Results 181–200 of 503 for speaker:Matt Rodda

Transport: Topical Questions (3 Dec 2020)

Matt Rodda: We face a climate emergency and urgent action is clearly needed to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. That is why the Prime Minister promised to invest in 4,000 zero-emission buses. Given the seriousness of the issue and, indeed, the Prime Minister’s promise, why has the Government’s own spending review reduced the number of buses to which they are committed to just 500?

Monday 30 November 2020: Transport for London: Funding — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (30 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I thank the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Elliot Colburn) for opening the debate and all Members who have taken part in this evening’s discussions. A number of excellent points have been made about the unfair way in which the Government are treating London. I want to draw the debate back to one particular aspect of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Local Restrictions Support Grant (26 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the funding available under the (a) Local Restrictions Support Grant and (b) Additional Restrictions Grant has been allocated to local authorities but not yet distributed to businesses.

UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (25 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: Does my hon. Friend perhaps notice a pattern emerging here? We have seen the Agriculture Bill, and the widespread concern about chlorinated chicken and other abhorrent practices. We have heard today of the deep concern about some of the things that are happening in Japan. While we obviously welcome the deal, does he agree that there is a pattern emerging of the Government putting serious...

Covid-19 (18 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Dr Spencer). I appreciate that time is short, but let me start by offering my heartfelt thanks to NHS staff, care staff, key workers, volunteers and, indeed, our whole community. There has been the most terrific national effort at a time of great crisis that is, indeed, unprecedented in peacetime. I would like to...

Exiting the European Union (Building and Buildings) (18 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown). I rise to speak in this debate because of the importance of building safety in my constituency—as in many parts of the country—following the dreadful disaster at Grenfell. We have a number of tall blocks, many of which are unfortunately still covered in dangerous cladding, including ACM cladding, cladding...

Exiting the European Union (Building and Buildings) (18 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful to the hon. Member. I believe it may be both of those as well as the lack of resource for the fire service, which sadly has been cut significantly since 2010. There are, therefore, a number of significant issues for us as parliamentarians. I seek the Minister’s reassurance in particular on, as the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown) and my hon. (Friend the...

Exiting the European Union (Building and Buildings) (18 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and I thank my hon. Friend on the Front Bench. He is right that this is a national scandal. I seek to give one example of one constituency and to represent local people. It is utterly abhorrent that millions of people in the United Kingdom face these dreadful problems and are living with the nightmare of an unsafe flat that they cannot sell or leave. It is...

Exiting the European Union (Energy Conservation) (18 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: I wish to take my hon. Friend’s point somewhat further forward. Does he agree that the public and many environmental organisations are deeply concerned, in exactly the way that he is pointing out, about the slippage and the way that the Government, through sleight of hand, are watering down very important EU environmental regulations?

Remembrance, UK Armed Forces and Society (11 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: I commend what the hon. Gentleman is saying and thank the many local authorities that are putting veterans at the top of their list of people prioritised for council housing. Reading Borough Council has done so and I encourage other local authorities to do the same. It is important that we respect veterans in that way and provide them with the homes that they need once they have finished...

Safety and Littering: A34 and A420 (10 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way on this important issue, which is of great seriousness to residents across the Thames valley—it is good to see that the hon. Member for Newbury (Laura Farris) is also in her place. I fully support the hon. Gentleman’s concerns about safety on the road, which affects people living in the Reading area as well. Does he agree that another...

Agriculture Bill: After Clause 42 - Duty to seek equivalence on agri-food standards in relation to future trade (4 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: Like the hon. Lady, I have had many emails from constituents raising concerns about this. Does she agree that part of those concerns stems from the time it has taken the Government to come back and the fact that they have repeatedly issued confusing messages about this matter? There is deep concern that the way the Government have responded has not really dealt with it.

Public Health (4 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to be able to contribute this afternoon. We undoubtedly face a very difficult and, indeed, challenging situation, and I support the Government’s approach. Cases of the virus are doubling every few days and, given the sheer pace of growth now, it is quite clear that they will outstrip the capacity of the NHS to respond. We cannot ignore the very serious position that we now...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Highways Agency: Marketing (2 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who authorised the work to rebrand the Highways Agency; what procurement process was used; and what steps he took to ensure that process complied with Government guidance on marketing spending and procurement.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Highways Agency: Marketing (2 Nov 2020)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse has been in (a) staff time, (b) engaging consultants and agencies to provide advice, (c) tendering and (d) new (i) letterheads, (ii) signage and (iii) website for the proposed rebranding of Highways England.

Transport: Transport Sector: Support and Covid-19 Emergency Funding (22 Oct 2020)

Matt Rodda: Our country faces an unprecedented crisis due to the coronavirus, and I pay tribute to transport workers—bus drivers and others—who have risked their safety at this very difficult time. At this difficult and dangerous time, will the Minister explain why the Government are spending £7 million on a pointless rebranding exercise for Highways Agency rather than spending the money protecting...

Free School Meals (21 Oct 2020)

Matt Rodda: My hon. Friend is making an excellent point about how the voluntary sector, individuals and local councils have stood up and filled the enormous gap left by the Government. I pay tribute to the Lunch Bunch in Woodley in my constituency of Reading East, to a range of other local charities, including Sadaka and Whitley Community Development Association, and to Reading Borough Council for its...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: After Clause 1 - Impact of section 1 on the social care sector (19 Oct 2020)

Matt Rodda: Does my hon. Friend agree that having physical proof is deeply reassuring to many older people in particular, some of whom might not be familiar with IT and might feel that an IT-based system alone does not give them the security they so want?

Local Contact Tracing (14 Oct 2020)

Matt Rodda: I would like to make three brief points in support of the motion. First, as I mentioned to the Minister, I have direct experience from Reading and Woodley that supports the motion. Residents have recently been sent as far as south Wales—to the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Cynon Valley (Beth Winter), in fact, which is a six-hour round trip from Reading. To make matters...

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