Month: April 2021

first_imgn Bakery company Finsbury Food Group is assessing damage after an overnight fire at its United Central Bakeries site near Edinburgh. It said recovery plans were being implemented and alternative production facilities sourced where necessary.n Supplier Eurobake is to relocate to the nearby premises of craft bakery Greenhalgh’s following a strategic review. The company, which employs eight staff, will move into spare warehousing space at Greenhalgh’s. The two autonomous companies are both owned by the Smart family.n Scottish bakers will open their doors to National Association of Master Bakers members on a study tour of the region. Aulds, MacGhees, Mathiesons, Stuarts and Fisher & Donaldson will all play host during the visit – scheduled for February 1-3. Delegates will also get the chance to look round the Scottish Association’s training bakery.n Alan Ridealgh has been appointed MD of supplier Muntons after being with the firm for 26 years. Ridealgh will succeed Gerald Prior, who is retiring, in January.n Warburtons’ health and safety officer, Derrick Watson, is the first person in Scotland to achieve a level six diploma in occupational safety and health.n In our 20 October issue (pg 15) we stated that Mondial Forni energy saving ovens used by Tesco were supplied by Eurobake.They are in fact supplied by Norbake of Batley, West Yorks. See []last_img read more

first_imgPatisserie Valerie is to franchise its offering to overseas markets, following a deal that has established an undisclosed franchise agent in the Middle East.The first Middle Eastern store will appear next year, followed by “an aggressive roll-out of 15 stores in three years”, said Paul May, MD of Patisserie Holdings, part of private equity group Risk Capital Partners, which bought a majority stake in Patisserie Valerie in 2006.”Our partner in the Middle East is a very big operator with 4,500 employees, so slowly but surely, we’re going to start building that side of the business,” said May. “It’s a business that has a great brand and we want to grow and protect that brand.”Talks are now under way to pursue similar ventures in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong, and there are long-term plans to take the brand to the US.In March, May revealed to British Baker that Patisserie Holdings, which also owns 40-shop Midlands-based patisserie chain Druckers, was targeting a total of 125 Patisserie Valerie stores in the UK, growing it from the current 12 stores within three to five years. This would be via a mix of new store openings and conversion of some of its Druckers-branded outlets, which it acquired last year. None of the UK outlets will be franchised.—-=== In Short ===== SA baker brings in first green bags ==South African baker Albany Bakeries has launched the country’s first biodegradable bread bags. The bags are designed to disintegrate after a year. A spokesman for the company said biodegradable bags are only marginally more expensive to produce than non-biodegradable ones.== Price rise for eggs ==The latest National Farmer’s Union (NFU) figures have revealed the price of eggs has risen dramatically. Last year a dozen free-range eggs cost around £1.75, whereas this year they can cost up to £2.50. The figures also show it only costs 84p to produce a dozen free-range eggs.== Sugar Cup winner ==The British Sugar Cup for cake baking excellence was won by Indika Jayasena of Prestige Creations. The student competition was held on 3 May during the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) annual conference in Blackpool.== Canadean extends research reach ==International beverage research and consultancy specialist Canadean have acquired Landell Mills Consulting, a leading packaging consultancy, from Landell Mills, of Trowbridge, England. Chief executive Kelsey van Musschenbroek said: “This deal will enable us to strengthen our existing beverage packaging services, as well as move quickly into other areas of food and packaging.”== Sainsbury’s deal ==Grahams Home Bakery in Dromore, Co Down, has signed a deal to supply cake and bun lines to 10 Sainsbury’s stores in Northern Ireland. The deal is worth around £200,000.last_img read more

first_img== Kingsmill links with Wallace & Gromit == == Asthma support == P== ieminister update == Asthma UK is calling on bakeries to support a new scheme, Business Against Asthma, which supports staff who have asthma as well as aiming to reduce risks in the workplace. The scheme offers practical advice and support for bakeries, including a visit from Asthma UK. For details, call 0800 12162 55 or visit == Maple Leaf seeks MD ==center_img Kingsmill is to partner Aardman Animations, which produced the bakery-themed Wallace & Gromit film – A Matter of Loaf and Death – to mark its release on DVD. The brand is offering an on-pack token collect promotion, available from 23 March across various ranges including Kingsmill Great Everyday, and Tasty Wholemeal. The promotion to run across 60 million packs offers consumers the chance to win a range of branded collectables, such as a limited-edition Kingsmill turbo-matic toast rack. Bristol pie firm Pieminister unveiled a new range of retail packaging, products and sausage rolls at IFE09. The firm showcased improved pie recipes for its Mr Porky Pie and its Thai Cook Pie, while its packaging now features a window and is fully compostable. Canada Bread Company, the parent company of the UK’s biggest bagel supplier Maple Leaf Bakery, is looking to appoint a new MD at its UK business, following the voluntary resignation of former MD Peter Maycock. He left “based on a mutual decision about the best interests of himself and the company”, said Lynda Kuhn, senior vice-president, communications and consumer affairs at Canada Bread.last_img read more

