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Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Matt Rodda: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) for offering us the opportunity to discuss this important and timely question. I am pleased that the Bill has come out of a wide-ranging consultation process. It is the product of discussions with local authorities, trade unions, the Local Government Association and central Government, and I am gratified that there has been...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock) on securing this important debate. I will reinforce the points made by a number of Members this morning. To put it quite bluntly, I believe that the emotional trauma caused by PIP and the Government’s approach to its administration has led to suffering on what can only be described as an enormous scale. I...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I would like to make a suggestion to the Government. How about going back to the drawing board and designing a system that listens to people and allows them to express their issues in their own words. Above all, how about developing a system that demonstrates real compassion and decency, which we had for many decades in our welfare state? The...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Victim Support Schemes (23 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: What assessment he has made of the effect of reforms to the National Probation Service on the operation of the victim contact scheme.

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I wholeheartedly endorse and support the Bill. Along with the financial strains placed on my constituents by the ever-rising cost of living, coupled with the wage stagnation that many of them have suffered, Reading has some serious and substantial problems with poor-quality private accommodation. Although the council has been robust in tackling rogue landlords, much more clearly needs to be...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for her contribution. It is a very sad, but salient, point that this is indeed happening and putting unwanted pressure on our NHS at a time of great strain on the service and, indeed, when the Government have had to cancel many non-urgent operations during this winter crisis. In fact, she has brought up many points that I wished to make, so, for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys: England (18 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: Government cuts have led to the axing or downgrading of 400 bus routes, and passenger numbers are now at a 10-year low. Will the Minister reinstate those services, or, if he is unwilling or unable to do so, will he give local councils the power and resources that they need?

Junk Food Advertising and Childhood Obesity — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I echo the points made by the hon. Member for Erewash (Maggie Throup) and by my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh) in her intervention. The effect of diet on children’s health is a serious and substantial problem facing our country. If unchecked, poor diet could undermine the health of millions of children. I believe that it risks setting back the historic...

Environmental and Food System Education (19 Dec 2017)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way, and to you, Sir Henry, for allowing me to intervene. On the point about the importance of observation in science and geography lessons, does the Minister agree with me that observation skills have made a great contribution to the development of science in this country? I think of the work of Charles Darwin and his observation of finches and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Recruitment and Retention (11 Dec 2017)

Matt Rodda: What recent assessment she has made of trends in teacher recruitment and retention.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Recruitment and Retention (11 Dec 2017)

Matt Rodda: I thank the Secretary of State for her answer, but I draw her attention to the situation in my constituency and the evidence from the School Teachers’ Review Body, which has stated that there is “a real risk that schools will not be able to recruit and retain a workforce of high quality teachers to support pupil achievement.” It says that is particularly the case given the...

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Matt Rodda: On Jerusalem and the unfortunate and misguided announcement from the US President, will my hon. Friend comment on the restatement of British policy at Prime Minister’s Question Time today that Jerusalem should not be dealt with in the way the US President suggests?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this afternoon’s debate, and I want to support the points made by my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams). I also wish to thank the Secretary of State for his concessions today. Although I welcome them, they are, sadly, not nearly enough to address the very many serious flaws of this failed benefit. I...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Matt Rodda: Thank you for the opportunity to speak this afternoon, Mr Stringer. I declare an interest as a former civil servant and a member of the Association of First Division Civil Servants, GMB and Unite, and I thank Unite for their generous support to my election campaign. I start by paying tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones), who spoke very well about the...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the Minister’s wide-ranging discussion of the issues. Will he meet employers from my constituency, and possibly from other high-cost areas, to address the issue that my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel) mentioned—namely, that graduates on middle incomes may end up paying more in tuition fee repayments over time than those on the highest...

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Matt Rodda: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way. I just wanted to make a point of clarification about PISA, which is a very interesting international study. As someone who was a civil servant in the Department for Education some years ago and who has worked in the sector recently, I think it is important to look at the broad picture that PISA gives but also to understand its strengths and weaknesses....

University Tuition Fees — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (27 Nov 2017)

Matt Rodda: I appreciate the opportunity to speak this afternoon, Sir David. I was due to be a member of a statutory instrument Committee but I was kindly relieved of that duty by a colleague. I thank all those who signed the petition that allows us to have this debate. I support the comments made by my hon. Friends the Members for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel) and for Hartlepool (Mike Hill) and by other...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Matt Rodda: It is pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Taunton Deane (Rebecca Pow). I would like to take this opportunity to address the need for affordable housing, which is a key issue in my constituency and many others across the country. Although I welcome the intention to build more homes, I am afraid the Budget falls well short of the major new programme of house building that is needed in my...

Public Bill Committee: Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill: Sharing of data to resolve liability disputes (16 Nov 2017)

Matt Rodda: I share the Minister’s concerns about this point. As a non-lawyer, I must admit that my knowledge of the legal aspects is somewhat limited. However, I represent a constituency with large IT businesses, and I urge him to consider the IT industry’s views about the management of big data. There is an ongoing debate in the industry about the various international conventions and rules...

Public Bill Committee: Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill: Public charging points: access and connection (14 Nov 2017)

Matt Rodda: I thank the Minister for giving way and for mentioning our brief conversation at lunch time; it is very good of him. On his point about the location of charge points, as someone who represents a constituency with poor quality air—we suffer greatly from air pollution in Reading, as do many other urban areas, even relatively small or medium-sized ones—I not only commend his interest...


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