Results 1–20 of 5605 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Oliver Heald

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Service Animals (24 Apr 2018)

Oliver Heald: May I update my hon. and learned Friend? Some 34 out of the 41 police commissioners in this country support the Service Animals (Offences) Bill, and lawyers up and down the country, including Sarah Dixon, who runs the Finn’s law campaign, have identified a gap in the law. Is it not time that the Government backed my Bill?

Surgical Mesh (19 Apr 2018)

Oliver Heald: My hon. Friend will remember that I spoke about my constituents in Letchworth during the debate in Westminster Hall. I am delighted that the audit has been done, but another constituent from Letchworth has been in touch with me since then. She has had ventral mesh rectopexy surgery and posterior mesh rectopexy surgery, which I understand are subsets of the mesh cases. Does my hon. Friend...

Surgical Mesh (19 Apr 2018)

Oliver Heald: The hon. Lady is making a very powerful case. Does she agree that one of the most worrying things, and part of the seriousness, is that the people facing decades of pain, suffering and loss of amenity are relatively young?

Kerslake Arena Attack Review (28 Mar 2018)

Oliver Heald: I was in Manchester that day and the following morning. Although there are lessons to be learned, and the Kerslake review highlights those lessons, the strength of the Manchester people was striking—resilient, implacable and determined to continue their lives. We should pay tribute to them for their incredibly British response and to Ariana Grande and the other artists who took part in...

Health and Social Care: Satellite Radiotherapy Unit in Stevenage (20 Mar 2018)

Oliver Heald: Would my hon. Friend be prepared to highlight to the review team just how dreadful it is for somebody to have to travel day after day, for an hour and a half in each direction, to London for radiotherapy when they are already ill? I hope it might be possible for some action to be taken to resolve this issue in our area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Service Animals (6 Mar 2018)

Oliver Heald: I am very grateful to the Minister for that kind offer. I just make the point that there is a gap in the law. There are legal difficulties with prosecuting under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, because of the drafting of section 4. Prosecuting for criminal damage means that the value of the animal determines the sentence. However, a police dog like Finn, who was eight years old, is not worth...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Service Animals (6 Mar 2018)

Oliver Heald: I have already done that, Mr Speaker, and I have a ten-minute rule Bill as well.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Oliver Heald: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Oliver Heald: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the opinions of people in a country such as Canada or America could inform our political discourse? Those countries have service animal protection—something I am calling for—and people there could inform our debate, so that we can see how well it works there.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Oliver Heald: I wonder if my right hon. Friend would like to say a word about the extent of research the Treasury already undertakes and publishes. It is my understanding that more than 2,500 Treasury papers have been published, so it is really a question, is it not, of where we draw the line? If a piece of research is proving very difficult, and would be very resource-intensive and so on, that will...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Oliver Heald: I am sure my hon. Friend agrees, as many would, that the Treasury produces excellent research documents, and research is an important thing, but are these further demands for research not indicative of the difference between the parties, which is that they are the researchers, and we are the doers?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Oliver Heald: Does my hon. Friend agree that in Hertfordshire we have seen a lot of investment in the schools sector, which is helping to achieve the sort of results that he is talking about, with, for example, Highfield School in my constituency being completely rebuilt recently?

Community Bank Closures: Superfast Broadband: North East Hertfordshire (8 Feb 2018)

Oliver Heald: I asked for this debate to enlist the Minister’s help in getting North East Hertfordshire up to speed with superfast broadband. My constituency contains towns such as Letchworth and Royston, which already have good broadband speeds, but there are also many small rural hamlets that do not yet have superfast broadband. North East Hertfordshire is, geographically, by far the largest...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Oliver Heald: indicated assent.


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