Results 1–20 of 1921 for speaker:Heather Wheeler

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Education and Health (2 Jun 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I stand to make my maiden speech, which is a daunting task not least because my seat has been represented by such colourful MPs in the past. This is the seat that was looked after by George Brown and Edwina Currie. The lady has been mentioned twice tonight-what a night for her. My immediate predecessor, Mark Todd, was a diligent constituency MP-indeed, having had Brown and Currie, such a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (9 Jun 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I welcome my right hon. Friend's statement. Only yesterday, I wrote to him regarding a constituent in South Derbyshire who had gone through a four-hour wait and was then admitted, to make sure that the four-hour rule was not broken, and had to stay in a ward for six hours and see even more people when he could have been on a bus going home much earlier. There are lessons to be learned across...

[Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] — Volcanic Ash (Impact on Aviation) (10 Jun 2010)

Heather Wheeler: The Minister has set out clearly what problems the country faced and what tasks the Government had to go through. I am grateful for that summation of the situation, which I think was helpful for everybody. In South Derbyshire live thousands of people who work at East Midlands airport, as well as thousands of people who make the magnificent air engines at Rolls-Royce, so I come at the issue...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Jun 2010)

Heather Wheeler: If the hon. Gentleman reads page 57 of the Red Book, he will see that it states: "Legislation will be in the Finance Bill introduced in the autumn for an enhanced capital allowance for zero-carbon goods vehicles." If that is not a green element, I do not know what is.

Capital Gains Tax (Rates) (23 Jun 2010)

Heather Wheeler: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to draw attention to the fact that small and larger businesses have taken the hit. We hear so often from Labour Members that they are worried about what is happening in the public sector, but that sector needs to take a leaf out of the book of the private sector, in which people have taken 10% cuts and four-day weeks. That has not happened at all in the...

Carers (Identification and Support): Police Grant Report (14 Jul 2010)

Heather Wheeler: rose -

Carers (Identification and Support): Police Grant Report (14 Jul 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I am fascinated by the right hon. Gentleman's latest statement. Surely to goodness we were meant to be seeing the police on the street and going to their police stations. Why on earth did we need £6 million of advertising when £5 million a year was taken from Derbyshire police? If we had had that £5 million, we would have seen the police.

Business of the House: Equitable Life (22 Jul 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I am delighted with the Financial Secretary's announcement. The largest postbag that I receive as a south Derbyshire MP is about Equitable Life. It is disgraceful that the matter has been going on for so long. I therefore congratulate my hon. Friend and greatly look forward to the announcements next April.

Unauthorised Encampments — [Annette Brooke in the Chair] (8 Sep 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I am grateful to you, Mrs Brooke, for calling me so early in the debate, and to my hon. Friend the Member for East Hampshire (Damian Hinds) for securing it. It is hugely important to the situation in South Derbyshire. Since February alone, we have had 24 illegal incursions, in a district with authorised sites. That is why it is so galling for the people and voters of South Derbyshire. When...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Annette Brooke in the Chair] (8 Sep 2010)

Heather Wheeler: The interesting point about trespass is that there is no criminal trespass law on which we can rely in relation to public authority land. We are looking for our new coalition Government to bring forward from our manifesto a new intentional criminal trespass law that will allow us to have the same rights for public authority land as for private authority land. That would be a major...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Annette Brooke in the Chair] (8 Sep 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I hesitate to interrupt because my hon. Friend is in mid-flow and, as ever, he is excellent to listen to. What I find absolutely galling-this may help other hon. Members in this Chamber-is that we have had five planning permissions go through under which Travellers have now got authorised sites, but the Travellers are not there. Where are they? Why do they need those sites? They have got...

Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts): Equitable Life (Payments) Bill (14 Sep 2010)

Heather Wheeler: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts): Equitable Life (Payments) Bill (14 Sep 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman is in the same position as I am. I have a family of constituents-two generations-affected by this problem, and the desperation of those who write to, email and meet me in my constituency is phenomenal. Has he found that in his constituency too?

18. Relief from Tax (Incidental and Consequential Charges): New Clause 2 — Passport fees for holders of ID cards (15 Sep 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I assure the hon. Gentleman that those who write to me in my constituency are asking me to scrap the ID legislation as quickly as possible, purely on the grounds of civil liberties. I find it astonishing that there can be any debate about this for much longer. Indeed, a number of people have suggested that we should wind up the debate immediately, although obviously a good many Members want...

House of Commons Disqualification (Amendment): Clause 8 — Reports of the Boundary Commissions (19 Oct 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I find this conversation difficult, because we have electoral registration officers whose job it is to get people on to the electoral register. That is their day job. In South Derbyshire, registration stands at some 98.5%, which is absolutely excellent and shows that it can be done. I do not understand why the hon. Gentleman feels that the job is too difficult to do. It is not too difficult to do.

Science, Engineering and Technology (Women) (2 Nov 2010)

Heather Wheeler: I wonder whether the hon. Lady would like to pay tribute to some of the engineers in my constituency, who are at the forefront of the Young Engineers project. They do not just take it into primary schools, they follow on through and are particularly keen on using the opportunity to go into girls-only schools. I know three ladies who worked incredibly hard on the engineering projects and are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Dementia Research (2 Nov 2010)

Heather Wheeler: What steps he is taking to prioritise funding for dementia research from his Department's research budget.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Dementia Research (2 Nov 2010)

Heather Wheeler: Will the Minister expand on the future funding of mental health trusts? We all know the statistic that one in four people suffers from mental health problems in their lifetime, and it is a great problem in South Derbyshire.

Concessionary Travel (24 Nov 2010)

Heather Wheeler: My hon. Friend makes a good point. The changes affect different parts of the country differently. In South Derbyshire, we are trying to negotiate friendly terms with Derbyshire county council. However, in the past Chesterfield and Derby city lost huge sums as a result of various changes. I understand that consultation with the Government is going well. There are four options. In two we lose...


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