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Matt Rodda

Labour - Reading East

Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Pensions)

(since January 2021)
Matt Rodda is not a member of any APPGs
1 Former APPG membership
River Thames
Shadow Minister (Transport) (Buses)
12th Jan 2018 - 7th Jan 2021


Department Event
Monday 17th May 2021
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Oral questions - Main Chamber
17 May 2021, 2:30 p.m.
Work and Pensions (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Monday 28th June 2021
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Oral questions - Main Chamber
28 Jun 2021, 2:30 p.m.
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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Fire Safety Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 194 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
Speeches
Tuesday 27th April 2021
Support for Asylum Seekers

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Bermondsey …

Written Answers
Tuesday 9th March 2021
Coronavirus: Screening
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the planned timescale is for providing regular covid-19 …
Early Day Motions
Monday 26th June 2017
CHILTERN EDGE SCHOOL
That this House believes that Chiltern Edge School should remain open; is concerned that Oxfordshire County Council is consulting on …
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: USDAW Head Office
Address of donor: 188 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 6LJ
Amount of donation or nature …
EDM signed
Tuesday 25th February 2020
Assaults on shopworkers
That this House deplores the rise in verbal and physical abuse of shopworkers, notes that according to research conducted by …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Matt Rodda has voted in 229 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Gavin Williamson (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Education
(6 debate interactions)
Helen Hayes (Labour)
(5 debate interactions)
Rachel Maclean (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(5 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Transport
(23 debate contributions)
Home Office
(11 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(9 debate contributions)
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Reading East Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest Reading East signature proportion
Petitions with most Reading East signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

To not decide to scrap free travel for those who are under 18. As a teenager who has relied so much on free travel, it has allowed for me to go to school without the worry of an extra expense and explore around the beautiful city of London also. Destroying free travel would hurt so many of us.


Latest EDMs signed by Matt Rodda

24th February 2020
Matt Rodda signed this EDM on Tuesday 25th February 2020

Assaults on shopworkers

Tabled by: Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op) - Harrow West)
That this House deplores the rise in verbal and physical abuse of shopworkers, notes that according to research conducted by USDAW, over 400 retail workers were assaulted each day last year and that 62 per cent of retail staff have been the victim of either verbal or physical abuse; further …
69 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 56
Scottish National Party: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Conservative: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Independent: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Green Party: 1
15th October 2019
Matt Rodda signed this EDM on Tuesday 15th October 2019

Bus passes for WASPI women

Tabled by: Jim Cunningham (Labour - Coventry South)
That this House is concerned that not all the women living in England who are affected by the 2011 changes to state pension age are entitled to a free bus pass; notes that a free bus pass is a small concession, given that women born in the 1950s have lost …
49 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 32
Scottish National Party: 6
Independent: 4
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Plaid Cymru: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Matt Rodda, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Matt Rodda has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Matt Rodda has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Matt Rodda has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Matt Rodda has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


27 Written Questions in the current parliament

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14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what happens to funding allocated to local authorities as part of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which is not distributed to businesses.

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support for businesses in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19. This support includes extensive grant funding for businesses that have been required by law to close as a result of, or have been severely impacted by, localised and national restrictions.

Local authorities should pay businesses in line with the restriction period to which the funding is allocated to ensure local economies are supported during restrictions. Any unspent funding allocated to local authorities under a mandatory grants scheme will be recovered after a reconciliation process. It is not expected that discretionary schemes, such as the ARG, will have any unallocated funding as we would expect local authorities to apportion this funding to businesses. We are working closely with local authorities to ensure funding gets out the door to businesses as quickly as possible and to avoid any unnecessary underspend.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to increase funding allocations for local authorities which have distributed their allocated funds from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) but have an additional need for emergency support.

The Government is committed to continuing to provide financial support via local authorities for business premises that are required to close due to restrictions that have been put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives.

BEIS will provide Local Authorities with the full costs of providing funding to eligible businesses that are required to close through Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed). Where the initial allocation of this grant to Local Authorities is insufficient, it will be topped up.

Discretionary grants – Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and Additional Restrictions Grant - are formula based. With the announcement of a further period of national lockdown starting on 5th January a further £500m has been allocated to Local Authorities via the Additional Restrictions Grant to support businesses severely affected by the restrictions even though they are not required to close, including those falling outside the business rates system such as market traders. This comes on top of £1.1bn already allocated in November 2020. It is expected that local authorities use this additional resource quickly to support businesses in their area.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether local authorities receive funding for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) up front or are reimbursed.

