Following the Government statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the continuous at sea deterrent (CASD), Philip Dunne welcomes the decision to maintain the deterrent as the ultimate guarantee of safety for our children and grandchildren in an inceasingly unpredictable world. He also commends the decision to reduce our overall stockpile of nuclear warheads and thereby lead the way in showing that the existing stock of nuclear weapons in the world can be reduced.
Philip Dunne raises concerns about proposals in the Shropshire Council plan for significant development on green belt land east of Bridgnorth and asks under what criteria the council has judged there to be exceptional circumstances to enable such green belt development to take place.
Philip Dunne welcomes the Government announcement of a new 37 specialist schools for pupils with special educational needs and autism and highlights a local campaign that is opening a new school, Overton school, just outside Ludlow.
Philip Dunne raises concerns at financial pressures facing isolated further education colleges citing his local college which is the only location for sixth-form and technical training within a 20-mile radius.
Following the Government statement on the security and humanitarian situation in Kashmir, Philip Dunne welcomes diplomatic efforts in the region and calls on British military leaders to engage with their counterparts both in India and Pakistan to ensure there are military-to-military back channels between the two armed forces to help avoid the accidental escalation of conflict.
Philip Dunne seeks reassurance that moving from the existing feed-in tariff to the smart export guarantee will not jeopardise the viability of solar energy and anaerobic digester producers and that they will continue to be paid for exporting energy to the grid.