Results 1821–1840 of 1921 for speaker:Heather Wheeler

Female Genital Mutilation (5 Jul 2012)

Heather Wheeler: Will my hon. Friend also highlight that this is not just an Africa problem? I went on an all-party group trip to Indonesia, and how the Indonesian Government deal with it is fascinating. There is localism in Indonesia’s 17,000 islands, and in islands where there is strict sharia law they hand out clean tissues and good medical equipment, but they do not ban the practice. This is a problem...

“Group 12 — Caravans: Schedule 23 — Air passenger duty (3 Jul 2012)

Heather Wheeler: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

“Group 12 — Caravans: Schedule 23 — Air passenger duty (3 Jul 2012)

Heather Wheeler: Why is it that in South Derbyshire the number of apprentices has gone up by 80%, when the hon. Gentleman says that there are no jobs for young people? What is going on in his constituency that is not happening in South Derbyshire?

Beer Duty Escalator (2 Jul 2012)

Heather Wheeler: I must declare an interest: for 25 or 26 years, I have been married to a brewery man—and thank goodness for Bass and for Young’s. Many pubs in South Derbyshire are still under threat or are going to close, even though the Shardlow brewery, the John Thompson brewery and in particular the Burton Bridge brewery, which has just opened, are fantastic. I should also mention the Brickmakers in...

Bills Presented — House of Lords Reform Bill: New Clause 3 — Representation of the People Act 1985 (Amendment) (27 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: A number of Members have major overseas firms based in their constituencies—I have Toyota, Rolls-Royce and Bombardier—and have constituents who go and work abroad for these firms for many years. It is outrageous that they might be working for firms based in our constituencies and not have a vote. What does my hon. Friend think about that?

Business of the House: Interest Rate Swap Products (21 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Aberconwy (Guto Bebb) for securing this debate. The mis-selling of interest rates has affected people in many of our constituencies, including mine. One of my constituents, the owner of a geo-environmental company, wanted to take out a long-term fixed rate product. He wanted a portion of that loan to be paid off as and when he had the capital to spare,...

Business of the House: Interest Rate Swap Products (21 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: Absolutely; that scandal has emerged from today’s debate. In January 2012, my constituent was informed that, because his debt to RBS included the fee for breaking the IRSA agreement, the cost of the loan had increased further to a mind-boggling 23.8% of the loan—approximately £215,000. He was also informed that, even if he sold his property to repay the loan in full, the IRSA would still...

Business of the House: Interest Rate Swap Products (21 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: That is a salutary lesson The banks have lost the trust of the country, and, having listened to all the stories today, we now understand why. I feel great compassion for my hon. Friend’s constituent. The matter was not explained to my constituent, who feels strongly that if the IRSA had been explained properly, he would have understood the true cost of breaking the agreement, and instead...

Business of the House: Interest Rate Swap Products (21 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: That is becoming clearer and clearer as this debate goes on and as more and more constituents come out and tell us their stories. Two advisers visited my constituent and went through all the advantages of an IRSA, but they did not mention any possible downsides or advise him to take specialist independent advice about the IRSA. He was also told that he could not get a loan if he did not take...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: Does my right hon. Friend agree how wonderful the announcement was about the investment in Derby for Rolls-Royce, which will mean future engineering jobs? Bombardier is looking for 44 new jobs and unemployment in South Derbyshire has gone down by 150 in the past two months.

Defamation Bill (12 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman). I come at the Bill from a completely different perspective, because I am definitely not a lawyer. I am very much a poacher turned gamekeeper on this matter, because in another life I was an insurance broker—even worse than a lawyer—and I used to place libel and slander policies at Lloyd’s. When I saw this...

Defamation Bill (12 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: Indeed, not learned at all. What is fascinating to me is that the Bill is drafted so clearly that the person on the Clapham omnibus will be able to understand it. