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Conservative MP for Newbury
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Natural Environment and Fisheries), Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (since 14 May 2010) (note about dates)
- Entered Parliament on 5 May 2005 — General election
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Richard Benyon voted on key issues:
- Voted very strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted very strongly for replacing Trident. votes
- Voted against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes
- Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against equal gay rights. votes
- Voted moderately against a smoking ban. votes
- Voted strongly for increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted moderately against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted very strongly against introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted very strongly for greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Has never voted on a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted strongly against more EU integration. votes
- Has never voted on a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted very strongly against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted very strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Has never voted on automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
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- Hardly ever rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Home Department, Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Defence, Health
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Whales: Conservation, Fisheries: Quotas, Defence: Exports, War Pensions Committee, Schools: Procurement
(based on written questions asked by Richard Benyon and answered by departments)
Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)
- Marine and Coastal Access Bill Committee (9 out of 9)
- Planning Bill Committee (17 out of 18)
- Sustainable Communities Bill Committee (6 out of 11)
- Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill Committee (4 out of 7)
- Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Clothing (21 May 2013)
“Core DEFRA and its non-departmental public bodies do not provide staff with an evening dress allowance and has not done so in the past five years.”
- Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control (21 May 2013)
“The potential impact of flooding on agricultural production is already used by the Environment Agency when planning flood protection work. The case for maintaining or improving defences of agricultural land is assessed in a similar way to other assets, based on potential damages avoided to agricultural land, crops and productivity, together with impacts on infrastructure and other assets...”
- Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (21 May 2013)
“All UK supermarkets were invited, either directly or through invitations to industry representative bodies, to attend the open stakeholder meeting held in London on 4 March to discuss the European Commission's proposal for a new regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases.”
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- Has spoken in 23 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — Ministers do not ask written questions.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a very high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 67.53% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 13 annotations on this MP’s speeches — above average amongst MPs.
- This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 382 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Register last updated: 7 May 2013. More about the Register
Figures in brackets are ranks.Data from parliament.uk (source). Read 2004/05 – 2008/09 and 1st quarter 2009/10 receipts.
|Type||2008/09 (ranking out of 647)||2007/08 (ranking out of 645)||2006/07 (ranking out of 645)||2005/06||2004/05||2003/04||2002/03||2001/02|
|Staying away from main home||£0||£0||£1,098 (587th)||£5,776|
|Office running costs||£14,668 (440th)||£15,501 (450th)||£20,881 (246th)||£27,525|
|Staffing costs||£89,428 (460th)||£75,566 (578th)||£75,624 (550th)||£67,897|
|Communications Allowance||£9,086 (301st)||£6,106 (409th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£3,033 (540th)1||£2,092 (584th)2||£1,914 (590th)||£2,595|
|Members' Staff Travel||£479 (164th)||£380 (244th)||£420 (243rd)||£388|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£0||£0||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Family Travel||£0||£0||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Purchased Stationery||£2,896 (joint 391st with 1 other)||£1,189 (joint 156th with 2 others)||£599 (477th)||£864|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£3,625 (167th)||£895 (597th)||£2,396||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,269 (joint 227th with 1 other)||£1,014 (joint 385th with 19 others)||£1,014|
|Total||£119,588 (599th)||£105,728 (628th)||£102,445 (626th)||£108,455|