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Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : The Growth Plan (23 Sep 2022)

Mike Wood: Investment zones have the potential to make a massive contribution to levelling up in areas such as Dudley South. Will the Chancellor reassure my constituents that the more liberalised planning regulations will not mean that communities have to sacrifice precious green belt as the price of an enterprise zone?

Tributes to Her Late Majesty the Queen (10 Sep 2022)

Mike Wood: It is a privilege to pay tribute, on behalf of people in Dudley South, to our much-loved late monarch, Queen Elizabeth, and to offer our condolences to His Majesty the King, and to the royal family. There is a poem popular at funerals that begins, “Do not weep that I have gone, but rejoice that I have been.” It seems appropriate, for while we grieve for the loss of a beloved sovereign, we...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Mike Wood: The speed and scale of the support announced by the Prime Minister is hugely welcome and, obviously, hugely necessary for the many households that simply could not have afforded energy bills of £3,500. Together with the £400 payments to each household, the £650 to those on low incomes and the £300 to pensioner households, it will make a real difference. I hope that we can have some...

Energy Update (5 Sep 2022)

Mike Wood: I thank my right hon. Friend for visiting my constituency to meet industrial energy users. It is good that the energy-intensive industries compensation scheme is being extended, but firms in many sectors, such as engineering, glassmaking, ceramics or hospitality, do not qualify for the scheme despite relying on large amounts of energy for their core business, with many facing bill increases...

Home Department: UK and Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership (5 Sep 2022)

Mike Wood: There are various reports—not all of them accurate—about the limit on the number of people who can be processed under the partnership agreement with Rwanda. What action is being taken to increase capacity in Rwanda to accept more asylum seekers so that the full benefits of the partnership can be realised?

Sir David Amess Summer Adjournment (21 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: While the media’s focus may be on the comings and goings in Westminster, local community groups make a huge difference to the lives of people in Dudley South week in, week out. The last recess covered the platinum jubilee celebrations, and it was a real pleasure to join the events at Oakfield community centre in Brierley Hill, St Mary’s church in Kingswinford and the Dudley Hindu Cultural...

Sir David Amess Summer Adjournment (21 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: My hon. Friend is proud of her local area and flies her flag proudly. As we look at the ongoing Conservative leadership contest, I shall be pressing whoever wins to keep levelling up right at the centre of their agenda, and to make sure that my constituents in Dudley South can have opportunities every bit as good as those enjoyed in other parts of the country. Finally, Mr Deputy Speaker, I...

Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (18 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: Yes, this House can have confidence in Her Majesty’s Government, because faced with unprecedented challenges over the past three years, it has got far more of the important decisions right than wrong. Have there been mistakes? Of course. I am not aware of any Government, of any nation, even in the most benign times, who could claim to have made none. Of course, these have not been benign...

Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (18 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: I really do not have time. It was the Prime Minister’s personal intervention—he sent back early drafts of the roll-out strategy—that brought together the NHS, the armed forces and the private sector to get vaccines out quicker than other large countries did. We can be proud that when Russian troops invaded one of our European partners, our Prime Minister did so much to lead...

Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (18 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: I will tell the right hon. Gentleman what the right response was: it was to co-ordinate the biggest diplomatic response since the end of the cold war. The Prime Minister, then Foreign Secretary, got more diplomatic responses than have been seen in decades. The Prime Minister has many achievements of which he should be proud. His successor will have a strong foundation to build on, thanks to...

Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (18 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: I really should not. It is for that reason, and many others, that the House should continue to have confidence in Her Majesty’s Government.

Alcohol Taxation (7 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I should have drawn the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests relating to the hospitality I have received from, appropriately, the hospitality sector. Can you advise on how I may put that on the record?

Alcohol Taxation (7 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: It is a real pleasure to speak in the debate. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Vale of Glamorgan (Alun Cairns) on securing it at such a vital time for so much in the sector. It is a particular pleasure to speak as chair of the all-party parliamentary beer group, which is the largest APPG in Parliament. A lot of public focus is given to the very real harm that can be caused...

Alcohol Taxation (7 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. PubAid estimates that pubs up and down the country contribute more than £100 million every year to charitable activities and community causes, and a further £40 million for grassroots sports in our constituencies, so they really are forces for good in our communities. As my hon. Friends have said, our pubs, brewers and many other parts of the sector have...

Alcohol Taxation (7 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: There has been a long-term trend away from drinking in pubs and on-trade, and towards supermarket sales making up a greater share of the market. Some of that will be due to natural changes in consumer preferences and people’s lifestyles, but we should not allow the tax system to aggravate such trends, which have real social and economic consequences. Where we can tweak the tax system to...

Functioning of Government (7 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: What provisions are being put in place for the continuing operation of the EU-UK Partnership Council and the specialised committees over the coming months?

Attorney General: Disclosure Between All Parties in Criminal Justice System (7 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: What recent steps she has taken to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of disclosure between all parties in the criminal justice system.

Attorney General: Disclosure Between All Parties in Criminal Justice System (7 Jul 2022)

Mike Wood: What impact does the Attorney General expect her guidelines, published in May, to have on the CPS’s decision making and prosecution of sex offences?

Steel Safeguards (29 Jun 2022)

Mike Wood: I welcome the Secretary of State’s recognition of the need for support not only for British steel producers, as a strategic national interest, but for downstream users, such as our world-class manufacturers and engineering firms in Dudley South. What assessment has she made of the needs of industry in reaching her decision today?

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jun 2022)

Mike Wood: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 15 June.

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