Results 421–440 of 543 for speaker:Matt Rodda

Backbench Business: Santander Closures and Local Communities — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (14 Feb 2019)

Matt Rodda: I support the hon. Gentleman’s point about the distance for small businesses. We have that issue in my constituency with the post office closure, which relates to the bank closures. There is a village a mile away from Reading town centre, a separate entity, where three banks and a post office have closed. That is a considerable amount of travelling time for a small business trying to bank...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (14 Feb 2019)

Matt Rodda: It is clear that buses are a lifeline for many elderly people, particularly those living in rural areas, as my hon. Friend the Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) has hinted at. They are also the main means of travel for commuters, yet as we have heard, this vital public service is in crisis. I should correct the Minister: bus passenger numbers have been falling every year since 2014,...

Universities: Financial Sustainability (11 Feb 2019)

Matt Rodda: Reading University is an outstanding, research-intensive university with high-quality teaching, as I am sure the Minister is aware, as it scores excellent marks in the Government’s own teaching excellence framework. It also provides thousands of high-quality jobs in Reading and the wider Thames valley region. Will he reassure students, the university and the many local people who rely on it...

Petition - None[P002354] (5 Feb 2019)

Matt Rodda: I rise to present petitions on behalf of three outstanding nursery schools in Reading East: Caversham, Newbridge, and Blagdon. The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Caversham maintained nursery school in Reading. [P002325]

GWR and Network Performance — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Feb 2019)

Matt Rodda: Will the Minister give way on that point?

GWR and Network Performance — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Feb 2019)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. A number of excellent points have been made with which I want to associate myself, particularly in the speeches of my hon. Friends who represent seats in south Wales—there were several, so I will not mention them all by name—and of my hon. Friends the Members for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) and for Bristol...

GWR and Network Performance — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Feb 2019)

Matt Rodda: The hon. Gentleman draws on several points that I and colleagues are due to make or have made. I come back to the issue of delays and quite how frustrating they are for daily commuters in towns like Reading and Slough, in addition to the sensible points made earlier. It is deeply frustrating to have to deal with delays on a daily basis. It has a huge impact on family life and on people’s...

GWR and Network Performance — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Feb 2019)

Matt Rodda: The hon. Lady makes an excellent point about pollution. There are three aspects of pollution that are deeply challenging in my area. The first is air pollution from soot and nitrous oxide. The second is the effect on global warming. Electrifying the railways should be the low-hanging fruit in tackling global warming, as it is obviously going to take carbon out of the atmosphere. It is a huge...

GWR and Network Performance — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Feb 2019)

Matt Rodda: The hon. Gentleman makes interesting points about public spending. Does he agree that the current Government are already making a significant investment in High Speed 2? Surely, any Government would balance their investments and spending on a number of different projects. In addition, the current franchise system is hugely costly and is using large amounts of public money very badly.

Equitable Life: Maintained Nursery Schools (31 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Karen Lee). I want to associate myself with a number of the comments made by Opposition Members and some Government Members. This excellent debate has highlighted the huge social value of nursery education.

Equitable Life: Maintained Nursery Schools (31 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: I see the Minister nodding. I am grateful for his interest in this subject, and we all wish him well in his battle with the Treasury to secure the needed funds. Many Members have talked about the significant social value and budgets of these nurseries. We have heard emotional descriptions of the value of nursery education. I realise that time is pressing, so I will draw the Minister’s...

Equitable Life (31 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. During my brief intervention during the debate I was unable to mention that I have a close relative who was one of the policyholders and he has suffered as a result. I should like to add that for the benefit of the record.

Equitable Life (31 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Equitable Life (31 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: I fully concur with the points my hon. Friend and Conservative Members have made about the importance and dreadful nature of this scandal, and about the hard work that has been done by many local people. We have a group in my constituency, and its co-ordinator wrote me a moving and poignant letter about the problems that local people have has as a result of the Equitable Life scandal: some...

Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (28 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: We have exactly the same issue in my constituency. We have a very large number of NHS workers from the EU who make a significant contribution to our local community. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that point and I fully concur. I also support the point she makes about key industries. There are a whole range of other industries in west London and the Thames valley, including IT.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy (28 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: I welcome the intention behind the strategy, but I would like it to contain more than warm words. What measures will the Minister put in place in high-cost areas that do not receive outer-London weighting and where there is severe pressure on schools?

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin) for securing this important debate on an issue that he is committed to. He is a great champion of the biofuel industry. As we have heard, the bioethanol industry contributes £600 million to the UK economy every year. Over the past 10 years there has been an...

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way, and I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool South (Gordon Marsden). In Reading, we have serious accessibility issues. The existing Crown post office is to be shut. It has been there for some time, is busy and has ground-floor access, which is welcome for many local disabled people. Unfortunately, the post office is now to be moved into the...

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: Will my hon. Friend give way briefly?

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: I thank my hon. Friend for indulging me. I want to raise the mismanagement and the way in which the Post Office does not seem to engage with local retailers or look for suitable retail outlets to place sub-post offices. The problem we had in Caversham, not in Reading town centre, is just that. A local pharmacy shut and the post office then shut. It has taken months for Post Office officials...


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