first_img We were warned that across the country this week would be quite shocking with the number of reported deaths from COVID-19 expected to grow rapidly. Indiana seems to be holding to that expectation with another 34 deaths reported from the state’s health department on Tuesday morning.Along with the new deaths the state confirmed 568 new cases, hurdling the state over 5,000 confirmed cases. The increase in cases comes with more than 2,000 additional reports received by the state on Tuesdays report.Locally there were no additional deaths to report. St. Joseph County 129 positive cases and Elkhart County has 43. Marion County also now has more than 2,000 confirmed cases.The full release from ISDH is below:INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 568 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 5,507 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.A total of 173 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.To date, 28,764 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 26,192 on Monday.Marion County had the most new cases, at 193. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (12), Clark (11), Floyd (16), Hamilton (22), Hancock (14), Harrison (11), Hendricks (27), Johnson (19), Lake (52), Madison (34) and St. Joseph (17). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.The dashboard also has been updated to make corrections based on updated information provided to ISDH. Google+ By Carl Stutsman – April 7, 2020 0 336 Facebook Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter Previous articleList of COVID-19 test sites in Michiana released TuesdayNext articleMichigan lawmakers vote to extend emergency declaration in pandemic Carl Stutsman Pinterest WhatsApp ISDH: 34 more deaths, 568 new cases of COVID-19last_img read more

first_img (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) INDIANAPOLIS (Indianapolis Business Journal) — Tourism officials who work to bring sporting events and conventions to Indiana’s capital are cutting executive pay for the rest of the year to cope with heavy financial losses after numerous Indianapolis events have been canceled or postponed amid the pandemic.According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, Capital Improvement Board executives and hourly employees received at least a 20% pay reduction and the executive director, Andy Mallon, has lowered his $220,000 salary by 25%.Mallon said he does not have an exact figure for how much the board expects to save with payroll cuts and it is not clear if CIB plans to use its $100 million cash revenues for any shortfalls. Google+ By Associated Press – April 14, 2020 0 242 Previous articleWalorski: CARES Act money “started going out on Sunday”Next articleLockdowns cut driving and crashes, bring insurance discounts Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp CIB, Visit Indy cut executive pay to cope with pandemic loss Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

first_img (Photo supplied/Elkhart County Jail) Guilty. That’s the verdict the jury delivered in the trial of the man accused of killing a Goshen College professor back in October 2011.Winston Corbett was charged with James Miller’s murder and the attempted murder of his wife, Linda.The trial lasted eight days. The deliberation lasted less than three hours.Prosecutors say Corbett entered the Miller’s home went to the bathroom and attacked and stabbed Linda, then attacked and stabbed James in the bedroom, the foyer, and outside the home, near the mailbox where James’ body was found.Corbett was arrested in 2018 based on DNA evidence. He’s scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 10. Man accused of killing Goshen College professor found guilty WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – November 13, 2020 1 300 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Google+ Twitter Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalNews Previous articleWhitmer warns the worst of the pandemic is hitting nowNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, Nov. 16-20 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said: The Prime Minister jointly hosted the inaugural meeting of the UK-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, at Downing Street earlier today. The meeting agreed a landmark ambition for around £65bn of mutual trade and investment opportunities over the coming years, including direct investment in the UK and new Saudi public procurement with UK companies. This is a significant boost for UK prosperity and a clear demonstration of the strong international confidence in our economy as we prepare to leave the European Union. These new investment and procurement opportunities will be spread across a range of sectors including education, training and skills, financial and investment services, culture and entertainment, healthcare services and life sciences, technology and renewable energy and the defence industry. The Prime Minister said the UK was a firm supporter of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’, an ambitious blueprint for internal reform that aims to create a thriving