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  • Alok Sharma calls for more help for small businesses | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    were drowning in red tape and regulation The second was that they had to deal with an excessive burden of taxation The third was that they faced issues relating to access to finance Many Government Members have already pointed out areas where the Government have made a real effort to address all three issues the red tape challenge the one in two out policy cutting back on the regulations that micro businesses have to deal with the upcoming deregulation Bill perhaps the Minister will give us an update on that the reduction in the headline corporation tax rate extended small business rate relief the funding for lending scheme the enterprise finance guarantee scheme and a plethora of schemes to get debt and equity provision for start ups and growing businesses which are on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills website and are now starting to be delivered through the British Business Bank Of course the one scheme that the Government have not been responsible for which perhaps the shadow Minister could tell us about is the Co op bank soft loans scheme which has been available to only a restricted number of people A friend of mine who works in business and is not particularly partisan politically has acknowledged that the Government have made a huge effort in cutting red tape However as he says perhaps the time has come not just to take an axe to red tape but to take a chainsaw to unnecessary red tape and regulation I am pleased that we have gone from one in one out to one in two out but why not one in three out or none in four out One reason for not doing that is that the Government are constrained by EU regulation I welcome what the Prime Minister said following the proposals made by his business taskforce on cutting back EU regulation I understand that yesterday the Leader of the Opposition referred to a tweet containing greencrap I have just started tweeting and am thinking about tweeting after this debate with EUredtapecrap because of the enormous amount of EU regulation that is holding back our businesses The issue of increasing competitiveness is felt not just in the UK but by Governments in Berlin Stockholm Amsterdam and perhaps even Paris If Opposition Members really care about business they should back the European Union Referendum Bill I hope they will turn up tomorrow to support it because that is the best way of delivering change in the EU and ensuring that we get rid of some of this regulation In the remaining two minutes I have two quick points One relates to simplifying the tax system overall through the merger or the simplification of income tax and national insurance and the second is about closing the equity funding gap In the 2011 Budget the Chancellor talked about merging national insurance and income tax A consultation was held and the decision was made not to take the idea forward None

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  • Alok Sharma highlights role of Commonwealth countries in First World War | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Alok Sharma highlights role of Commonwealth countries in First World War Speaking in a debate on commemoration of the First World War Alok Sharma highlights the role of soldiers from Commonwealth countries and specifically mentions Khudadad Khan the first Indian to be awarded the Victoria cross who survived the war Alok Sharma Reading West Con My hon Friend is making a powerful speech Does he share my view that we should commemorate not just British soldiers but soldiers from the Commonwealth countries particularly soldiers such as Khudadad Khan the first Indian to be awarded the Victoria cross who survived the war Dr Murrison I am grateful to my hon Friend for raising that point which

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  • Alok Sharma questions Government on DVLA delays | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    for Circuit Lane Surgery Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Alok Sharma questions Government on DVLA delays Alok Sharma questions the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport about DVLA delays in re registering cars which have been causing problems for second hand car dealerships Alok Sharma Reading West Con I recently met my constituent John Letch owner of Car Contacts Ltd which sells second hand cars many of which it imports from Northern Ireland Mr Letch tells me that in recent months the company has experienced severe delays in the re registering of cars by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency delaying their onward sale and putting the company under financial strain Will the Minister meet me and Mr Letch and other traders to discuss this matter urgently The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Stephen Hammond My hon Friend refers to applications that were centralised at the DVLA in Swansea in July There were initially some delays but on 9 August a special team was created to deal with the more complex applications and I think that that is now beginning to resolve the situation However I would of course be happy to meet him and his constituents Hansard Printer friendly version Sign

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  • Living Standards debate | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Living Standards debate Speaking during an Opposition Day debate on Living Standards Alok Sharma challenges the Opposition on its policy of a temporary cut in VAT Alok Sharma Reading West Con The Labour motion contains a long list including a lot of things that the Government are already doing I also note that it does not call for a temporary cut in VAT which was one of Labour s flagship policies I know that Labour is a policy free zone at the moment but is that another abandoned policy Rachel Reeves I thank the hon Gentleman for that intervention Hansard

