Jeremy Lefroy: What steps his Department is taking to promote apprenticeships.
Jeremy Lefroy: My right hon. Friend knows that Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stafford, Shrewsbury and several other very good colleges that provide excellent apprenticeships have not been awarded funding under the non-levy apprenticeships scheme. She has worked hard to find a way through this, but can I ask her for an update to ensure that those colleges can continue to provide apprenticeships in vital areas such...
Jeremy Lefroy: Last week I had the honour of chairing in Westminster the second annual Stafford schools debating competition. The standard was excellent, and I pay tribute to Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge and Sam Phillips for their work in organising the competition. What is the Department doing to encourage public speaking and debate in schools across the country?
Jeremy Lefroy: Two weeks ago, I raised with my right hon. Friend the non-levy apprenticeship funding for Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stafford, Shrewsbury and other colleges. The situation is becoming serious, and I believe that our young people will be let down if we do not resolve it. May I urge the Leader of the House to ensure that we have a statement or a debate as soon as possible?
Jeremy Lefroy: Stafford constituency has one of the largest areas for growing soft fruit, and indeed lettuces, in the country, meaning that we have less reliance on imports. However, those involved are very concerned about the great workers who come to harvest those crops. What assurances will the Minister give me that he is working together his counterparts in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury of 19 December 2018, Official Report, column, 1039, what the timetable is for HMRC to reach an agreement with the Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust on outstanding tax liabilities.
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the housing associations in Stafford constituency that are eligible for the regional pilot of the Right to Buy for housing association tenants.
Jeremy Lefroy: These rights are held dear not just in Scotland, but throughout the UK. Clause 41 of Magna Carta states: “All merchants may enter or leave England unharmed and without fear, and may stay or travel within it, by land or water, for purposes of trade, free from all illegal exactions, in accordance with ancient and lawful customs.” For trade, this goes back not just to the Bill of...
Jeremy Lefroy: The hon. Gentleman is making a strong case. Currently, young people—indeed, everybody—in the UK can go without a permit to work in 30 other countries: the 27 other EU countries and three of the European economic area countries. After we come out the EU, the number will be zero. A French person of the same age will still be able to go to 29 different countries. What a difference in...
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to ensure all tyres for military vehicles are capable of being remanufactured.
Jeremy Lefroy: What plans the Government have to ensure that the UK legal system operates effectively after the UK leaves the EU.
Jeremy Lefroy: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. Leaving the EU is likely to lead to additional workload for the UK legal system. What additional resources have been made available to his Department and to the legal and courts system more generally to ensure that they are fully prepared?
Jeremy Lefroy: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I am not sure that my family would say that. May I thank my right hon. Friend for two things in particular? The first is her absolute upholding of the United Kingdom—our United Kingdom—and our internal trade within our United Kingdom. The second is her point about the frictionless border. In my area of the west midlands, that is incredibly...
Jeremy Lefroy: Will my right hon. Friend pay tribute to UK peacekeepers in South Sudan and elsewhere across the world?
Jeremy Lefroy: Could we have a debate on the non-levy apprenticeship tender? Unfortunately, some very good colleges, such as Stafford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Shrewsbury and others across the country, were not successful in the tender, and I have some grave concerns about the operation of it.
Jeremy Lefroy: Will my right hon. Friend give us an update on the progress of the negotiations on air connections with the European Union after we leave in March next year?
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will immediately suspend the use of medical procedures involving vaginal mesh implants.
Jeremy Lefroy: As trade envoy to Ethiopia, last week I had a meeting at the African Union about the continental free trade area agreement, which is incredibly important for the future of all countries in Africa and for the United Kingdom. Does my right hon. Friend see roles for the trade envoy programme in engaging with these free trade areas, which cover more than one country?
Jeremy Lefroy: Was the excellent continental free trade area agreement of the African Union, which would bring great prosperity, discussed? If it was not discussed then, could it be discussed at the next meeting? I would be very happy to pay for it.
Jeremy Lefroy: The people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have suffered for far too long. At least 6 million people have died in the past 20 years—it is probably more—and 4 million were internally displaced last year, which is more than the figure for any other country in the world. Will the Minister say what the British Government are doing to ensure that we do all we can to see the...