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  • City Status (Reading) debate | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Minister has not yet made plans for his summer holidays may I recommend a few days in Reading As well as enjoying our sporting retail and leisure facilities he and his family will be able to check out our various museums and enjoy a play or concert at the famous Hexagon theatre If he comes during the August bank holiday weekend he will be able to visit the internationally renowned Reading festival set on the banks of the Thames I suspect that he is tempted by Reading s offer Perhaps he will tell me in his response whether he would like me to reserve some accommodation for him during August Mr John Redwood Wokingham Con I wish my hon Friend every success He is making an elegant case for city status for Reading but will he reassure Wokingham that no extraterritorial demands will be made if Reading gains the honour of being a city Alok Sharma I thank my right hon Friend for raising that point Our bid is clear It is based on the document Reading is a friendly town its Members of Parliament are extremely friendly and we will certainly ensure that whatever Reading does in future is on a co operative and friendly basis Educationally Reading offers a centre of excellence in many areas We have a top rated university that carries out internationally recognised work across various departments including cybernetics meteorology engineering and agriculture The university s Henley business school is an international leader Some of our state schools such as Kendrick school for girls and Reading school for boys consistently top the national league tables for exam results as do a number of our independent schools There is also the excellent Avenue school in the heart of my constituency a special school for boys and girls between the ages of two and 19 who have complex special educational needs I have seen at first hand the work that Avenue staff do with pupils and it is truly outstanding The school is a benchmark of excellence for special schools throughout the country I am also pleased that some schools in Reading have already embraced the freedom that academy status offers Several have converted to academies and others are considering conversion One of the first free schools in the country All Saints junior school backed by local parents and the community will open its door to pupils in my constituency in September The setting up of the school is a textbook case of go getting entrepreneurial Reading parents who want the best for all children in the town It reflects Reading s positive can do attitude The people of Reading are undoubtedly go getting I will talk shortly about the economic leadership that we provide but ours is also a caring and compassionate town We have one of the most active voluntary and community sectors in the south east Reading has more than 400 organisations that contribute to the town s well being and many volunteers who

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  • Education Questions: MP calls for businesses to help schools with careers advice | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Education Questions MP calls for businesses to help schools with careers advice Speaking in the House of Commons Alok Sharma calls for more businesses to work in partnership with schools to provide careers advice and highlights the forthcoming careers Futures Fair for secondary schools in Reading Alok Sharma Reading West Con What steps he is taking to improve the standard of careers guidance available in schools 56587 The Minister for Further Education Skills and Lifelong Learning Mr John Hayes Subject to the passage of the Education Bill schools will be under a new duty to secure access to independent and impartial careers guidance for their pupils from September 2012 Also an unprecedented degree of co operation with the careers industry means that we will have new professional standards training and accreditation Alok Sharma I thank the Minister for his work in this area Does he agree that more businesses also need to work in partnership with schools to provide careers advice Will he join me in applauding the companies that are backing the futures fair that I and others in my constituency are putting together for secondary schools in Reading Mr Hayes I am well aware as you Mr Speaker and the whole House will be of my hon Friend s commitment in that regard Indeed on 29 September under his leadership Reading West schools and others will be holding a

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  • PM: Localism Bill will give local people greater influence over planning | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 PM Localism Bill will give local people greater influence over planning Alok Sharma highlights allegations that Reading borough council has in the past used Section 106 money money paid by developers towards infrastructure and service provision to plug gaps in the general budget He calls on the PM to advise how residents can use the Localism Bill to ensure it is spent correctly in future Alok Sharma Reading West Con An independent investigation is due to report on allegations that Reading borough council when last under Labour control diverted section 106 moneys to plug gaps in the general budget and also to fund unrelated projects Can the Prime Minister offer any advice on how residents can make use of the Localism Bill to ensure that section 106 money is spent correctly The Prime Minister I would make two points to my hon Friend First the Localism Bill gives local people a greater ability to influence what happens to section 106 money Secondly because of the new homes bonus councils that go ahead with building homes will get more money so they need not feel that they must go for one huge development in order to draw in the section 106 money It could be that a different pattern of development one more in tune with what

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  • MP calls for debate on taxpayer funding of union officials | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 MP calls for debate on taxpayer funding of union officials Speaking in the House of Commons Alok Sharma has called for a Parliamentary deabte on the practice of funding the salaries of full time union officials with council taxpayers money Alok Sharma Reading West Con May we have a debate on the practice in some councils of funding the salaries of full time union officials with taxpayers money to consider whether Members of this House believe that that is an appropriate use of taxpayers funds Sir George Young I commend my hon Friend on the initiative that he is taking to use freedom of information requests to find out more about the resources that are being allocated in that direction At a time of financial restraint I would expect all employers to ensure that such facilities are put to their proper use However at the end of the day it is up to the employer on the one hand and the trade union on the other to agree to an amount of time and then to see that that is not exceeded Hansard Printer friendly version Sign up for my e newsletter