economy and a vibrant society – conditions that we agree are essential to the Kingdom’s long-term stability and success. She noted that as a world leader across a range of sectors, the UK was uniquely placed to partner Saudi Arabia in delivering these vital reforms. The Prime Minister welcomed recent reforms in Saudi Arabia, including on women attending sporting events and the cinema, and being legally able to drive from June. The Prime Minister and Crown Prince agreed that we should continue working together to explore ways the UK can support Saudi Arabia to progress and intensify these reforms, particularly on women’s rights, and on universal human rights, where the Prime Minister noted our particular concerns in the case of Raif Badawi. The Prime Minister and the Crown Prince agreed a new education partnership which will see UK experts help the Saudi education system implement their ambitious domestic reform programme, increasing levels of female participation and boosting inclusivity. This will include UK experts undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the Saudi education system, and sharing best practice and recommendations for modernisation. We will embed gender equality, equal access and equal treatment in all aspects of our programme of support. Following the meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council, the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince received a briefing from UK national security officials on foreign policy issues, including Yemen. The Prime Minister raised our deep concerns at the humanitarian situation in Yemen. The Prime Minister and Crown Prince agreed on the importance of full and unfettered humanitarian and commercial access, including through the ports, and that a political solution was ultimately the only way to end the conflict and humanitarian suffering in Yemen. They also discussed Iran, agreeing on the importance of working together to counter Iran’s destabilising regional activity, and Iraq, including the importance of supporting reconstruction efforts.last_img read more

first_imgSusan Acland-Hood, HMCTS CEO added: Members of Parliament and lords gathered today to discuss improvements to the justice system that HMCTS aims to deliver as part of its reform programme.HMCTS hosted the event to raise awareness and understanding of the programme amongst parliamentarians. Project leads presented service developments across the civil, family, tribunal and crime jurisdictions.The event provided the opportunity for attendees to interact with the new online processes, from applying for a divorce to paying for probate.Attendees also heard from Justice Minister Lucy Frazer QC MP and Susan Acland-Hood, CEO of HMCTS, who addressed the audience on the significance of the reform programme in relation to the future of the justice system.Lucy Frazer Justice Minister said: Attendees were particularly interested to hear about changes to the HMCTS estate and the new single case-management system called the common platform, which will be accessible by the police, Crown Prosecution Service, HMCTS and legal professionals.Lucy Frazer’s speakingSusan Acland-Hood speakingSo far, the court reform programme in England and Wales has: We’re delighted to have this opportunity to showcase progress with the £1bn reform programme, which is led by the judiciary and the government. With easy to follow online forms, complete with comprehensive, user-friendly guidance, the reform programme can make the pursuit of justice, previously an intimidating minefield, truly accessible to all.center_img For me, the absolute core principle behind HMCTS reform is that it is about making our system better for the people who use it. We’ve got to design everything we do, not just by imagining what we think a user might want, but by asking them directly, by showing them demonstrations, by testing them and then by learning – not just from what people tell us – but from what they do when they start to work the systems. piloted fully-video hearings in the tax tribunals implemented a new national in-court system to record instantly the result of cases digitally piloted a new digital system sharing case information in criminal cases to the police, Crown Prosecution Service, courts and legal professionals launched a Civil Money Claims service with more than 51,000 claims made since it first launched in March 2018, with the fastest claim being lodged and paid under two hours. Almost 90% of users say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the new service launched an online Divorce Service, with more than 31,000 applications made since April 2018. The online form takes half as long to complete as the paper form, and has reduced the error rate launched an Online Probate Service with more than 12,000 personal applications made since July 2018 opened two new Courts and Tribunals Service Centres in Stoke and Birmingham in January 2019, which are dealing with digital cases in the single justice service, divorce, social security and child support and some probate services provided support to help people use online services if they choose tolast_img read more

