11 AUG

Riots

 

Parliament was recalled for a second time this Summer after the riots which started in London and went on to affect towns and cities across the country. Ealing was hit badly and Angie took the opportunity to put a question to the Prime Minister. She focused on the need to ensure people that those involved in the rioting would be made to feel the full force of the law. You can read her question and the Prime Minister's response by clicking here.

Angie then went on to make a speech in the debate that followed. You can read her speech, in full, by clicking here.

 

20 JUL

Oak Processionary Moth

 

Angie tabled a written question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in response to a letter of concern from a constituent about Oak Processionary Moth:

Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department has taken in response to infestations of trees and woodlands; what measures have been taken in relation to outbreaks of oak processionary moth; and what measures have been taken in relation to trees in the Ealing ward of Hanger Hill.

The Minister responsible responded:

James Paice (Minister of State (Agriculture and Food), Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; South East Cambridgeshire, Conservative)

The Forestry Commission has powers to control pests under the Plant Heath (Forestry) Act 2005. The Forestry Commission is also working with the Food and Environment Research Agency on a proposal for Oak Processionary Moth to be listed as a quarantine pest under European plant health legislation. While this proposal is being considered, our national measures remain in force.

The strategy to deal with Oak Processionary Moth has moved from eradication to one of containment in the west London outbreak area. This is because the moth is now established in mature trees where it is no longer feasible to locate and destroy the pest effectively. A 10km buffer zone has been set up outside the outbreak area within which regular surveys will be conducted and statutory control notices will ensure that any new infestations are eradicated.

The Ealing Ward of Hanger Hill now lies within the containment zone.

 

06 JUL

Afghanistan

 

Angie had another opportunity to put a question to the Prime Minister after he made a statement to the House on Afghanistan. After hearing the Prime Minister report back on his trip, and outline the Government's approach to the mission in Afghanistan, she pressed him for an assurance that British taxpayers' money is being spent wisely by President Karzai's Government:

Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton, Conservative)

I welcome today's statement, and in particular the Prime Minister's reminder to President Karzai that his Government must be responsible for ensuring that British taxpayers' money is spent wisely and well. Can the Prime Minister reassure British taxpayers that measures are in place to ensure that that happens?

The Prime Minister responded, saying:

I can give that assurance, but clearly not everything has been satisfactory up to now. The situation with the Kabul bank has been appalling, but we now have it moving towards a solution, because there will be a forensic audit and recapitalisation of the bank. However, we need to put in place procedures within the Afghan Government so that there is not the level of corruption and wasted money that there has been.

 

06 JUL

Dangerous Dogs debate

 

A year on from her Adjournment debate on Dangerous Dogs, Angie again took part in a debate to urge ministers to get a move on with new measures to sort the problem out. In her speech, she focused on Ealing and Acton's problem, outlined measures that she feels could help to sort it out, and highlighted the good work that Deputy Mayor of London, Kit Malthouse, is doing. You read her speech by clicking here.

 

23 JUN

Wild Animals in Circuses

 

After receiving a large number of letters and emails from constituents, Angie made a speech in the House of Commons Chamber to put on record her opposition to the use of wild animals in circuses. You can read her speech in full by clicking here.

 

22 JUN

Prime Minister's Questions

 

Angie asked one of the opening questions during Prime Minister's Questions. She asked the Prime Minister to confirm that the only money we will be contributing to the Greek bailout will be through the IMF:

Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton, Conservative)

Can the Prime Minister confirm that this country will not contribute a penny towards the Greek bail-out, other than what we contribute to the International Monetary Fund?

The Prime Minister responded:

David Cameron (Prime Minister; Witney, Conservative)

My hon. Friend is right. We are senior members of the IMF. We sit on the IMF board. We obviously have responsibilities as members of the IMF, but what I am clear about is that we were not involved in the first Greek bail-out; we are not members of the eurozone; and we are not going to become members of the eurozone as long as I am standing here. I do not believe that the European financial mechanism should be used for Greece. We have made it very clear within Europe that we do not think that that is appropriate, and I do not think that that should happen.

 

16 JUN

Regulatory and Banking Reform

 

Angie took part in the debate that followed a statement by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mark Hoban MP, on banking reform. She chose to focus on the recommendation of the Vickers Review that the retail and investment branches of banks should be ring-fenced. She raised the question that, even with the new reforms, there might still be the problem that some of our banks are too big to fail:

Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton, Conservative)

I welcome the reforms, particularly the separation of investment banking from retail banking. However, do we not still have the problem that some of our banks are literally too big to fail?

The Minister responded by saying:

Mark Hoban (Financial Secretary, HM Treasury; Fareham, Conservative)

The package of proposals that the Independent Commission on Banking is developing is aimed at tackling that. It is one of the reasons why it proposed a retail ring-fence and increased capital so that the ring-fenced retail business will continue to be strong. But we need to make sure that we have the right resolution tools in place in the event of a bank failure. I commend the previous Government for their introduction of the special resolution regime, to which I referred in my statement in the context of Southsea Mortgage and Investment Company Ltd. We need to continue to work on tools that will help us resolve a bank failure without the taxpayer having to pick up the bill. That is the position that we ought to be in.

 

16 JUN

Funding for the Academy programme

 

Angie spoke during a debate on funding for the academy programme after the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, asked an urgent question on the subject.

After the Minister's response to the question, Angie put on record her support for the programme:

Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton, Conservative)

I agree with the point made by my hon. Friend Robert Halfon that the Opposition do not like to listen to the success story that is the academies programme. Why does the Minister think that more than 1,200 schools have already applied for academy status?

The Minister responded by saying:

Nick Gibb (Minister of State (Schools), Education; Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative)

Those schools are applying because of the autonomy and independence that academy status brings to them. My hon. Friend is right to cite the figure of 1,200. By now, 704 academies have opened, compared with 200 when this Government came into office. They are delivering a very high standard of education, and I hope that the Opposition will support not only our existing academy programme but our proposal to extend the programme to primary schools and, in particular, to the 218 worst-performing primary schools.

 

 

Grotspots!

 

Angie and her team are helping to clear up 'grotty' areas of the constituency. If you have a corner in your neighbourhood  that could do with a spring clean.

Angie's maiden speech

Click here to see Angie's maiden speech

 

As well as being the MP for Ealing Central and Acton, Angie is the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP. She is assisting the Cabinet Office team with a number of Bills as they look to secure their passage through Parliament.