On Tuesday 8th, Peers in the House of Lords debated the Lords Rural Economy Committee’s recent report, Time for a strategy for the rural economy. Committee Chair Lord Foster of Bath opened the debate. He referenced the Rural Services Network’s open letter in The Times, stating: ‘Several rural organisations wrote to the Times stating they were “deeply disappointed” by this decision. The Rural Services Network added: “It shows not only a lack of government ambition for rural communities, but also a lack of appreciation of how strongly rural communities feel disconnected from government policy-making”. It says that the response is, “missing the point and misrepresenting the purpose of a rural strategy”.’
On Thursday 10th, the Government published information on a new law designed to tackle rogue landlords and improve broadband connection in up to 3,000 extra residential buildings. The law will make it easier to install faster internet connections into blocks of flats.
On Friday 11th, the Government published an overview of 5G related initiatives that are being supported by central or local governments.
On Monday 14th, the Queen will open Parliament with the Queen’s Speech.
On Tuesday 15th, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom MP will give evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Reform, Devolution and Decentralisation will meet as will the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Shooting and Conservation.
On Wednesday 16th, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hear evidence on beef prices. The Transport Committee will then take evidence from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan will give evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
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