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Results 1–20 of 110 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Amanda Solloway

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Covid-19: New Ways of Working (4 May 2020)

Amanda Solloway: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. We are engaging with businesses, business representative organisations and unions to get a shared view on how workplaces are made as safe as possible for when people return to work. We will work with industry and other key Administrations to help develop an understanding of how business can adapt to a world where restrictions may last for some time.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Covid-19: New Ways of Working (4 May 2020)

Amanda Solloway: As the Prime Minister said, we want to get the economy moving as fast as we can, but we refuse to throw away all the effort and sacrifice of the British people and risk another major outbreak. We will be relying on science to inform us, as we have from the beginning. We will also be reaching out to build the biggest possible consensus across business, industry and all parts of the United Kingdom.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Covid-19: New Ways of Working (4 May 2020)

Amanda Solloway: We are engaging with businesses, business representative organisations and unions to come to a shared view on how to make our places as safe as possible for when people return to work. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we are also involving Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Covid-19: UK Space Industry (4 May 2020)

Amanda Solloway: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. The UK Space Agency, working with NHS England and the European Space Agency, has made £2.6 million available for “close to market” ideas to manage pandemics. A new, fast contracting process will ensure swift development. The agency is also working with UK Research and Innovation to explore how drones can support health services.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Covid-19: UK Space Industry (4 May 2020)

Amanda Solloway: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The growing UK space sector employs 42,000 people and contributes £300 billion to the wider UK economy by providing satellite services on which many industries rely. The UK Space Agency continues to investigate the requirements, design specifications and cost of a UK GNSS capability, and it is working closely with the Ministry of Defence to support...

Post Office Network — [James Gray in the Chair] (10 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I congratulate the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Marion Fellows) on securing this important debate on the Post Office. I was taking notes all the way through and sincerely hope that I manage to address many of the questions that have been asked. The Minister with responsibility for small business, my hon. Friend the...

Post Office Network — [James Gray in the Chair] (10 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: Apologies—that is one of the questions she was asking. The hon. Lady asked about BEIS and Government oversight of the Post Office. BEIS has challenged the Post Office and, in fact, the new CEO and the chair personally to strengthen their relationship with postmasters and to take on board the lessons learned from the recent litigation. They have provided assurances that they will do so. BEIS...

Post Office Network — [James Gray in the Chair] (10 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: If I do not answer the hon. Lady’s question subsequently, I will provide her with a written answer. There are more than 6,100 post offices in rural areas, and almost 99% of the rural population live within three miles of one of those branches. Illustrating the importance of post offices in those areas is the fact that almost half of rural post offices have community status, which means that...

Post Office Network — [James Gray in the Chair] (10 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: I apologise. The Minister has already spoken to the Post Office’s newly appointed chief executive, and has been assured that a major overhaul of the Post Office’s engagement and relationships with postmasters is progressing. The Government will continue to monitor and proactively challenge the Post Office leadership and will hold it to account on its progress. The Department for Business,...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Clean Growth Industries: New Jobs (3 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Government are committed to making the UK a world leader in clean growth, building on existing strengths in sectors such as nuclear and offshore wind. We are taking action to deliver that, including by investing £3 billion in low-carbon innovation to 2021 and £170 million from the industrial strategy challenge fund to support our industrial decarbonisation mission...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Clean Growth Industries: New Jobs (3 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: I thank my hon. Friend for that question; I know how passionately he cares about the issue. I agree that the seas around the UK offer huge opportunities for cutting emissions and growing our economy. The offshore wind projects near his constituency offer an excellent example of UK leadership in renewable power. We are determined to drive growth in all parts of the UK and ensure that our...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Clean Growth Industries: New Jobs (3 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: My hon. Friend, who I know cares passionately about this issue, makes a really good point; CCUS will be vital to meeting our net zero target and revitalising the UK’s industrial areas. The Government have invested over £50 million in CCUS innovation, and recently we consulted on potential business models to help progress deployment. The CCUS action plan aims to enable the commissioning of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Clean Growth Industries: New Jobs (3 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: Yes, absolutely. We need to do that for research and development in all technologies, and I will welcome the opportunity to meet the hon. Gentleman in the future.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Clean Growth Industries: New Jobs (3 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: We are making sure that we get to 60% UK employment in manufacturing by investing in R&D. We are committed to doing that.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Clean Growth Industries: New Jobs (3 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: Very simply, yes.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Clean Growth Industries: New Jobs (3 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: I can confirm that we have a commitment to net zero, and we are doing everything we can to look at carbon neutral.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (3 Mar 2020)

Amanda Solloway: I thank the hon. Member for that question. We have united Departments across Government to develop a UK space strategy, which will help the UK lead the way in this fast-growing area and create thousands of jobs across the country. Our space strategy will support cutting-edge space science and technologies and foster world-leading British innovation.

Transport Infrastructure (11 Feb 2020)

Amanda Solloway: I am delighted by the statement today. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it supports growth not only in the north but in the midlands, including the constituents and businesses of Derby North?

Beer and Pub Taxation — [James Gray in the Chair] (5 Feb 2020)

Amanda Solloway: To say that pubs are the pillars of our community and the foundation stone of British culture is a cliché; but it is a cliché for a reason, because it is true. There is much to be said for pubs and what they bring to the country. I am sure that we all have some great memories of being down the local, although I could not possibly comment about my own experiences. Derby North has some...

Policing and Crime (29 Jan 2020)

Amanda Solloway: In Derby North, we are deeply troubled by knife crime. Does my hon. Friend agree that we must do all we can to tackle knife crime, especially when it involves young people? Does he welcome the youth investment fund—about £500 million, I think—which will be used for work on this issue and help young people?


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