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  • Speeches and Debates | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Speeches and Debates Big Society Debate 28th February 2011 Alok Sharma welcomes the big society philosophy of greater community engagement Youth Unemployment Debate 16th February 2011 Alok Sharma calls on Opposition MPs to back the coalition Government s policies which are offering a fresh start to y Alok Sharma welcomes Government policies for growth and jobs 2nd February 2011 During an Opposition Day debate on the work of the Department For Business Innovation And Skills Alok Sharma congra Localism Bill Debate 17th January 2011 In supporting the Bill Alok Sharma welcomes the return of genuine power to local communities Higher Education Fees Debate 9th December 2010 Alok Sharma supports the proposals as being a fair system that does not require any payment up front and will result MP welcomes free school moves 17th November 2010 Speaking in a debate on education funding and school reform in the House of Commons Alok Sharma welcomes moves to op Budget Debate Alok Sharma welcomes support for small businesses 23rd June 2010 Speaking in the Budget debate in the House of Commons Alok Sharms welcomes moves to support small businesses such as Banking Reform Debate 17th June 2010 Alok Sharma backs Government proposals to reform the banking regulation sector Alok makes his maiden speech 14th June 2010 Alok Sharma made

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  • Investment in local football | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Investment in local football 5th August 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed news that three football teams in Reading West are due to receive grants totalling 10 500 The Football Foundation has confirmed that it will be providing investment from its club development scheme Grow the Game The clubs to receive funding are Young Promises FC which has been awarded a grant of 3 000 Centre Skills FC which has been awarded a grant of 1 500 Tilehurst Panthers Girls FC which has been awarded a grant of 6 000 The funding will enable these clubs to create new teams to start in the coming season Grow the Game is funded by the Premier League and the FA and delivered on their behalf by the Football Foundation Alok Sharma said I am delighted that Reading West teams are due to receive an investment worth 10 500 which will help more young people to participate in sport Congratulations to those clubs that are receiving funding to expand their teams which I hope will provide a lasting legacy of increased involvement I am keen to see funding go to as many teams in Reading as possible and so I would encourage any interested clubs in Reading West to get in touch by emailing alok sharma mp parliament uk and I will be happy to support their application In a letter to Alok Rory Carroll Head of Communications for the Football Foundation said that the Grow the Game scheme encourages a healthier

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  • Jasmine House Nursing Home | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Reading West last week officially opened a new Reminiscence Garden at Jasmine House Nursing Home on Westcote Road in Southcote during the care home s annual garden party Residents and guests at the 1940s themed party were able to enjoy singing from local musician Wendy Orpwood UnionBelle and food from a barbecue and the five star rated kitchen while staff dressed up in vintage style attire for the occasion Jasmine House Nursing Home recently received a Good rating from the Care Quality Commission following an unannounced inspection Alok cut a ribbon to officially open the Reminiscence Garden at the front of the building which is designed to invoke memories of days gone by and encourage conversation and activities The garden has been decorated with a variety of flower planters a swing chair located under a tree to provide a shaded area to sit and a pergola to provide shade and shelter from rain Jasmine House always welcomes visits from local people who want to come in and have a chat with the residents and holds monthly coffee mornings for visitors Alok Sharma said I was delighted to attend Jasmine House Nursing Home to open the Reminiscence Garden and join the garden party which provided a great opportunity to celebrate the Good rating awarded following a recent CQC inspection All of the staff at Jasmine House are very friendly and the new garden provides a lovely setting for conversation and enjoying sunny afternoons I would encourage anyone who has the time to spare to drop in for a coffee and a chat with some very lovely residents Helena Hawkins Manager of Jasmine House Nursing Home said We were delighted to welcome Alok Sharma Member of Parliament for Reading West to the Home to officially open our new Reminiscence Garden Mr Sharma

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  • New trains for Great Western Line | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Contact Links New trains for Great Western Line 30th July 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the announcement today that the Department for Transport has agreed a deal which will allow First Great Western to purchase a new fleet of trains to serve commuters in Reading from 2018 The Department has announced the order for 29 new Hitachi AT 300 trains which have got 24 more seats than current trains have extra legroom a plug socket accessible from every seat and WiFi availability These new trains will complement the arrival of the new class 800 801s currently being procured for the Intercity Express Programme which are due to start arriving in 2017 The new electric trains will Provide more seats and faster journeys Electric trains have more seats than diesel trains of the same length and journey times can be shortened due to the superior performance of electric traction Journeys are smoother and more comfortable too Improve reliability Electric trains are more reliable and require less maintenance They are also lighter and cause less wear to the track helping make the railway more reliable Be better for the environment Electric trains cause 20 35 lower carbon emissions than diesels with no emissions at the point of use improving air quality in pollution hot spots such as city centres and stations They are also quieter improving quality of life for people living near the railway Help boost the economy Electrification of key lines stimulates economic growth across the region Faster trains with improved connections and more seats improve people s access to jobs and services and open up new opportunities for business Alok Sharma said I absolutely welcome this announcement which will benefit my commuting constituents In the last Parliament I lobbied the Department for

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