Government Activity from 27 January to 1 February 2019

On Sunday 27th January, Matt Hancock wrote to social media firms urging them to remove harmful content.


On Monday 28th, Damian Hinds published a new Recruitment and Retention strategy to boost teacher numbers and make sure that teaching remains an attractive and rewarding profession.


Also on Monday, Amber Rudd opened a new Openreach learning centre in Peterborough, which will train more than 3,000 full-fibre broadband engineers this year.


On Tuesday 29th, the Prime Minister made a statement to Parliament, in which she committed to seeking legally binding changes to the Withdrawal Agreement to deliver on the result of the Brexit referendum.


Also on Tuesday, Heather Wheeler published tightened rules for electrical inspections in private rented accommodation.


Also on Tuesday, Kelly Tolhurst announced that 15 projects from around the UK have won a share of the £2 million Business Basics Fund to support small businesses and boost their productivity.


On Wednesday 30th, James Brokenshire announced a £500 million fund to build affordable homes across the country, helping more people to get a foot on the housing ladder.


Also on Wednesday, Jeremy Hunt launched an independent review of Persecution of Christians across the globe.


Also on Wednesday, Philip Hammond gave a speech at TheCityUK’s annual dinner.


On Thursday 31st, Sajid Javid announced new police powers to prevent criminals from carrying knives, making our streets and communities safer.


Also on Thursday, the Prime Minister and Matt Hancock announced a new five- year GP contract, which increases investment and certainty around funding and looks to reduce pressure and stabilise general practice.


Also on Thursday, Jeremy Wright set out how new digital technologies including artificial intelligence could be used to tackle global challenges.


Also on Thursday, David Mundell announced £100 million investment to drive growth across Ayrshire.


Also on Thursday, Chris Skidmore outlined his priorities as Universities Minister and his vision for the future of the higher education sector.


Also on Thursday, Michael Gove kicked off a Year of Green Action, calling on people across the country to join together to improve the natural world.


On Friday 1st February, David Lidington and Chris Skidmore announced measures to hold universities to account over ethnic disparity.


Also on Friday, Michael Ellis announced plans to widen the definition of treasure so more archaeological finds can be protected for the nation.