Dr Dan opened proceedings for the Ready For Growth event at the Framlingham Technology Centre, an important annual event on the Suffolk Business Hub calendar. Many local business leaders were present and Dr Dan heard how local businesses have received a variety of new help, grants and ideas by using this business network and help from local and national Government to expand and invest in new technologies and marketing techniques.
As part of regular school visits Dr Dan met sixth form students at Thomas Mills School who had recently visited Parliament and they had some well-prepared questions about Dr Dan's life and duties as an MP. In addition Dr Dan met with the year 11 students and heard from them about a personal finance course they had been undertaking and the vital skills they had learnt from it. Dr Dan also visited the pupils of Dale Hall School in Ipswich with Cllr Robin Vickery and was shown round the premises by the head teacher.
Dr Dan has also been very interested in the good work that Paddy Geere House in Ipswich carries out for those who are over 60 and in assisted accommodation. Dr Dan was very pleased to see for himself this in action and will continue to support the valuable contribution that Paddy Geere House contributes to the local community.
Broadband is a key infrastructure issue for the constuituency and Dr Dan was very pleased to be able to meet with the Leader of Suffolk County Council, Colin Noble, to put to him his concerns about some of the stories about poor broadband speeds that he has heard from people who live and work in all areas of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Dr Dan was reassured that Colin Noble is now taking steps to ensure that Suffolk County Council will take a much more effective grip on the roll out of superfast broadband in the future.
Suffolk has a fantastic tourism industry and Dr Dan was delighted to see how Government lottery funding of £62,400 had assisted the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, or 'Middy' as it is affectionately known, in building a workshop at the Brockford and Wetheringsett station. The railway are looking to expand the track by half a mile and restore locomotives and Dr Dan is very pleased to continue his support for them.
Finally as part of the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations Dr Dan was honoured to be invited to read a personal message to the residents of Easton from HRH the Prince of Wales as well as sampling the fantastic hog roast that was on offer.
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Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on facilitating health professionals in England to travel to low and middle income countries to provide healthcare education and training; and if she will make a statement.
Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Mental Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to improve mental health provision in low and middle income countries.