Mark leads a debate on housing needs in Shropshire and says that whilst new housing is needed, new developments must be sustainable and brownfield sites must be prioritised to protect the green belt. He particularly highlights inappropriate plans for a new industrial unit on farmland at Shawbirch.
Following the Government statement on Interserve entering administration, Mark Pritchard asks about the Government’s process for so-called stress testing of its private sector suppliers to ensure situations such as happened with Carillion - and the apparent near-miss with Interserve - do not happen again.
Mark Pritchard calls on the Government to secure support for the Withdrawal Agreement from MPs first, before seeking a short extension from the EU, rather than asking the EU first resulting in the likelihood of having a long extension dictated by the EU.
Following the Speaker’s decision that the Withdrawal Agreement cannot be brought back before Parliament again without substantial changes, Mark Pritchard seeks clarification from the Speaker that a third meaningful vote has not been ruled out unconditionally.
Following the legal change to the backstop where if the EU acts in bad faith the UK can remove itself, Mark Pritchard tells the Prime Minister that he will support the withdrawal agreement. He adds that the alternative is that Parliament will frustrate and delay it and possibly stop it altogether.
Following the Government statement on the work the Government are doing to support towns, Mark welcomes the £212 million allocated to the West Midlands and seeks assurances that it will be spent on market towns and not gobbled up by Birmingham and urban conurbations.
Speaking in a debate on leaving the European Union, Mark Pritchard calls on the Opposition to be more optimistic and asks if the Prime Minister secures changes to the backstop whether the Opposition will support the deal.