Results 1–20 of 5619 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

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.

Acute and Community Health (8 Feb 2018)

Oliver Heald: My hon. Friend will be aware, and indeed has said, how bad the situation was at Liverpool prison, where the trust had no understanding of what was required of it in its role as health provider. That put healthcare staff in a very difficult position. Does he feel that there is a need for better liaison between health and justice in relation to prison health facilities? Is the CQC really in a...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Government Contracts: SMEs (10 Jan 2018)

Oliver Heald: As a fellow Hertfordshire MP, may I congratulate my hon. Friend on his well-deserved new role? Does he agree with me that it may be possible for prime contractors with Government contracts to do more to bring in small and medium-sized businesses, particularly in specialist areas, where Hertfordshire is of course so strong?

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Oliver Heald: I do not know whether my hon. Friend agrees, but the speech we have just heard from the hon. Member for Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman), in which she highlighted some important issues relating to cumulation and other matters, is an example of why the Bill is such a good part of the process. It is giving people the opportunity to highlight important issues for the Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (8 Jan 2018)

Oliver Heald: Will the Secretary of State or the Minister for Policing meet me to discuss what more may be done to provide protection for police dogs and police horses? Ministers will be aware of concerns arising from the experience of my constituent PC Dave Wardell and his police dog, Finn.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way and for the very careful way in which he is setting this out. I hope he would agree that this is a much more commodious and confluent way than was previously the case. It will mean that article 50 and our domestic law are in better synchronisation. If I may, I pay tribute to him and to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Torridge and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Plain English summary of retained direct EU legislation (20 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Autism Act 2009 was such an example, as was the legislation creating marine protection zones that was brought in by our former hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Analysis of Effectiveness of Provisions of this Act on Tax Avoidance and Evasion (19 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: Does my hon. Friend agree that above all else, this is about persistent, detailed work over time to close the loopholes and deal with the tax gap? It is not about making a speech and pretending we can spend all the money that is being lost; it is a question of grinding away over time and getting the tax gap down from 8% to 6% and so on.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Funding Trends (19 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: As it is Christmas time, may I congratulate my right hon. Friend on securing the extra funding and making sure that it is spent effectively in his Department? Does he agree that one important thing to think about at this time of year is winter pressures? In an area such as mine, it is important that there should be some extra funding at the hospital at this time of year. Is he able to say...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: Parliament should have a meaningful vote on the EU withdrawal agreement before it is implemented. Clause 9, which is the subject of amendment 7, allows Ministers to implement the EU withdrawal agreement by secondary legislation. That was always a mistake. The courts were never going to accept a situation whereby the EU withdrawal agreement was brought into our law by secondary...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: Does not my hon. Friend think that there should be a trigger within clause 9 to require the consent of the House to the overall withdrawal agreement that is reached before the powers are exercised? Otherwise those powers are unrestrained, and that seems wrong. Does he have a view on that?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the current plans create the risk of parallel legislation, with an Act of Parliament dealing with our withdrawal agreement going through at the same time as all sorts of orders, because there is no trigger mechanism for, or constraint on, the order-making power? Therefore, is not my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve),...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: Of course the original plan was not to have a Bill, but to rely on statutory instruments under clause 9 to effect changes of constitutional significance. It was then made clear recently—I think on 17 November—that we will in fact have a Bill. Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that to try to make such changes by secondary legislation just is not on? It is very unlikely...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: Does the right hon. Lady agree that it is most welcome that, since my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) tabled his amendment 7, it has been agreed that there does need to be an Act of Parliament? Is not the weakness of clause 9 that there is still no trigger requiring the consent of Parliament to the withdrawal agreement before the regulations can be laid...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: Following the point made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry), may I ask whether the right hon. Lady agrees that the statutory instruments that we are discussing relate to matters of constitutional significance—matters of the sort that we normally only debate on the Floor of the House? It would be wrong for those matters to be dealt with in Committee when the...

Service Animals (Offences) (5 Dec 2017)

Oliver Heald: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make it an offence to attack service animals, including police dogs and horses; to make certain offences aggravated when perpetrated against such animals; and for connected purposes. I am asking for leave to bring in a Bill containing what is known as Finn’s law, which arises from the experience of police dog Finn and his handler,...


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