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  Douglas Hamstead
Posted by: Douglas Hamstead (LAB) - Yesterday, 01:41 PM - Forum: Character sign-in - Replies (1)

Name: Douglas Hamstead
Party and Faction: Labour, Open Labour
Age: 65 (DOB: July 1, 1951)
Constituency: Croydon North (previously represented Croydon North West, 1992-1997)
Avatar: John Turner

Hamstead was born in London in 1951 to Marlene and Gordon Hamstead. Gordon was the head of a local school, while Marlene was a homemaker. He is the couple's only child. During his teenage years, Hamstead became involved with the Labour Party, working on local campaigns in the constituency, then known as Croydon North West. Hamstead became disheartened after each campaign ended in a loss, and briefly flirted with joining the Liberal Party following the 1981 by-election in the area, which the Liberals won. He chose, however, to stick with the Labour Party and argued passionately for party and policy renewal. He stood in the constituency in 1987, losing by ten points to Tory Humfrey Mains. Selected again in 1992, Hamstead won the seat for Labour. When it was abolished in 1997, Hamstead stood in Croydon North and has been the MP ever since. 

Following in his father's footsteps before entering politics, Hamstead was educated at Imperial College London, receiving a B.Sc in biology. He taught at the secondary level before entering politics.

Hamstead is married to Christina (nee Montague) and the couple have two children: Sam and Alice.

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  OECD-Approved Medical Products Fast-Track Approval
Posted by: Amanda Folkestone (CON) - 08-19-2018, 04:18 PM - Forum: Ministerial Statements - No Replies

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STATUTORY INSTRUMENT
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HEALTH

OECD-Approved Medical Products Fast-Track Order 2016

Made __ December 2016
Coming into force 1 January 2017

The Secretary of State for Public Services makes the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by law.

Citation and commencement.

1. This order may be cited as the OECD-Approved Medical Products Fast-Track Order 2016 and comes into force on the first day of January 2017.

Fast-tracking of medical products approved for use in OECD countries.

2. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) shall implement a fast-track approval process for pharmaceuticals and medical devices approved for use in other countries with membership in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) –

a) For such products, the results of clinical and laboratory trials submitted to a government medical product regulator in another OECD country may be submitted to the MHRA for approval in the United Kingdom in place of Phase I, II, and/or III trials.

b) Any waiting period for approval of such products that is not necessary for the gathering of evidence or evaluation shall be waived.

c) Consumer safety shall remain the top priority in all final decisions by the MHRA.

d) In decisions regarding approval of products, the MHRA shall consider the fact that a product has been approved for use in another OECD country as a factor in favour of approval.

Chemically-similar and generic products.

3. For new products that are chemically-similar or generic to products approved in another OECD country, that product may be evaluated through the MHRA process for modified established medicines.

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Amanda Folkestone
Secretary of State
Department of Health and Social Care

With permission, Mr Speaker, I should like to make a statement to the House.

Mr Speaker, I rise before the House today to announce a new initiative within the Department of Health and Social Care regarding pharmaceuticals and medical devices. I am pleased to inform the House that the Government have issued a statutory instrument to direct the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to open up a new fast-track approval process for products that have already been approved for use in other countries within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Being a group of other developed states, other OECD countries have similarly high standards for medical product consumer safety, and the Government is therefore confident that drugs that have been approved in those countries are most likely safe for use in the United Kingdom. The Government has reached this decision in consultation with medical professionals, including the Chief Medical Officer for England.

While the MHRA will continue to have the final word in the approval of OECD-approved products, the Order instructs the MHRA to subject them to a lighter screening process, and allows the MHRA to consider the results of clinical trials submitted to another OECD government medical product regulator in place of MHRA clinical trials, provided that those trials meet the MHRA's standards and criteria. Quite simply, Mr Speaker, a product that has been deemed safe enough for France, or Germany, or the United States need not be subjected to the same level of scrutiny as a new, untested one. 

The Order also addresses the approval process for products which are chemically-similar or generic to OECD-approved products, and designates them for the purposes of MHRA licensing as modified established medicines, rather than new ones, thus allowing them to be approved and brought to market faster than they would otherwise.

To be clear, Mr Speaker, the Government has made absolutely sure that this Order will not undermine public health, the safety of medical products, or consumer standards for medical products. In drafting this Order, we have consulted with medical professionals, including the Chief Medical Officer for England, and have incorporated their feedback and suggestions into the order. The safety and trustworthiness of our medical products should never be compromised for the sake of economic expediency; we are confident that this Order will deliver safe, reliable, and more affordable medical products to the market to provide better-quality care for British people.