first_imgMr SpeakerI am acutely conscious of the fact that the House has other pressing matters on its mind today……and to avoid making this statement any longer than necessary……I am laying a WMS which contains additional announcements and provides further details of those that I will make.Mr Speaker,Last night’s vote leaves a cloud of uncertainty hanging over our economy.And our most urgent task in this House is to lift that uncertainty.But the economy, itself, is remarkably robust:It has grown for nine consecutive years……with the longest unbroken quarterly growth run of any G7 economy……and is forecast to continue growing in each of the next five years;An economy that has created over 3.5 million net new jobs [Political content redacted]That has seen female participation in the workforce increase to record levels……and that is now delivering the fastest rate of wage growth in over a decade.An economy that has defied expectations……and will provide the solid foundation that Britain needs to seize the opportunities that the future offers. [Political content redacted]And thanks to the difficult decisions we have taken in the last nine years……and the hard work of the British people……I can also report today on public finances that continue to improve.So that, provided we do reach a deal to leave the European Union with an orderly transition…[Political content redacted]…this country…for the first time in a decade…will have genuine and sustainable choices about its future.Today’s OBR report marks another step on Britain’s road out of austerity – and I’d like to thank Robert Chote and his team for their work.Despite the slowing world economy……the OBR expect Britain to continue to grow in every year of the forecast…At 1.2% this year……with both the IMF and the OECD forecasting the UK to grow faster than Germany;Then 1.4% in 2020, as forecast at the budget……and 1.6% in each of the final three years;Cumulative growth over the five years now slightly higher than the Budget forecast.Meanwhile, Britain’s remarkable jobs story is set to continue.By 2023 the OBR expect to see 600,000 more new jobs in our economy.And despite the constant attempts from the Opposition front bench to talk down our remarkable achievement on jobs…… the fact Mr Speaker is this, last year, 96% of new jobs were full-time.with the OBR revising up wage growth to 3% or higher in every year.And with inflation now around the target throughout the forecast period….…that means real wage growth in every year of the forecast.A growing economy;a thriving labour market;inflation on target;Mr Speaker, a solid foundation on which to build Britain’s future.And there’s good news on the public finances too.Borrowing this year will be just 1.1% of GDP – £3 billion lower than forecast at the Autumn Budget. [Political content redacted]Looking forward, borrowing will fall from £29.3 billion in 2019-20, then £21.2 billion, £17.6 billion, £14.4 billion and finally £13.5 billion in 2023-24 – its lowest level in 22 years.We remain on track to meet both our fiscal targets early……with the cyclically adjusted deficit at 1.3% next year, falling to just 0.5% by 2023-24…… and with headroom against our fiscal mandate in ’20-’21 increasing from £15.4 billion at the Autumn Budget…… to £26.6 billion today.Less borrowing means less debt – now lower in every year than forecast at the Budget, falling to 82.2% of GDP next year, then 79%, 74.9%, 74%, and finally 73% in 2023-24.Our National Debt falling sustainably – for the first time in a generation. [Political content redacted]Since 2010 we have been steering the country on a journey of recovery. [Political content redacted]Back then, the most important task was to get borrowing down to manageable levels.But when I became Chancellor in 2016……I recognised that, with the progress we had already made……as well as getting Britain’s debt down……our continued success as a nation would depend on investing in our future……supporting our vital public services……and keeping taxes low to attract talent and investment.I called it a ‘balanced approach’.And it is delivering:With the highest sustained levels of public capital investment in 40 years……cuts in income taxes for more than 30 million people in three weeks’ time…[Political content redacted]…and debt on a sustained downward path for the first time in a generation.I have made over £150 billion of new spending commitments since 2016…And at the Budget I announced that the long, but necessary, squeeze on current public spending would come to an end at the upcoming Spending Review……setting out an indicative 5-year path of 1.2% per annum real terms increases in day-to-day spending on public services……compared to real terms cuts of 3% per annum announced at SR 2010 and 1.3% cuts at SR 2015.We have made our biggest choice on public spending:putting the NHS first in line – as the British public would expect……with my RHF the Prime Minister’s announcement of £34 billion of additional funding per year by the end of the period – the single largest cash commitment ever made by a peacetime British Government – to support our long-term plan for the NHS……delivering Mr Speaker, improved cancer and mental health care……a transformation of GP services……more doctors, more nurses and better outcomes for patients.Now we need to address wider departmental spending for the next Review period.So, I can confirm today that assuming a Brexit deal is agreed over the next few weeks and the uncertainty that is hanging over our economy is lifted……I intend to launch a full three-year Spending Review before the summer recess, to be concluded alongside an Autumn Budget.It will set departmental budgets beyond the NHS……to reflect the public’s priorities between areas like social care, local government, schools, police, defence and