Windsor MP asks questions on broadband policy in Parliament
On Thursday 16th November Adam asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for an update on the government’s continued work to rollout superfast broadband and build a fast, secure and ubiquitous digital Britain (09:44:25 to 09:45:56):
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions, 16th November:
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): 3. What steps she is taking to improve broadband speeds in rural areas.
Matt Hancock (Minister of State for Digital): As we have heard, superfast broadband is now available to more than 94% of premises. In 2010, only 42.5% of homes in Windsor had superfast broadband access. Today, that number is just shy of 94%.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has congratulated the charity Men’s Matters for the work they do to help tackle social isolation amongst older men. Last month, this charity won the Team of the Year Award at the RBWM Voluntary Sector Awards.
Men’s Matters groups tackle social isolation in men over the age of 50 and offer members the chance to learn new skills, gain confidence, and meet new people. The group runs weekly programmes including cooking courses, BBQs, art, social media training and more.
On Wednesday 18th October Adam asked the Department for International Development for an update on the work being made to ensure the UK continues to promote development in Commonwealth countries (11:49:26 to 11:51:10):
International Development Questions, 18th October:
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): 6. What steps she is taking to promote development in other Commonwealth countries.
Rory Stewart (Minister of State for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office): The Prime Minister and Secretary of State have made it clear that the Commonwealth is absolutely central to our future policy, and that is not just true in respect of forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings; the 20 largest DFID recipient countries include Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and Sierra Leone, in which our programmes extend from health and education, to economic development, without which there can be no jobs or growth.
We’re midweek through Stoptober – an annual tradition where people try and abstain from smoking. Unfortunately, for too many people this monthly habit normally ends after a week, or going straight back to their old habit whilst packing away the Halloween decorations on 1st November.
Like many of those currently trying to stop I did so very intermittently: a week or so here or even for a month or two. But for some reason the temptation for nicotine always lingered as doggedly as the smell of tobacco clings to clothes.
I’ve known Theresa May well beyond my 13 years as a fellow Berkshire MP.
Her serious and sensible approach to politics and high office is matched by her honest and reasonable nature. Those who have dealt with also know that she is as decent as she is fearless in her approach to getting the job done. These are precisely the qualities we need to secure the best possible exit from the European Union.