To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing an inland checking facility to ensure the smooth functioning of Portsmouth International Port in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many high street retail shops have closed in (a) the UK, (b) Hampshire and (c) Portsmouth since 2016.
Unlike this Government, John Lewis has never knowingly undersold Portsmouth, but last week partners announced that they are closing Knight & Lee, a much-loved store in the heart of my community since 1865. That is just one example. Retailer after retailer, store after store, job after job—when will the Government finally bring our high streets back from the brink?
Seventy-nine per cent. of staff surveyed said that the plans undermine their ability to provide tax collection. Are HMRC staff wrong?
Does the Minister agree that the Government’s idea of turning high streets into residential streets or office spaces is not a solution to solving our high street crisis?