Results 61–80 of 503 for speaker:Matt Rodda

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [Lords] (29 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, because he shows that there is a wider issue with this type of behaviour. It is deeply worrying. These are ordinary families trying to get on with their daily lives. They want to be able to find a home of their own in a high-cost area and they are being treated in the most appalling way by an organisation that should be much more responsible. As I...

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [Lords] (29 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: My hon. Friend is making an important speech and he has hit on a number of central issues, particularly when dealing with his own legal experience of these dysfunctional markets where on the one hand we have developers with enormous financial power and legal resources and on the other we have humble first-time buyers. Does he agree that there needs to be a rebalancing, with far greater...

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [Lords] (29 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: I appreciate the work that the right hon. Gentleman has done to try to get the right balance and stand up for the interests of homeowners rather than large corporations. Does he have any reflection, further to the point made by the right hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis), on the knock-on effects of allowing additional storeys to be built on existing blocks of flats? In my...

Covid-19 Update (29 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: I welcome the Government’s plans to extend the vaccination programme. However, with our NHS under severe pressure after two very difficult years, what extra resources is he willing to put forward to support our frontline NHS, particularly our GPs and our A&E and ambulance services?

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill (24 Nov 2021)

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Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill (24 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: They are still open, yes. I am grateful to the Minister for his tour of Reading town centre, and I am also a big supporter of many of those businesses. Will he come and visit Reading with me to look at the specific issues that some of the local businesses face, in particular how some of our small businesses on our local high streets cope when there is no longer a bank?

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill (24 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: Does the hon. Lady agree that the Government need to get on top of the supply-chain issues, particularly in our ongoing relationship with the European Union, the issues in Northern Ireland and the cross-channel issues? These could potentially have a serious impact on businesses and families this Christmas. It is high time the Government got on with developing a positive relationship with our...

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill (24 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: It is a pleasure to speak in this important debate. I welcome the Bill but want to echo the words of my hon. Friend the Member for Brentford and Isleworth (Ruth Cadbury) by raising a series of important questions about how it will operate, in particular whether the Government’s desire to set up the arbitration work so quickly is realistic given the pressure on the business and public...

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill (24 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: I thank my hon. Friend for her comments. She has stolen part of my speech, but she has done so very graciously. Branch closures are an issue in suburban areas, as the Minister knows well. Travel times can be considerable at busy times of the day, and there are access issues for elderly and disabled people. Another important point that I am sure my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham East...

Gurkha Pensions — [Dr Rupa Huq in the Chair] (22 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: Thank you, Dr Huq. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, and I am grateful to speak in this very important debate. In the time available to me, I would like to make three points: to add my support to the points made by the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Jonathan Gullis) to pay tribute to the Gurkhas and their service to this country over nearly two centuries; to point out...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: The hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire (Martin Docherty-Hughes) makes an important point. I also wish to offer my support to the family—to Richard and Nazanin—at this very difficult time. My hon. Friend makes an excellent point about the level of involvement of the Prime Minister and those at senior levels in the current Administration. Will she comment on how that compares and contrasts...

Cop26 (15 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: I pay tribute to the COP President for his work. Will the Prime Minister now indicate how he is going to put pressure on the major coal producers and importers, and indeed how he will use UK trade policy to achieve that?

Environment Bill: Clause 24 - Guidance on the OEP’s Enforcement Policy and Functions (8 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Trust is paramount for the communities up and down the great rivers of this country, as the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Layla Moran) mentioned. Reading is downstream from Abingdon; London is further downstream. We are all deeply concerned about the state of our rivers. Although the Government have given some concessions and have listened...

Work and Pensions: State Pension: Payment Delays (8 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: People work hard all their lives and pay in to save for their retirement; they deserve to be paid their state pension on time. Colleagues across the House, as we have heard, are reporting more and more cases of delays in payment, some of which are as long as three months. This is a basic service provided by the Government, which we all rely on. How on earth did these delays come about? When...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Guadeloupe: Travel Restrictions (5 Nov 2021)

Matt Rodda: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government plans to review its advice on travel to Guadeloupe.

Childcare Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Matt Rodda: With the leave of the House, I beg to withdraw the motion that the Bill be read a Second time. I wholeheartedly thank the Minister for his genuine commitment to this important issue and the way that he has engaged with me. I am extremely grateful to him and look forward to working with him. I listened carefully to his speech and those of others Members. I want to express my thanks and my...

Childcare Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Matt Rodda: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Before I start, may I thank the Clerks and the Whips who have helped me to get to this point today? In particular, I thank the Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury, the hon. Member for Castle Point (Rebecca Harris), for her kindness and indulgence over a number of weeks. I begin by recognising the contribution and hard work of...

Childcare Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Matt Rodda: I am grateful for the Minister’s support and I know that he believes passionately in this agenda. Clause 3 seeks to do that by using the power of the Government and of the wider public sector and other partners to promote childcare availability to children who need it most—a modest ask that could make a huge difference to our whole country. I turn to clause 2—I am approaching the Bill...

Childcare Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Matt Rodda: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point, and the review I propose would, indeed, cover such issues.

Childcare Bill (29 Oct 2021)

Matt Rodda: I will go on to make some further suggestions for the type of independent review, and I am grateful for that suggestion on the Children’s Commissioner. The Bill does not propose changing the system itself, but it would allow the Government to appoint an independent person to lead a review of free childcare schemes in England. I believe this could have the same powerful impact as previous...

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