Results 441–460 of 543 for speaker:Matt Rodda

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport (10 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: Community transport is a lifeline for many older or disabled people who would otherwise be trapped in their own homes, yet the Government propose to introduce a significant and unwanted extra burden on the charities that run those vital services. Age UK has reported that the majority of its community transport services would be forced to close because of the Government’s mistaken proposals....

NHS Long-Term Plan: Migrant Crossings (7 Jan 2019)

Matt Rodda: My right hon. Friend the Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) made an important point that the Home Secretary has so far ignored. When will he admit the telling impact of the Government’s austerity policies on this serious problem, and when will he report to the House on what further resources are being allocated to help?

Leaving the Eu: No Deal: Leaving the EU: No Deal (19 Dec 2018)

Matt Rodda: The Minister is being very gracious in giving way to a large number of Members. He mentioned many different sectors and has referred to many colleagues’ questions about them. My question is about the health service and in particular my local hospital, the Royal Berks in Reading. Some 12.5% of the staff of the hospital come from the EU, including many doctors, nurses and other clinicians....

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate and it is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol North West (Darren Jones). Like other hon. Members here tonight, I am very concerned about the Government’s proposals, and the serious implications for our country and for the local community in my constituency. The negotiations have produced a deeply...

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: I appreciate the Minister’s comments about the testing phase. Will she agree to meet me and a selection of constituents with EU nationality who have concerns about the scheme, as part of the feedback?

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: Does my hon. Friend agree that many EU citizens are so concerned about their future that there have been cases of people deciding instead to apply for British nationality, to give them an extra guarantee of being able to stay in this country, such is the level of concern to them and their families? I raise an anonymous example from my constituency, of a young, highly-skilled family with three...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Local Roads (22 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: This week is Road Safety Week, yet investment on minor roads has fallen by 40% since 2010 and the number of potholes is rapidly increasing, leaving 17% of local roads in England in poor condition, according to the Asphalt Industry Alliance. The Department’s own figures show that there have been 13 deaths and 192 cyclists seriously injured since 2010 on roads that have a defective road...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Local Roads (22 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: Is the Minister in all sincerity denying the evidence of the Asphalt Industry Alliance, which carried out a detailed survey of local authorities, which showed that there is a backlog of a minimum of £9 billion of work on potholes?

Johnston Press: Administration (19 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: I refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. As a former local newspaper journalist, I pay tribute to local newspapers, particularly the Reading Chronicle, the Henley Standard and The Wokingham Paper. When the Secretary of State’s review ends, will he commit himself to using all his powers to try to level the playing field between these very worthy but...

[Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (13 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) on securing this important debate, and on the work he has been doing on the licensing of taxi and private hire vehicles. With his private Member’s Bill, he has shown more initiative than the Government to ensure that we legislate in this Parliament to...

[Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (13 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: I share my right hon. Friend’s concerns about the role of Uber in this and the need for urgent action to tackle abuses. While we welcome the recommendations of the report, eight years in power is a long time to leave this issue and not tackle it. It is now time to move on. The Government’s hands-off approach to taxis and private hire vehicles means that they have presided over a race to...

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Centenary of the Armistice (6 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: It is a privilege to speak in today’s debate and to follow the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake). I associate myself with the remarks of a number of hon. Members. I was particularly impressed by the speeches from the shadow Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart) and the right hon. Member for Broadland (Mr Simpson), as well as those from other...

Bill Presented: Road Safety (5 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: The Opposition welcome this general debate on road safety. It is a chance to discuss the Government’s record. It is also well timed, as last month the Department for Transport published the 2017 road safety statistics. In recent months, there has been a healthy level of debate in Westminster Hall regarding road safety. We have spoken on the fine work of the Bobby Colleran Trust and the...

Bill Presented: Road Safety (5 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point. That should be looked at and reviewed across the UK as a whole. I would like to move on to another aspect of this very important area. The 2017 release stated: “The population of older people (aged 70 and older) has increased relatively rapidly over recent years. This carries implications for higher levels of casualties in this age group in the...

Bill Presented: Road Safety (5 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: I agree with my hon. Friend’s suggestion. He makes an interesting point. I return to the wider point about vulnerable road users. Although the number of cyclists killed on the roads in 2017 was slightly lower than in 2016, the 101 deaths was very similar to the levels seen since 2010. If we look at where those fatal accidents occurred, of the 1,793 road deaths in 2017, just over 1,000—or...

Bill Presented: Road Safety (5 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: I share the hon. Gentleman’s concern about younger drivers. They are vulnerable, and we arguably need a better education programme. To return to my speech, we welcome the targeted approach of the safer roads fund to enable local authorities to improve the most dangerous stretches of A roads in England. The fund initially totalled £175 million, of which £100 million is currently being...

Leaving the Eu: Rights of EU Citizens (5 Nov 2018)

Matt Rodda: The Minister’s answers today have revealed a shambles at the Home Office. Given that and given the state of policy, what reassurance can she really give to the thousands of EU residents in my constituency, to their families, many of whom are UK citizens as well, and to thousands of local employers?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (31 Oct 2018)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim McMahon). I have to say that I am disappointed by the Budget, although I am not surprised by its failure to set out any meaningful change in policy. As other hon. Members have said, this is a broken-promises Budget. Austerity is not over and there is no sign that it will be over any time soon. Cuts to social...

Homes (Fitness for Habitation) Bill (26 Oct 2018)

Matt Rodda: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there is a related issue—cuts to fire services—to which he is almost referring in his very thoughtful contribution? I have had representations from Royal Berkshire fire and rescue service about the dire need for more fire safety officers, who take a long time to train. Many properties in multiple occupation actually have multiple fire safety issues,...

Homes (Fitness for Habitation) Bill (26 Oct 2018)

Matt Rodda: I rise to speak in favour of the Bill and to urge the Government to go further. I wish to point out just how serious the issue of poor quality private rented accommodation is in my constituency and to show why urgent action is so sorely needed. Just last week, I met a constituent who was desperate for help. She is a single mother who lives in damp terraced accommodation, with mould growing on...


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