Mr Bill O'Brien

Former Labour MP for Normanton

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Treasury: Correspondence 22 Mar 2005

    To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ask Mr. Rushton, Assistant Director of the Tax Credits Office, to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Normanton sent on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. C. of Kirkhamgate, Wakefield and their claim for tax credits outstanding from September 2004.
  • Written Answers — Home Department: Prison Programmes 17 Mar 2005

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budgets for (a) offending behaviour programmes, (b) drug treatment and (c) basic skills education in prisons were in 2003–04; and what the budgets are for (i) 2004–05, (ii) 2005–06 and (iii) 2006–07.
  • Analogue Television Switch-off 15 Mar 2005

    Has the hon. Gentleman seen the briefing from Astra GB, which states that a substantial number of local authorities and social landlords will not allow a dish on their dwellings? He made a point about receiving the changeover via disk, but that will be denied to the relevant tenants unless there is a change in the planning procedures and the attitudes of some social landlords. Does he...

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Former Labour MP for Normanton

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election


Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Chairmen's Panel Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Urban Affairs Sub-committee Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Standing Orders Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)

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Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.


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