North Wiltshire MP James Gray has once again been elected onto the Environmental Audit Committee. The remit of the Environmental Audit Committee is to consider the extent to which the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development, and to audit their performance against sustainable development and environmental protection targets.

Mr Gray stated:

“I am delighted to, once again, be a member of the Environmental Audit Committee. It is, I feel, one of the most important Committees in Parliament as it is crucial that we practise what we preach and enforce both environmental protection and sustainable development across departments.

I am looking forward to being involved in current inquiries into Green jobs, Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Technological Innovations and Climate Change and Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes.”

Mr Gray chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions which aims to better educate Parliamentarians about the environmental dangers facing these areas and what must be done to protect them.

James Gray MP has welcomed the Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan – the biggest vaccination programme in British history – as the government continues to ramp up its vaccine rollout.

Already in North Wiltshire, 33.4 per cent of the population have received a vaccine – and with the programme averaging more than 2.5 million doses a week, the Prime Minister is aiming to have offered every adult a vaccine by the end of July.

The United Kingdom is leading the way with its vaccination programme. So far, more than 18.6 million people have received a vaccine – equivalent to 1 in 3 adults. This is the third highest per capita, behind only the UAE and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the United Kingdom: China and the USA.

Everyone in the top four priority groups has now been offered a vaccine, as invites are now going out those in priority groups 5 to 9. The latest figures now show that two thirds of those aged 65 to 69 have now been vaccinated.

Commenting, Mr Gray said:

“The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in our country’s history, has been a fantastic success story and showcases the very best of collaboration across the entire United Kingdom. I would like to thank everyone involved in this enormous effort, without whom this would not be possible.

“It’s great to see that so many in my constituency have received the vaccine as we lead the world in our fight against coronavirus.”

I am delighted to be one of the 106 Members of Parliament supporting Philip Dunne’s Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill. I was appalled to see the amount of sewer storm overflows across North Wiltshire, particularly around Box which has three sewer storm overflows discharging into the By Brook. It is alarming to see how widespread this issue is and I am pleased to add my name to those calling for water companies to take accountability for their actions.

You can find out more about the Bill here: www.sas.org.uk/EndSewagePollution-SewageBill

I am delighted to invite you to a webinar for businesses in the local area offering information about how you can grow your business by finding new international customers as well as advising what support is available to help you export.

During this session, you will receive tailored updates from HMRC and the Department for International Trade on exporting after Brexit. You will hear from panellists including a local exporter, an International Trade Adviser and an Export Finance Manager on the guidance and tools available for you to grow your business internationally, taking advantage of the new trade agreements across the world. ​  ​

Register here to join me for the first of a three-part series on exporting for businesses in Wiltshire, as part of the Parliamentary Export Programme. Partnering with the Department for International Trade, I want to ensure businesses in Wiltshire access the support on offer and understand the opportunities for growth as the UK forges its way as an independent trading nation.  ​

Click here to register: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/parliamentary-export-programme ​

Through the Vaccines Delivery Plan, 63,293 doses have been administered in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.

In total, more than 5 million doses have been administered to over 4.6 million people across the United Kingdom – meaning we are leading the world as we ramp up our vaccination programme

Another 65 pharmacy sites across England have been announced today, starting this week and next, to deliver vaccines from as the government ensures all parts are the country are well served 

Mr Gray has welcomed the Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan – the biggest vaccination programme in British history – that sets ambitious targets as the government continues to ramp up its vaccine rollout. 

Already in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, 63,293 vaccinations have been administered, as part of plans to vaccinate the top 4 priority groups by mid-February. In the South West, 415,087 people have received a vaccine, with 467,170 doses administered in total across the area.  

The United Kingdom is leading the way with its vaccination programme. So far, more than 5 million vaccinations have been administered to 4.6 million people – the fourth highest per capita, behind only Bahrain, the UAE and Israel. In addition, only two countries have administered more doses than the United Kingdom – China and the USA.  

The Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan sets out how it aims to administer 2 million doses of vaccines by the end of January, as well as offering vaccines to every elderly are home resident by the end of the month. So far, more than half of those over 80s and care home residents have received a vaccine.  

On top of this, the Government is opening up new vaccination sites every day as part of our Vaccine Delivery Plan to ensure everyone is within 10 miles of a vaccination centre. 65 pharmacy sites are joining the programme this week and early next week with more to come.

Commenting, Mr Gray said: 

“The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in our country’s history, has got off to a fantastic start thanks to the hard work of all of those involved.  

“It’s great to see that so many people in my area have received the vaccine as we lead the world in our fight back against coronavirus.  

“I look forward to getting my vaccine over the coming months – and I urge everyone to do the same when they get the call up”.  

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said:  

“Vaccines are the way out of the pandemic and this historic rollout will cover every corner of the country. Community pharmacists have been phenomenal and will have a pivotal role to play in the continued expansion of the programme. 

“Through the UK vaccine delivery plan, over four million people have already received their jab. From hospitals to pharmacies, sports clubs to places of worship – we’re making sure the vaccine is as accessible as possible. 

“In the meantime, it is vital everyone continues to play their part in this national effort by staying at home to protect the NHS.”