Duncan Hames, MP for Chippenham - Question time focus on plight of Syrian refugees (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Duncan Hames, MP for Chippenham - Question time focus on plight of Syrian refugees
4:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
School’s back, and I got stuck into debate and questions in the Commons.
I spoke for parents of premature summer-born children, seeking a choice about when they start school, and urged the Education Minister to collect evidence to see whether the government’s welcome new guidance to councils proves effective.
In a parliamentary debate, I highlighted the need to make cycling easier in rural areas, citing as examples the Two Tunnels greenway in Bath and the popular canal towpaths in Wiltshire.
I wrote last month about the young people I met on the National Citizen Service. In Parliament, I reported to the Minister what they had told me: the value of the scheme lies in the opportunity it had given them to work on social action projects with people from different backgrounds whom they would not otherwise have met.
I also welcomed mechanical engineering apprentice Harry Beer from Cooper Tires of Melksham and his manager to a parliamentary event recognising apprenticeships, hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.
At Prime Minister’s Questions, I drew attention to the plight of those refugees who had fled the fighting in Syria. How can anyone claim to be leading a country when a third of its population have lost their homes and one-in-ten, that’s 2,000,000 people, have left altogether? I also asked the Armed Forces Minister to confirm that exports from Britain have not contributed to the military strength of the Assad regime.
I’m hopeful that signs of a diplomatic breakthrough this week may lead to actions by the regime which actually put Syria’s chemical weapons beyond use.
Back in Wiltshire on Friday, I attended a Business Crime Forum to learn more from the police about how to protect local businesses from fraud.
I then chaired a meeting for residents at Melksham’s Rowley Place with Wiltshire Council and Enara Care to discuss their Help to Live at Home services.
On Saturday night, I had the honour of presenting awards to cadets from Chippenham 1304 Squadron at their annual Dining-Out Night.
After a constituency surgery at Melksham Town Hall on Saturday, my next are at The Pound arts centre in Corsham on Friday, September 20 between 11am and 12.30pm and at my office in Avonbridge House, Chippenham on Thursday, September 26 between 9.30am and 11am.
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