the environment…… and it will maximize value for taxpayers’ money through a renewed focus on delivering high quality outcomes.And if we leave the EU with a deal……and an orderly transition to a future economic partnership……we will see a Deal Dividend:An economic boost from recovery in business confidence and investment.And a fiscal boost from a reduction in the minimum necessary level of fiscal headroom once the risk of a ‘no deal’ exit is removed.Giving us as a nation real choices as we use the Spending Review……to decide how much of this ‘Deal Dividend’ we can prudently release……and how we would share it between increased spending on public services, capital investment in Britain’s future prosperity and keeping taxes low……while always continuing to keep our debt falling.Real terms increases in public spending;Record investment in Britain’s future;More jobs than ever before;Higher wages and lower taxes meaning increased take-home pay……and for the first time in a generation our debt going down;That, Mr Speaker, is what I mean by an end to austerity. [Political content redacted]But, Mr Speaker,The progress we have made will be at risk if we cannot secure a smooth and orderly exit from the EU……and a transition to a new partnership that protects the complex trading relationships businesses have built up over 45 years……and on which so many British jobs depend.I hoped we would do that last night……but I am confident that we, as a House, will do it over the coming weeks.Leaving with ‘No Deal’ would mean significant disruption in the short- and medium-term……and a smaller, less prosperous economy in the long-term, than if we leave with a Deal.Higher unemployment; lower wages; higher prices in the shops.That is not what the British people voted for in June 2016.Which is why all of us have a solemn duty in the days and weeks ahead……to put aside our differences and seek a compromise on which this House can agree……in the National Interest.But government also has a duty to plan for every reasonably foreseeable contingency……and we have done so.First, we have plans in place to minimise disruption to our financial system – and the Bank of England judges that it is resilient to any likely ‘no-deal’ shock.Second, we have worked across Whitehall to put in place mitigations at our border……although we cannot regulate how the EU will operate its border in a no-deal exit.Third, we have published today our temporary UK No Deal tariff schedule, carefully balancing the needs of producers and consumers in the context of the pressures the ‘no-deal’ economy would face.And fourth, the Treasury and the Bank of England together have all the tools of fiscal and monetary policy available to us, including the fiscal headroom I have held in reserve.But I need to be straight with the House: a no-deal Brexit would deliver a significant short- to medium-term reduction in the productive capacity of the British economy.And because our economy is operating at or near full capacity, any fiscal and monetary response would have to be carefully calibrated not to simply cause inflation……compounding the effect of any movement in the exchange rate on the price of goods in our shops.And while fiscal and monetary intervention might help to smooth our path to a post-Brexit economy……both could only be temporary……and neither would allow us to avoid the effects of a relatively smaller economy……nor the pain of restructuring.So, the idea that there is some simple, readily available, fix that can be deployed to avoid the consequences of a no-deal Brexit is, I am afraid, just wrong.But, Mr Speaker,I’m confident that we’re going to do a Deal.And when we do, the British people will fully expect us to fire-up our economic plan……to seize the opportunities as confidence in our economy returns.But, it isn’t just the spectre of uncertainty that we need to overcome if we are to restore confidence and unlock a brighter future. [Political content redacted]So our task is to demonstrate to the British people that……working with business, through the mechanism of a well-regulated market economy, our plan will deliver a brighter future for them. [Political content redacted]A plan which makes the most of the opportunities ahead as we make our own way……independent from, but in continuing partnership with, the European Union.A plan to embrace the technologies of the future and equip British workers to use them;to back the enterprise and ambition of British business;to support our world-leading entrepreneurs, creators and innovators…… inventors and discoverers;to build on the UK’s fundamental strengths and competitive advantages……so that we can slay once and for all the twin demons of low productivity and low wages……and build an economy that works for everyone.Mr Speaker,The only sustainable path to higher wages and rising living standards is to boost productivity.And to do that, we are investing in infrastructure, skills, technology and housing – under our plan for Britain’s future:With £37 billion in the National Productivity Investment Fund;the largest ever investment in England’s strategic roads;the biggest rail investment programme since Victorian times;and a strategy for delivering a nationwide full fibre network by 2033.At SR19, we will set multi-year capital budgets…following a zero-based review……protecting our record levels of capital spending……while ensuring that investment is focussed to deliver the greatest impact on productivity.And our investment strategy is