On Monday 28, Digital Minister Margot James responded to Stephen Timms MP’s question on the timings for the Government’s roll-out of rural broadband.
On Tuesday 29, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire submitted his written statement on the local government finance settlement for 2019 to 2020 that was agreed on December 13. Also on Tuesday, during Treasury Oral Questions, MPs quizzed the Chancellor of business rates and the future of the high street. Elsewhere, the Economic Affairs Committee met to hear evidence from care providers as part of its ongoing inquiry into social care funding in England.
On Wednesday 30, Brokenshire announced nearly £500 million of funding to build 11,000 affordable homes across the UK. The Transport Committee also met to hear evidence on the health of the bus market and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Land Capture Value met to discuss raising funds for adult social care.
On Thursday 31, Antoinette Sandbach asked James what steps she is taking to improve broadband and mobile phone coverage in rural areas during DCMS Oral Questions. Elsewhere on Thursday, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published statistics on productivity levels in rural and urban areas of England, showing that in 2017 predominantly rural areas contributed 15.8 per cent of England’s Gross Value Added, equivalent to £246 billion.
On Friday, the Treasury Committee announced an inquiry into business rates to scrutinise how Government policy has impacted businesses on the high street around the country.
On Monday, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Health and Social Care meets to hear from emergency service providers.
On Wednesday, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee meets to scrutinise the work of Defra. Elsewhere, the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee meets to hear evidence on post-Brexit enforcement of environmental law.
On Friday, the Banking and Post Offices (Rural Areas and Small Communities) Bill will have its second reading in the Commons.
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