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  • Alok Sharma questions PM about EU-India free trade agreement
    agreement between the EU and India as increasing exports to emerging economies is a key part of the growth strategy of many of the G8 nations Alok Sharma Reading West Con Given that increasing exports to emerging economies needs to be a key part of the growth strategy of many of the G8 nations will the Prime Minister update us on any discussions he has had with other European leaders on progress on the pending free trade agreement between the EU and India The Prime Minister We had a number of discussions about the free trade agreements There is a series of such agreements the Indian one the Canadian one the chance of getting one going with Japan My view is that all of them are good news The Korean one has been a success and we need to drive them all forward and we are certainly in the vanguard of doing that 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 and Westwood Copyright 2016 All rights reserved This

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  • Queen’s Speech debate: MP welcomes increase in UK exports to new growth markets
    Europe have recently been growing That is where our export opportunities lie in the short medium and long term exports to new growth markets such as India and China A few weeks ago in departmental questions I asked the Business Secretary about our bilateral trade with India He informed the House that he would shortly be leaving to take a delegation of small and medium sized enterprises to India pointing out that this was his third trip to India since May 2010 That caused some amusement among Opposition Members suggesting I assume that they thought the Secretary of State was off on some sort of jaunt That is exactly the sort of attitude that demonstrates why the Labour party does not get business and does not understand what is needed to grow our exports Business is not won by sitting and whingeing from the Opposition Benches In a global marketplace if one is fighting for global contracts against global competitors one needs to sell and market across the world I am rather pleased that we have Ministers across many Departments getting on planes and batting for British business abroad According to statistics from the Library in 2000 the UK was the third largest source of imports for India By 2010 after 10 years of Labour government that ranking had dropped to 22nd The absolute level of bilateral trade has gone up but not fast enough Given our shared democratic values history language and cultural and family ties there is much to suggest that we should have been doing a lot better on bilateral trade I am very pleased that the UK aims to double bilateral trade with India by 2015 but given the slow down elsewhere we might need to be even more ambitious We are making progress and the

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  • Alok Sharma MP welcomes corporation tax reliefs for film and television production
    500 million a year and employ more than the agriculture sector The new relief announced in the Budget will assist the industry directly and help to attract further blockbuster productions such as Game of Thrones which was indeed is filmed in Northern Ireland creating 800 jobs Alok Sharma Does the Minister agree that the announcement in this year s Budget to introduce corporation tax reliefs for film and television production will bring even more value to Northern Ireland s proposition as a world class production location Mr Swire For my hon Friend I repeat above the hullabaloo that Northern Ireland is a world class destination for film and TV production I welcome the moves taken in the Budget to encourage further investment there The Paint Hall studio in the Titanic Quarter has recently been used for City of Ember the medieval comedy Your Highness and of course the first two series of the European Game of Thrones which has so far brought about 43 million to the Northern Ireland economy Yes we are open for business and if anyone out there is watching I am sure there are many come to see us in Northern Ireland and we will assure

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  • Alok Sharma MP seeks reassurance on border security
    2004 when all passport gates at Heathrow terminal 3 were left open and no checks were made at all Damian Green I can only agree with my hon Friend That was indeed shocking The whole point of the reforms that we have instituted since the John Vine report is to avoid the sort of crisis in which the first reaction is often to say We will just let everyone through

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  • Alok Sharma asks for update on plans to extend smart ticketing to reduce rail fares
    Con Jobseekers and workers from my constituency travel regularly by train to London and elsewhere in the south east and the wider introduction of smart ticketing should help to reduce their travel costs Can the Minister update the House on plans to extend smart ticketing across the south east funding for which was announced in the Chancellor s autumn statement Mrs Villiers We believe that introducing smart ticketing across more of our national network is a very important way to improve services for passengers to make ticket buying easier and more convenient and also as a way to assist our efforts to get better value for money for passengers and in terms of reducing the costs of running the railways That is why we have allocated funding to projects to deliver smart ticketing in the south east and why we are funding the interaction of ITSO with Oyster in London We are determined that the sort of benefits that people have enjoyed with Oyster in London for many years can start to be enjoyed across a wide range of services across the national network Hansard Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary

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  • Alok Sharma praises inward investment strategy
    from countries such as India clearly demonstrates the success of UKTI s inward investment strategy Vince Cable Indeed and I am flying out to India tonight to pursue this issue I think it will be my third visit since I became Secretary of State I shall be making exactly that point that Indian investment in the UK is extremely welcome We are attracting more such investment and leading Indian companies

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  • Apprenticeships | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Apprenticeships Alok Sharma welcomes the Government s commitment to apprenticeships and calls for eligible businesses to be made aware of incentive payments available to employers if they take on young apprentices Alok Sharma Reading West Con How many 16 to 18 year olds started an apprenticeship last year 96394 The Minister for Further Education Skills and Lifelong Learning Mr John Hayes Final data for the 2010 11 academic year show that there were 131 700 apprenticeship starts in England by young people aged under 19 the greatest number in modern history That is an increase of 12 8 in a year and of 32 6 in two years The whole House will acknowledge that achievement We are feeding social mobility and nourishing social justice Alok Sharma I thank the Minister for his huge personal commitment to making the Government s apprenticeships policy a success my constituency had more than 900 apprenticeship starts last year What is his Department doing to make eligible businesses aware that up to 40 000 incentive payments of 1 500 each are available to employers if they take on young apprentices as part of the youth contract Mr Hayes With the modesty for which my hon Friend is known he understated his own involvement in national apprenticeship week when I understand he shadowed an apprentice working in a pre school He is right that we need to get more small and medium sized enterprises involved and to that

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  • MP backs benefits cap | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 MP backs benefits cap Speaking during Prime Minister s Questions Alok Sharma calls on all MPs to back the introduction of a benefits cap so that households on benefits do not receive more than households in work Alok Sharma Reading West Con Tonight the House will have a historic vote on whether households on benefits should be able to receive more than households in work Does the Prime Minister agree with me that the introduction of a benefits cap should have the support of the whole House The Prime Minister My hon Friend is entirely right The cap is right and the cap is fair It is right to say that you should not get more than 26 000 a year in benefits that is 500 a week and it is fair because we are introducing a new principle into our welfare system an able bodied family who can work should not get more in benefits than the average family gets from work The leader of the Labour party has said that he is not against a cap in principle tonight we will find out whether he is in favour of a cap in practice Hansard Printer friendly

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