Government Activity from Sunday 10 March to Friday 15 2019

On Sunday 10th March, Matt Hancock outlined the role that our NHS can play in turning around the lives of victims of knife crime.


Also on Sunday, Mel Stride committed to taking a light touch approach to penalties for businesses who are adapting to Making Tax Digital in the first year, supporting businesses as they adopt the new rules.


On Monday 11th, the Prime Minister secured legally binding commitments on the Northern Ireland backstop from the EU ahead of the second meaningful vote.


Also on Monday, Damian Hinds announced 37 new special free schools, creating an extra 3,500 school places for pupils who have additional needs so that every child has the opportunity to receive a world class education.


Also on Monday, David Lidington set out the Government’s role in championing social value in a speech at King’s College, London.


Also on Monday, Penny Mordaunt announced a doubling of DFID’s funding for overseas plastic waste reduction programmes at a Commonwealth Day event in Parliament.


On Tuesday 12th, the Prime Minister set out the next steps on Brexit following the Meaningful Vote.


Also on Tuesday, Jeremy Wright celebrated the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web with leading figures from Britain's technology sector at a Downing Street reception.


On Wednesday 13th, the Prime Minister set out the way forward following the vote in Parliament against leaving the EU without a deal.


Also on Wednesday, the Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament, confirming that our balanced approach to the economy is creating jobs and supporting vital investment in our public services. The independent review by Professor Jason Furman into digital competition was published ahead of the Spring Statement.


Also on Wednesday, Baroness Sugg announced that the extension of the exclusion zone for drones around airports has come into effect.


On Thursday 14th, Nadhim Zahawi and Chris Skidmore called on universities to do more to support young people leaving care, so that those in the toughest circumstances have the same opportunities to succeed as their peers.


Also on Thursday, Damian Hinds announced a £24 million investment to raise attainment in schools in the North East, enabling young people from all communities to fulfil their potential.


Also on Thursday, Matt Hancock spoke at the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s annual summit in Birmingham on the importance of mental health support for the NHS workforce.


On Friday 15th, Sajid Javid announced £600,000 of funding for the Lucy Faithfull Foundation 'Stop It Now!' helpline to prevent online child sexual exploitation and abuse.


Also on Friday, Damian Hinds made a keynote speech to the Association of School and College Leaders’ conference on connected leadership.