Speeches in Parliament

Watch: Returning to work

Interesting statistics from the Secretary of State for Transport showing the number of people returning to work and the proportion on public transport.

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Huw Merriman

Watch: the Rule of Six

I have received a large amount of correspondence from constituents regarding confusion over the new "Rule of Six". During the Secretary of State's statement on Coronavirus I asked whether the Government could allow flexibility in the rules and exclude under 12s.

Watch: Aviation Debate

Today was the long awaited aviation sector debate. Participation of Members showed that we are committed across the political divide to do more for our aviation sector and its fantastic workforce.

Watch: Speech on summer exam results

I contributed to today's opposition debate on the Role of Ministers in the awarding of qualifications this summer where I highlighted that exams should be held at the beginning of summer, content should reflect the amount of time spent in the classroom, and schools are safe.

Watch: International Travel

On Monday the Secretary of State for Transport announced a new islands policy. Islands will now be considered a different region from the mainland when it comes to deciding where to include on the exemptions list.

Watch: Clarification on aviation sector debate

Following the disappointment that my application to have a debate on Redundancies in the Aviation Sector was not scheduled before recess, the Backbench Business Committee have now provided a time when a debate on the Aviation Sector will be held.

Watch: Urgent Question on changes to BBC licence fee

An Urgent Question was granted to discuss the cessation of the free BBC licence fee for over 75s, programming and job losses. As Chairman of the APPG on the BBC I had just had a meeting with MPs and BBC management to discuss the potential cuts to regional programmes.

Watch: Altered temporary structure frameworks

I welcome the recent legislation aimed at making it easier for businesses to open up on the High Street, but the addition of temporary structures have still needed planning consent.

Watch: Business Questions

The Government is responsible for providing time in the House for Backbench Business Debates. Normality has not yet returned and no time has been granted.