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The Secretary of State Was Asked: UN Target: Aid (12 Jul 2017)

Matt Rodda: Whether the Government plan to continue to meet the UN target of spending 0.7% of GDP on aid to developing countries for the duration of this Parliament.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: UN Target: Aid (12 Jul 2017)

Matt Rodda: As well as committing to the United Nations target of spending 0.7% of GDP on aid to developing countries, does the Secretary of State agree that poverty reduction must be at the heart of UK aid spending?

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Matt Rodda: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) and I welcome his support for both smoking cessation and human rights around the world. I also thank Madam Deputy Speaker for the opportunity to make my maiden speech this afternoon. I pay tribute to my predecessor, Rob Wilson, who was our MP in Reading East for 12 years. He was the Minister for civil society and I thank...

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: UK Nationals in the EU: Rights — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Matt Rodda: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) on securing this debate. I will address the reality of the issue rather than some of the myths around it. I represent Reading, a town with a large population of EU nationals who play a significant role in our local NHS, in the IT industry that is a core part of the town’s economy and in many other services. I should...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Domestic Violence (16 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training frontline staff of his Department and its outsourced companies receive on talking appropriately with claimants who are male victims of domestic violence.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Domestic Violence (16 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training frontline staff of his Department and its outsourced companies receive on talking appropriately with claimants who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Domestic Violence (16 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training there is for frontline staff of his Department and its outsourced companies on talking appropriately with claimants who are victims of rape.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (16 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department made when preparing its benefit assessment process of the potential detrimental effects of that process on claimants suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: I have been interested to hear the range of views discussed today. I am from one of the areas where universal credit will be rolled out in early December, much to the concern of local residents. It is difficult to imagine the stress and deep financial distress that many of the people on this benefit will face over Christmas because of the ill-considered timing. From my perspective, this is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces: Pay (23 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: What steps his Department is taking to improve satisfaction rates on pay in the armed forces.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces: Pay (23 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: The Government are fond of saying that they value our armed forces personnel, yet back in June every Minister and every Cabinet member, including the Defence Secretary himself, voted against lifting the public sector pay cap for our armed forces. Is this not proof that their commitment to our brave men and women is only skin-deep?

Rail Links: South-west England — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: I thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak this afternoon, Mr Evans, and my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) for securing the debate. I shall address my remarks to my constituency in Reading, which, as many people know, is served by rail services that start both in the far west of Cornwall and in west Wales. They meet at Reading and go on to...

Public Bill Committee: Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill: Examination of Witness (31 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: My question is similar, but from an urban perspective. What would you see as the most effective way to encourage urban residents, particularly those who do not have off-street parking, to convert to electric vehicles? Secondly, how would you incentivise landowners who have car parks, such as large employers, railway stations and supermarkets, to have chargersQ ?

Public Bill Committee: Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill: Examination of Witness (31 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: Q Do you feel there is a need to look at the way the planning system could incentivise that, to get the market started?

Public Bill Committee: Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill: Examination of Witnesses (31 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: AirQ quality is a huge issue, particularly in many urban areas and some other parts of the country. What do you believe could be done to increase the roll-out and take-up of electric vehicles in urban areas to help tackle the problem of air quality?

Public Bill Committee: Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill: Examination of Witnesses (31 Oct 2017)

Matt Rodda: Q If you do not mind, I will ask a brief supplementary question. Those points all sound very valid, but they may apply to the whole country. Are there specific measures that you would suggest the Government ought to be considering for urban areas?

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 in...

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 that...

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...


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