Mr Speaker, this Order is a part of the Government's plan to deliver better-quality and more accessible healthcare for the the people of this country. By streamlining the approval process for pharmaceuticals, we can get more products to the market, providing consumers with a wider variety of treatments at a lower cost, without undermining consumer safety.

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  Employment (Zero-Hour Contracts) Act 2016
Posted by: Arthur Dandy-Douglas (CON) - 08-18-2018, 04:15 PM - Forum: Second Reading - Replies (7)

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Employment (Zero-Hour Contracts) Act 2016

An Act to regulate the usage of zero-hour contracts and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:— 

Section 1. Definitions.

(a) A "zero-hour contract" shall be defined as employment wherein the employer does not guarantee working hours.

Section 2. Term of Zero-Hour Contracts.

(a) A zero-hour contract shall have a maximum term of 6 months, after which it may be renewed or renegotiated.

(b) Following the completion of a zero-hour contract, an employee shall have the right to request a contract with guaranteed working hours. Such a request shall be submitted, in writing, to their employer.

   (1) An employer who receives a request in accordance with section 2(b.) must respond to the employee in writing within 30 days.

   (2) An employer must include the number of requests and their responses in accordance with section 2(b) in their annual report each year.

© Companies House shall collect and publish information regarding the number of zero-hour contracts, their length and percentage leading to contracts that guarantee working hours.

Section 3. Exclusivity and Early Termination.

(a) A zero-hour contract may not require exclusivity in employment and may not penalize early termination.

Section 4. Enactment and Extent.

(a) This bill shall apply to the United Kingdom.

(b) This bill shall come into effect 90 days following Royal Assent.

It's an honour to rise and introduce the government's bill to regulate zero-hour contracts, Mister Speaker.

As you know, Mister Speaker, more than nine hundred thousand Britons depend on zero-hour contracts. In our modern and global economy, where labour flexibility is key to success, zero-hour contracts aren't perfect but are important. They give employment to hundreds of thousands of people and they make our national economy more competitive. That's why Her Majesty's Government is committed to protecting those jobs. We're committed to making sure the United Kingdom is competitive. And, more, we're committed to making sure zero-hour contracts are fair to Britons. 

This bill is common sense, Mister Speaker. We have more than nine hundred thousand Britons on zero-hour contracts today and Her Majesty's Government is asking Parliament to protect them. This bill will cap zero-hour contracts at six months, encourage guaranteed employment, give Britons the right to seek such employment, require employers to respond in writing, prohibit exclusivity, prohibit early termination penalties and make sure everyone has the information we need to follow the numbers. This bill is the work of a government that understands labour flexibility doesn't mean labour vulnerability and I commend it to the House.

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  Live Question Times
Posted by: Macmillan - 08-16-2018, 07:58 PM - Forum: Game Information & Rules - Replies (3)

This thread is for organising live Question Time sessions. When I post that a Question Time is happening it will strictly be on a first come first serve basis, if you're second then you won't get on the programme unless the other guy/gal decides to bail.

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  EDM 17: Crime Prevention
Posted by: Douglas Hamstead (LAB) - 08-16-2018, 01:21 PM - Forum: Early Day Motions - Replies (1)

Quote:THAT THIS HOUSE believes police funding is only one step in reducing crime, and that the Government must also commit itself to working with at-risk and vulnerable communities to develop solutions to the root causes of crime.

Signed: Brenda Davies, MP

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  Con SP: Police Federation Speech
Posted by: Harold Saxon (CON) - 08-15-2018, 09:58 PM - Forum: The Press - No Replies

Minister of State for Security Harold Saxon today addressed the Police Federation on the security of the country and what the Government would do to support the police. *Approved by Andy

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Quote:Ladies and gentlemen
 
Thank you for that welcome.
 
First. I want to pay tribute to those officers who fell in the line of duty in the previous year. The men and women who went to work – to fight crime, put away dangerous criminals, and keep the public safe – but then did not return home. 
 
They did their jobs serving their communities and striving to make them safer. And in honouring them we should also remember the families that are often left behind.
 
