Romford MP opens Parliamentary session with questions on tuna fishing and energy prices in overseas territories
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Parliament’s summer recess came to an end on Monday, and Romford MP Andrew Rosindell wasted no time getting his questions in after the six-week break.
Issues such as tuna fishing licences and energy prices in British Overseas Territories feature on the Hansard record of the 11 written statements, which also includes questions on civil liberties and downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Mr Rosindell said constituents rarely asked him questions about overseas territories like St Helena and Ascension Island.
“They would not ask questions like that but then they do not sit on the Foreign Affairs Committee,” he said.
“If I told them we were subsidising them by hundreds of millions of they probably would care about them.”
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He added: “I’m not sure many people would even know what St Helena or Ascension Island is.”
Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Romford, Sam Gould, voiced strong criticism, suggesting the delayed opening of Romford’s first free school - which resulted in 43 children having to find new places elsewhere - was more important.
“In the last month we have seen 40 children in Romford left without a school place after the collapse of Romford’s first free school and the prospect of £60million worth of cuts to our services in Havering,” he said.
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“Yet our MP has decided that the price of energy in St Helena is a more pressing matter!”
He added: “It is an insult to the people of Romford (the people he is supposed to be representing) to ignore the problems we have in favour of his donors abroad.”
Here is the full list of written statements Mr Rosindell has made since the start of the new session:
• To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that West Nile virus is not introduced from the US to Ascension Island.”
• To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will place in the Library a copy of the commercial tuna-fishing licences sold by the British Indian Ocean Territory Government in 2010.
• To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants to the UK have received full UK citizenship in each year since 2010. 
• To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the introduction of the (a) Heavy and (b) Light Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon Systems on AW159 Wildcat Helicopters; and if he will make a statement
• To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to improve trade relations with the Republic of Macedonia
• To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to protect civil liberties whilst tackling Islamic extremism across the UK
• To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on imposing sanctions against Russia in relation to that country’s response to the crash of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine
• To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to ensure adults living with children are made aware of convicted sex offenders moving within a close proximity to their residence
• To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much energy prices on St Helena have increased in each of the last four years; and what estimate she has made of the likely change in such prices in each of the next three years
• To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of residents of St Helena in fuel poverty
• To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to lay before the House a Statutory Instrument to reflect the establishment of the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees; and if he will make statement
You can see a full list of Andrew Rosindell’s written statements, and other MPs’ responses, on the Parliament website.