On Monday 24th, during Education Questions, Minister for School Standards, Nick Gibb MP, was asked what assessment he had made of the effect of the national funding formula on small primary schools and schools in rural areas. The Minister confirmed that the formula will be kept under consideration and that the Government wants the best possible settlement for rural schools and the education sector as a whole.
Also on Monday 24th, MPs debated smart cities. Dr Lisa Cameron MP called on the Government to ensure that we have not only smart cities, but also smart towns and villages, and smart small businesses.
Also on Wednesday 26th, MPs debated EU Structural Funds. Shadow Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, raised concerns that there is still uncertainty around how EU funding will be replaced and what the Shared Prosperity Fund will cover. Minister, Jake Berry, said he hoped that when the UK shared Prosperity Fund comes forward, he hoped it would demonstrate the Government’s commitment to create growth in every part of the UK.
On Thursday 27th, MPs debated no-deal preparedness and numerous issues included food resilience and supplies were raised as well as cash-flow problems for SMEs.
On Monday 1st, the Lords will debate the report from the Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities, ‘The Future of Seaside Towns’ and the Public Accounts Committee will discuss Penalty charge notices in healthcare.
On Tuesday 2nd, the Lords will debate ensuring the adequate provision of GPs in rural areas. There will be a Westminster Hall debate on the religious slaughter of farm animals.
On Wednesday 3rd, the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee will hold an oral evidence session on Regional investment and growth at which representatives of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership will appear.
On Thursday 4th, a statement will be given in the House of Commons on the 10th report of the Transport Committee on local roads funding and maintenance.
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