Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown intervenes in the Second Reading debate of the Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill to support legislation that puts into law the existing triple lock that protects MPs’ correspondence from arbitrary surveillance by the security services.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown spoke in a debate on school attendance and the increased absenteeism since the pandemic. He called on the government, schools, and communities to work together to ensure every student, whether they have an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) or not, is able to access the educational, social and physical opportunities that schools have to offer and has the opportunity to realise their full potential.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown intervenes in a debate on the civil nuclear roadmap and Wylfa to call on the Government to move forward with the road map as with the demise of the advanced gas-cooled reactors in 2030 there will be a dip in nuclear power. He calls on the Government to consider the options of small modular reactors and advanced modular reactors which could be brought online quicker than a new gigawatt power station.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown welcomes the civil nuclear power road map, but calls on the Government to learn lessons from the decommissioning of Sellafield to get a better understanding of nuclear decommissioning costs, so that we can have a true estimate of what nuclear generation costs.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown speaks in a debate on the Great Western Main Line and outlines the frustrations experienced by his constituents such as more cancellations than ever before, delayed trains, closed waiting rooms, and long journey times. He calls for improvements, particularly ‘easy fixes’ such as opening the closed waiting room at Kemble.
Following the Office for National Statistics publication that the estimate for net migration in the year to June 2023 was at 672,000, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown tells the Government these figures are unsustainable and asks the Minister when we will see a drop in numbers.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown used his speech in the debate on the Autumn Statement to call for the reintroduction of tax-free shopping for EU visitors, as British shoppers are spending billions of pounds on tax-free shopping in the EU which is money that should be coming to the UK, and he called on the Government to commission an independent review on the benefits of tax-free shopping.
Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown welcomes the statement but asks the Chancellor to reconsider its decision on the tourist tax which is actively discouraging high-spending tourists from coming from abroad to benefit our shops and hospitality venues.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown backs a new clause in the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill, which would require Ministers to implement measures to ensure that the annual net economic impact of competition and consumer regulation is zero or less each year.