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Written Question: 30th July, 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Steppe Inn at the British Embassy in Ulaanbaatar to promote UK soft power.
 
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Oral Contribution: 25th July, 2019

My hon. Friend makes a good point. There is express provision for such a review in the Planning Act 2008, so it would not be difficult.
 
I move on quickly to early-day motion 2650, which is about commercial local radio and Bauer. Although it stands only in my name at the moment, I am confident that at least a dozen MPs will sign it overnight. It deals with an important issue of commercial local radio, to which two things have happened in recent years. The market has consolidated: Global and Bauer now own over half the market. Furthermore, Ofcom has weakened the regulations so that local radio stations now have to have only three rather than seven hours of local content on a weekday and local content can come from regional centres; it need not come from the area of the franchise...
 
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Written Question: 25th July, 2019

What recent assessment he has made of the effect of sewage discharges on water quality in rivers.
 
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Oral Contribution: 25th July, 2019

Does the Minister share my concern that the Environment Agency states that Yorkshire Water has unacceptable environmental pollution performance, and that Yorkshire Water discharged sewage into the River Wharfe on no fewer than 123 days last year?
 
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Oral Contributions: July 25th, 2019

Whether the Church of England plans to allocate strategic development funding to Keighley constituency.
 
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EDM Supported: 24th July, 2019

That this House notes that the commercial local radio industry is now dominated by two media giants Global and Bauer; further notes that Bauer will own 36 per cent of commercial local radio licences in the UK if their purchase of four whole groups of radio stations namely UKRD, Wireless and Celador & Lincs comprising over 30 stations goes through...

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