Steve Double – speeches and questions

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  • Scottish Affairs Committee: Further Education: St Austell (21 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: It is a joy for me to be able to bring this debate before the House this evening. I want to raise an issue that is very important to residents of St Austell: the future of further education provision in the town. St Austell is the town where I was born and grew up. It is where I have lived and worked my whole life; I have raised my own family there and indeed was educated there. It is a town...
  • Scottish Affairs Committee: Further Education: St Austell (21 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for intervening—I would have been disappointed if he had not intervened on me in the Adjournment debate this evening—and he makes a good point. I must admit I am not familiar with the report that he refers to, but I agree that there a number of barriers to young people in many of our rural market towns getting the training opportunities, education...
  • Business of the House (21 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Far be it from me to try to do your job, but I thought we were debating the business of the House motion. We seem to be rehearsing a debate that we are likely to have all over again tomorrow.
  • Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion). I have great respect for her and for her work to speak up for some of the most vulnerable people not only in her constituency but across the country. I rise to speak very much in favour of this Queen’s Speech. I have been listening closely to the debate, and I am slightly puzzled by some Opposition Members’...
  • Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: My hon. Friend makes the point well that the Opposition had every opportunity to ensure that the Queen’s Speech was presented by whichever party won the election and formed the Government. It suggests Opposition Members did not support an election because they were not confident that it would be them presenting the Queen’s Speech. I support the Queen’s Speech, and I welcome the many...
  • Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: I am sure the hon. Gentleman did not mean to mislead the House, but what he said is not accurate. A Queen’s Speech starts a new Session of Parliament, but it does not always follow a general election. A Queen’s Speech usually happens almost every year throughout a Parliament. It is not an unusual occurrence.
  • Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: Given what the hon. Lady saying, does she welcome the additional funds that the Government are putting into schools, including a small rural school in my constituency whose funding will be increased by 22% next year?
  • Preparations for Leaving the EU (8 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Benn Act, which was rushed through the House last month, actually makes getting a deal harder for the Government, and that if we are forced to delay, not only will it extend the uncertainty for our businesses, which want this matter resolved, but it will simply mean we are having this same discussion three weeks before the new deadline?
  • Written Answers — Home Office: Undocumented Migrants (8 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the (a) number of illegal migrants who have entered the UK by crossing the English Channel and (b) proportion of such migrants that have been returned to France in the last 12 months.
  • Written Answers — Treasury: Service Industries: Non-domestic Rates (8 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the application of state aid rules to business rates on the hospitality sector.
  • Written Answers — Treasury: Non-domestic Rates: Appeals (8 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the business rates appeal system Check, Challenge, Appeal.
  • Written Answers — Treasury: Valuation Office Agency: Finance (8 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of funding for the Valuation Office Agency in order to ensure that it is able to effectively process business rates appeals.
  • Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Service Industries: Non-domestic Rates (8 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with representatives from the hospitality sector on the effect of business rates on that sector.
  • Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (7 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average waiting time for decisions on settled status applications; and what plans she has to reduce waiting times for those decisions.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disabled People (7 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: What steps the Government are taking to increase support for disabled people.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disabled People (7 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: I thank the Minister for that answer. What specific help is available to young people with disabilities to support them into work?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: I am privileged to have the universal credit processing centre for the south-west in my constituency. The staff there do an incredible job making sure the roll-out of universal credit is successful. They have done so well they have been asked to take on processing for several London boroughs, but they are currently experiencing very high case loads because of the transfer of employment and...
  • Free Movement of EU Nationals (2 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: I must take exception to the language used by the hon. Lady. We have given a very clear message that all EU citizens currently residing in this country are welcome to stay. At the end of August, 1.5 million people had been granted settled status or pre-settled status, and there had been only one rejection.
  • Free Movement of EU Nationals (2 Oct 2019)
    Steve Double: It is a fact.