Don Foster MP

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Don Foster MP has signed EDM 2244 on EU Legislation on animal experiments. The EDM reads:

That this House notes the forthcoming transposition of the European Directive on the protection of animals used in scientific procedures; is concerned that transposition of the Directive could lead to a lowering of UK standards, for example, reducing the frequency of inspections and lifting restrictions on the use of cats, dogs and horses; welcomes the Government consultation’s acceptance that the new Directive necessitates greater transparency; and calls on the Government to maintain and enforce higher UK standards wherever they exceed the minimum requirements in the Directive.


Don Foster MP has seconded EDM 2307 on Micro combined heat and power. The EDM reads:

That this House notes that micro combined heat and power (mCHP) has the potential for significant reductions to household carbon dioxide emissions and fuel bills; further notes that the vast majority of residential heating systems according to the Renewable Heat Incentive’s Regulatory Impact Assessment and the Fourth Carbon Budget report will continue to be gas fired for at least a further two decades; further notes that most of the world’s technology and manufacturing development for mCHP is currently based in the UK with consequent opportunities for considerable exports, and so welcomes the warm words of the Minister for Climate Change about mCHP during the proceedings of the Public Bill Committee on the Energy Bill [Lords] of 21 June 2011, written evidence, columns 444-6, and his statement that his Department has `progressed the agenda’ and `that the industry will be presenting Government with proposals for progressing this technology’, 18 October 2011, Official Report, columns 804-5W; further notes that eight leading companies in the industry have now declared their joint vision for a large increase in the number of installations by 2020; and calls on the Government to bring forward policies to achieve that objective and to produce a report within one year of its vision for this important technology.

Welcome funding boost for school places in B&NES

November 7, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

The Government has announced an extra £500m will be given to local authorities experiencing the greatest need in managing shortfalls in pupil places.

B&NES will receive an extra £445,068 as one of the one hundred local authorities which will receive a share of the funding.

The extra funding comes on top of the £800m funding announced in December 2010 - double the normal annual level of support - which means that in 2011-12 a total of £1.3billion will have been allocated to fund additional school places.

The funding comes in the form of capital grants, which are not ring fenced. Local councils will be able to decide what projects this additional money will be invested in, for example, in small primary school projects.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“It is good news that the Government is investing nearly an extra half a million pounds for schools’ capacity in our area.

“This money will be a welcome boost to our hard work to ensure everyone gets a place at a good school. It will also be welcome news for the jobs and businesses as building can now ahead.

“There is more work to be done and this extra cash will not solve our problems overnight. I will be working with Liberal Democrat colleagues in Government on this to ensure our children get the fair start in life in the good schools they deserve.”

Cllr Nathan Hartley, B&NES Council’s Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member responsible for schools, added:

“This is another welcomed financial boost from the government for our local schools. First the Pupil Premium funding, and now money for capital expenditure.

“Here in Bath and North East Somerset, this extra help will be well received in ensuring that parents can send their children to their local school, knowing there will be adequate amount of space for those that apply to attend.”