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Oral Answers to Questions — Education: STEM Subjects (10 Sep 2018)

David Drew: Does the Secretary of State and the rest of the Education Department recognise the importance of agricultural science to help address the need for more food production in this country on the back of the forthcoming Bill? Is it not about time that we included agricultural science in the STEM subjects?

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

David Drew: In a survey that I conducted in Stroud, I found that the agents were making just that point. They want complete transparency and fairness in relation to tenants as well as landlords. Does my hon. Friend see the Opposition amendments as a way in which we could strengthen the Bill and deliver that?

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

David Drew: Before the Minister does so, will he give way?

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

David Drew: In my area, the good agents are beginning to say that those who are already exploiting the situation are trying to push up rent levels. Will the Government at least look at what has happened since the Bill was introduced to make sure that rents are not pushed up by landlords artificially to overcome this loss of money?

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

David Drew: The Secretary of State is being very generous in giving way. Does he accept that we will have to watch the impact of this Bill on personal injury lawyers, as it is already difficult to get lawyers to stay in that field? Will he monitor the situation to ensure that all those involved in serious accidents get proper legal representation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Jul 2018)

David Drew: In view of the fact that schools in the Stroud constituency are telling me they are forced to use core funding to cover the additional requirements of special educational needs and that special schools in the constituency are having to meet considerable rising costs, will the Prime Minister look at the national funding formula with the aim of helping those schools, to make sure they are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration: Skilled Workers (16 Jul 2018)

David Drew: We have had numerous debates and countless questions on this issue. Is it not about time that the Home Office got together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and sorted this problem out? It is estimated that last year we ploughed back into the ground about 10% of our fruit and vegetables: what is it going to be this year?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Agriculture and Fisheries Management (12 Jul 2018)

David Drew: It is a delight to see the DEFRA team still in their place, but may I offer a special welcome to the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the hon. Member for Suffolk Coastal (Dr Coffey), who we have missed? We hope that she enjoys her time back as part of the team. Will the Government tell us exactly who they can sign a free trade deal with, apart from the EU,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ordination Numbers (12 Jul 2018)

David Drew: I hear what the right hon. Lady says, but will she also consider the impact of the number of churches that new ordinands have to look after? It is a real worry, given the pressure we are putting on these poor people, particularly if they are not full time, in order to carry out their ministry.

Backbench Business: Defined-benefit Pension Schemes (10 Jul 2018)

David Drew: I apologise for missing the start of my hon. Friend’s excellent speech. Does she agree that one of the issues is that the Pensions Regulator is unaccountable? I have had a particular issue given what has happened post-Carillion, and I have been trying to find out how the Pensions Regulator makes decisions, which is not at all clear. Does she agree that that needs to be brought up in...

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

David Drew: Mr Speaker, some years ago, you and I visited southern Sudan. When the country of South Sudan obtained independence, we hoped it would have a better future. Sadly, a crisis of biblical proportions is going on there, with famine, warfare and everything else. Will the Leader of the House call an urgent debate on South Sudan, so that we can raise the implications of the latest failure of the...

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

David Drew: I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. I shall be brief, because we are likely to be interrupted by Divisions. I am pleased to say ditto, because we have exactly the same problems in Stroud district. We face the dilemma that for all the houses we might want to build, we have a huge number of extant planning permissions—more than 5,000—but no ability to...

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

David Drew: We actually beat Gladman in my constituency, so there is at least one aspect where we are slightly different, but the reality is exactly that. It is most difficult to persuade parish councils that they can do more when they have seen their neighbouring parishes turned over big time. There is a generic problem, so I appeal to the Minister to look at the process—and in particular at...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

David Drew: The right hon. Gentleman is being generous in giving way. Does he accept—I hope the Education Committee will look at this—that there are particular problems with the national funding formula for special schools? Those schools are hit in two ways. First, the special schools budget has been conflated with the overall budget, which is causing some difficulties. Secondly, they are...

Local Government in Gloucestershire (3 Jul 2018)

David Drew: For Northamptonshire—thankfully, we are not quite in that situation—the Government came up with solutions, seemingly with the support of Northamptonshire’s MPs. Whatever the Minister means by “receiving” a particular idea, when do the Government intervene to say, “This is right and proper, and we need to get on with it”?

Local Government in Gloucestershire (3 Jul 2018)

David Drew: The Minister is being most generous in giving way. Of course, one of the proposals was for unitary local government, but sadly that was not one of the preferred solutions to Gloucestershire’s future needs. Will the Minister at least look at the earlier proposal and see that as a trigger for a proper discussion in Gloucestershire?

Local Government in Gloucestershire (3 Jul 2018)

David Drew: I beg to move, That this House has considered the future of local government in Gloucestershire. I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger, and I welcome the Minister to his place, although everyone else is leaving—this debate might not matter to those in Scotland, but it certainly does to those in Gloucestershire. It has taken me longer than most to secure—I have...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

David Drew: It was clear from the consultation on high-calibre rifles that their owners were prepared to look at measures to make sure that those rifles were made as safe as possible so they did not fall into the wrong hands, yet the Government now intend to ban them. Will the Secretary of State look at the consultation again and at the assurances people were prepared to give, and make sure those...

Leaving the Eu: Upland Farming (26 Jun 2018)

David Drew: I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. We have had a very interesting debate, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Jonathan Edwards) on introducing it. It is vital that we tease out where we are going on these important matters. We have had contributions from my hon. Friend the Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman), and the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Freedom of Worship (Commonwealth) (26 Jun 2018)

David Drew: Will the Minister ensure that she talks, via the Foreign Secretary, to President Buhari of Nigeria? With the dreadful goings on in that country and the increasing pressure on the Christian community in the north, it is about time that the President stood up and did something to protect it.

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