Results 1–20 of 96 for speaker:Ben Spencer

Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industries (10 Jun 2021)

Ben Spencer: In 1919, Sir John Alcock said: “There is always satisfaction in being the first to do anything, whatever it may be”. I am sure the Minister recognises that name, because it was Sir John, along with Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Brown, who flew a Vickers Vimy—built at Brooklands in my constituency—in the first non-stop Atlantic crossing. Aviation is in my constituency’s blood. We are...

Business of the House (10 Jun 2021)

Ben Spencer: Next week, we have the reporting back of the reviews into social distancing and other measures and the plans and guidance for life beyond 21 June. In answer to my question on 12 May, the Prime Minister kindly confirmed that we would get the opportunity to debate this hugely important guidance before it is implemented. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on when that might be?

Investing in Children and Young People (9 Jun 2021)

Ben Spencer: Education is one of the best opportunities we can provide for young people; it is the best leveller-up. Sadly, our children have felt the burden of this pandemic, with school closures, cancelled exams, learning at home, and enrichment and extracurricular activities stopped. It is on us to fix that and to ensure that our children do not become the lost covid generation. That is why I very much...

A Plan for the NHS and Social Care (19 May 2021)

Ben Spencer: I know that my right hon. Friend shares my passion for legislative reform of the Mental Health Act. We go through this process every 20 years or so. I was wondering whether he could unpack how this will go forward, bearing in mind the need to get the law right while delivering it very quickly so that patients get the benefits.

A Plan for the NHS and Social Care (19 May 2021)

Ben Spencer: I know that my right hon. Friend shares my passion for legislative reform of the Mental Health Act. We go through this process every 20 years or so. I was wondering whether he could unpack how this will go forward, bearing in mind the need to get the law right while delivering it very quickly so that patients get the benefits.

Justice: Topical Questions (18 May 2021)

Ben Spencer: As the ban on evictions starts to lift, what preparations has my right hon. and learned Friend made to ensure that the courts can cope with the surge of applications?

Work and Pensions: Employment: Young People (17 May 2021)

Ben Spencer: What recent steps her Department has taken to help young people into employment.

Work and Pensions: Employment: Young People (17 May 2021)

Ben Spencer: I thank my hon. Friend for her response. Young people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, given the high rates of unemployment in hospitality. Today I visited one of our local hotels, the Hilton Cobham, which has now fully reopened and is looking forward to welcoming the guests who enjoy Runnymede and Weybridge’s local attractions such as Thorpe Park, the Brooklands...

Debate on the Address: Better Jobs and a Fair Deal at Work (12 May 2021)

Ben Spencer: There are so many aspects of the legislative agenda set out in the Gracious Speech that I would like to speak to, but underpinning all of them is the need for a strong economy and investment in the jobs and skills that are its foundation. In the past year, I have seen businesses close and people lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic, and our priority is rightly to get people back into...

Covid-19 Update (12 May 2021)

Ben Spencer: I congratulate and thank my right hon. Friend for the success of the vaccination programme and the road map, which has provided certainty and stability, especially to those planning for the easing of restrictions. My constituents often ask me what the new normal will be like beyond 21 June. Of course, much depends on the outcome of the reviews—those into social distancing and...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Apr 2021)

Ben Spencer: Access to superfast broadband is critical in today’s society but many people living in Runnymede and Weybridge cannot access it. While this question is essential viewing, my constituents may struggle to watch it streaming at home this evening if someone else is catching up on the “MasterChef” final. Does my right hon. Friend share my ambition that everyone in Runnymede and Weybridge...

Coronavirus (25 Mar 2021)

Ben Spencer: This past year has been incredibly difficult for all of us, and I would like to start by paying tribute to the people of Runnymede and Weybridge for their boundless resolve and community spirit, and remembering those who have lost their lives as a result of the pandemic. Many of my constituents are hurting. The pandemic and lockdown have hit us hard. Many have lost their jobs and many are...

STEM Subjects: Science and Discovery Centres — [Mrs Maria Miller in the Chair] (24 Mar 2021)

Ben Spencer: I thank the Minister for her speech and, in particular, for reaffirming the importance of science and discovery centres, and for the points that she will take forward. I would very much like to take her up on the offer of the meeting that she agreed to convene. As an aside, I noted the comment of the hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western) about the separation of arts and...

STEM Subjects: Science and Discovery Centres — [Mrs Maria Miller in the Chair] (24 Mar 2021)

Ben Spencer: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Science and Discovery Centres’ support for education in science and careers in STEM subjects. It is a pleasure to speak with you in the Chair, Mrs Miller, and to have the opportunity to discuss this vital subject. The debate is timely, as we talked this week about the road map to recovery and our ambitious plans to consolidate the UK’s...

Income Tax (Charge) (9 Mar 2021)

Ben Spencer: I welcome this Budget, as it will protect the jobs and livelihoods of the people living in Runnymede and Weybridge, but it does so much more. In particular, I want to talk today about some of the core provisions that will benefit my constituents over the short, medium and long term. This is a Budget that meets our short-term and emergency needs while we still face the pandemic and...

Covid-19: Government’s Publication of Contracts (9 Mar 2021)

Ben Spencer: This time last year, there was a desperate need to secure PPE urgently when, almost overnight, it became one of the most hotly sought-after commodities globally. I congratulate the Department on its Herculean efforts to keep my residents safe and get them the PPE they needed when the shortage hit. Of course, delays to publication are not ideal, and I am glad that the Department is urgently...

NHS Staff Pay (8 Mar 2021)

Ben Spencer: I draw the attention of the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests and to the fact that my wife works in the NHS. NHS staff pay is and always will be a highly contentious issue—it was contentious during the junior doctor contract debate and we do not need the back end of a pandemic for it to be so at the moment—because of the mere existence of national pay...

Covid-19 (22 Feb 2021)

Ben Spencer: I welcome the road map announced today, particularly the return to school on 8 March, the clear vision, the refutation of a zero-covid strategy, and the commitment to a steady and irreversible lifting of restrictions. This will bring added certainty and hope to many of my constituents. Our local roll-out of vaccinations in Runnymede and Weybridge has been fantastic. Vaccination hubs have...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Covid-19: Local Authority Income (11 Jan 2021)

Ben Spencer: What support the Government are providing to help local authorities experiencing a reduction in income as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.


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