Westminster News

Trade Bill

I thought it would be helpful to set out my thinking regarding New Clause 4 to the Trade Bill.

I agree with about the importance of effective Parliamentary scrutiny; however, it is my view that the provisions outlined in New Clause 4 are not necessary.

NHS Staff Testing and Pay

NHS staff, care workers and other medical professionals are on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus, and I am in awe of their dedication, skill and professionalism.

Covid Summer Food Fund

I understand that parents across the country are going through particularly difficult and stressful times. We have never had a period of schooling disruption like this.  After weeks of home schooling, I know parents and children alike will be longing for a return to normality.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Over the past few weeks I have been emailed by small businesses who are having problems with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) not operating as was expected.

I have been raising these individual issues with the Treasury, the banks in question, and UK Finance.

Child Refugees

I believe it would be helpful to set out the position on family reunion and unaccompanied refugee children. The Government remains resolutely committed to the principle of family reunion, as well as to supporting the most vulnerable children affected by the migration crisis.