Government Activity from 21 January to 25 January 2019

On Monday 21st, the Prime Minister made a statement to the House of Commons setting out the Government’s next steps on Brexit and updating colleagues on the discussions with MPs from across the House.

Also on Monday, Victoria Atkins and David Gauke published a ground-breaking domestic abuse bill to support victims and their families and pursue offenders.

Also on Monday, the Prime Minister met with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, reflecting on how much our two nations have in common and reaffirming their desire to forge an ambitious, high quality free trade agreement after the UK leaves the EU.

On Tuesday 22nd, Alok Sharma welcomed new figures that showed that employment is at a record high, and wages are rising at their fastest pace in a decade, meaning more people than ever before have the security of a regular pay packet.

Also on Tuesday, the Chancellor welcomed new figures which showed that we’re on track with our plan to reduce the deficit, with Government borrowing in the current financial year-to-date £13.1 billion less than in the same period in 2017 - the lowest level in 16 years.

Also on Tuesday, Jackie Doyle-Price published the first cross-government suicide prevention plan, which has a focus on how social media and the latest technology can be used to identify those at risk of suicide.

On Wednesday 23rd, Liam Fox met with trade ministers from across the world and discussed trade deals with key countries, showing the world that Britain is open for business as we prepare to leave the European Union.

Also on Wednesday, Chris Skidmore announced that students starting university from September 2019 are set to have more choice than ever before about how they study, after MPs approved legislation to support the expansion of two-year and other accelerated degrees.

Also on Wednesday, Jake Berry announced that coastal heritage sites around the Great British Coast will be saved as 23 projects are to receive a share of almost £1 million from the Coastal Revival Fund.

On Thursday 24th, the Prime Minister and Matt Hancock published a 20-year vision and 5-year national action plan for how the UK will contribute to containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by 2040.

Also on Thursday, the Prime Minister and Kelly Tolhurst set out plans for pregnant women and new parents returning to work after having children to be further protected from unfairly losing their jobs.

Also on Thursday, the Chancellor announced £100 million to create 1,000 new PhD places across the UK for the next generation of Artificial Intelligence, which will bolster UK universities’ existing strengths in research excellence.

Also on Thursday, Chris Grayling launched the Maritime 2050 strategy which will set the UK as a pre-eminent global test-bed of emerging technology, enabling the country to capitalise on the economic potential of maritime innovations.

On Friday 25th, Michael Gove set out plans to overhaul allergen labelling laws and give consumers clearer information on the food they buy.