As a former Deputy Commissioner to the Metropolitan Police and someone who has spent their entire career in the police before retiring, I know what the job entails, I know how tough it can be, how it feels like the job takes up your entire life and you barely see your loved ones. I know it can also be depressing, how it sometimes feels that people don't give you enough credit for the work you do. The truth is, day in and day out, you – and the thousands of police officers and staff up and down the country – do a fantastic job and you don't get enough credit, for that I think is wrong and I am sorry, but that changes from here today.  You do so with a tremendous sense of duty. You do so with courage and dedication not knowing from day to day what you might face. We must never forget the risks you take or the sacrifices you make so that we don’t have to. I want to leave here today with the hope that the Police Federation knows that the Government is doing what it can to help you, to ensure you get enough funding, to ensure you have the resources to do your jobs. I for one, will do everything I possibly can to make sure that you get the resources you need. I also want to say thank you, from not only myself, but this Government and this country, for the work you do.
 
Under the Conservatives policing has got better,  the Conservatives have overhauled inadequate institutions and systems, we have reduced excessive bureaucracy, and replaced a centralised model of governance with democratic accountability. Policing is now more accountable than ever before, more transparent and more effective. Crime is down by well over a quarter since 2010, according to the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales.  but we can always do more.
 
My job as Security Minister in the Government is to ensure that the British public can remain safe and protected in our country. They simply wouldn't be without your bravery and your commitment to keeping law and order in this country.  The police and the security services work tirelessly to uphold law and order and to protect the British public, we believe more can be done.
 
There is growing concern that terrorists are using vehicles to attack targets and cause terror on our streets. If we look at recent events we have seen various acts of terror in different european cities. It is only a matter of time before those who seek to harm us try an attack here in the United Kingdom and we must be prepared.
 
That is why today I am announcing additional funding for the security services and our police. It is this Government's belief that we need more police on our streets, more police being trained for counter terror operations and awareness. The additional funding will go towards a recent initiative which is approving effective in frontline policing.  In 2014 City of London Police introduced Project Servator,  which was later adopted by British Transport Police, Police Scotland, Essex Police, Ministry of Defence Police, Royal Nuclear Constabulary and indeed the Metropolitan Police. Project Servator has been used throughout London, including at V festival , the commonwealth games and shopping centres. It's aim - to deter and detect criminal and terrorist activity, as well as to reassure the general public.

 Project Servator is an inclusive collaborative community strategy that relies on local people and businesses to be the eyes and ears for the police.It encourages residents and staff to be vigilant and to be the eyes and ears for the police and to ensure safety and security. It's a two fork approach, not only do we need the resources in the police, but the police need a positive relationship with the communities for this project to be a success. Through additional funding to our police we can ensure that you have the right resources to expand Project Servator as well as other initiatives to keep this country and the people of this country safe from acts of terror and to be able to respond effectively and swiftly to potential events. 

 As I've said, the security services will also get more funding. Mi5, Mi6, GCHQ, amongst other intelligence agencies they all do a sterling job, I've had the privilege to work closely with them In the past as I do now and they also do a sterling job to keep us safe.  Rest assured, this Government will give the police and the security services the funding and the support it needs to keep us all safe from barbaric acts of terror.
 
I am also announcing that the Government intends to launch a review on Police forces working closer together. The Government will pursue a review into the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Ministry of Defence Police and British Transport Police to determine it is viable to merge these three police forces into a national infrastructure force, the NIF. 

This force will be fully armed in the use of firearms and it's main purpose is to be designed to respond to a terror attack using powerful firearms. In it's review the Government will work closely with the affected police forces on how this may look, the Government believes there are some key benefits of creating a National Infrastructure Force or NIF, we will explore these in greater detail over the coming months.
 
Since Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced they have had a positive effect on crime in this country, but we must do more. Police and Crime Commissioners need to do more within their local communities if we are to tackle crime seriously. Therefore this Government will widen the role of Police and Crime Commissioners in the coming months to help cut crime in the local community, We will ensure that commissioners sit on local health and wellbeing boards, enabling better co-ordination of crime prevention with local drug and alcohol and mental health services.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to end by saying this, to every police officer in this hall, and to your colleagues in forces across the country.
 
It’s often said that British policing is the envy of the world and everyone in this room wants to keep it that way. It's time that the relationship between the government and the police is reset, a new chapter.
 
I will do all I can to give you the resources you need, the tools, the powers and the backup to get the job done.
 
