Results 41–60 of 1898 for speaker:Jake Berry

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Regional Inequalities: Coastal Communities (16 Oct 2023)

Jake Berry: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Minister on his new post. May I remind him of the huge opportunity and pent-up potential in former industrial mill towns such as those in my constituency? One of the most gratifying things about the Government’s levelling-up programme has been how it has seen the potential in towns such as Rossendale, Rawtenstall, Bacup and Darwen and supported that with...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Buildings (18 Sep 2023)

Jake Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools (a) are affected by and (b) have been forced to close due to reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in Rossendale and Darwen constituency.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Rossendale and Darwen (12 Sep 2023)

Jake Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support SEND provision in Rossendale and Darwen constituency.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Apprentices: Rossendale and Darwen (11 Sep 2023)

Jake Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support apprenticeships in Rossendale and Darwen constituency.

Ahmadi Muslims: Pakistan ( 6 Sep 2023)

Jake Berry: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. The point he raises about the persecution of Ahmadis is absolutely appalling. It is not just about the Government of Pakistan; it also has real effects here in the UK. I have been contacted by members of the community across Rossendale and Darwen, and in east Lancashire more generally, including by Mohammed Shafiq, the head of...

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete in Education Settings ( 4 Sep 2023)

Jake Berry: The Secretary of State has said on several occasions that she and her Department are prioritising pupils still accessing face-to-face learning. As that is the case, when she publishes her definitive list on Thursday, will she also publish an estimate of the number of pupils who are not able to access face-to-face learning, and will she commit to the House that she will update that estimate on...

Cost of Living Support (20 Jun 2023)

Jake Berry: I congratulate the Minister on what is a meaningful package, which particularly will be of help to disabled constituents of mine in Rossendale and Darwen, but will he accept that the measures that put money back in people’s pocket when they rely on benefits will not dent the challenges people are facing when it comes to their mortgage going up by hundreds of pounds a week or a month? Will...

Treasury: Cost of Living (20 Jun 2023)

Jake Berry: I thank my right hon. Friend for all he has done for people in Rossendale and Darwen to help them through this cost of living crisis, but people are very concerned about what is being described as the mortgage bomb about to go off. Is now the time for him to look at reintroducing the bold Conservative idea of mortgage interest relief at source? If we do not help families now, all the other...

Privilege: Conduct of Right Hon. Boris Johnson (19 Jun 2023)

Jake Berry: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Privilege: Conduct of Right Hon. Boris Johnson (19 Jun 2023)

Jake Berry: To build slightly on my hon. Friend’s point, the report needs to be narrow in scope—it is about what the Prime Minister said to this House—but I draw her attention to paragraph 20 on page 71, which seeks to go much further than that. It talks about not what the former Prime Minister Boris Johnson said but about the interpretation given to that by Members of this House, by the media and...

Heating Rural Homes (13 Jun 2023)

Jake Berry: On the issue of the flawed nature of EPC, that is an important point. My hon. Friend will be aware that thatched buildings are often given a very low EPC rating because there is no ability to calculate the thermal quality of thatch. Thatch is a brilliant insulating material, so it is complete nonsense that thatched buildings should be given such low rating. This would be of passing interest...

Heating Rural Homes (13 Jun 2023)

Jake Berry: Not any more.

Heating Rural Homes (13 Jun 2023)

Jake Berry: It is absolutely within our power to encourage people to install solar panels, but does my hon. Friend agree that another thing that the Government could do is to bring solar panels within the permitted development regime? Often, the expense of a planning application and of delays puts many people off.

Petition - Rossendale Valley traffic (13 Jun 2023)

Jake Berry: I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Rossendale and Darwen regarding roadworks in the Rossendale valley. My petition has had more than 1,700 signatures, both on paper and online. The petition states: The petition of residents of the constituency of Rossendale and Darwen, Declares that there are major traffic issues across the Rossendale Valley which are caused by...

Education: School Buildings (12 Jun 2023)

Jake Berry: It would be remiss of me not to thank the Department for the huge rebuilding programme it is undertaking, particularly in Rossendale—not least the brand-new school in Whitworth and huge investment in Haslingden High and All Saints’ schools. However, a school I was previously a governor at, the Valley Leadership Academy, which is part of the Star chain of academies, is suffering terribly...

Powering Up Britain (30 Mar 2023)

Jake Berry: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am sure the Minister will have read reports this morning that his Department intends to bring forward a code that will initially be voluntary but will then become mandatory saying that mortgage lenders should ensure that their loan book only includes properties that have an energy performance...

Business of the House (30 Mar 2023)

Jake Berry: It is high time that we had a debate about parental choice in education. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is holding a consultation on withdrawing the funding for parents who choose to send their kids to school outside the borough, particularly those whose children attend Walton-le-Dale, Turton or Canon Slade schools. This is deeply distressing for those parents who are having to...

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Farmers (30 Mar 2023)

Jake Berry: As you know, Mr Speaker, the west Pennine moors have a lot of tenant farmers. Does the Minister share my concern that we are seeing an increasing use of mandatory rounds in relation to development, often for solar or tree planting, to break both business farm tenancies and agricultural tenancies that have inheritance attached to them? If he does share that concern, what is the Department...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Attracting Investment: Support for Towns (27 Mar 2023)

Jake Berry: In Darwen, we have taken our £25 million town deal and managed to increase that to £100 million with private sector investment, and in Rossendale, as part of our £50 million-plus levelling-up funding—I thank my right hon. Friend the Chancellor for the £18 million in the Budget to level up the Rossendale valley—we look forward to going out and courting businesses. Does the Minister...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Interest Rates and Inflation: Inequality and Levelling Up ( 9 Jan 2023)

Jake Berry: In Darwen, our town deal is absolutely crucial as part of our levelling-up plan. However, because of inflation, not only is time a wasting asset, but so is the value of that deal. Will the Minister meet me and representatives of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to discuss how we can speed up the release of the Darwen town deal funds?


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