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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?

EU Membership: Economic Benefits (15 Jun 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The fact of the matter is that this referendum would not be useful exercise if we were not a sovereign nation, because we would be unable to implement the outcome. That proves that we are sovereign—the questions are what we do with our sovereignty; what we do to influence our neighbours; and what we do to advance our national interest. Because we are a vibrant, ambitious and decent...

EU Membership: Economic Benefits (15 Jun 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Absolutely. Some factories in my constituency could not do as much as they do without the sort of skills that they can get from the European Union. My hon. Friend is absolutely right about that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jun 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Speaking at many universities, colleges and schools across England, and at events organised by Universities UK, University Alliance and the Russell Group, I have been struck by young people’s strong interest in remaining in the European Union. Does the Prime Minister agree that Britain should take a firm lead in the European Union to promote the interests of young people’s careers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Brexit (7 Jun 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Does the Minister agree that, given that so many international firms—including, most recently, Hitachi—have made it very, very clear that being in the European Union and in a single market means that this is a good country in which to invest, the obvious thing to do for the purposes of investment and jobs is remain in the European Union?

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Carmichael: Thank you for that splendid news, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I can only carry on as I normally do. I want to talk about the actual Queen’s Speech, which is a one nation Queen’s Speech because it mentions opportunity for everybody and productivity for our economy. Behind those 21 Bills lies the demand for and interest in having more, fairer opportunities and a better economy that...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Carmichael: I completely agree, and my hon. Friend was a member of the Education Committee when we did that early work. The whole point is to ensure that those children do not fall over that cliff edge. Children who are looked after by the state are particularly vulnerable to that, and we must do all we can to stop it happening. The Committee also covered regulation in its early inquiries. I will not...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Carmichael: The Education Committee was quite forceful on this matter in the previous Parliament and I expect it will comment on it again. I am personally in favour of multi-academy trusts being inspected. The Committee will look into it when it conducts an inquiry and comment on it in due course. I will not pre-judge what that inquiry will say. It is important to recognise that in some areas—for...

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