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Making Budget 2020 work for Brierley Hill

Join me from the bustling Brierley Hill market as I get together with the local butcher, a property developer, the Chamber of Commerce and market management to discuss ways in which we can help our area thrive. Business rates, red tape and town centre investment all on the agenda!

Dudley South's MP - Mike Wood - welcomed a new Brierley Hill-based archery centre to the area on Saturday morning and praised the imagination of th

The Education Secretary said new investment in hi-tech training centering around Dudley would help bridge the region's skills gap over the coming y

Following the success of last year’s event, Dudley South MP, Mike Wood, is organising his fifth annual Jobs and Careers Fair for local people to me

Local young people can look forward to greater opportunities after two of Dudley's MPs succeeded in their campaign to get Government backing for £2

The British Glass Foundation are very pleased to announce that their bid to the Heritage Fund (formerly HLF), spearheaded with support from local M

Mike Wood: Understandably, several concerns have been expressed about the impact that any changes might have, particularly on people on lower incomes who might have served in a job for many years before being made redundant. Can the Minister explain how the £30,000 threshold compares with the maximum available from statutory redundancy pay, and who might be captured by the measure?

 

Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

When businesses are repeatedly found to have breached national minimum wage regulations, will the Minister ensure that HMRC proactively investigates other cases of staff employed on similar terms and with similar contracts, rather than requiring each employee to demonstrate separately that he or she has been underpaid?

 

Kelly Tolhurst (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy))

The shadow Minister refers to small increases in the minimum wage. An increase of 38p in the national minimum wage is now being introduced. Can she tell the House in how many of the 10 years after the introduction of the national minimum wage the Labour Government made a bigger increase than the 38p that workers will see under this increase?

 

Chi Onwurah (Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy))

 Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment)

This is my first statutory instrument debate in the Chamber, and it is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker. It is also a pleasure to follow Gillian Keegan.

Mike Wood: I know my right hon. and learned Friend will not be tempted into offering legal advice on the Floor of the House, but what protection might be available to consumers and businesses who entered a contract on the basis of free calls, texts and data while roaming if operators are tempted to change the terms of those contracts mid-term?

 

Jeremy Wright The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

This Bill is important not only in protecting motorists; it is vital to the vitality of our town centres. People who are afraid of high, arbitrary parking penalties do not come into town centres and so do not support local traders, and our high streets miss out. Parking providers have privileged access to DVLA records in order to enforce these charges.

Mike Wood: Reductions in business rates will help thousands of small and medium-sized shops, restaurants and pubs in our town centres. Will the Prime Minister commit to continuing to work for fundamental reform of local business taxation so that local shops and businesses of all sorts can compete fairly with the online giants?

 

Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

Mike Wood: Reductions in business rates will help thousands of small and medium-sized shops, restaurants and pubs in our town centres. Will the Prime Minister commit to continuing to work for fundamental reform of local business taxation so that local shops and businesses of all sorts can compete fairly with the online giants?

 

Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

Mike Wood: As well as the world’s best beer, one of the things that brings people into our pubs is live music. What assessment has the Minister made of the importance of the music industry’s contribution to our economic and cultural health?

 

Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dudley South’s MP, Mike Wood, has praised the Chancellor’s announcement to

Mike Wood: Mandatory reporting requirements are an important step in eliminating the gender pay gap, but does my hon. Friend agree that it will be key for shareholders and customers, as well as employees, to hold businesses to account on those reports?

 

Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

Mike Wood: What steps his Department is taking to support the use of small businesses in Government procurement.

 

Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Mike Wood: The Leader of the House is attending to Privy Council business in Sandringham, but the residents of Sandringham Place in Wordsley have had to put up with derelict shops falling into rack and ruin over many years. Can we have a debate in Government time on the power of local authorities to deal with derelict buildings and to bring them back into use, whether as shops, commercial or housing?

 

Paul Maynard Government Whip

Mike Wood: Will the Secretary of State consider holding a West Midlands Brexit summit with the new mayor of the West Midlands—who we hope will be Andy Street—and with key regional businesses, so that we can ensure that the interests of the West Midlands are considered in the Brexit negotiations and that Brexit delivers for the West Midlands as well as for the rest of the country?

 

David Davis The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Mike Wood: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to support library provision.

 

Rob Wilson (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport):

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