I have been beside you all for over 20 years in the force before I retired, today I stand by you again. I may no longer be a police officer anymore, but I understand the values, I understand the job you do and I understand the pressures and the commitment that you give to this job. I stand with you, not against you, as does this Government.
 
Thank you.

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  Police Act of 2016
Posted by: Christopher Baxter (CON) - 08-15-2018, 06:53 PM - Forum: Division Lobby - Replies (16)

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Police Act 2016

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—


Section 1. College of Policing

(a) The College of Policing may create and maintain a register of officers and where appropriate, show exceptional capability throughout training for high-level postings in police forces throughout the United Kingdom.
(b) The College of Policing shall also be able to set regulations and standards for civilian police staff.
© The College of Policing shall develop a national framework for recruitment and standards to be followed by local police leadership during recruitment campaigns and efforts.
(d) The College of Policing will serve in an advisory capacity on the procurement and training (of use) with regards to normal and specialist police equipment.
(e) The relationship between the police services and academic institutions shall rest solely with the College of Policing, who may from time to time, ask for input where appropriate from police forces.

Section 2. Collaboration

(a) The head(s)/acting head(s) of local ambulance trusts, fire and rescue and police in local areas shall, as situation demands, work to create a collaboration agreement.
(b) In determining these agreements, people listed in section 2(a) must keep both efficiency and effectiveness in mind.
© Collaboration agreements will be used as a tool to ensure situations are dealt with effectively and on time.

Section 3. Accountability

(a) Police Officers at the end of training shall sign the Police Code of Ethics, this shall be administered and recorded by the College of Policing.

Section 4. Police Complaints

(a) Local police bodies and Police and Crime Commissioners may give notice to the chief officer of a police service in their jurisdiction that they intend to absorb the functions exercised under part 2 of the Police Reform Act 2002.
(b) Registered charitable organisations and registered advocacy bodies may complain as a group regarding patterns or trends in how policing is delivered. This shall come into force on such a day that the Home Secretary shall appoint.
© The IPCC can investigate police complaints without them having been referred where serious or otherwise malignant practices have took place.
  • (1) The IPCC may not disclose sensitive information regardless on how it was obtained.
(d) The IPCC may deal with complaints from whistle-blowers without the need for it to be first raised with the local force.
(e) The IPCC may recommend a wider range of remedial actions.

Section 5. Police and Crime Commissioners

(a) Police and Crime Commissioners shall absorb the responsibilities of the fire authority in their jurisdiction where a local case is made, subject to the approval of the Secretary of State and become responsible for the oversight of a single officer in charge of both fire and police

Section 6. Police Searches

(a) Police may search individuals detained where a warrant is issued under section 135(1) or (2) of the Mental Health Act or any place of safety.
(b) Searches must be reasonable and proportionate to the effect where a search can only be conducted where the officer reasonably believes will be able to find and seize the item that the recipient of the search may be concealing.

Section 7. Bail

(a) The police shall be required to give notice under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act to people on bail in the event that there is not enough evidence to charge them where notice previously was not required to be given.
(b) Police may release someone pending further investigation without bail in circumstances where bail is not considered to be necessary.
© There may be an presumption to release without bail and bail only being applied where it is both necessary and proportionate depending on the arresting forces opinion.
(d) Senior police officers (Superintendent and above) may extend bail (up to 3 months) where necessary.
  • (1)Any further extensions of bail must be authorised by the courts and the courts may review the duration and/or conditions of pre-charge bail.
Section 8. Firearms

(a) It shall be an offence for someone to own a defective deactivated weapon and sell it or gift it to another person. Upon conviction, there shall be no longer than two years and a £1,000 fine.

Section 9. Data Retention

(a) Part 5 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act is amended to enable DNA profiles and fingerprints to be retained on the basis of convictions outside England and Wales in the same way as such material may currently be retained on basis of convictions in England and Wales.
(b) Material set out in section 9(a) shall be retained and stored in the same way as if the conviction had took place in England or Wales.
© Section 9(a) and (b) shall only apply to offences committed outside of England and Wales where that offence would constitute a recordable offence if committed in England and Wales.
(d) In respect of arrests made under the Terrorism Act, it shall be amended to enable DNA profiles and fingerprints to be retained indefinitely where a person has convictions outside the United Kingdom, where the act constituting the offence would constitute a recordable offence under the law of England and Wales or Northern Ireland, or an imprisonable offence under the law of Scotland. 

Section 10. Protection of Minors

(a) Current protections offered to 14 to 16 year olds under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act shall be extended to 17 year olds.

