Results 461–480 of 505 for speaker:Matt Rodda

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Matt Rodda: I wholeheartedly agree with my hon. Friend. I am sure that the situation in Coventry is very similar to that in my own area. I am proud of the achievements of my Labour-led council, which provides vital services for the people of Reading while under intense financial pressure, but the current funding situation is not sustainable in the medium or the long term. The Government have failed to...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland: Council Housing (27 Mar 2018)

Matt Rodda: I associate myself with my hon. Friend’s points and the genuine and deep concern that he shows for the needs of tenants throughout the country, many of whom are struggling with high housing costs, as indeed they are in my constituency. Does he agree that it was an outrageous mistake and serious error by the Conservative Government to stop many local authorities from building council houses...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland: Council Housing (27 Mar 2018)

Matt Rodda: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is a considerable need for greater house building in high-cost areas, and that there is actually a lot of available land in many of those areas? There certainly is in Reading. In our case, it is brownfield land from our light industrial past, and I assume that that may also be the case in Warwick and Leamington. Does he agree that urgent Government action...

Houses in Multiple Occupation: Combined Planning Applications — [David Hanson in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Matt Rodda: Thank you, Mr Hanson, for the opportunity to speak briefly in the debate. I welcome the work of my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing North (Stephen Pound) on this important issue and I congratulate him on securing the debate. I want to speak briefly in support of the hon. Member for Northampton South (Andrew Lewer) and also my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth...

Local Authority Financial Sustainability: NAO Report — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Mar 2018)

Matt Rodda: One of the great problems for many children’s services departments operating in areas of high housing cost is that it is particularly difficult to recruit staff. We have a severe problem with that in Reading. We are outside the boundary for outer London weighting, which stops at Bracknell, even though that is an area of lower housing costs, and we suffer from a severe shortage of skilled...

Car Insurance — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (5 Mar 2018)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the Petitions Committee on bringing this matter forward for debate and the hon. Members who have spoken tonight, particularly my hon. Friends the Members for Clwyd South (Susan Elan Jones) and for Darlington (Jenny Chapman), and the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown). I found it particularly moving...

PRAYERS - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] (23 Feb 2018)

Matt Rodda: I pay tribute to colleagues in Wales, my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry North West (Mr Robinson) and colleagues from across the country. We heard very moving stories from colleagues from North Devon and other parts. We as a House have demonstrated the ability to work together today, and that is so important. One of the great strengths of the debate has been the way that we have focused...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Diplomatic Co-operation (20 Feb 2018)

Matt Rodda: What assessment he has made of the strength of the UK’s future diplomatic co-operation with its current EU partners after leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Diplomatic Co-operation (20 Feb 2018)

Matt Rodda: The Foreign Secretary’s 5,000-word speech on Brexit last week was described by one of his ministerial colleagues as follows: “He is completely in denial about the complexity of the exit and the negative economic…consequences.” Will the Foreign Secretary clear something up? Is he in denial or is he just wrong?

Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Matt Rodda: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) for offering us the opportunity to discuss this important and timely question. I am pleased that the Bill has come out of a wide-ranging consultation process. It is the product of discussions with local authorities, trade unions, the Local Government Association and central Government, and I am gratified that there has been...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock) on securing this important debate. I will reinforce the points made by a number of Members this morning. To put it quite bluntly, I believe that the emotional trauma caused by PIP and the Government’s approach to its administration has led to suffering on what can only be described as an enormous scale. I will...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I would like to make a suggestion to the Government. How about going back to the drawing board and designing a system that listens to people and allows them to express their issues in their own words. Above all, how about developing a system that demonstrates real compassion and decency, which we had for many decades in our welfare state? The...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Victim Support Schemes (23 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: What assessment he has made of the effect of reforms to the National Probation Service on the operation of the victim contact scheme.

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I wholeheartedly endorse and support the Bill. Along with the financial strains placed on my constituents by the ever-rising cost of living, coupled with the wage stagnation that many of them have suffered, Reading has some serious and substantial problems with poor-quality private accommodation. Although the council has been robust in tackling rogue landlords, much more clearly needs to be...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for her contribution. It is a very sad, but salient, point that this is indeed happening and putting unwanted pressure on our NHS at a time of great strain on the service and, indeed, when the Government have had to cancel many non-urgent operations during this winter crisis. In fact, she has brought up many points that I wished to make, so, for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys: England (18 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: Government cuts have led to the axing or downgrading of 400 bus routes, and passenger numbers are now at a 10-year low. Will the Minister reinstate those services, or, if he is unwilling or unable to do so, will he give local councils the power and resources that they need?

Junk Food Advertising and Childhood Obesity — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Matt Rodda: I echo the points made by the hon. Member for Erewash (Maggie Throup) and by my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh) in her intervention. The effect of diet on children’s health is a serious and substantial problem facing our country. If unchecked, poor diet could undermine the health of millions of children. I believe that it risks setting back the historic...

Environmental and Food System Education (19 Dec 2017)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way, and to you, Sir Henry, for allowing me to intervene. On the point about the importance of observation in science and geography lessons, does the Minister agree with me that observation skills have made a great contribution to the development of science in this country? I think of the work of Charles Darwin and his observation of finches and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Recruitment and Retention (11 Dec 2017)

Matt Rodda: What recent assessment she has made of trends in teacher recruitment and retention.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Recruitment and Retention (11 Dec 2017)

Matt Rodda: I thank the Secretary of State for her answer, but I draw her attention to the situation in my constituency and the evidence from the School Teachers’ Review Body, which has stated that there is “a real risk that schools will not be able to recruit and retain a workforce of high quality teachers to support pupil achievement.” It says that is particularly the case given the predicted...


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