Mark Menzies MP asks for clarity on overseas BBC charges

A Fylde coast MP has questioned the Government over plans for the BBC to charge for content abroad. Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, who is a member of the Digital Economy Bill committee, wrote to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport: "What plans her Department has to enable the BBC to introduce subscription charges for viewing content on its iPlayer outside the UK." Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, told him: "Under the new BBC Charter and... Read more »
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Prime Minister’s praise for Fylde MP’s link road effort

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has been praised by the Prime Minister for his work in helping to secure a new M55 link road for Lytham and St Annes. Mr Menzies asked Theresa May at Prime Minister's Question Time if she would do everything possible to ensure the road would go ahead. The Government has already pledged £2m to the scheme to reopen and improve the link road, known locally as the Moss Road. Speaking to the Prime Minister in Parliament, Mr Menzies said: "I welcome last week's Autumn... Read more »

Fylde MP presses Government on shale gas well monitoring

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has pressed the Government over shale gas well monitoring. Mr Menzies wrote to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to ask: "What steps he has taken to undertake baseline monitoring of the health of residents living in close proximity to Cuadrilla Resources' shale gas well site at Preston New Road." He also wrote to ask: "What steps he has taken to institute baseline monitoring sites for air quality in residential areas in close proximity to Cuadrilla Resources' shale gas... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

It was great to see the Fylde coast under the spotlight with two major BBC shows focusing on the area in the past week. The Children in Need DIY SOS show at Blackpool Carer’s Centre and Strictly Come Dancing at the Tower Ballroom put us in the eyes of the world. It’s great to see them coming to Blackpool as it has given a huge boost to the entire Fylde coast. It is valuable free publicity for us, and I spoke to many people in London who expressed... Read more »
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Fylde MP’s call over ‘shameful’ treatment of assistance dog passengers

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has pledged to support a call for all taxi and minicab drivers to be given disability equality training. He took part in a Parliamentary debate this week to press for training, after being told by guide dog owners they were often refused passage. The Private Member’s Bill that sought to introduce such training was debated on November 18 but was not voted on due to a lack of time. It is hoped the matter will be returned to Parliament in the near future. Guide... Read more »
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