Tessa Munt MP has stepped up the gears in her campaign to protect rural consumers and businesses from ever-increasing fuel costs.
Tessa Munt MP said she was ‘‘utterly appalled’’ at the final decision taken last week by Conservative led Somerset County Council to cut thousands of jobs, lose libraries and youth clubs, slash arts and voluntary organisations’ funding, chop Police Community Support Officers and finish many other services. The plans were approved by 27 votes to 18 with every Liberal Democrat voting against the cuts.
I welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement today, and I regret the lack of clarity on access for the public and on the protection for biodiversity and landscape. I do not understand why we are cancelling a consultation when the new panel will need to hear and make its decision by autumn. It might be more logical to continue with the consultation for the remaining ten and a half weeks so that the public can continue to add their views to the current process.
Will the Leader of the House update us on what has happened on moving private Members’ Bills away from Friday? I have written to him on the subject, especially in light of the Sustainable Livestock Bill, which received great support from members of the public, environment groups and 172 MPs, but received fewer than 100 votes on the day that it was considered in the House. It seems a shame that MPs, particularly those outside London, should have to choose between voting on legislation that is important to their constituents and constituency commitments.
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to discuss with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the findings of the Report by the Energy and Climate Change Committee on the revised draft national policy statements on energy on the Holford Rules in formulating the Government’s response to that report.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on each type of welfare and benefits payment to people with an income of (a) £6,475 to £7,475, (b) £7,476 to £8,475, (c) £8,476 to £9,475 and (d) £9,476 to £10,000 on each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
Tessa Munt, MP for Wells, joined young people with autism and their families to launch ‘Ambitious about Autism’ in the Houses of Parliament, confirming support for three key ambitions: Read the rest of this entry »
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 581, on Trident replacement submarines, what proportion of the costs of the (a) first, (b) second and (c) third new submarine will have been (i) spent and (ii) committed by 7 May 2015.
An open letter: my last plea to Somerset County Councillors to ‘Save the Libraries’
On Wednesday 16th February, Somerset County Councillors will be voting on the fate of the Libraries. As I have expressed many times before, I view Ken Maddock’s proposals to cut the library service as utterly unnecessary. Read the rest of this entry »