Section 11. Police Staff

(a) Chief Officers may designate powers on their staff and designate power on volunteers.
  • (1)  There shall be a duty on a chief officer to check that a person does not appear on the police barred list before designating him or her as a community support volunteer or a policing support volunteer
(b) A chief officer may designate a member of staff as either or both a community support officer or a policing support officer.
  • (1) a chief officer where necessary may individually restrict a power that a person is given under this part
© A chief officer may designate a police volunteer as either or both a community support volunteer or a policing support volunteer. 
  • (1) a chief officer where necessary may individually restrict a power that a person is given under this part
(d) Section 38(5A) to (6A) and section 38A of the Police Reform Act 2002 shall be repealed. Chief Officers will, in future, have the ability to choose which powers their PCSOs will have.
(e) Changes made by this section, specifically in regard to (a), (b) and © shall not have powers laid out in this part (e). Reserved powers for full constables shall include arrest, stop and search and those under terrorism legislation.
(f) Any other power shall remain the same as it was in the 2002 Act, for the positions laid out in this section except as otherwise stated in this legislation (part e of this section).
(g) A chief officer may also impose other restrictions (geographical etc) where necessary on staff created under this section.
(h) Persons created under the parts of this section will not under any circumstances be authorised to carry a firearm, this includes taser devices. However they shall, at the discretion of the chief officer, be authorised to use CS and PVA spray. With proper instruction, the persons created under this section may carry and employ other police devices.
(i) Persons created under this act are in the service of Her Majesty and as a result do not need a certificate or authorisation under the Firearms Act 1968 where internal instruction was properly given and recorded.
(j) The College of Policing shall be required to issue guidance about the designation and training of volunteers who are to be given powers under these provisions under this part of the act. Chief Officers must indicate that they have taken regard to these guidelines when appointing staff under this section.
(k) Persons created under this act shall be subject to the normal police complaints process. Persons created under this act may be inspect by HMIC

Section 12. Police Federation

(a) The Police Federation will have a statutory duty to protect the public interest, maintain high standards of conduct and maintain high standards of transparency.
(b) The Police Federation, for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 1998 and the Inquiry Act 2005 shall be treated as a public authority.
© The Police Federation is required to fulfill the extended obligations imposed on public authorities under the 1998 Act

Section 13. Enactment and Extent

(a) This act shall extend to England and Wales.
(b) This act shall come into force on the day it receives Royal Assent except where otherwise stated.

Mr Speaker

I rise in the house today to introduce the Police Act of 2016. This piece of legislation will bring reform to the police services throughout England and Wales and I am happy to introduce it to the House today on behalf of the Government.

What good is the College of Policing if it cannot be involved in some of the most critical aspects of our police services throughout England and Wales? The very first section in this piece of legislation will look to advance the College of Policing's powers in areas of police procurement, recruitment of officers and retention of officers. This Government seeks to make the police services of England and Wales the best, most responsible and professional in the world. We also look to consolidate the role of the College of Policing with regards to certain aspects of policy including the use of certain equipment and educational forums.

Perhaps a center-point where this piece of legislation is concerned is the reform made to the police complaints process. The Government always wants to see those who exercise authority and power held to account and that is why the reforms to the police complaints process was made. For the first time ever, charities and other organs will be able to make a complaint in what we know in law as a 'class-action' suit for single issues of police complaint, like abuse of power or use of other powers. And for the first time ever the IPCC will be able to make an investigation into police services without having a complaint made to them, this will help root out cases where people are scared to come forward with evidence of actual violations or abuses. Elected Police and Crime Commissioners may now absorb the functions of local police bodies in respect of complaints.

This act will also extend the authority of Chief Officers in their respective services to endown local volunteers with more powers to act. Of course the Government recognises the need to reserve some important powers to the Office of Constable, this shall include the power to arrest, stop and search and powers enumerated under terror legislation. However, the other amendments made by this Act will allow volunteers to carry CS and PVA spray, choose which powers PCSOs have and allow chief officers the discretion depending on what their area needs to designate powers onto their staff.

Mr Speaker, this act includes many other provisions which are relatively minor in their intent and I will leave the expansion of those provisions to the discretion of the House. Having explained the main tenents of this piece of legislation, I commend this statement to the House.

