Results 1–20 of 69 for speaker:Matt Rodda

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Matt Rodda: I rise to speak in favour of the Labour Front-Bench amendment and the amendments on the customs union. Despite two years having passed since the referendum, the Government are deeply divided and have no plan. Given the lack of clarity and the absence of any policy, it is incumbent on this House to help find a sensible way forward, and I hope colleagues on both sides will support a balanced,...

Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Matt Rodda: I urge my hon. Friend and colleagues to consider the importance of continuing the pilots for retaining 100% of business rates, which many local authorities in the pilots find very effective. Currently the Berkshire unitaries all have a one-year 100% retention, and they very much wish to continue that. If the Minister could consider that, I am sure that would be greatly appreciated in our county.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services (24 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: Since 2010, bus budgets have been slashed by a third and over 2,500 routes have been withdrawn entirely. The Government recognise that franchising boosts patronage and improves services, which is why franchising was extended to the metro mayoralties. Why then in the midst of a bus crisis is the Minister refusing these same powers to councils across the rest of the country?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport (23 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish an evaluation of the Total Transport pilot schemes.

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful to be able to speak on Second Reading and to discuss an issue that is relevant at both national and local level. It is also my pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield). I welcome the Bill, which has long been delayed—the issue was raised by Labour in 2013 and adopted in our 2015 manifesto. Rising house prices in my constituency mean that the rental...

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: I welcome Dame Judith’s recommendations. Does the Secretary of State now recognise the need for clarity across the building industry? When will new standards be in place?

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate. Housing is a central issue in my constituency, where, as across England, we face an acute housing shortage. For many years, home ownership grew in the Thames valley and across our country, with young people expecting to be able to afford to buy a place of their own or to have long-term secure and affordable rent of either a...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (15 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: What recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on foreign policy co-operation after the UK has left the EU.

Community Transport — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (10 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Davies. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood) and I congratulate her on securing this important debate and on her excellent speech outlining the issue. Her knowledge and expertise on all transport matters is of great benefit to the House, and I commend her work as Chair of the Transport Committee in...

Community Transport — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (10 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: My hon. Friend makes a very valid point. My hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham South and other Members are right to describe the services as a lifeline, as my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing Central and Acton (Dr Huq) just did. It is heartening to see so many Members here showing support for them. Throughout the debate, we have heard many examples of the impact that these vital services...

Concessionary Bus Passes — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: I thank the Minister for her support and praise for local discounted schemes. I want to raise the report by University College London, “Social prosperity for the future: A proposal for Universal Basic Services”. Although we are not proposing this—perhaps to the disappointment of my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner)—the research by University...

Concessionary Bus Passes — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Ms Ryan. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) and congratulate him on securing this important debate, and on his knowledgeable speech. He has been a consistent campaigner on transport issues for many years. I also thank other hon. Members for their many and varied contributions. The debate is indeed timely; as my...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate. I would like to add my support to the contributions made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) and many other Labour Members, particularly my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy), who rightly said that the treatment of the Windrush generation has been shameful. I want...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Matt Rodda: I wish to make some more progress given the pressure of time. I urge the Government to commit to restoring the protections for Commonwealth citizens that existed prior to the Immigration Act 2014. I also urge the Government to confirm that those affected will be fully compensated for loss of income or benefits, legal fees, Home Office application fees, air fares, emotional distress, and any...

School Funding (25 Apr 2018)

Matt Rodda: We have encountered this very issue in Reading. A particular problem in many areas is the loss of a large number of skilled teachers with years of experience in the profession. I have written to the Secretary of State about that. Does my hon. Friend agree that the loss of highly skilled and highly experienced teachers with many years of service is a specific issue which should be addressed by...

Global Road Deaths (24 Apr 2018)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to see you in the chair, Mr Hollobone. I start by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman) on securing this important debate and on his knowledgeable speech. He has been an impressive road safety campaigner for many years, and the debate is worthy of him. I also pay tribute to other hon. Members who have spoken today. This is a very timely...

Global Road Deaths (24 Apr 2018)

Matt Rodda: My hon. Friend puts it very well. I seek consensus on this issue and I hope the Minister will consider the points that my hon. Friend has made so eloquently. He did not mention the reductions in the police, but I should add that there is a link to that as well. I hope the Government will also reconsider their cuts to the police service. It is worth bearing in mind that the road injury...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis (24 Apr 2018)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2018 to Question 127728, on licensing of cross-border taxi’s and private hire vehicles, how many times the Task and Finish group has met; whether the Minister has met the group; and when the group will report its findings.

Windrush (23 Apr 2018)

Matt Rodda: We have heard the Home Secretary try to gloss over this crisis—a crisis that she and her predecessor, the Prime Minister, created—but is not the truth that the scale of the Home Office response is likely to fall far short of what is needed? Does the Home Secretary not understand the scale of the issue, or is she simply unable to manage her department?


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