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  • Alok Sharma questions Government on DVLA delays
    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 Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West Berkshire Reading Battle Kentwood Minster Norcot Southcote Tilehurst and Whitley West Berkshire Birch Copse Calcot Pangbourne Purley Theale

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  • Living Standards debate
    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 Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West

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  • School starting age for summer-born children
    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 is about Parents are best placed to judge how well their child will do in a school setting which is why we should do more to empower them to make those decisions obviously in consultation with local authorities and governors I welcome the guidance that the Department has issued and I congratulate the Minister on the work that she is doing I also back my hon Friend when she says that we need to monitor the advice that is being given and to see

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  • Alok Sharma speaks in cycling debate | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 speaks in cycling debate Speaking during a Parliamentary debate on cycling Alok Sharma highlights the need for local authorities to do more and calls for a report on the benefits and costs of introducing a law requiring children to wear cycle helmets Alok Sharma Reading West Con My hon Friend is absolutely right that the Government must provide funding and they have been doing so but it is also important for local authorities to be doing more Let me quote what my constituent Adrian Lawson the chairman of the Reading Cycling Campaign said about Reading borough council We identified a lot of simple things that would make it immeasurably better for cyclists This was over a year ago Not a single thing has happened Does that not show that we also need local councils to implement measures Dr Huppert Absolutely local authorities have a crucial role to play Hansard Alok Sharma My hon Friend makes an important point on wearing cycle helmets Independent studies have shown clearly that wearing cycle helmets saves lives and cuts down on injuries Last year I called on the Department for Transport to issue a definitive and independent report on the benefits and costs of introducing a law requiring children to wear cycle helmets Would he welcome such a report Mike Thornton There is a difficulty with wearing cycle helmets I tried to get my daughter to wear one

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  • Parliamentary work 1 | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    in Pangbourne Pangbourne Business Rates Public meetings held with Thames Valley Police Safe road crossing on Dee Road Securing future 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 Parliamentary work 1 Stet scripta eleifend eum ne Pri petentium repudiare in Alii noster nostrum vis ex sadipscing temporibus vis an Iriure copiosae appetere nec ut Eu eirmod interesset pri odio idque minim vim in at latine partiendo sed Nec ut clita efficiantur his ut mundi soluta cum dico scripserit ad Printer friendly version Sign up for my e newsletter Email Address First Name Last Name Postcode Tweets by AlokSharma RDG View Working for Reading West

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  • Alok Sharma welcomes Government action on antisocial behaviour | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    behaviour in their local area Alok Sharma Reading West Con I think that the Home Secretary has started to make this point already but does she agree that what victims of antisocial behaviour want is not a complicated smorgasbord of options open to agencies but a quick and effective remedy that can make real changes in their local area which is exactly what the Bill will give us Mrs May I am grateful to my hon Friend for his remarks I will come on to explain the various new powers in the Bill the whole point of which is to provide a remedy that is effective easier and quicker enabling us to remedy the problems of antisocial behaviour from which too many of our constituents suffer Hansard Alok Sharma Does my right hon Friend agree that it is incredibly important for the wider public and indeed everyone in this House to understand that there is a clear difference between an arranged marriage where there is consent on the part of both parties and a forced marriage which is wrong on every level It is absolutely right that the Bill includes proposals to deal with that Mrs May My hon Friend makes an important and valid point All of us who talk about this issue should be clear about the difference and careful in the language we use As he says there is a real difference between an arranged marriage where there has been consent and a forced marriage where there has not Hansard Alok Sharma I thank the right hon Lady for giving way but I really wish she would not keep undermining the police force which is doing a fantastic job In the Thames valley we have had crime down and detection rates up year after year Why can

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  • Alok Sharma highlights need to promote message that overseas students are welcome to study in UK | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 need to promote message that overseas students are welcome to study in UK Speaking during a debate on student visas Alok Sharma highlights the importance of getting the message to students in India China and other emerging economies that the UK is open there are no caps of limits and they are welcome to come here to study at an accredited establishment Alok Sharma Reading West Con My hon Friend is making some valid points Does he agree that one of the key things that must come out of this debate is a clear message to students in India China and other emerging economies with a lot of growth that the UK is open that there are no caps or limits and that they can come here if they go to an accredited establishment can speak English and have the funding Nadhim Zahawi I thank my hon Friend who is absolutely right that the message has to be that we are open for business Indeed the latest figures for 2010 11 and 2011 12 show that all the Russell group universities apart from three posted positive increases There is some good news but I hope that this debate will further inform the Government and the Home Office as to what else we can do to enhance the situation Hansard Alok Sharma My hon Friend is being very generous in giving way Should we not be explaining to the public in more detail what

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  • Alok Sharma supports new Government education programme on caste | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    have been a Member of Parliament for only three years many Members have been here far longer and I represent a constituency whose make up means it is a microcosm of Britain but in those three years not a single constituent has come to talk with me about being subject to caste discrimination People have come to talk about other forms of discrimination but certainly not caste discrimination Sandra Osborne Ayr Carrick and Cumnock Lab Will the hon Gentleman explain to me the relevance of the number of constituents who have come forward to talk with him or with anyone else Surely a few cases means a few cases too many If we base our understanding of discrimination on numbers we will not get very far Alok Sharma I understand the sentiment the hon Lady expresses but is she suggesting that the Government should legislate to protect people from every conceivable form of discrimination We know that class discrimination exists as do other forms of discrimination but we follow other approaches for those rather than legislation Mr David Ward Bradford East LD Is my hon Friend not concerned that most ordinary sensible people probably believe that caste discrimination is already illegal and that if we do not go ahead with this we will be sending out a message that it is acceptable and that claims against it are not supported by the law Alok Sharma Of course it is unacceptable As I said earlier any form of discrimination is unacceptable but we need to ensure that the remedies we have available are used and ultimately there has to be an evidence base for legislation Mr Khalid Mahmood Birmingham Perry Barr Lab If a carer was to refuse to care for an individual because they were of a lower caste how does the hon Gentleman think that would be remedied Alok Sharma I took part in a debate on Radio 5 live this morning and that was one of the examples that came up Clearly it is unacceptable I do not know the details of the case and I do not know whether there is a remedy under workplace legislation but to continue with the theme I think that we need to ensure that there is an evidence base I welcome the work that the Government are proposing on education One of the points made by a caller to the Radio 5 live debate this morning was that much of the time employers do not understand caste discrimination That could form part of the education process As I understand it certainly based on my reading of the debate in the other place the Government have not closed their mind to legislation They said that an evidence base is needed and that additional work is being undertaken John Hemming Does my hon Friend accept that were the Government motion to pass this issue would not return to the House of Lords and could not be subject to a further amendment but it

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