Salters Sense Of Snow

John Bercow (Speaker) {and friend of Salter, who organised his campaign for Speaker}

Order. Some 21 hon. and right hon. Members are seeking to catch my eye, so as ever short questions and short answers will be required if I am to have any chance of accommodating everybody. I call Mr. Martin Salter[Laughter.]

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)
True grit, Mr. Speaker. I think the heckling needs to be short as well.
Does the Minister agree that one of the most important priorities must be to reopen the schools, to avoid damaging children’s education but also to allow other vital public sector workers such as ambulance drivers-and dare I say?-gritter lorry drivers, NHS staff, firefighters and Highways Agency staff to get to work themselves? Will he commend the approach of Mr. Charlie Clare, head teacher of Geoffrey Field junior school in my constituency, who got together the staff, some private contractors and some parents to clear the snow and ice themselves this weekend, so that his school could open today? Teachers cannot be immune from the challenges faced in cold weather. Other public sector workers have to deal with them.
Sadiq Khan (Minister of State, Department for Transport; Tooting, Labour)
As ever, I cannot disagree with anything that my hon. Friend has said, and I commend and endorse his points. It is worth bearing in mind that every day a school is closed, not only is children’s education disrupted but the knock-on effect means that the impact on their carers is phenomenal.

Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

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