Author Archives: Alexander Woolf

A new digital economy


I appreciate how important broadband is to residents and businesses in Wycombe. Fast, reliable broadband is now seen as the norm in an advanced economy, not a luxury. It underpins economic growth and allows us to function in a digital age. Over 90 per cent of UK premises are now able to connect to superfast broadband, and we are on track to reach 95 per cent by the end of next year. This means that the UK has the highest superfast broadband […]

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Airport expansion in the South East


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In recent weeks, I have heard from a number of constituents urging a final decision on airport expansion in the UK. I have long supported Heathrow Hub for its potential to increase capacity cost-effectively while decreasing road traffic and aircraft noise. The Airports Commission’s final report was published in the Summer of 2015. It made a strong case for expansion in the South East. The Government has accepted the case for expansion and the Commission’s shortlist of options. It is vitally important […]

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A Parliamentary Question on British business overseas


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This afternoon, I took the opportunity to ask the Minister for Europe the following question on British business overseas: Steve: What steps his Department is taking to enhance diplomatic and economic relations with the Caspian and South Caucasus region? Minister of State for Europe (David Lidington MP): The United Kingdom has strong bilateral relations with countries in the Caspian and South Caucasus region, and also significant commercial interests there, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Steve: In order to defend […]

There will be further integration whatever the outcome of the referendum


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The EU is always changing. This isn’t a choice between change and the status quo. Voting to Leave is to vote for freedom and control; voting to Remain is to vote for a future of further integration which is out of our hands. The EU’s recent “Five President’s Report” sets out transfers of control over: Taxation Social security Property rights Insolvency law Company law Our place in international institutions  This report stated that: This will inevitably involve sharing more sovereignty over time The European Commission have […]

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The EU did not allow our Government the change we need 


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David Cameron was allowed no meaningful change when he went to Europe to renegotiate Britain’s deal with the EU. This is our opportunity to decide if we want to remain in the EU on the basis of the Lisbon Treaty, which the Conservative Party under David Cameron opposed. The EU has a flag, anthem, parliament, civil service, executive, supreme court, currency and overseas embassies. These are all characteristics of a modern day country. This is our chance to accept or reject […]

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The EU costs us too much, we don’t have control and the bill is growing


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The UK is billed over £50m a day by the EU. Our contribution has grown over the years. We can expect it to grow in the future. We receive a rebate equivalent to £13.6 million a day, applied a year in arrears. It is negotiable. We receive £5.9 billion per year or £16.1 million a day back in ways we cannot control. We make a net contribution of £8.5 billion a year, equivalent to £23 million a day. In 2014, our Prime Minister refused to pay an […]

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Community pharmacies update


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Yesterday there was an adjournment debate on the issue of community pharmacies. With the potential closure of pharmacies in Downley, Marlow and Marlow Bottom, this has been a source of interest for a number of Wycombe residents. During this debate, the Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt MP, made the following statement: I have seen at first hand the fantastic work that pharmacists are doing from within community pharmacies, such as in healthy living pharmacies and other settings, and […]

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Please get involved with Fostering Fortnight in Bucks


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The Government have announced their intention to resettle child refugees from Europe. This is in addition to the 3,000 vulnerable children and family members to be resettled direct from the Middle East and North Africa, and the 20,000 people being resettled directly from Syrian refugee communities. Those at risk of trafficking or exploitation will be prioritised for resettlement, while existing family reunion routes will be accelerated. This will be separate to any EU-administered resettlement schemes. To avoid incentivising more human trafficking, this resettlement […]

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Debate on the role of churches in society


Recently, my colleague Fiona Bruce MP held a backbench debate on the contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector. Fiona opened as follows: Christians possess a rich heritage of social reform and charitable care which is alive today. In the 19th century, William Wilberforce and Lord Shaftesbury led campaigns for the abolition of slavery and child labour. Others, such as Barnardo and William and Catherine Booth, were involved in founding charitable organisations, covering every conceivable form of human need, as […]

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A Parliamentary Question on wage increases following Brexit


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Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister a Parliamentary Question on the positive effect that Brexit would have on wages: Steve: The Government’s case rests on ignoring the arguments set out by my right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions earlier this week, particularly in relation to people shuttling to and fro for a few months at a time. That is a problem that the Minister’s case would ignore by looking at the passenger service. If he will […]

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