Local businesses and town centres

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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