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  MS 13: University Course Outcomes Transparency
Posted by: Amanda Folkestone (CON) - 08-15-2018, 06:31 PM - Forum: Ministerial Statements - Replies (17)

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STATUTORY INSTRUMENT
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EDUCATION

University Course Outcomes Transparency Order 2016
 
Made __ December 2016
Coming into force __ June 2017

The Secretary of State for Public Services makes the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by law.

Citation and commencement.

1. This order may be cited as the University Course Outcomes Transparency Order 2016 and comes into force on the __ day of June 2017 and applies to universities in England.

Reporting of employment statistics for university graduates.

2. Universities shall, in publication of official course prospectuses issued to applicants and offer-holders, include the following statistics about graduates of the respective course –

a) Rate of employment –
  1. one year following graduation, and
  2. five years following graduation.
b) Median annual earnings –
  1. one year following graduation,
  2. five years following graduation, and
  3. ten years following graduation.
3. Universities shall collect and maintain accurate data for the purpose of reporting the aforementioned statistics to the best of their ability.

4. The Department for Education shall make available all pertinent data to universities for the purpose of publishing these statistics.

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Amanda Folkestone
Secretary of State
Department for Education

With permission, Mr Speaker, I should like to make a statement to the House.

Mr Speaker, university education is one of the biggest investments young people in this country make for their future. It is an expenditure of time, effort, and financial resources, and graduates expect that their investment will pay off later. When it comes to beginning one's studies, there is little more important than choosing the right course of study, a decision that involves personal interest, but also expectations about future earnings and employment prospects. 

Not all courses, however, are created equal; indeed, some courses offer much, much more job security and promise of future earnings than others. According to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the top earning courses – maths, medicine, and economics – saw graduates earn 30 percent more than the average university graduate, while the lowest earning courses – creative arts – earned 25 percent less than average. 

All this is not to disparage the arts, Mr Speaker. But when students are paying tens of thousands of pounds – often in the form of loans – to finance their studies, they need to be properly informed about what career prospects await them after graduation.

Mr Speaker, with this order, the Government is ensuring that applicants and offer-holders are able to make informed decisions regarding their studies based on institution- and course-specific statistics about employment and earnings for graduates of the respective university and course. This policy is part of the Government's commitment to ensuring that higher education serves the needs of students and prepares them for the future that they want.

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  Labour SP- Labour on Brexit
Posted by: Rt. Hon. William Flanagan (LAB) - 08-15-2018, 06:07 PM - Forum: The Press - No Replies

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William Flanagan addressing supporters, invitees and press at Birmingham University, Birmingham.

Thank you very much all of you for being here today, It is great to be here today in Birmingham. Today I want to share with you Labour's approach to Brexit.

Article 50 has passed, soon the government will be handing the formal notice to the EU that the UK will begin the process of leaving the EU. We are now entering a crucial time for our country and Labour will work tirelessly to ensure that a Brexit that works for the many not the few is delivered for the British people.

The Labour Party accepts the referendum result and should the Labour Party come into government before the UK leaves the European Union we will continue the process of leaving the EU. We can not vote to give people a referendum and then ignore that result.

Accepting the referendum result does not mean giving the government a green light to pass a brexit that is simply the pet project of the right wing of the Conservative party that has captured control of the government and wishes to use brexit to fuel a race to the bottom in human rights, welfare provision, corporate responsibility and corporate taxes.

Accepting the referendum result does not mean giving the government right to dictate to parliament what kind of Brexit their should be. Labour want parliament to have a meaningful vote on Brexit and that the peoples representatives in parliament playing a guiding role in Brexit.

The Labour Party will push for a Brexit that will put the national interest first, by this we do not simply mean a Brexit that will put a few business's first, or the interests of bankers first, or the interest of those with the biggest cheque books, No! We will put the interests of the British people first. We will not allow the wage suppression, privatisations, cuts in living standards, attacks on labour rights and environmental degradation to continue or be accelerated by Brexit. We will fight for a Brexit that prioritises jobs and living standards, a Brexit that will help us build a close new relationship with the EU, protect workers’ rights and environmental standards.

We call on the government to provide certainty to EU nationals and give a meaningful role to Parliament throughout negotiations. Parliament has passed Labour's motion calling for unequivocal right to remain for EU citizens who have came to work and reside in the UK but the only unequivocal about the government's response to the will of parliament has been its silence.

