Digital Economy Bill

The Bill which will deliver the Universal Obligation for the provision of broadband is scheduled to receive its Second Reading today. This will provide the legislative framework to improve broadband for the final 5% of properties who have not been covered by the existing roll out of superfast broadband.

Yesterday the news was dominated by the fact that former Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he is immediately standing down from Parliament. I did wonder how many occasions in the past have there been where a Party Leader has led their Party to victory in a general election and then left Parliament 16 months later.

In the Commons after Defence questions the Secretary of State for Education announced the governments consultation on removing the ban on selective schools. The Wales Bill completed all its remaining stages in the Commons.

I chaired most of the debate held in Westminster Hall on the dog meat trade in South Korea which was held following a public petition which had achieved over 100,000 signatures.

I then attended a very interesting meeting with the Rt. Hon. Stephen O’Brien  the Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations. He explained the many conflicts and disasters around the World where the UN is trying to provide relief.

I then attended a private meeting with Dr Liam Fox the new Secretary of State for International Trade  where we discussed all the work his new department is doing to develop international trade.