Dr Dan was delighted to welcome a group of students from Worlingworth Primary School to Westminster on Wednesay 23 November. The staff and pupils made the trip from Suffolk to London on one of Parliament's busiest days – not only did they arrive while Prime Minister's Question Time was in motion, but there was certainly an added buzz around the Houses of Parliament ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.
The group of students enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament where they learned about the fascinating history and heritage of the buildings themselves, but also about the role of our democracy. Dr Dan has visited the school on a number of occasions, but he was delighted to meet the students after their tour for a question and answer session.
The students very much enjoyed their tour of Parliament and asked Dr Dan a number of questions on both local and national topics, including somewhat topically, what he can do as an MP to help bring better broadband to Suffolk as many commented that this would help them with their homework. No sooner had the question been asked than the Chancellor, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond, announced £1billion further investment into digital infrastructure, which Dr Dan hopes will go some way to helping with the further rollout of better broadband in Suffolk. The students were also keen to know what Dr Dan's job as an MP entails and how this compares to his role as an NHS doctor.
Dr Dan said that he was delighted to welcome the pupils from Worlingworth CEVC Primary School to Westminster; a visit to Parliament is always an exciting experience and it helps to strengthen the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally and as an MP in Parliament. It is fascinating for the pupils to learn more about our democracy and to see for themselves where our laws are made.
Ahead of UK Parliament Week last week, Dr Dan met with a number of school councils and considers it a very important piece of his work to meet regularly with students from schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich to talk to them about the role of Parliament and how MPs can help with local matters.
Dr Dan very much enjoyed meeting the pupils today and thanked them for their wide range of well-informed questions.
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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Billing (23 Oct 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information the Government holds on how many households have been on British Gas, E.on, EDF, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE's standard variable tariffs for (a) five years or more and (b) 10 years or more.
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