Local businesses of all sizes form the lifeblood of our local economy in Ipswich and Suffolk, employing local people, boosting economic growth and supporting our local communities. Last week Dan attended his regular Suffolk Business Liaison Group meeting at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Ipswich, along with his fellow Suffolk MPs, to discuss some of the main issues affecting businesses across the county.
A number of key issues were discussed at the meeting, including an update on Suffolk’s plans for the roll-out of high speed broadband across the county by 2015. The contract for delivering high speed broadband in Suffolk has now been put out to tender by Suffolk County Council, with the first homes due to be connected to the high-speed network at the end of the year.
The importance of properly supporting our local abattoirs in Suffolk was also raised, and Dan stressed how supporting Suffolk's farmers and food producers is one of his top priorities as your local mp. That is why he has led efforts in Parliament to ensure that the Food Standards Agency’s proposals to place full cost recovery of meat inspections on local abattoirs are properly reviewed and consulted upon by the Government.
County councils across East Anglia and local businesses are currently drawing up plans, along with the region’s MPs, for the future of our rail service and Dan used this opportunity to stress the importance of making sure key interchange stations such as Stowmarket and Diss are protected as part of any future proposals.
The meeting was very useful and Dan will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s businesses in the weeks and months ahead in Parliament.
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Leaving the EU: Tourism and the Creative Industries — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. As a remain voter, I am sympathetic to her position, but does she agree that sometimes one of the main drivers of tourism is the exchange rate, and one thing we have seen is increased tourism as a result of decreased value of the pound against the euro and other currencies, perhaps as a direct consequence of that Brexit vote? I know she...
Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: Trade Agreements (22 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to work with the devolved administrations on future trade deals for UK agriculture.