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Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend raises an extremely important point. It is totally unacceptable that any teacher or headteacher is being placed under that pressure. The lies spread by certain groups are outrageous and have unquestionably made life uncomfortable for some people working in schools. I reiterate that schools following the guidelines are doing exactly the right thing. They are not legally liable...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I have heard of TADS on my travels—it is an excellent charity. If she would like to send the details to the Department, I am happy to look into that for her.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: Be in no doubt that we want children to be in school and learning in school. It is the best place for them to be for their education, their mental health and their futures. We will do all that we can to keep them where they are.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank the hon. Gentleman, and it is very good to hear about what he saw going on in Denton in his constituency during the summer. The tutoring programme is at the very heart of our response in helping children catch up, in so far as it is possible to do so. We know from the very best international and national data that when children have one-to-one or one-to-two tuition, it can be...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for his question and his remarks. As I mentioned a moment ago, there are DFE REACT teams working around the country, and their role is to work with schools, local authorities and regional schools commissioners to tackle precisely this problem. I am sure that, if he were to get in touch with the Department, it would be able to fill him in more on what is happening in his...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. Since I was a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Northern Ireland Office, I have long believed there is a great deal we can learn from Northern Ireland in this place, and we often learn it from the hon. Gentleman. It is absolutely essential that we support early years, but also children at every stage in their education, to overcome the worst...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: Yes, all of the 1.35 million laptops that my hon. Friend refers to are still in use and are still out in the community. It was a major offer that the Government made to children who were digitally disadvantaged and it came, as he will recall, with a wi-fi offer, which made sure they had the connectivity they needed. This was a very important initiative by the DFE, and we are sticking by it.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: Absolutely. The best source of information on vaccines is, remains, and will always be the NHS. Hon. Members can rest assured that the Government are following the Gillick competencies, which have been in place since the mid-80s.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: Absolutely, and I thank not only my hon. Friend’s school but all schools across the country that have gone above and beyond at this very difficult time. We have asked a great deal of our teachers and school leaders, and they have risen to the challenge.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: It sounds like Devizes is doing a cracking job in meeting the challenges of covid, and I say again to all parents, teachers and pupils who are looking for advice that the NHS is the place to go, and we are in safe hands when we take its advice.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: House Building (22 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: What steps his Department is taking to reduce the time it takes to build new homes.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: House Building (22 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: Does the Secretary of State think that modular building methods could play a bigger role in helping us to increase the supply of housing?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Mental Health Provision (8 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: What steps her Department is taking to improve mental health provision for service personnel.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Mental Health Provision (8 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: I thank the Minister for that response and congratulate the Government on what they are doing. Will the Minister set out what steps his Department is taking in order to achieve that parity of esteem, which is so important to serving personnel?

Serco’S Role in the Justice System (4 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: Is the Minister aware of whether any of the people involved in the original wrongdoing are still associated with the company?

Department for Work and Pensions (2 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: I thank the Minister for the commitments that he has just made. Will he also tell us what more the Government can do to ensure that vulnerable claimants can have access to universal credit?

Department for Work and Pensions (2 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: It is an honour to have the opportunity to talk in this important estimates day debate. I congratulate the hon. Member for Wirral South (Alison McGovern) on introducing the debate. Record and rising employment is the central fact of the Government’s economic record. It is sometimes easy to brush over the fact that we now have the highest rate of employment in this country than at any time...

Department for Work and Pensions (2 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: The hon. Gentleman raises a very good point, but, as I have already said, we had a long period of employment, but with little or no wage increases. We have now started to come out of that period. What he will see is that, if wages and wage growth are maintained in the months and years ahead—as I have no doubt that they will be—we will start to see the number of young people in poverty go...

Department for Work and Pensions (2 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: I do not believe that it is correct to say that the Government are taking money out of universal credit. I am sure the hon. Gentleman remembers the previous Budget when a considerable amount of additional money was put into universal credit. I think that he is, perhaps, slightly out of date on that score.

Department for Work and Pensions (2 Jul 2019)

Alex Burghart: The hon. Lady makes a very good point about the benefits freeze. That is something to which I intend to return at the end of my remarks. It is unquestionably the case that the benefits freeze has hit people—and hit some people very hard. She is aware of why the benefits freeze was needed: it was needed because of the disastrous condition in which her party left this country’s finances...


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