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International Trade: New Trade Agreements: Human Rights (7 Feb 2019)

Alex Burghart: Scrutiny of our trade deals is vital as we leave the EU. Given the Government’s commitment to an inclusive and fair trade policy, will the Secretary of State seek a debate in this place to talk about the scrutiny of our trade deals?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: T-levels (4 Feb 2019)

Alex Burghart: Over the years, I have heard a lot of employers complain that vocational courses do not adequately prepare young people for the workplace. Will the Secretary of State commit to including business in the development of T-levels so that they can provide that service?

Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (28 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I beg Members’ indulgence for a few moments as I bring some sad news to the Chamber. A former Member, Sir Reginald Eyre, who represented Birmingham, Hall Green between 1965 and 1987, has passed away at the age of 94. He was very proud to represent Birmingham, having been born there in 1925. His father was a transport worker and his mother was a shopkeeper. As a young man, Reg had a great...

Children’S Social Care (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I wish to join my hon. Friend, as a fellow Essex MP, by putting on record my admiration for everyone who is working in children’s services in Essex, the extraordinary journey they have been on and the remarkable results they are now achieving.

Children’S Social Care (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: It is a real honour to be able to talk in this debate and to follow the speakers who have already contributed, particularly my very old friend, the former Children’s Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), with whom I worked between 2008 and 2010. He did not blow his own trumpet enough in his speech. While I would not want to blow his trumpet for...

Children’S Social Care (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I should be delighted to take the hon. Lady up on that. I know that what she is saying is absolutely right. However, there are also many children in need who have one parent in work and whose other parent has severe mental health problems or an addiction. The difficulty in such families is not solely related to money; it is caused by the fact that an individual has a very severe problem that...

Children’S Social Care (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I am happy to acknowledge that, when families have less money, they can find themselves in debt, which adds to stress and can contribute to poor mental health. I do not know about the cases the hon. Lady is talking about in her constituency, but I have seen the consequences of people being trapped in problem debt for a long time and not being given help to get out of it. That can certainly...

Children’S Social Care (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I will happily look at it. I hope that Opposition Members will realise that they are agreeing with me and perhaps take a slightly different tone when coming back on me on this subject, because what we are all saying is that it is important for families to have the support they need and for vulnerable children to have the support they need, ideally in home but, if it is too late for that or...

Children’S Social Care (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I can see the hon. Lady trying to get in again. I happily give way.

Children’S Social Care (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I could not agree more. The freedoms given to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority by this Administration have allowed it to become a Petri dish for new ways of doing things, breaking down silo budgets and taking a whole-area approach. I have absolute confidence that the lessons being learned in Manchester will eventually be taken and spread elsewhere. I feel that the hon. Lady made...

Children’S Social Care (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: Yes, that was it. Getting the data we need to prove effectiveness is one of those extraordinarily valuable holy grails. Successive Governments have found it very difficult to prove the efficacy of individual programmes, but there is a way forward. In New Zealand a few years ago, the Government brought together a huge amount of personal data through what was known as the integrated data...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Protection of Historic Church Buildings (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: What steps the Church of England is taking to ensure that historic church buildings are protected.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Protection of Historic Church Buildings (17 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I thank my right hon. Friend for her answer. We are blessed with a great many historic churches in Brentwood and Ongar; too often, they have to be kept locked for very long periods of the week, making them inaccessible to the public. What conversations has she or the Government had with Historic England and the police to ensure that more of our historic churches can be open to the people who...

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I am obviously not terribly delighted that we are having a vote of confidence in the Conservative Government, but I suppose I might thank the Opposition for bringing my party back together today. We were heavily divided last night, but I can be confident that we are all going to go through the same Lobby together. It will be a bonding experience, so thank you very much for doing that for us....

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: Record debt is what we would have. The hon. Lady’s party is offering this country and my voters—my tax-paying constituents—a thousand billion pounds of extra debt. That is £35,000 extra for everyone who lives in this country.

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: I am very happy to give way and take the extra time.

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: And when the hon. Lady’s party left power, we had record debt, a crashed economy and a loss of confidence in our foreign policy after the disastrous Iraq war. The Labour party ran this country into the ground. Eight years later, we have record employment, we have rising wages—we have everything a sensible, evenly minded, well-balanced economy has brought. [Interruption.]

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The truth is that the Labour party left power under an enormous cloud. Everybody knows it. It left after a disastrous 13 years in office, in which the economy was destroyed, and Government Members are united in our desire to ensure that it does not have an opportunity to do that again. Let us be frank: the Blair-Brown years were a golden age compared with what would...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: There is a peculiar irony, is there not, Mr Speaker, in the fact that today marks the anniversary of Henry VIII styling himself the Supreme Head of the English Church in 1535? Five hundred years on, here we are arguing over the same questions of who rules, on what authority—[Interruption.]

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Alex Burghart: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. Five hundred years on, we find ourselves still arguing about our relationship with Europe and about who rules. I have little confidence that, 500 years from now, we will have resolved these questions. Tonight and in the weeks to come, the House has three choices it can make: there can be a deal; there can be no deal; or we can stay in the European Union. If it...


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