Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has asked the Government a series of Parliamentary Questions concerning international trade to uncover what steps the Government is taking to prepare the UK for its departure from the European Union.
They have shone a light on a series of actions being taken by the Government to utilise technology and diplomatic relations to promote international trade and enable businesses to make the most of the new opportunities that withdrawing from the European Union’s Customs Union will bring.
On Monday 11th September Adam asked the Department for Education for an update on their work to improve social mobility [14:56:00 to 14:57:48]:
Education Questions, 11th September:
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): What steps the Government is taking to improve social mobility in disadvantaged areas.
Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education): We are committed to supporting social mobility across the country, including in those areas that face the greatest challenges and have the fewest opportunities. At the vanguard of this approach, we are investing £72 million in 12 opportunity areas based in social mobility cold spots. We are working in these areas with local partners to improve educational attainment, to build opportunity and to broaden horizons for children and young people across early years, schools, and further and higher education.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed the news that the country’s public finances were in surplus for the month of July. Over July the public sector received £184m more in tax revenue than it spent on public services. This is the first surplus for the month of July in 15 years.
Since 2010 the budget deficit has also dropped from over 10% of GDP to less than 3%. Over the same period the economy has cumulatively grown by 15.2% and unemployment has dropped to 4.4%, its lowest rate since 1975.
On Tuesday 28th February Adam asked Chancellor of the Exchequer for an update on the work that they are doing to make Britain a better place for private sector firms to invest.
The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie, said:
“Private sector investment is a motor for future economic growth so it is essential that Britain has a simple and generous tax credit system for R&D.
On Tuesday 28th February Adam asked Chancellor of the Exchequer for an update on the work that they are doing to make Britain a better place for private sector firms to invest:
Treasury Questions – Tuesday 28th February
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): I very much welcome this Government’s healthy commitment to scientific spending over several years, but it seems that our business investment in research is below the OECD average. May I urge the Chancellor to examine measures that will increase private company business expenditure on research?
David Gauke (Chief Secretary to the Treasury): As the Chancellor announced at the autumn statement, the Government are significantly increasing investment in research and development, rising to an extra £2 billion a year by 2020-21. We have also made the R&D tax credit regime much more generous. We want to ensure that the UK remains an attractive place for business to invest in innovative research.