Nigel Huddleston: Madam Deputy Speaker—congratulations, and thank you for allowing me to make my maiden speech during this important debate on the economy. It is a privilege to follow the hon. Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham), and I also congratulate all the previous speakers who have made their maiden speeches today. They have set the bar very high for the rest of us who are following them. Thank...
Nigel Huddleston: The long-term economic plan—[Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”]—is working in Worcestershire, which has the third fastest economic growth rate in England. Moreover, unemployment in my constituency has fallen by 62% since 2010. Does the Prime Minister agree that the further redoubling of the Cotswold line would provide additional economic benefits for my constituents, and for all who live...
Nigel Huddleston: Pensions are a really important issue to my constituents, and the Government have delivered on their side of the bargain by giving savers the freedom to access their pensions. Will the Chancellor do all he can to ensure that the industry lives up to its side of the bargain and delivers on those freedoms?
Nigel Huddleston: What plans he has for reform of prisons; and if he will make a statement.
Nigel Huddleston: Long Lartin maximum security prison is in my constituency. In the context of any discussions on reform, does my hon. Friend agree that the safety and security of prison officers and prison workers is also of paramount importance?
Nigel Huddleston: Earlier today, I had the honour of visiting the Association of British Travel Agents’ “Travel Matters” conference, where comments were often made about the legacy of the Olympic games, including the 33.4 million in-bound visitors to the UK last year, many of whom also went to Scotland, the significant economic benefit from that and all the tax that was raised from those visits.
Nigel Huddleston: What steps she is taking to increase support for women in business.
Nigel Huddleston: Will my hon. Friend join me in applauding the efforts being made by traditionally male-dominated business organisations such as the CBI and the Institute of Directors to champion gender equality in the workplace, and for their efforts to increase female membership?
Nigel Huddleston: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the National Planning Policy Framework for onshore wind projects of under 50MW takes precedence over new considerations to be applied to proposed wind energy developments issued on 18 June 2015.
Nigel Huddleston: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will amend the National Planning Policy Framework for onshore wind projects of under 50MW.
Nigel Huddleston: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the National Planning Policy Framework for onshore wind projects of under 50MW has been changed since 8 May 2015.
Nigel Huddleston: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the new considerations on proposed wind energy developments issued on 18 June 2015 apply to local planning authorities that (a) do not have local plans and (b) have local plans that do not contain policies relating to renewable energy.
Nigel Huddleston: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the range of anniversary commemoration events taking place this year, which happen to include the 750th anniversary of the battle of Evesham in my constituency, not only showcase our heritage but provide a good boost for the tourism economy?
Nigel Huddleston: What aspects of this agreement with Iran can my right hon. Friend point to as having been particularly influenced by the UK and his negotiating team?
Nigel Huddleston: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the great work being done by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which allocates some £375 million to projects across the UK every year? An event last week, hosted by my predecessor, Sir Peter Luff, showcased many works connected with the centenary of the first world war.
Nigel Huddleston: What support his Department provides to young people seeking work.
Nigel Huddleston: I have been approached by several young people in my constituency who have learning and reading difficulties, and they tell me that they find the process of applying for benefit, and the form-filling involved in seeking jobs, very complex. What specific actions is the Department taking to assist young people in these challenges?
Nigel Huddleston: Does the Minister agree that the rural starter homes programme will provide much appreciated assistance to young people so that they can afford to live in the areas where they grew up?
Nigel Huddleston: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the future of Just Solutions International.
Nigel Huddleston: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish guidance notes on theatre tax relief.