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support for businesses in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19. This support includes extensive grant funding for businesses that have been required by law to close as a result of, or have been severely impacted by, localised and national restrictions.

As set out in the Government guidance, local authorities have received an initial allocation of 90% of the estimated grant funding amount for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum and Closed Business Lockdown Grant schemes. When this threshold of funding is reached, Government will pay local authorities the further agreed funding. The additional £500 million distributed through the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme was paid to local authorities in one lump sum payment, as with the previous ARG payment. We are working closely with local authorities to ensure that funding is delivered to businesses that are in scope of these schemes as quickly as possible.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the tiered covid-19 public health restrictions on the ability to trade of (a) the 60 pubs in Reading East and (b) other pubs throughout the country.

Scientific evidence shows that hospitality venues can be higher risk environments than other indoor settings, and people who are consuming alcohol tend to be less likely to comply with health guidance. Through tiering we are making these venues safer and reducing transmission of the virus.

Whilst tiered restrictions have reduced the ability of pubs to trade, the Government has implemented a comprehensive and generous package of business support, worth £280 billion. This includes a new one-off grant worth up to £9,000, VAT relief, a business-rates holiday, and the extended furlough scheme. A further grant of £1,000 was made to support wet-led pubs in Tier 2, 3 and 4 areas, including Reading East, over the Christmas period.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with representative organisations for pubs and breweries on the effect of tier 2 and tier 3 public health restrictions on businesses in that sector.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic the Government has worked closely with the hospitality sector to understand the impact of the pandemic on their businesses. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic the Government has worked closely with the hospitality sector to understand the impact of the pandemic on their businesses.  The new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has met with representative organisations from across the hospitality sector since taking on the role on 11 January.

Hospitality businesses have been able to benefit from Government support, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Government-backed loans, Local Restrictions Support Grants, additional funding provided to Local Authorities to support businesses and the Cultural Relief Fund.

On 5 January, when the new national lockdown began, the Chancellor announced a one-off top up grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the spring.  A £594 million discretionary fund has also been made available to support other impacted businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support schools during the covid-19 outbreak.

This has been a challenging time for teachers and school leaders, and the Government has supported them since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. We have regularly published and updated guidance to ensure that it reflects the most up to date medical and scientific information to make sure that teachers, parents, and young people are as well-informed as possible in the current rapidly changing circumstances. The latest guidance for schools, on restricting attendance during the national lockdown, is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/952443/210114_School_national_restrictions_guidance_FINAL_14012021.pdf.

This guidance includes the Public Health England endorsed system of controls which, when implemented in line with a revised risk assessment, create an inherently safer environment for staff and pupils where the risk of transmission of the infection is substantially reduced. This provides a framework for schools and colleges to put in place proportionate protective measures to manage risk effectively, which has been in place since the start of the autumn term.

To help identify and limit the asymptomatic spread of the virus within the teaching workforce we have made rapid-result COVID-19 tests available to schools. Information about the testing programme for schools is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/asymptomatic-testing-in-schools-and-colleges.

To support schools in providing remote education to most pupils during the current lockdown, we updated our good teaching practice and resources guidance on 12 January to offer up-to-date support to those who are teaching remotely.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people. This includes over 800,000 laptops and tablets that were delivered to schools, trusts and local authorities by 17 January.

We have partnered with the UK’s leading mobile operators to provide free data to help disadvantaged children get online as well as delivering 4G wireless routers for pupils without connection at home. We are grateful to EE, O2, Sky Mobile, Smarty, Tesco Mobile, Three, Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone for their cooperation to-date. We continue to invite a range of mobile network providers to support the offer.

All four major mobile network operators - Vodafone, O2, Three and EE - have also committed to working together to make access to Oak National Academy free for school children. Additionally, I am grateful to BT and EE, who are making access to BBC Bitesize resources free from the end of January 2021.

Funding and support is also available for schools to get set up on Google or Microsoft platforms. These platforms bring together the school community, pool resources and give pupils the opportunity to work with their peers remotely. As of 5 January, 6,900 schools have applied for a digital education platform.

Information about the good teaching practice and resources guidance and the get help with technology scheme is available at: https://get-help-with-remote-education.education.gov.uk/good-teaching-practice.html, and: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-help-with-technology-for-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

To make up for lost teaching time and stop pupils and students falling behind, our £1 billion catch up package remains in place, including the £650 million catch-up premium and in school support through the National Tutoring Programme for the most disadvantaged.

The Government recognises the pressure that headteachers and teachers are under. We thank them for all that they have done and continue to do, to educate and support children as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for carrying out flood prevention work at the River Thames in Reading.

