Greg Hands M.P.’s submission to the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, on long term capacity proposals

I met Sir Howard in person on 3 July when I was able to outline, at length, my concerns at Heathrow expansion in person. I add this written submission to explore a few further points.As Member for Parliament for Hammersmith & Fulham since 2005 and Chelsea & Fulham since 2010 as well as a local Fulham resident since 1990 aircraft noise is a regular source of complaint in my constituency.  

Constituency Matters column

From the Hammersmith & Fulham ChronicleOn a recent British Airways flight to Heathrow, I was surprised to see in the airline’s “High Life” magazine an interview with one of the pilots, where she said that “I always enjoy flying over London, because there are so few approaches over cities”. I wouldn’t want to deprive anyone of their enjoyment, but there is something quite significant in this statement. A very frequent flyer is here pointing out that planes normally land at airports (most of which are on the edge of cities, like ours is) by coming in over the countryside, not over the city itself.

Three new schools for Hammersmith and Fulham

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed the news that three new schools have been approved for Hammersmith and Fulham: Burlington Danes Primary Academy, the Earls Court Primary School and the Rise School.

Tribute to Baroness Thatcher

The news of Lady Thatcher’s death is terribly sad. She was, without question, Britain's greatest post-war Prime Minister and was always very kind to me.She made a huge difference to my Chelsea and Fulham constituents, as she did to the entire country. Her loss will be felt particularly hard in the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, with its Margaret Thatcher Infirmary and Chapel, where she often prayed.

Hands: Apprenticeships part of the ‘new norm’

Greg Hands M.P. has backed the Prime Minister’s vision of a new norm for young people in which they either go to university or start an apprenticeship. The PM set out his ambition to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

News from Greg’s surgery

This Monday, Greg Hands held his surgery at Fulham Broadway Methodist Church, discussing issues and concerns, ranging from nuisance tenants to student visas, with ten constituents.

Government triples Prompt Payment pledges in drive to support small businesses

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed the news that the number of FTSE 350 firms signed up to the Prompt Payment Code has tripled in just four months. Since November last year, 94 new firms have joined.  Of the FTSE 100 companies, 64 have signed the Code and a further 12 are in the process of signing it.

Greg Hands welcomes BT Fibre Broadband expansion into Chelsea & Fulham

Greg Hands M.P. met this week senior representatives of British Telecom to see how the Government's priority for delivering SuperFast broadband in London is progressing. BT's new fibre broadband has the potential to transform the way we all use the internet and access consumer services and do business online. It provides broadband speeds ten times faster than current copper based broadband services. The good news is that Chelsea & Fulham is set to be well served by fibre broadband services, as part of BT’s £2.5bn national commercial investment. And this network will enable any service provider to use it to sell services – bringing consumer choice and helping to keep prices competitive.