benefitting the whole of the UK.I can announce today up to £260 million for the innovative Borderlands Growth deal covering the border regions of England and Scotland, on top of the £100 million HIF funding already announced for Carlisle…Negotiations are progressing on future deals for mid-Wales and Derry/Londonderry……and I reiterate today this government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse Rail project and look forward to considering TfN’s business case ahead of the Spending Review.We will publish the updated National Infrastructure Strategy alongside the Spending Review……and I am publishing today a consultation on our approach to supporting private infrastructure investment once we leave the European Investment bank. [Political content redacted]But raising our productivity isn’t just about investing in physical capital – it’s also about investing in people.The Augar review will be published shortly and will represent an important contribution to our overall plan for post-18 education. The government will respond later in the year.We are committed to returning technical and vocational skills to the heart of our educational system……with the new T-level system on track to deliver the first three routes in 2020;the first phase of the National Retraining Scheme starting this summer;and the apprenticeship programme rolling-out 3 million new high-quality apprenticeships.And to help small businesses take on more apprentices, I can announce that I am bringing forward the £700 million package of reforms I announced at Budget to the start of the new financial year in April.The productivity agenda is, above all, about increasing the wages of the lowest-paid.And the pay of a full-timer on National Minimum Wage has risen by £2,750 a year since 2016..We’ve confirmed the Low Pay Commission’s remit for the National Living Wage to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020.But later this year we will need to set a new remit beyond 2020.We want to be ambitious……driving productivity across the income distribution, with the ultimate objective of ending low pay in the UK.But we also want to take care to protect employment opportunities for lower paid workers.So we have asked Professor Arin Dube, a world-leading expert in the field, to undertake a review of the international evidence on the employment and productivity effects of minimum wage rates.This study will support the extensive discussions that we will be having with employer organisations, trades unions and the LPC itself over the coming months……starting with a roundtable which I will chair next month. [Political content redacted]Mr Speaker,Alongside our commitment to giving British workers the skills they need……is a commitment to maintaining the openness of our economy to talent from around the world.As we leave the EU, free movement of people will end……and we will take back control of our borders.My RHF the Home Secretary has set out a framework for a future immigration system in the Immigration White Paper……focussed on attracting those with the skills we need in the UK economy – no matter where they come from.We have committed to consulting with business to ensure that the new system supports the needs of our economy……and as we do so, I can announce that from June, we will begin to abolish the need for paper landing cards at UK points of entry……and we will allow citizens of the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Singapore and South Korea to start using e-gates at our airports and Eurostar terminals, alongside the EEA nationals who can already use them Mr Speaker. Our ambition is to be able to go further in due course.A signal to the World of our commitment to Global Britain.Another key pillar of our plan is backing Britain to remain at the forefront of the technology revolution that is transforming our economy.And to support that ambition, from this Autumn we will completely exempt PhD-level roles from the visa caps.Since 2016 we have launched our Modern Industrial Strategy…… and committed an additional £7 billion to science and innovation – clear progress towards our target of total R&D spending reaching 2.4% of the economy.But technology does not stand still, and neither can we.So, to maintain the UK’s technological edge, we will invest £79 million in ARCHER2, a new supercomputer to be hosted at Edinburgh University……I am told that it’s up to five times faster than the current generation……capable of a staggering ten thousand trillion calculations per second…(And I am told Mr Speaker that with the right algorithms it might even be able to come up with a solution to the backstop.)I am allocating £45 million of NPIF funding to the European Bioinformatics Institute – ensuring Britain’s continued lead in genomics research;I will guarantee our commitment to the UK’s funding for the JET nuclear fusion reactor, whatever happens with Brexit…and invest £81 million in a new Extreme Photonics Centre in Oxfordshire to develop new types of lasers -Literally the cutting edge of technology, Mr Speaker.The digital economy presents enormous opportunities……but enormous challenges as well.I have already responded to concerns about unfairness in the tax system with a new Digital Services Tax so that digital platform companies pay their fair share.But we also need to adapt our regulatory environment to ensure competition works for consumers in the digital market place, as it does in the real market place.I asked Professor Jason