More than 700 properties, roads and other infrastructure are at risk of flooding from the Thames in north Reading and Lower Caversham. The Environment Agency (EA) has engaged widely with the community to raise awareness of flood risk and to get feedback on plans for a flood risk management scheme which would include flood walls, embankments and a channel to bypass Reading Bridge. The EA is reviewing feedback from the community and if there is support for the scheme it will progress work to secure the necessary permissions and funding.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse has been in (a) staff time, (b) engaging consultants and agencies to provide advice, (c) tendering and (d) new (i) letterheads, (ii) signage and (iii) website for the proposed rebranding of Highways England.

No final decision has been made about renaming Highways England. Any decision would of course seek best value for the tax payer.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who authorised the work to rebrand the Highways Agency; what procurement process was used; and what steps he took to ensure that process complied with Government guidance on marketing spending and procurement.

No final decision has been made about renaming Highways England. Any decision would of course seek best value for the tax payer.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the covid-19 outbreak on public transport.

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

We are encouraging everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.

This is having a significant impact on public transport. However, it is vital that our public transport services continue to run in order to ensure that critical workers can get to work, and that the country can return to normal life once this epidemic is over.

We are in daily contact with transport providers and will do whatever we can to ensure vital public services continue throughout this period.

We will continue to anticipate and adapt to needs as the situation develops, as demonstrated by the extensive package of measures the Chancellor has announced to support the economy.

14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to regularly test asymptomatic NHS staff working in community hospitals for covid-19 in (a) Berkshire and (b) England.

All National Health Service patient-facing staff in acute, mental health, ambulance and community trusts have been provided with lateral flow tests to enable them to test themselves at home twice a week with over 25 million tests distributed. Lateral flow tests are also being distributed across primary care including general practice, community pharmacy, dentistry and optometry. In additional tests have been provided to independent sector providers and community interest companies providing NHS care.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the planned timescale is for providing regular covid-19 testing for asymptomatic NHS staff working in community hospitals in (a) Berkshire and (b) England.

All National Health Service patient facing staff in acute, mental health, ambulance and community trusts have been provided with lateral flow tests to enable them to test themselves at home twice a week. Lateral flow tests are also being issued across primary care including general practice, community pharmacy, dentistry and optometry.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the regularly covid-19 testing of asymptomatic NHS staff working in community hospitals in (a) Berkshire and (b) the rest of the country.

All National Health Service patient facing staff in acute, mental health, ambulance and community trusts have been provided with lateral flow tests to enable them to test themselves at home twice a week. Over 25 million tests have been distributed nationally.  Lateral flow tests are also being provided across primary care including general practice, community pharmacy, dentistry and optometry. In addition tests have been provided to independent sector providers and community interest companies providing NHS care.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support local authorities during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to support councils in their response to COVID-19.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Rt. hon Robert Jenrick MP) addressed over 300 council leaders in England reaffirming the Government’s commitment to giving councils the support they need to contribute to the national effort. He confirmed a series of practical measures which will give councils greater flexibility to respond to COVID-19.

Guidance for local councils during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government#local-government

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support UK hospitals during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Department is supporting the National Health Service (NHS) so that it can help those who need it the most.

The establishment of the Nightingale hospitals was an unprecedented response to an unprecedented challenge and they provide extra capacity to manage potential surges in demand due to Covid-19.

We have also been greatly strengthened by over 10,000 health professionals who have been passed onto Trusts to deploy; and over 25,000 student nurses and midwives, over 3,000 final year medical students and over 4,000 other health professionals who have started their NHS careers early.

The Chancellor has also set out a package of targeted measures which include a £5 billion emergency response fund to support the NHS and other public services. He has since reiterated that whatever resources the NHS needs, it will get.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to (a) provide consular support to and (b) arrange the repatriation of British citizens in St Vincent and the Grenadines during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is working around the clock, through our Posts overseas and in London, to make sure all British people who need help are receiving the support and information they need. We have now brought home over 32,000 people on 155 flights organised by the Foreign Office from 29 countries and territories.

The welfare of British nationals remains our top priority, and we remain committed to ensuring that British travellers around the globe are able to return home. The UK Government is working closely with airlines, local authorities and governments in the Caribbean region to help British travellers return to the UK as part of the plan announced by the Foreign Secretary on 30 March - with up to £75 million available for special charter flights from priority countries, focused on helping the most vulnerable travellers. We have supported over 11,000 people to return home from the Caribbean via commercial means.

