Angela Joy Richardson: Guildford is home to a growing computer gaming industry. What steps is my hon. Friend taking to encourage inward investment in that sector?
Angela Joy Richardson: For what reasons her Department is prioritising trade deals with the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Angela Joy Richardson: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to give my maiden speech in this general debate. I start by thanking the Speaker, the Deputies, including yourself, and the Speaker’s Office for the excellent advice, care and concern that has been shown to new Members. It is greatly appreciated. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Newport East (Jessica Morden) and to have heard...
Angela Joy Richardson: What plans he has to support small and medium-sized businesses in bidding for Government contracts.
Angela Joy Richardson: I thank my right hon. Friend for her previous answer and it is great to see her on the Front Bench. Ninety-nine per cent. of businesses registered in Guildford are SMEs. What steps is the Minister taking to simplify the bureaucracy involved and minimise the cost to SMEs of quoting for Government business?
Angela Joy Richardson: I am delighted to hear my right hon. Friend confirm his commitment to strengthening our precious Union. Would he be happy to expand on how he would like to do that?
Angela Joy Richardson: Will the independent review by Dame Louise Casey engage with the many excellent charities across the country, such as St Mungo’s and Crisis, as well as Guildford Action, which is a local centre of excellence in my constituency helping those who are homeless and sleeping rough?
Angela Joy Richardson: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Jamie Stone). The NHS long-term plan will be critical in tackling health inequalities. I welcome the announcement that the plan will deliver on this issue and address inequalities by working locally, specifically targeting areas of unmet need. I am mindful that I live in and represent a constituency that...
Angela Joy Richardson: What steps she is taking to support people with disabilities into employment.
Angela Joy Richardson: I welcome the news that 16,000 employers have signed up to participate in the Disability Confident scheme, which a fantastic initiative that helps employers to unlock the talent of workers with disabilities and is changing attitudes for the better. What plans does my hon. Friend have to expand the scheme further and encourage more businesses to sign up?
Angela Joy Richardson: To keep families together and strengthen our communities in Guildford and Cranleigh, it is vital that we can ensure we have the right homes in the right place at the right price. What plans does my right hon. Friend have to make it easier for people to get on the housing ladder in their local area?
Angela Joy Richardson: What plans he has to increase tree planting rates.
Angela Joy Richardson: I thank the Minister for her answer, and I welcome the investment in our green infrastructure. May I ask how the Government have funded woodland creation?