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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.

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

Neil Carmichael: The money that has been invested so far has made a real difference to our national transport infrastructure, but does the Minister agree that it is important to ensure that we have the right stations in the right places, so that more and more passengers can have access to trains?

Sats Results (12 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: It is a great pleasure to have an opportunity to comment on my predecessor’s observations. Does my hon. Friend agree that the tests are part of a wider mission to improve standards? They are linked to differences in the curriculum and to the attitude we have, which is to give young people aspiration and the tools to deliver on that aspiration. Does he agree that that is part of our...

Sats Results (12 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: To reinforce the Secretary of State’s point, is she concerned by the observation of National Numeracy that 78% of this country’s adult population scarcely reach level 2 in maths? That is appalling and we must work with total devotion to put the situation right. The SATs under discussion are one tool in a toolbox that we must use.

Sats Results (12 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Is the shadow Secretary of State aware of the real danger of children leaving primary school and heading to secondary school without adequate maths and English? Once they have done that, there is only a one in nine chance they will cover the ground necessary for them to develop into proper adults. Is that not a serious matter, and should it not at least be addressed through some form of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Funding (4 Jul 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The Secretary of State will know that the Education Committee is very keen to press the Department on fairer funding to ensure that it delivers what it says on the tin. Does she agree that another important element of reform is ensuring that schools can plan ahead, and that it would be good if fairer funding enabled schools to do exactly that?

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