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Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Progress reports (18 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: I am one of the signatories to amendment (a) and am therefore rising to support it and the Lords amendments. This is, in fact, the first time that I have spoken on Northern Ireland matters in 14 years in this House, but let me put on record my huge affection for Northern Ireland. I have many friends who live in Northern Ireland and I regularly visit. In fact, let me put it on the record that...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Progress reports (18 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: Mr Speaker is exactly right. Having just dealt with the points about abortion and equal marriage in about 30 seconds, let me use the final 30 seconds of my remarks on amendment (a). I am sure that my friends in the DUP will welcome the fact that we are amending this legislation to ensure that, as my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) mentioned, in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Transport: Decarbonisation (18 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: Accidents on major roads cause terrible traffic jams, which increases pollution. As the Minister knows, I have written to him quite recently about the promised improvements to the A34 to improve safety. I would be very grateful if he updated us today, or wrote to me as soon as possible, about when these improvements will be made.

Music Education in England — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir George, in particular because you are someone who has campaigned hard for the arts in your constituency. I hope that your Shakespeare North theatre is coming along well. As I look around at the small but high-quality attendance at the debate, I see before me a fellow member and an officer of the all-party group on arts, health and...

Music Education in England — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman brought up that example; let me take the opportunity to praise the important work he does in this House on video games policy. I am really pleased to hear that example, because the thrust behind music hubs was that they be innovative, different and open up music education in its widest form, not just perhaps in the traditional way. There were other dogs...

Music Education in England — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: I do; it is important to go with the grain of society, and it seems absurd not to engage children in music education by using the kind of technology that they will use in their day-to-day lives, and will use when they leave school and university and go into the workforce. I want to make two brief points that are somewhat linked. While I have no doubt at all that Members on the Opposition...

Music Education in England — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: The hon. Gentleman’s intervention shows why those of us in this House who care so passionately about the arts put party politics aside and unite in how we advocate for the arts. I wanted to get on record the point that headteachers must step up to the plate; they have the opportunity to introduce the arts and music.

Music Education in England — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: Funding of schools and education is a matter of concern to all Members, particularly those of us who represent rural constituencies where we lobby Ministers for a fairer funding formula. As I say, at the schools I visit where the headteacher is passionate about the arts and music, they do not say it is a budget issue; for me, it is a leadership issue. To pick up on the point made by the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: In the week when we celebrate the anniversary of man first walking on the moon, may I draw the Prime Minister’s attention to the amazing space cluster that exists at Harwell in my constituency, with amazing companies such as Open Cosmos and Oxford Space Systems? In the last week of her premiership, could she have a conversation with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Department...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: Oh, I loved that.

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson, not least because my hon. Friend the Member for Stone (Sir William Cash) is speaking in the main Chamber, so this is a safe haven for the next 45 minutes, I estimate. I am an unashamed fan of the BBC. We keep talking about the TV licence fee, but it is worth rehearsing the fact that the BBC provides a huge range of services in at...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: It certainly is. If I knew about the services that the BBC provides in greater depth, I could probably rattle off five or six others, beyond simply the television, that it provides for the hon. Lady’s constituent. Perhaps this sounds like navel-gazing—I am coming to my conclusion—but I think the BBC could take a massive lead in supporting much greater diversity, including with disabled...

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

Ed Vaizey: Do you agree with her? That is what we want to know.

Health and Social Care: Thames Valley Scanning Contract (18 Jun 2019)

Ed Vaizey: I have made it clear to my constituents that, in principle, I have no objection to private companies providing NHS services, but totally legitimate concerns have been raised about the consultation involved in awarding this contract. May I simply thank the Minister for agreeing to meet Oxfordshire MPs this afternoon? I know that she is very much engaged in this issue and, although it may not...

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Pension Transfers (Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Investigation) (11 Jun 2019)

Ed Vaizey: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision to enable a Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to investigate advice given by the Secretary of State and the Government Actuary relating to transfers of pensions from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority pension scheme to the AEA Technology pension scheme; and for connected purposes. This is the main event...

Free TV Licences: over-75S (11 Jun 2019)

Ed Vaizey: My right hon. and learned Friend knows that there is no job in the world I would like more than his. He will therefore be delighted by what I am about to say because it will preclude any future Conservative Prime Minister from giving me the job. I was in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport when the Treasury imposed the policy on the BBC to meet its £12 billion welfare...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2019)

Ed Vaizey: A small amount of funding would unlock the growth of Harwell campus in my constituency via the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Will the Secretary of State, who knows Harwell campus well, meet me and the NDA there to discuss how we can get on and build Greg Clark Park and Theresa May Way, and drive this successful science campus to help growth post Brexit?

TV Licences for over-75S (8 May 2019)

Ed Vaizey: I do not know whether my right hon. Friend will mention this part of the licence fee deal, but it is worth making the point that the last Labour Government imposed on the licence fee a levy to fund broadband roll-out, and because of the success of the broadband roll-out under our Government, we removed that levy from the BBC. While there was a stick with free TV licences, there were carrots...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 May 2019)

Ed Vaizey: May I thank you, Mr Speaker, for asking Fitzwaryn School in my constituency to Parliament today? It is an excellent school with excellent pupils and outstanding teachers. Will the Prime Minister join me in congratulating the Education Secretary on allocating £6 billion to high-needs schools, an increase of £142 million on the year before, and will she continue to focus relentlessly on the...


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