Furman, Barack Obama’s former Chief Economist, to review competition in the digital market place.And I welcome his report – published today. He sets out far-reaching recommendations including new powers for consumers and an overhaul of competition regulation……updating our regulatory model for the digital age.And as a first step towards implementing reforms, I am asking the Competition and Markets Authority to undertake a market study of the digital advertising market as soon as possible.Mr Speaker, the UK will remain a great place to do digital business……but it will be a place where successful global tech giants pay their fair share……where competition policy works in consumers’ interests……and where the public are protected from online harms.Under this government, Britain will lead the world in delivering a digital economy that works for everyone.Mr Speaker,[Political content redacted] a well-regulated market economy is the best – indeed, the only – way to deliver a brighter future for our country.Our challenge is to demonstrate to the next generation that our market economy can fulfil their aspirations and speak to their values.So, before I finish, I want to talk about two subjects dear to them: Housing and the environment.Last year, housing delivery exceeded 220,000 additional homes.…the highest level in all but one of the last 31 years.Mr Speaker, our ambitious plan to restore the dream of home ownership to millions of younger people is already delivering:Planning reform to release land in areas where the pressure is greatest;A five-year, £44 billion housing programme, to help raise annual housing supply to 300,000 by the mid-2020s;the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme;abolition of Stamp Duty for First Time Buyers……which has so far helped 240,000 people onto the property ladder……and restored the proportion of first-time buyers to above 50% for the first time in a generation.And today I can announce:A new £3 billion Affordable Homes Guarantee scheme, to support delivery of around 30,000 affordable homes;The launch next month of the £1 billion Enable Build SME guarantee fund that I announced at Budget;And £717 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to unlock up to 37,000 new homes on sites in West London, Cheshire, Didcot, and Cambridge……the latter two being at opposite ends of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc……for which I am publishing a new vision statement today.Mr Speaker, as with the challenge of adapting to the digital age……so with the challenge of shaping the carbon neutral economy of the future……we must apply the creativity of the marketplace to deliver solutions to one of the most complex problems of our time – climate change……and build sustainability into the heart of our economic model.The UK is already leading the world – reducing the carbon intensity of our economy faster than any other G20 country……with ambitious and legally binding targets for the future.Today I can announce our next steps:First, we will publish a call for evidence on whether all passenger carriers should be required to offer genuinely additional carbon offsets……so that customers who want ‘zero carbon travel’ have that option……and can be confident about additionality.Second, we will help small businesses cut their carbon emissions and their energy bills, publishing today a call for evidence on the Business Energy Efficiency Scheme that I announced at the Budget.Third, we will publish proposals to require an increased proportion of green gas in the grid, advancing decarbonisation of our mains gas supply.And finally, we will introduce a Future Homes Standard, mandating the end of fossil-fuel heating systems in all new houses from 2025.Mr Speaker,Delivering lower carbon – and lower fuel bills too.But Mr Speaker,Climate change is not our only environmental challenge.We are already consulting on new tax and regulatory measures to tackle the scourge of plastic waste defacing our countryside and choking our oceans…Now, for the first time in 60 million years, the number of species worldwide is in sustained mass decline.The UK’s 1,500 species of pollinators deliver an estimated £680 million annual value to our economy – so there is an economic, as well as an environmental, case for protecting the diversity of the natural world.So, following consultation, the government will use the forthcoming Environment Bill to mandate biodiversity net gain for development in England……ensuring that the delivery of much-needed infrastructure and housing is not at the expense of vital biodiversity.But this is a global problem Mr Speaker……so later this year, the UK government will launch a comprehensive global review of the link between biodiversity and economic growth……to be led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge.We in this House Mr Speaker should be proud that the UK, with its Overseas Territories, has already declared more than 3m square kilometres of Marine Protected Area. And today I can announce our intention to designate a further 445,000 square kilometers of ocean around Ascension Island as Marine Protected Area.