Steve Double – speeches and questions

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  • Self-employed Persons: Financial Support (24 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: While many of our supermarket shelves are empty at times, a food source currently going to waste is fish. Most of our fishermen are self-employed, but they have seen their markets collapse, because pubs and restaurants are closed and overseas markets are closed to them. Will we look for a bespoke package to support our fishermen through this time and, in particular, to find ways to get their...
  • Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: One of the things that the current crisis is teaching us is that many people who we considered to be low-skilled are actually pretty crucial to the smooth running of our country—and are, in fact, recognised as key workers. Once we are through this situation, will my right hon. Friend consider reviewing our points-based immigration system to reflect the things that we have learnt during this...
  • Church Commissioners: Church Closure and Use (19 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: In the light of my hon. Friend’s response to the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), does he agree that, although churches are not gathering for worship, they still have a vital role to play in meeting the spiritual, emotional and, indeed, practical needs of our communities at this very difficult time? Although they may not be gathering for services and other meetings, churches are...
  • Economic Update (17 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: I warmly welcome the bold and decisive steps that the Chancellor has taken today, which will be welcomed by many businesses in mid-Cornwall, particularly those in the hospitality sector. I want to raise something that many Members have already raised—the self-employed and small businesses that do not own premises and therefore will not benefit from the measures on business rates and grants....
  • Defence: Armed Forces Capability (16 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: What steps his Department is taking to ensure that the capabilities of the armed forces are adequate to address future threats.
  • Defence: Armed Forces Capability (16 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: There is no doubt that space will play an increasingly important role in defence. In Cornwall, we are excited about that opportunity, because we will soon be launching satellites from Spaceport Cornwall. Will my hon. Friend confirm that the space domain will fully be a part of the integrated review?
  • Written Answers — Home Office: British National (Overseas): Hong Kong (11 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British National Overseas passport holders there were in Hong Kong in each year since the introduction of that category of passport; whether she plans to review the rights afforded to those passport holders; and if she will make a statement.
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Litter: Tobacco (9 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to include an extended producer responsibility scheme for tobacco litter such as filters in his Department's Waste and Resource Strategy; and if he will hold a public consultation on such a scheme.
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Litter: Tobacco (9 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of litter-related activities by major tobacco companies to tackle tobacco litter.
  • Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste Management (6 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of which waste streams should be included in the proposed extended producer responsibility scheme in the Waste and Resource Strategy.
  • Flybe (5 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: Today should be a day of celebration in Cornwall, as it is St Piran’s Day, but it will be tinged with sadness because of the devastating impact this will have on the Cornish economy, particularly so close to the Easter holidays, which mark the start of the tourism season. The Government already recognise the crucial importance of the Newquay to London link, because it is supported by a...
  • International Trade: Topical Questions (5 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.
  • International Trade: Topical Questions (5 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: The British Egg Industry Council recently commissioned a report on the impact that changes to import tariffs would have on UK egg producers. The report particularly highlighted concerns about cutting import tariffs on egg products when they come from countries with much lower welfare standards. How does my right hon. Friend plan to protect the good eggs, such as St Ewe Free Range Eggs in my...
  • Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: Tomorrow is St Piran’s day, when Cornish men and women around the world will be celebrating our national saint and all things Cornish. St Piran is also the patron saint of tin mining, but mining is not just something assigned to Cornish history. Is the Prime Minister aware that significant deposits of lithium have been identified in Cornwall, which provides the opportunity of levelling up...
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (3 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: Lithium is set to become one of the most sought after minerals in the world. Recent confirmation of significant deposits means that Cornwall is well placed to enable the UK to have its own secure domestic and sustainable supply of this vital mineral. Not only will that help to level up the Cornish economy, but it will put the UK at a global competitive advantage. Will the Minister ensure that...
  • Airport Expansion (2 Mar 2020)
    Steve Double: This further delay will be a great disappointment to businesses in Cornwall, particularly as we are about to lose our current Heathrow slot. Does the Minister share my view that the expansion of Heathrow is essential to us achieving our global Britain ambitions, but that this is not the end for Heathrow, and it is right to appeal against this decision? Will she join me in wishing it well in...
  • Business of the House (27 Feb 2020)
    Steve Double: The Government have rightly committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The plan includes phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2035, which is going to mean a huge increase in demand for critical minerals such as lithium. The Leader of the House may be aware that Cornwall is rich in lithium and many other minerals used for the motor industry, so can we have a statement from the Government...
  • European Union: Future Relationship (27 Feb 2020)
    Steve Double: I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement and his clear message on fisheries. He will know that memories run deep in our fishing communities, and that great concern continues to be felt because of the way the fishing industry was treated previously. Will he make it absolutely to clear to fishermen in Cornwall and around the country that access to our fishing waters will not be used as a...
  • Cabinet Office: Relocating Public Bodies (27 Feb 2020)
    Steve Double: What plans he has to relocate public bodies out of the south-east.
  • Cabinet Office: Relocating Public Bodies (27 Feb 2020)
    Steve Double: I welcome the Minister to her place. Cornwall has 650 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the country and a fishing industry desperately keen to make the most of the opportunities of Brexit. Does my right hon. Friend share my view that Cornwall would be a great location in which to base the Marine Management Organisation?