Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps he has taken to make switching energy supplier quicker.
Matthew Hancock (Minister of State for Portsmouth; West Suffolk, Conservative): Since our challenge to industry in the Annual Energy Statement to cut switching times, the Department has worked with Ofgem and the industry to bring forward changes to industry rules to enable and secured industry commitment to a halving switching time from 5 weeks to 2 weeks and 3 days by the end of this year.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations were abolished in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office): In 2010 the coalition pledged to reduce the number and cost of public bodies. Our Public Bodies Reform Programme is the largest restructuring of public bodies in a generation. It will make the landscape smaller, more accountable, and will offer better value for money to the public.
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, today has reiterated his call to release 650MHz of radio spectrum from the public sector for commercial use.
The FSB yesterday criticised internet speeds across the UK. A poll of its members revealed that only 15% were satisfied with broadband speeds.
Adam Afriyie said:
“Businesses need good quality Internet to create jobs and prosperity. The Government has done great work rolling out superfast broadband to hard-to-reach locations, but soaring demand has put our network under serious pressure.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps he has taken to reduce congestion (a) in Windsor constituency and (b) around Heathrow Airport.
Robert Goodwill (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport): Transport investment is central to the Government’s long term economic plan. On 7 July we announced £3 billion of funding for new local transport schemes within the Local Growth Fund. This included £96.9 million for the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (which includes Windsor).
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent steps he has taken to encourage businesses to engage with schools so that students develop a more practical understanding of business.
David Laws (The Minister for Schools; Yeovil, Liberal Democrat): The Department for Education wants to give employers a much greater role in inspiring and motivating young people about the world of work. We published statutory guidance in April to improve links between schools and employers so that pupils can receive careers advice from people with experience of business.