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  • School starting age for summer-born children | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    and Mrs Slade who approached me two years ago because they wanted their daughter Ava who was born at the end of August to delay her start to school by a year I have some sympathy with such a view because my older daughter Isabella is also an August born child She is doing absolutely fine at school now but when she first started her age did make a difference If she had started a year later it would have made a difference but in a positive way As I said Mr and Mrs Slade approached me two years ago and I wrote to the Department The then Minister of State for Schools my hon Friend the Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Mr Gibb gave me a prompt reply He said It must be the parent s choice when their child starts school and the law provides flexibility for parents on this issue That was absolutely great news but he then went on to explain that the parents had to talk to the school the head teachers the governing body and the local authority That was where Mr and Mrs Slade found the huge difference between the theory and the actual practice of getting a delayed start for their child They battled for almost two and a half years with Reading borough council which was not as helpful as it could have been Mr and Mrs Slade said to me that the local authority effectively hid behind some of the clauses of the admissions code They admitted that even if their child started in the year when the local authority wanted her to start she would cope but no one wants their child just to cope they want them to thrive in school and that is what this debate

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  • Speeches and Debates | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Speeches and Debates Alok Sharma speaks in cycling debate 2nd September 2013 Speaking during a Parliamentary debate on cycling Alok Sharma highlights the need for local authorities to do more a Parliamentary work 1 16th July 2013 Stet scripta eleifend eum ne Pri petentium repudiare in Alii noster nostrum vis ex sadipscing temporibus vis an Alok Sharma welcomes Government action on antisocial behaviour 10th June 2013 Alok Sharma welcomes the provisions in the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill offering quick and effectiv Alok Sharma highlights need to promote message that overseas students are welcome to study in UK 6th June 2013 Speaking during a debate on student visas Alok Sharma highlights the importance of getting the message to students i Alok Sharma supports new Government education programme on caste 16th April 2013 Alok Sharma welcomes the introduction of an education programme against caste discrimination which will be supported Alok Sharma speaks in special debate to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher 10th April 2013 Alok Sharma speaks in the special Parliamentary debate to make his personal tribute to Baroness Thatcher Budget Debate 25th March 2013 Alok Sharma speaks in the Budget Debate and welcomes the raising of personal allowances and measures to help small an Alok Sharma backs Government s work to increase diversity on corporate boards 7th January 2013 Alok Sharma welcomes the Government s work to increase gender balance on corporate boards as companies with diverse b Alok Sharma leads debate on cycling safety 21st November

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  • Sharma welcomes good progress on superfast broadband provision | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Sharma welcomes good progress on superfast broadband provision 9th February 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the news that 91 per cent of homes in Reading West are now able to access superfast broadband services 41 377 homes in Reading West are now connected to a cabinet that can provide download speeds of at least 24Mb second According to Ofcom the average download speed available in Reading West is now 29 1Mb second As part of the Government s Superfast Broadband Programme a further 2 654 homes in Reading West will have access to superfast broadband by 2017 taking the number of homes covered to 97 these premises are all in areas that the private sector would not otherwise have reached The Government s Superfast Broadband Programme has now reached over 2 million homes and businesses and coverage is being extended to a further 40 000 premises across the UK every week The Government is investing 680 million in superfast broadband and has cut red tape to allow new broadband street cabinets and other infrastructure to be installed without the need for prior approval from the local council except in Sites of Special Scientific Interest Alok Sharma said Superfast broadband is key to boosting economic growth making the town more competitive and creating jobs I am delighted that thanks to plans by the Conservatives in government 97 of homes and businesses in my Reading West constituency will have access to download speeds of at least 24 Megabits per second by 2017 Alok continued Investing in superfast broadband services

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  • MP meets with broadband provider offering Gigabit connection in Reading | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Broadband an Internet Service Provider promising speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second in Reading Alok met with Hyperoptic s Managing Director Dana Pressman Tobak to discuss the company s expansion plans Hyperoptic has chosen Reading as one of the three hypercities outside of London to receive the fibre to the home broadband service at new commercial and residential developments The three locations which also include Bristol and Cardiff were selected based on a number of factors including consumer demand and overall density of population Alok has been campaigning for faster broadband speeds across Reading and earlier this month at the request of one of his constituents wrote to all homes in Tidmarsh urging them to register their interest in faster internet speeds on the Superfast Berkshire website http www superfastberkshire org uk Alok also raised the issue of broadband speeds with the former Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport during a visit to Reading in April last year Superfast Berkshire is a campaign being supported by Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and all of Berkshire s unitary authorities to improve broadband speed and coverage across Berkshire in the areas that are not commercially viable to the private sector Alok Sharma said Securing faster broadband for residents and businesses across Reading is one of my top priorities as an MP and will be key to unlocking future local economic growth The fact that Hyperoptic Broadband has selected Reading as one of the first hypercities in which to roll out its Gigabit broadband service is a mark of confidence in the town and I hope that this kind of service will start to become the norm in the near future Dana Tobak Managing Director and co founder of Hyperoptic commented I was delighted to meet with Alok

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