Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure that all court services across the country are committed to the Disability Confident initiative; and if he will make a statement.
Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that that all Government Departments are committed to the Disability Confident initiative; and if he will make a statement.
Andrew Lewer: Thank you, Mr Speaker; I am on a learning curve here. My constituency features a small bespoke brewery called Phipps, which is right next to the giant Carlsberg plant. Such a juxtaposition illustrates the vast range in brewing, and in the food and drink sector more widely, so will producers of all sizes be catered for within a sector deal in the industrial strategy?
Andrew Lewer: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is thanks to Conservative action that today the richest 1% are paying 27% of all income tax revenue? That is more than at any time under Labour, and it makes that gap between rich and poor the lowest on record.
Andrew Lewer: What steps the Government are taking to strengthen the Northern Ireland economy.
Andrew Lewer: The UK Government have pledged to fund the EU’s PEACE IV and Interreg programmes up to 2020. Interreg already has strong third-party country participation, including with Norway, Greenland, Iceland and the Faroes in the Northern Periphery and Arctic programme. Will the UK seek third-country status after Brexit, or after 2020, given Northern Ireland’s strong involvement in...
Andrew Lewer: What steps he is taking to support businesses that are developing connected and autonomous vehicles through the Midlands Engine.
Andrew Lewer: Silverstone Technology Cluster supports many thousands of jobs in and around Northamptonshire, including in companies such as Cosworth in my constituency of Northampton South. What steps are the Government taking to support the Silverstone cluster?
Andrew Lewer: Are there any other examples around the world of where national regulators are responsible for safeguarding in the way that this Bill proposes?Q
Andrew Lewer: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this debate. His reference to Kettering General Hospital and this fairly narrow consultation leads me to ask whether he agrees that not only Kettering General Hospital but Northampton General Hospital would be impacted by this. Have those he has been working with made references to that in the course of their discussions?
Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that women can access high-quality apprenticeships.
Andrew Lewer: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I thank the hon. Member for Livingston (Hannah Bardell) for her speech. It was comprehensive, but rather different in its thrust from mine. I must not pass up the opportunity to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Saffron Walden (Mrs Badenoch) on her excellent speech and to refer to the really great camaraderie that she and I and the rest of our...
Andrew Lewer: I do not know whether that is in reference to Erasmus+ or the home-grown successor—don’t answer that! As an MEP, I also spent quite a lot of time working on the revision of the audiovisual media services directive, making the case for avoiding the unnecessary burden of over-regulation while protecting freedom of speech. I was also particularly interested in religious freedom and...