Results 1–20 of 79 for speaker:Matt Rodda

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Safety Review (6 Sep 2018)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's consultation entitled Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy safety review, published on 9 March 2018, when his Department plans to publish its response to that review.

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate, having spoken on Second Reading in May. It is also a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Great Grimsby (Melanie Onn) and other Members. In Reading East we have seen increasing numbers of young people and families entering the rental market, and it is in the vital interests of these residents and all my constituents that...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Matt Rodda: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point, and I urge the Minister to take this opportunity to listen to him and to the points made by our Front Benchers. Amendment 3 provides a clear definition of default fees and limits the amount that could be charged, while still allowing landlords and agents to charge for expenses where there is a clear cost. It would provide clarity for all parties and,...

Standards: Summer Adjournment (24 Jul 2018)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in the debate. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas), and also my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham East (Janet Daby) and other hon. Members. I want to raise an important issue for my constituents and to ask Ministers to consider it carefully. Reading is a historic town which dates back to the middle...

Public Sector Pay (24 Jul 2018)

Matt Rodda: The Chief Secretary talks about this alleged increase, yet she fails to discuss where it is coming from. What guarantee can she give to my constituents, who expect two new schools to be built in Reading East, that those schools will not be raided to pay for the pay rise?

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Road Restructuring: Oxfordshire (18 Jul 2018)

Matt Rodda: I am very grateful to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, the Minister and the hon. Member for Witney (Robert Courts) for indulging me tonight. As a former councillor who served on our transport committee, I do understand and appreciate the issues that the hon. Gentleman faces; significant potholes are a huge problem for many motorists, cyclists and, indeed, pedestrians. I have a great deal of...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate and to present the concerns of many of my constituents, whom this failed public policy is supposed to help. The root of the problem for many is that applications are processed solely online. That causes enormous problems for people who are digitally excluded, for those who do not have a smartphone or a computer at home, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Matt Rodda: May I, too, wish the NHS a very happy birthday? Nearly 500 bus routes have been cut every year under this Government, snatching away a lifeline from elderly, disabled and young people, as well as from rural communities, yet the Government seem unaware of the impact of these cuts. I have to say that the Prime Minster floundered yesterday, and sought to blame local authorities. Does the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Matt Rodda: I appreciate the fact that the hon. Lady has mentioned Catch the Bus Week. Rural communities have been hit particularly hard by the crisis in our bus services. Interestingly, we have visited Northamptonshire—bankrupt Tory Northamptonshire, I should say—which has one of the worst track records for cutting services. What would the Minister say to the resident I met yesterday, who...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to speak in this important debate and to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy). The funding of our schools is a key issue in my constituency. Reading and Woodley are growing towns with many young families, and many other residents are concerned about the state of schools and education in general. I endorse the points that hon....

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...


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