Local businesses of all sizes form the lifeblood of our local economy in Ipswich and Suffolk, employing local people, boosting economic growth and supporting our local communities. Last week Dan attended his regular Suffolk Business Liaison Group meeting at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Ipswich, along with his fellow Suffolk MPs, to discuss some of the main issues affecting businesses across the county.
A number of key issues were discussed at the meeting, including an update on Suffolk’s plans for the roll-out of high speed broadband across the county by 2015. The contract for delivering high speed broadband in Suffolk has now been put out to tender by Suffolk County Council, with the first homes due to be connected to the high-speed network at the end of the year.
The importance of properly supporting our local abattoirs in Suffolk was also raised, and Dan stressed how supporting Suffolk's farmers and food producers is one of his top priorities as your local mp. That is why he has led efforts in Parliament to ensure that the Food Standards Agency’s proposals to place full cost recovery of meat inspections on local abattoirs are properly reviewed and consulted upon by the Government.
County councils across East Anglia and local businesses are currently drawing up plans, along with the region’s MPs, for the future of our rail service and Dan used this opportunity to stress the importance of making sure key interchange stations such as Stowmarket and Diss are protected as part of any future proposals.
The meeting was very useful and Dan will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s businesses in the weeks and months ahead in Parliament.
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Written Answers — Department for Transport: A14: Bridges (10 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many days the A14 Orwell Bridge has been closed in each year since 2000.
Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients (8 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of working-age adult mental-health bed admissions have taken place under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 2009.