My week starts with a visit to a logistics and haulage company in Lincolnshire with the UK Trade and Business Commission, of which I am co-convener, to better understand the problems of post-Brexit arrangements for the company. I hope to be down in London for any Ministerial Statement on last week’s net migration statistics – to challenge the sort of ‘knee-jerk’ government reaction that’s been reported over the weekend.
In the evening I’m on a Delegated Legislation Committee for the Minimum Service Levels: NHS Ambulance Services and the NHS Patient Transport Service) Regulations 2023 – which sets out how ambulance workers will be limited from taking industrial action under the government’s new anti-strike laws, and which I’ll be opposing. Tomorrow I’ve another DLC meeting on the Health Care Services (Provider Selection Regime) Regulations 2023.
Before the DLC I’ll be joining colleagues on the Health and Social Care Select Committee to continue our inquiry into innovation in cancer diagnosis and treatment and care. I’ll also be joining a briefing by Save the Children on the situation in Gaza and the West Bank. On Wednesday I’ll be attending an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir meeting on human rights across the territory, and an APPG for Universities discussion on the opportunities and challenges for universities in commercialising research.
Back in Sheffield on Thursday and Friday, I’ve individual meetings with members of the Castlegate Area Board, and a tour of the site, ahead of our next Board meeting the following Monday – overseeing the transformation of Castlegate. I’ll also be receiving a petition from Sheffield Friends of the Earth on fuel poverty and green energy, hearing about plans for a creative industries enterprise centre, meeting with City Council leaders, and being interviewed for Notre Dame school newspaper.