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Business of the House

Theresa Villiers Excerpts
Thursday 9th May 2024

(1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Penny Mordaunt Portrait Penny Mordaunt
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I am, and I have been doing that since the start of this year—[Interruption.] I have.

Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con)
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May we have a debate on potholes? [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] In my Chipping Barnet constituency, they seem to be worse than ever. After representations from me and my hon. Friend the Member for Finchley and Golders Green (Mike Freer), London has been included in the Government’s major boost for potholes funding, so we need a debate to ensure that Barnet Council uses the £736,000 that it is receiving over two years effectively to tackle potholes and get them filled in.

Penny Mordaunt Portrait Penny Mordaunt
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If there is consensus in this House on any issue, it is that we cannot talk enough about potholes. An additional £8.3 billion has been allocated to councils for road improvements, which are of importance to our constituents. Critically, local authorities must account for what they are spending that money on, and since 15 March, they have had to report against the last tranche of funding. I will ensure that the Secretary of State has heard my right hon. Friend’s keenness to have a debate on the matter, and she will know how to apply for one.