The first test the government was tested on giving back control it failed. And it failed the second time by refusing to amend the withdrawal bill, failing to offer its promised amendment and voting down Labour's amendments that would have bound the government to do the very things they had promised to do. Their promised amendment failed to materialise, the Tories now try and rewrite history by saying their amendment meant a new bill that could happen anytime in the next two years and not what was clearly promised an amendment to the withdrawal bill before parliament. The government and the Tory party increasingly in disarray over Europe is showing that it cannot be trusted.

If we should form a government before Britain leaves the EU Labour will immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and work to secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries. Labour will continue to press the government on this until we get a cast iron guarantee.

We believe that it is the decent thing to do, the British thing to do, as hosts to our European friends that have come here to work and live to treat them respect and hospitality. EU nationals do not just contribute to our society, they are now part of our society, they enriched it and have enriched us.

There is not a village, town or city across the UK that has benefited from them. And they should not be used as bargaining chips. We must end the insecurity and fear that is now felt by so many EU nationals across UK since the referendum result.  As a result 3 million EU nationals have suffered unnecessary uncertainty, as have the 1.2 million UK citizens living in the EU. It is unequivocally shameful that the government rejected the efforts spearheaded by Amelia Lockhart on this.

We will end Caroline Blakesley's reckless approach to Brexit, and seek to unite the country around a  Brexit deal that works for every community and every region in Britain. We demand that the government release a White paper and come before the house and explain what their negotiating priorities will be. We have heard a lot about the mansion speech but the government have the backbone to come in front of parliament and set out their stall, they haven't put the pen to paper and showed us that they have a plan. The government has talked of involving other parties and reaching out to them but yet we have had no approach from the government, yet another broken promise. The only time the government seems to be reaching out to other is parties try win votes in the house of commons to give Blakesley flagging government life support.

We continue to see and hear a lot of bluster from the Tories but no action.

Today my friends, I will set out Labour’s plan for Brexit. What are our priorities for Britain are. What standards we will measure any deal with Brussels against. How we will go about making the reality.

Firstly we believe in putting jobs and living standards at the top of our Brexit agenda. We do not believe that the British people voted to make themselves poorer or less prosperous. We do not believe that the British people voted to make themselves less secure in their jobs. They did not vote to put vital industries like our car industry or agriculture at risk.

The Labour party will commit to making Britain come out of Brexit more prosperous, with more jobs and improve standards of living.  As set out in my campaign for leadership we will ensure no region is left behind in Brexit, a  Labour government will match any shortfall in EU funding that goes to regions like the South West, Wales or Scotland.

Secondly we believe in ensuring a Brexit that allows the British people to take back control of the common goods and natural monoplies into public ownership and uses the resources available to the government to boost infrastructure investment, take energy, water, railways, buses and the Royal Mail back into public ownership, reserve privatisation in the NHS, in Education, to extend state aid to strategic industry, prevent import 'dumping', promote regional development to ensure no region is left behind and regulate the terms of public sector contracts in favour of workers rights, in favour of trade union recognition, in favour of equal opportunities,  promoting training and ensuring tax compliance.

The third priority is rebuilding our national unity, regardless of whether you voted to leave or stay, the people of Britain outside the Westminster bubble want jobs, better living standards, our NHS protected, they want decent schools for their children, they want affordable housing and clean air and water. So when we are so united in what we want as a people and when so much is at stake we can not afford to be divided, we can lot allow those who would wish to hijack Brexit to sow the seeds of division and hate. We cannot allow migrants to be scapegoated, harassed or attacked. We cannot allow young to be set against old, we cannot allow region to be set against region. We can not allow rural areas to be set against cities. For only through unity can Britain be strong, diverse and prosperous post Brexit.

We do not believe that leaving the EU should mean that we should have to shut the door on our largest market or that to continue to trade with them we should have to remain under the control of the EU, we believe it is in the interest of both parties to co-operate. For numerous countries around the world trade with the EU without giving up their right to decide their own trade, financial, industrial or immigration policies.

Fourthly is our global relations, the people of Britain did not vote to make it harder to travel aboard,  to be part of an ever increasingly connected world, in which global cooperation and interaction is vital to our countries prosperity and progress. Britain has not voted to shut itself off from Europe or the world.

The Labour party is an internationalist party, we believe in looking outwards to the world and and not inwards on ourselves or not backwards to the past. We will look forward to fair trade with the EU and the rest of the World. We will strengthen our bonds with the commonwealth and the rest of the wolrd. When we have seen the Conservatives talk of increased ties with the commonwealth it has been the little more than insight into their fantasies with them only focusing on the white parts of the commonwealth.

