Philip Dunne backs the Government’s nuclear energy and Small Modular Reactor (SMR) programme, but reiterates the Environmental Audit Committee’s concerns that, in order for the UK to be a world leader in SMR technology, there is a need for further clarity in the Government's specific gigawatt roll-out expectations and the competition and contract awarding process needs to proceed at pace.
Philip Dunne raises concerns at the long-term impact of persistent school absence on a child’s ability to socialise, and backs a Bill which will introduce a new general duty on local authorities to exercise their functions with a view to promoting regular attendance and reducing absence of registered pupils, and also require schools to have and publicise a school attendance policy.
Philip Dunne backs a Private Member’s Bill to give police greater powers to respond to livestock worrying incidents more effectively, making it easier for them to collect evidence and calls on the Government to consider a requirement to keep dogs on a lead in open fields and also on open common land.
Philip Dunne speaks in support of a Private Member’s Bill that will increase advance payment of their pension for those who are terminally ill when the sponsors of their pension scheme has become insolvent, and takes the opportunity of the Second Reading debate to raise concerns about apparent changes to the Boots defined-benefit pension scheme.
Philip Dunne intervenes in an adjournment debate on rural transport to highlight the importance of demand -responsive community bus services which help to supply services to remote rural communities that are not served by regular buses.
Philip Dunne calls for Shropshire to be included in the Flood Recovery Framework measures to support households flooded by the River Severn bursting its banks between Shrewsbury and Bewdley through South Shropshire, as well as high waters in several tributaries in the catchment.