The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport delivered a statement to the Commons on the future of 5G in the UK. I noted to the minister that last Friday the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) released a statement on the benefits of diversification of 5G providers. What we mean by this is making sure the UK doesn’t keep all its eggs in one basket. It is really important that we use a mix of companies to provide our IT infrastructure so that any security threats we face are minimised.
I’m pleased that the minister shared my thinking on this and I hope to see this reflected in policies as they are rolled out. The 5G providers as they stand are Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia. The security aspect of the roll-out of 5G is of the utmost importance and needs to be fully considered.
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions came to the House of Commons to deliver the devastating news that poverty was on the rise to 3.7million people and a rise in child poverty in particular.
I raised how some wards in Delyn have a child poverty rate over 40% and how unemployment continues to rise/ The UK Government have not got a grip on this and are presiding over a disastrous work and pensions policy.
We were one of the first areas to see Universal Credit (UC) introduced. I have received hundreds of cases since then of people not getting the social security payments they are due.
This week the independent National Audit Office published a damning report stating how UC is failing and should not be rolled out any further until the flaws are sorted.
I have been telling the Government this for months. At today’s statement I pressed once again for more action to be taken to help people who live in rural areas get access to their payments. It is all well and good the Government saying that people should just pop into the local job centre but that is easier said than done if you live in the more rural parts of Flintshire.
As the last direct rule minister for Northern Ireland, when I was responsible for Northern Ireland’s budget and many other functions, I wanted to stress to the Secretary of State that direct rule is a poor form of governance.
The collapse in the negotiations to reestablish the Northern Ireland Assembly is a terrible outcome for the people of Northern Ireland. The statement presented informed Parliament that we will now be asked to pass a budget for Northern Ireland. I wanted details on this budget and if it was to include the £1 billion deal cobbled together by the Conservatives and DUP to form a minority government.