[Political content removed]…taking action today on our pledge to be the first in history to leave our environment in a better condition than we found it.Mr Speaker,Before I conclude, I have three further short announcements to make.First, in response to rising concern by Headteachers that some girls are missing school attendance due to inability to afford sanitary products, I have decided to fund the provision of free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges in England from the next school year.I congratulate those Honourable Members who have campaigned on this issue on all sides of this House and my RHF the Education Secretary will announce further details in due course.Second, I announced a year ago that we would take definitive action to tackle the scourge of late payments for our small businesses. A full response to last year’s call for evidence will be published shortly, but I can announce today that as a first step we will require company Audit Committees to review payment practices, and report on them in their Annual Accounts. My RHF the Business Secretary will announce further details in due course – and I congratulate the FSB, in particular, on its tireless campaign on this issue.Third, Mr Speaker, the recent surge in knife-crime represents a personal tragedy for the scores of families of victims, and I know I can speak for the whole House when I offer my deepest sympathies to them. We must, and we will, stamp out this menace.Police funding is due to rise by up to £970 million from April. Many Police & Crime Commissioners have already committed to using this extra funding to recruit and train additional police officers.But that takes time. And action is needed now.So, the Prime Minister and I have decided, exceptionally, to make available immediately to police forces in England and Wales an additional £100 million over the course of the next year, ring-fenced to pay for additional overtime targeted specifically on knife crime……and for new Violent Crime Reduction Units to deliver a wider cross-agency response to this epidemic.Ahead of the Spending Review, my RHF the Home Secretary will work with the police to consider how best to prioritise resources going forward, including newly funded manpower, to ensure a lasting solution to the problem.Mr Speaker, to be frank.Last night’s events mean we are not where I hoped we would be today.Our economy is fundamentally robust…But the uncertainty I hoped we would lift last night, still hangs over it.We cannot allow that to continue:It is damaging our economy……and it is damaging our standing and reputation in the world.Tonight, we have a choice:we can remove the threat of an imminent no-deal exit hanging over our economy.Tomorrow, we will have the opportunity to start to map out a way forward……towards building a consensus across this House……for a deal we can, collectively support, to exit the EU in an orderly way……to a future relationship that will allow Britain to flourish……protecting jobs and businesses;We have huge opportunities ahead of us:Our Capital is the world’s financial centre;Our Universities are global powerhouses of discovery and innovation;Our businesses are at the cutting edge of the tech revolution;And we have shown that we are not shy, as a nation, of the tasks that lie ahead:We are addressing the environmental challenges that threaten our planet;We are building the homes that the next generation desperately need;We are investing in our future……tackling the productivity gap……and embracing technological change, rising to its challenges and seizing its opportunities;Our potential is clear;Our advantages are manifest;We are the fifth largest economy in the world…A proud, successful, outward-looking nation……with no limit to our ambition……and no boundaries to what we can achieve.A brighter future is within our grasp;Tonight, let’s take a decisive step towards seizing it……and building a Britain fit for the future;A Britain the next generation will be proud to call their home.I commend this Statement to the House.last_img read more

first_imgThe deployment, known as ‘WESTLANT 19’, will see HMS Queen Elizabeth and her crew conduct vital deck and warfare trials with UK F-35 jets from 17 Test and Evaluation Squadron based in the USA and 617 Squadron based at RAF Marham, as well rotary wing training with Merlin and Wildcat helicopters.Whilst Stateside, she will also welcome United States Marine Corps F-35s on deck, further developing the deep and historic tradition of the UK and US armed forces operating seamlessly side by side.HMS Queen Elizabeth remains set to be deployed on global operations from 2021 and when Prince of Wales joins her in the fleet in the near future, the UK will have one carrier available at very high readiness at all times. The UK’s largest and most advanced warship ever will be making the transatlantic journey for the second consecutive year to train alongside the UK’s closest ally. She will also make a number of port calls whilst deployed before returning ahead of Christmas.Whilst in the Washington area she will host the Atlantic Future Forum, which aims at bringing the US and UK industry and military together to address the changing nature of warfare and shared threats both allies face at home and abroad.Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: HMS Queen Elizabeth represents the best of British innovation and is a true embodiment of our international ambition. The fact that this important ship will have visited the US twice within her short service thus far is testament to our enduring transatlantic defence relationship. In the week that we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings it is only right that we continue to look at how we can deepen our global partnerships to promote peace and deter future conflict.last_img read more