Speeches in Parliament

Enthusiastic response to my apprenticeship pilot scheme

I raise my North Yorkshire apprenticeships pilot project working with UCAS with the Minister for Skills Nick Boles.

The Minister welcomes the idea and says it will be examined for its potential to be rolled out nationally.

Welcoming record UK employment

I asked the Prime Minster in the House of Commons about today's announcement about record employment in the UK economy.

Opposing a proposed ban on the use of lead shot ammunition

I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate to oppose a proposed ban on the use of lead shot ammunition.

The proposal, which would have had a major impact on the shooting industry and the wider economy of rural area, was defeated.

Progress on deficit reduction

I ask the Minister about the Charter for Fiscal Responsibility and the commitment to running a budget surplus.

Fairer funding for rural schools

I ask the Minister what progress has been made to ensure schools funding is distributed fairly and that rural schools get a better deal.