We are aware that there are British travellers remaining overseas in the Caribbean region and our effort is focused on supporting their return as quickly and safely as possible. British travellers wishing to return to the UK have been actively encouraged to register with their nearest High Commission or Embassy as well as to check travel advice for updates regularly: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has for a public consultation on the Government's proposals for changes to the planning system; what changes to regulations on (a) height, (b) appearance and (c) quality are proposed; what steps he plans to take to ensure that new houses will be built in addition to flats; and what steps he plans to take to ensure that new houses will be built on brownfield land and not in the countryside.

Public consultation on the Planning for the Future White Paper began on 6 August and closes on 29 October. The White Paper sets out an ambitious vision for improving the design of buildings and places, through the widespread use of design codes and pattern books that are supported by local communities.

The White Paper also sets out proposals for a binding housing requirement that would be adjusted to take account of local constraints, such as the Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The requirement figures would need to reflect the importance of using brownfield land, but ultimately it would be for local authorities to decide how best to meet their housing requirement locally, including the different types of homes needed in each area.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on allocating financial support to leaseholders to replace dangerous cladding; and what additional funding is being provided to fire services to pay for extra inspections of affected buildings.

We understand the concerns of many leaseholders and building owners over the cost of remediation of cladding. This is why we have made £1 billion available to expedite and fund the removal of unsafe non-Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding in 2020/21. This is in addition to the £600 million made available already to ensure the remediation of unsafe ACM cladding. Progress on the ACM fund can be viewed in the monthly Building Safety Data Release, available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/aluminium-composite-material-cladding#acm-remediation-data. As for non-ACM funding, we published the Building Safety Fund application guidance for buildings in both the social and private sectors on 31 July and opened the application process.

The Department will keep demand for the Fund under review and will in future publish regular updates regarding the allocation of funding against the budget available in the Building Safety Programme’s data release when ready. This release includes data and analysis related to the monitoring of the remediation of unsafe cladding.

This year the Government has provided £10 million of additional funding to improve inspection capacity and capability on high-rise residential buildings. This is supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council to establish a new national infrastructure to support frontline protection work and the Fire and Rescue Services to conduct a Building Risk Review of all high rise residential buildings over 18 metres by the end of 2021.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reasons are for the time taken in selling Reading Gaol; and when negotiations on the sale of that site will be concluded.

There have been some delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sale of Reading Prison is progressing and we expect to conclude negotiations with the preferred bidder this autumn. All matters relating to negotiations for the sale are commercially confidential.

There is no current deadline for the negotiations with the preferred bidder for Reading Prison.

Lucy Frazer
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the negotiations with the preferred bidder for Reading Gaol.

There have been some delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sale of Reading Prison is progressing and we expect to conclude negotiations with the preferred bidder this autumn. All matters relating to negotiations for the sale are commercially confidential.

There is no current deadline for the negotiations with the preferred bidder for Reading Prison.

Lucy Frazer
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the deadline is for the negotiations with a preferred bidder for Reading Gaol; and what procurement process his Department plans to use to reopen its search for a new preferred bidder in the event that negotiations break down.

There have been some delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sale of Reading Prison is progressing and we expect to conclude negotiations with the preferred bidder this autumn. All matters relating to negotiations for the sale are commercially confidential.

There is no current deadline for the negotiations with the preferred bidder for Reading Prison.

Lucy Frazer
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in what form payment for the Reading Gaol site will be made, and whether that payment will be phased or paid as a lump sum.

The marketing of the former prison at Reading has been completed and we have selected a preferred bidder. We are in commercial negotiations with the preferred bidder and details of the terms of the bid including the price are commercially sensitive and confidential until the sale has completed. We will always seek best value for the taxpayer.

Lucy Frazer
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
24th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what due diligence process the Department followed to assess the preferred bidder for Reading Gaol; and whether Departmental staff or contactors undertook that process.

Departmental staff and the Department’s real estate advisors were involved in the evaluation of all bids received for Reading prison. The evaluation process covered a range of factors in assessing which bid represented the best value for the Department and the taxpayer.

Lucy Frazer
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to announce the preferred bidder in relation to the sale of Reading Prison.

There are no plans to formally announce the preferred bidder or details of the bid until the sale has completed. We expect to make an announcement about the sale in the summer.

Lucy Frazer
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
14th Jan 2020
What progress his Department has made on the sale of HMP Reading.

We have marketed the former HMP&YOI Reading site. We are considering all the bids received carefully.

We will always seek best value for the taxpayer when disposing of surplus property assets. The number of bids, the identity of any bidders and the nature of the bids are commercially sensitive.

Lucy Frazer
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)