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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Technological Innovation (12 Sep 2018)

Oliver Heald: My hon. Friend will be aware that, across the public service, appointments are being missed with experts including general practitioners, consultants, nurses and employment advisers. Is there a role for technology in prompting members of the public to attend these expensive and important appointments?

Govia Thameslink Franchise (18 Jul 2018)

Oliver Heald: My hon. Friend will recall the assurance given to me by the Prime Minister that “nothing is off the table”—[Official Report, 4 July 2018; Vol. 644, c. 313.] if the interim timetable fails. He is monitoring GTR’s performance carefully, but so far this week it has been less good on the Cambridge line than in some other parts. Will he continue to put pressure on GTR for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Oliver Heald: My right hon. Friend will be aware that, often in restraining suspects with knives, service animals such as police dogs are injured. It is very welcome that the Government are supporting my private Member’s Bill, the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, but does he agree that the recent consultation by the Secretary of State for the Environment is also an important step forward in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (12 Jul 2018)

Oliver Heald: My right hon. Friend will be aware of the happy news that Finn’s law, the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, achieved its Second Reading last week. Once enacted, it will make it easier to convict people who attack police dogs and other service animals. The Secretary of State has consulted on increasing the sentence for such attacks to five years’ imprisonment. Is it possible...

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Oliver Heald: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the reasons companies have come to this country, and that British companies have become involved in integrated European manufacturing, is that for more than 30 years we have had a settled rulebook about trade in goods? Does she agree—I thank the Cabinet for agreeing to this—that the proposal is right to protect that business and to...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation (4 Jul 2018)

Oliver Heald: The petition of residents of Letchworth garden city shares the same concerns as explained by my hon. Friend the Member for Henley (John Howell). The petitioners are 24 in number. The petition states: The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to withdraw the draft guidance and the consultation, until it has put in place an accessible and workable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Jul 2018)

Oliver Heald: Despite great Government investment in the railway line from Cambridge into King’s Cross St Pancras and then across London on Thameslink, over the past seven weeks my constituents have endured an appalling service. We are told that that will now improve on 15 July, but if it does not, does the Prime Minister agree with me that Govia Thameslink should be stripped of the service and a...

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Oliver Heald: Royston is mine.

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Oliver Heald: My hon. Friend will be aware of the misery of the constant delays and cancellations on the line from North East Hertfordshire into London, and we are told that 15 July is the great hope. Can he say whether any programme is being put forward or any measures taken for an operator of last resort, in case the promises are broken again?

Food Advertising (Protection of Children from Targeting): EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (26 Jun 2018)

Oliver Heald: I welcome my hon. Friend to his new duties. Does he agree that given the scale of Japanese investment in this country, and the fact that Japan likes doing trade with us and we like doing trade with it, it is unthinkable that it would not want to reach a trade agreement with us?

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Oliver Heald: My right hon. Friend will know of the misery—because I have told him—on my line, with five stations where people’s lives have been blighted over recent weeks, but does he agree that privatisation does have one merit, which is that we can get rid of the operator if there is a huge crisis, and if this is not sorted out very soon, will he take the necessary steps to attack the...

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Oliver Heald: I congratulate my right hon. Friend not only on being the longest-serving Health Secretary, but on the tenacious way in which he has campaigned for the money that we are hearing about today. In talking about improving cancer outcomes, does he agree that the patient experience is very important, and that the campaign of Hertfordshire MPs for a radiotherapy centre in our county is something...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Oliver Heald: At Letchworth station this morning, I spoke to passengers who have suffered great delays and many cancellations, children going to school whose train had been cancelled—one of them in tears—and workers who have been told, “You can’t keep on being late like this.” Is it not time that Govia Thameslink Railway actually produced the timetable, the service and the...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Oliver Heald: As my hon. Friend knows, I was also at the event in Speaker’s House. The woman I spoke to was very realistic. The borough found a property for her, and works needed to be done, including works to make it fire compliant, which is what is taking the time. Does my hon. Friend agree that perhaps more effort needs to be put into getting the works done?

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Oliver Heald: I think everyone would acknowledge that to go out and do the job of a criminal barrister is incredibly demanding, and that the profession faces challenges of various sorts. On the negotiations on the advocates’ graduated fee scheme, great efforts were made to involve the Bar at every stage. The Legal Aid Agency put a huge amount of work into the talks, as did the Ministry of Justice....

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Oliver Heald: The hon. Gentleman must recognise that the Bar was strongly in favour when this was consulted on, with statements such as “the bar council and the young barristers committee welcome new proposals published today”, and “as circuit leaders over the period of the negotiations it is our shared view that we should support the implementation of the scheme”. The Criminal Bar...


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