title is not the stuff of my dreams. Nevertheless, this is a new dawn and a new day and he has a job to do. What has he done so far about the university sector, which is struggling with research and development issues and considering issues relating to the free movement of people and to the single market?

School Funding (21 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will make a statement on school funding.

School Funding (21 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The key point, as the Secretary of State has spotted, is that local authorities need to have time to prepare, and so too do schools. So the essential question is: can the Government really meet this timetable as set out, because that is the desire of all schools, particularly in England obviously, and it is of interest to every single Member of Parliament in England? I ask the Secretary of...

Higher Education and Research Bill (19 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Let me begin by welcoming the new Secretary of State to her post. It is a great pleasure to see her on the Front Bench, and I think that she has a wonderful job. When she was describing her experience of being the first member of her family to go to university, I was reminded of the fact that the same was true of me. I remember heading down from Northumberland to Nottingham, thinking that I...

Higher Education and Research Bill (19 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. It is essential that we have R and D, and if we look at the comparators between ourselves and other countries that we are competing with we find some areas where we could and should be doing better—so the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I want to make a point about productivity. The important point about the German economy, which...

Higher Education and Research Bill (19 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: That is a very good point and I was going to loop that in with devolution and so forth. My hon. Friend makes a powerful point: it is very important that our universities are connected to businesses and professions. I would make two further points. First, through devolution and making sure universities become dominant the partners of cities and other regions, they will be able to make those...

Higher Education and Research Bill (19 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Yes, of course I do. Colleges do produce foundation degrees, for example, and that has a logical link and extension to universities. The relationship between larger colleges and universities should be allowed to develop and be encouraged, because that is exactly the kind of fluid way in which we can address the question of getting the skills we need. I want to end on a subject that is also...

Higher Education and Research Bill (19 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: That is an interesting intervention and I was coming on to that area, because the world of education is not just boxed up into different sections; it is linear. We need to see more mixing up of people within the sector. There is value in vice-chancellors knowing more about schools and academies and in lecturers getting more involved in schools. I also want to emphasise the value of businesses...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rail Links: Wales and the South-west (13 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: What assessment the Government have made of the adequacy of rail links between Wales and the south-west.

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