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Local Government in Gloucestershire (3 Jul 2018)

Matt Western: So many authorities are under significant financial pressure, as the Minister described. The majority of those named are smaller, more rural authorities. In that light, is it not appropriate to go through this exercise as a matter of course, to explore what sort of cost savings could be made? In Warwickshire that would enable us to understand what sort of savings and efficiency improvements...

Local Government in Gloucestershire (3 Jul 2018)

Matt Western: To that end, rather than just getting anecdotal support from businesses and other organisations, would the Minister support going to the public with that at the time of an election or through a referendum?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Growth: Car Industry (3 Jul 2018)

Matt Western: What assessment his Department has made of the effect on economic growth of levels of (a) car sales and (b) investment in the car industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Growth: Car Industry (3 Jul 2018)

Matt Western: The Chancellor will be well aware of the importance of car sales and manufacturer investment as indicators of economic output and business confidence respectively. In the year to May, car sales were down 7% and truck sales were down 6%. Investment by vehicle manufacturers fell by 55% in 2017 versus 2015, and by 47% in 2018 versus 2017 for the first quarter of the year, so it is on track to be...

Football: Safe Standing — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (25 Jun 2018)

Matt Western: I genuinely appreciate your including me in today’s debate, Ms McDonagh. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Tooting (Dr Allin-Khan) for bringing this timely debate to the House. This is another good example of where we as legislators are not slightly but significantly behind public opinion. It is clear from the evidence that many...

Medicinal Cannabis (18 Jun 2018)

Matt Western: Does the Minister accept that the UK is behind the curve on public opinion on the matter of medicinal cannabis? How does he explain the fact that Ireland introduced a purpose-designed special licence for little Ava Barry back in December 2017, yet the UK Government appear to be dragging their heels?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Matt Western: Somehow, this whole debate has been hijacked by what I believe to be a minority in this House. It is claimed by some people that liberating this country from the European Union’s customs union and single market will lead to a fantastic brave new world in which we are free to strike new deals with China and the US and other markets. However, that claim is presented as a choice between...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Matt Western: I do not have time. In recent months, we have seen the storm clouds gather. We have seen faltering growth, rising inflation and major manufacturing job losses. We have seen not only the prospect but the reality of global trade wars. Protectionism is around us everywhere and racism and hate crime are on the rise. There are faint echoes of the 1930s. Now is not the time to desert our neighbours...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Automotive Industry (12 Jun 2018)

Matt Western: Scrappage schemes have been used in the past to assist businesses and industries in a transition. Has the Minister costed a support package to scrap old diesel vehicles and assist in a managed transition to renewable/alternative energy vehicles?

Employment Rates — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Matt Western: My hon. Friend is making a very important point. I thank the hon. Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Michael Tomlinson) for initiating the debate. My hon. Friend discusses a basket of measures. Does he agree that one thing that we would want to establish, if it was a business that we were looking at, would be the number of hours being worked by those in work—that is, the number of...

Nuclear Power (4 Jun 2018)

Matt Western: The Secretary of State will be well aware that several years ago the German Government took the decision to decommission their nuclear reactors and invest heavily in renewables and other suppliers. Given the significant cost advantage of offshore wind and the UK’s geographic advantage in delivering it, what do the UK Government know that the German Government do not?

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas (22 May 2018)

Matt Western: Does the Secretary of State agree that rather than pursuing HS2, a greater priority would be the introduction of regional public transport schemes to electrify our rail lines, and to encourage the introduction of hydrogen and electric buses in our towns and cities?

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Matt Western: I thank all hon. Members who have contributed to this wide, but clear and focused debate on such an important industry. This industry has been a phenomenal success for the UK and we should all be proud of it, but it is being handicapped. We have heard from around the Chamber how the industry faces great challenges, such as clarity and direction over Brexit and the transformation to cleaner...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Matt Western: I beg to move, That this House has considered job losses in the UK automotive industry. I thank the Speaker for granting this debate. I also thank you in advance for your chairmanship, Mr Bone. “Precipitous” is not a word used very often; when it is said by the chief executive of a major global automotive manufacturer, it is time to listen. Why? Because such utterances from major...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Matt Western: I totally agree with my hon. Friend. The business rates situation handicaps the industry in this country and puts it at a significant disadvantage to competitors on the continent. Added to that are the energy costs that it faces: on average, there is a 74% premium on the energy costs on the continent. Major manufacturers have told me that their greatest concern is that there seems to be...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Matt Western: My hon. Friend makes an important contribution. He is quite right about the multiplier effect on supplier industries—component manufacturers and so on. I totally agree with him about the importance of establishing a very clear pathway for the transition between where we are and where we have set ourselves to be in future. I will speak about that at some length. The employment statistics...

Women and Equalities: Business: Representation of Women (17 May 2018)

Matt Western: I understand that 7% of FTSE 100 companies have women chief executive officers. By contrast, the figure for businesses in Latvia is something like 47%. What can we learn from Latvia?

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Matt Western: Having visited Detroit and that border between in the US and Canada in February, I can confirm that it takes an average of eight minutes to get through, and that it is what a hard border looks like, with X-ray machines and so on. There would be serious friction on such a border.

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Matt Western: My hon. Friend is making an important point. Does he accept that we are already seeing the loss of many hundreds of jobs, particularly in our manufacturing sector and particularly in the west midlands, by virtue of these policies and the uncertainty surrounding them?

Petition - Natwest Ferryhill: Arsène Wenger (15 May 2018)

Matt Western: I thank the hon. Gentleman for securing the debate. I cannot believe that I am here, witnessing and enjoying the debate. It is important that we recognise Arsène Wenger’s contribution, not just to Arsenal football club and football in this country, but to football around the world. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that Arsène Wenger has been hugely successful not only in...


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