Adam Afriyie
MP for Windsor
Adam Afriyie welcomes new employment figures

Adam Afriyie today welcomed new employment figures showing the jobless rate had fallen substantially in the South East and Windsor since 2010.

The figures showed that there are now 264,000 more people in work in the South East compared to the last election, and the jobless rate in Windsor had fallen 48 percent.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:

“I’m delighted that the number of people in Windsor relying on benefits has fallen. Since 2010, the number of people on Jobseeker’s Allowance in Windsor has dropped by 48 percent.

“A job is the best gift that anyone can receive. It gives people and their families the security of a regular pay packet, so they can get on with their lives.

Adam Afriyie welcomes Government commitment to UK spaceport

Adam Afriyie today welcomed the Government’s restatement of their commitment to a UK spaceport.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor and Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee, said:

“I’m delighted the Government has again committed to establish a spaceport in the UK by 2018. This shows the Government has the vision to imagine Britain as a global player in this emerging industry.

“As politicians we need to keep our eye on the future. Just like business people, we need to spot new opportunities first, and I believe the space tourism industry is just one of those opportunities.

Transport links between Windsor and Reading

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps he has taken to improve transport connections between Windsor and Reading.

Robert Goodwill (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Transport): On 27 March, the Government and Transport for London announced that Crossrail services will be extended to serve Reading from 2019. Once Crossrail services begin across the whole line in 2019, passengers travelling to London from Windsor, Reading and other Thames Valley stations will be able to travel to more destinations across London without the need to change at Paddington. Construction of Crossrail is now more than half completed and electrification of the Great Western Main Line is also under way. Electrification of the Slough to Windsor route is approved and will improve local connectivity.

NHS services and foreign nationals

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to ensure that foreign nationals pay for healthcare they receive in the UK.

Jane Ellison (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health): The Department is working to support the National Health Service to increase the recovery of costs from overseas visitors and migrants. We aim to recover £500 million annually by the middle of the next Parliament, which will be reinvested into the NHS to support the sustainability of NHS frontline services.

Space tourism in the UK

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to encourage the growth of a space tourism industry in the UK.

Greg Clark (Minister of State, BIS): The Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend Mr Goodwill announced at the Farnborough International Air show in July 2014 the Government’s commitment to establish a spaceport in the UK by 2018. The Government is working to ensure that sub-orbital space participant and science flights are operated from this space port.