Last week Dan attended a wreath laying ceremony in Barking to commemorate the life of RAF pilot Henry Fiddes Leech, who was killed when his Spitfire aircraft was grounded at Ladies Walk in Barking, on the day before the Second World War was declared.
Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Wattisham Flying Station Heritage, 611 Squadron Association and the Royal British Legion. It was a pleasure for Dan to chat with members of the Leech family, along with other local residents, before watching a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight perform an honorary fly-past following the ceremony. The conflict in Afghanistan has brought home to many in Suffolk the daily sacrifices made by British servicemen and women for their country, and it is always important to recognise the bravery and courage of those who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces. Dan would like to commend Terry Betchley for his all his efforts on behalf of the Wattisham Flying Station Heritage Group over the past four years in making the event possible.
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Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Freight (19 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans are in place to ensure the timely delivery of the Felixstowe-to-Nuneaton freight rail link.
NHS Wholly Owned Subsidiary Companies — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: The Minister is slightly at odds about the point being made. The point is not how it is open to the trust to procure the best clinical services but how, later, through a company, staff might be re-employed on a lower salary. Clearly, trusts already have flexibility through “Agenda for Change” to start people on a higher pay point, but I wondered more generally whether my hon....