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The motion, moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle MP and debated on Wednesday, called on the Government to ban train operators from increasing fares beyond strict limits, specifically, a pre-determined cap.

 

The motion also called on the Government to rule out introducing a ‘super peak’ fare in which commuters will be charged even higher fares during commuting hours than at present.

 

During Treasury Questions last week, Steve asked David Gauke MP, the Minister responsible for taxation and HMRC, “is cutting maternity pay part of the Government’s strategy to support stable families?”

Steve is calling on Ministers to bring insurance companies back to the table, and secure an insurance scheme for flood-risk properties before the current scheme runs out next July.

 

Steve’s call follows Environment Agency flood warnings for Sunday and Monday along the River Rea; which runs from the south of the constituency through Stirchley, Ten Acres and Selly Park towards Edgbaston.

 

Steve has welcomed a number of recommendations made by the Home Affairs Select Committee, of which he is a member, on the work of the UK Border Agency.

 

The Home Affairs Select Committee has expressed concern on the Border Agency’s failure to tackle its 300,000 case backlog; which is spiralling out of control. Members have recommended that Border Agency chiefs provide an explanation as to where a further 4,000 cases have come from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, why the Government intended to proceed with the proposed badger cull despite a DEFRA Impact Assessment concluding the cost of the cull would outweigh any benefits to farmers and taxpayers.

 

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) put the number of NHS patients currently waiting for diagnostic tests in July 2012 at 659,796[1]. 583,794 people were waiting for tests in the same period last year; an increase of 13%[2].

 
On the budget, Steve McCabe said:
“What we have seen from the Chancellor is a millionaire’s budget conceived by the rich for the rich, it will do nothing to promote growth or tackle unemployment.
 

 

When asked how much the reorganisation is estimated to cost, Health Minister Simon Burns told Steve it would be between £1.2 billion and £1.3 billion. However, Steve believes this is deliberately misleading.

The reception celebrated the successful completion of the VELUX CarbonLight Housing Scheme in Rothwell, Kettering. The CarbonLight scheme is a cornerstone of VELUX’s Europe-wide Model Home 2020 Project, which aims to build energy efficient and sustainable housing which is practical and comfortable to live in.
 
The BBC has revealed plans which will mean the loss of 150 jobs and the transference of the Factual Unit to Bristol and the loss of posts in several other departments including radio, current affairs and news. A whole raft of programmes will no longer be made in Birmingham including Countryfile, Gardeners' World and the Sky at Night.
 
Steve has already put down an Early Day Motion in Parliament, intervened in the debate earlier this week and written to both Mark Thomson and Birmingham City Council.
 
Steve said:
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