We will need to work with the EU, and other nations around the world to protect human rights, protect the environment, protect national sovereignty and protect cultural diversity.

A Labour approach to Brexit will ensure there can be no rolling back of key rights and protections and that the UK does not lag behind Europe in workplace protections and environmental standards in the future.

Our guiding principles of jobs, improved living standards, a sovereign, internationalist UK will define our approach to Brexit and what will seek from the next Labour government.

We must recognise that many of the areas that voted to leave are the areas that have suffered from years of chronic under-investment, for too long have areas across the country been taken for granted. Their industries allowed to disappear, their infrastructure crumble and the fabric of the communities unwind.

These areas need prosperity, they need jobs, good paying, decent jobs. To deliver this there will need to be investment in education, skills and infrastructure. We will have to shift our economy from a low pay, low skill, low investment economy to a high pay, high skill, high investment economy. We will need a shift away from a London first economy, with a Brexit for all of Britain not just bankers or the financial markets.

Politicians from all parties must keep their ears to the ground, listen to our communties and ensure that no one is sidelined as we work through brexit. We will continue to push for a citizens assembly to maximise the ability for the British people to get their voice heard during Brexit.

We must put in the framework, the plan and protections to allow for the investment and economic programme that our country needs to ride the shock from Brexit and build a better Britain on the other side. Brexit was a risk be in left no doubt and we need to ensure Britain has the tools in place to deal with whatever challenges we will surely face.

We must ensure that we have democratic and fair dispute settlement procedures between the EU and UK in place before we leave the EU. For over 40 years our laws have been intertwined with the EU. We have and still do benefit from many EU agencies and tariff-free trading rules that have served our industries, workers and consumers well. Labour will try and preserve or replicate those that work for Britain in any post Brexit deal.

Going forward Britain will remain close to the European Union, that we can be in no doubt with so much of our trade in imports and exports being with other EU states, 45% of UK exports are to the EU while 50% imports come from the EU, so many jobs dependent on the EU markets and supply changes in many industries being a web of trading that extends across the EU.

The nations of Europe outside the EU be they Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Turkey have close relations to the European Union some more advantageous that others. The UK will to have a close relation but we will need a bespoke deal.

We will seek a deal that respects the referendum result. We will leave the EU, but we will not rush to abandon the single market and the customs union to enter a perilous limbo land with barriers shutting us off from the EU and only poor deals on the table from the rest of the world who will never offer deals as good as the EU was for us.

Being either in the Single Market or the Customs Union will not make us a rule taker, it will mean that we cannot deregulate or undercut standards, this will be the same come any deal with the EU or any free trade deal outside the EU. Who will sign a deal with us if we simply wish to race to the bottom to out compete them, who will want to buy our goods if we can not offer quality standards. For we must stop look at EU regulations as ceilings rather we should look at them as a floor, for we must to better than the EU on environmental, labour and financial regulation.

Labour seeks a UK-EU Brexit settlement that protects jobs by preserving tariff-free, barrier-free, frictionless trade with the rest of Europe.

A Brexit settlement with democratic and fair dispute settlement procedures between the EU and UK.

A Brexit settlement with the retention of current employment rights and mutual co-operation and alignment.

A Brexit settlement that respects Trade union social partnership rights and an end to EU and UK neo-liberal policies.

A Brexit settlement that guarantees decent jobs, living and housing standards rights.

A Brexit settlement that ensures access to quality public services and social security rights.

A Brexit settlement that respects the UK's right to nationalise and use state aid.

A Brexit settlement that ensurer's no rolling back of Equality and Human rights laws protections.

A Brexit settlement with Fair migration and Freedom of Movement rights.

A Brexit settlement with No hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and Spain.

A Brexit settlement with protection of environmental, sustainable development and climate change standards.

A Brexit settlement with continued Protection of Consumer, Constitutional and Civil rights.

A Brexit settlement with respect for devolved areas and their relations to the EU while ensuring the integrity of the UK.

We are sixth largest economy in the world, we are nation that is wealthy not just in terms of money and resources, we are rich in talent and rich in potential too. I want us to use Brexit to unlock that potential, to look forward and build a better modern greener happier Britain. I believe that our priorities for Brexit negotiations are the right ones for our country, that our proposed Brexit settlement will be Best for Britain.

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