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  • Dec 16, 2014:
  • Dec 4, 2014:
    • Written Answers - Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma (4 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Burmese government on the implications for that country's international legal obligations of the internment of Rohingya people who do not meet that country's citizenship criteria.
  • Dec 2, 2014:
    • Textile Manufacturing (2 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: It is very good to be here before you today, Mr Streeter. I am not his personal assistant, but I feel I should offer the apologies of the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman), who most people know would want to be here today. Unfortunately, he cannot be here. He sent his apologies to me, which I felt I should pass on. Allegedly, Mark Twain once said something along the lines of rumours...
    • Textile Manufacturing (2 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: I hope that that intervention results in a significant discount for the hon. Gentleman on the cloth. I should find out what he paid. The fabric is available in lengths of cloth for women, if they should want to make up a suit. We are all selling here tonight. It is all good news for the industry, but that creates significant challenges, particularly in the availability of skilled labour. A...
    • Textile Manufacturing (2 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: Absolutely. With another hat on, as a member of the Education Committee, we are exercised by the problems of careers advice and ensuring that there are real careers for people, not only in textile manufacturing, but in manufacturing and in business. We need to ensure that fantastic jobs are available. Many parents will not even know that they exist, and one important part of the debate is...
    • Textile Manufacturing (2 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: Absolutely. One of the big difficulties that the industry faces is that it is not pharmaceuticals, the automotive industry or aerospace, where big companies can provide supply chains in local areas, which feed the skills back through to the big companies. In textiles, it is a lot of small businesses. Even the big mills exist without long supply chains, which would provide skilled jobs that...
    • Textile Manufacturing (2 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: This is all excellent news, but how many people really know about it? It is a good news story of which more and more people need to be made aware. There are particular implications for energising parents to go out and find something other than the traditional route for their children and to discover the other options that are available. It has the potential to inspire young people into a...
    • Textile Manufacturing (2 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: Absolutely. I hope to meet the programme's project director next Tuesday in my constituency, but I already know the extent of the programme's success from previous conversations. However, a programme or initiative in itself does not amount to a national strategy, which is the point that I am trying to make today. Textile manufacturing is not a priority sector. There is no longer a...
    • Textile Manufacturing (2 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: That is exactly the point. I congratulate my hon. Friend on the work that he does as the apprenticeship tsar. As has already been indicated, apprenticeships have developed fantastically over the past few years, but they need continuous pushing so that parents, children and young people see them as a viable alternative to the traditional academic route-although apprenticeships do of...
  • Dec 1, 2014:
    • [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] - Backbench Business - Palestine (1 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: Unless something changes, things stay the same. In an attempt to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, two routes have been tried-one is violence, the other is negotiations. The violent route will not work. Israel has tried that route and the route of suppression, with attempts at ethnic cleansing, for nigh on 70 years, and that has not worked. That has been matched by...
    • [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] - Backbench Business - Palestine (1 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: I believe that they do. I believe that the gains they have made as part of the grand design have proved successful for them, and they have considered the price worth paying. That could not of course have continued without the support of many countries, including our own, but most of all the United States. Our Prime Minister recently confirmed his deep commitment to Israel and said:...
    • Oral Answers to Questions - Education: In-year Admissions (1 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: What steps her Department is taking to make additional resources available to schools in areas that experience high levels of in-year admissions.
    • Oral Answers to Questions - Education: In-year Admissions (1 Dec 2014)
      David Ward: I am not sure whether the Minister has seen the figures for Bradford. If he has, he will know why I am asking this question. Recently, the Prime Minister said that "there is no doubt that some communities face particular pressures… I think a fund that can more directly help those communities would be very worthwhile and that is what we are going to put in our manifesto". If...
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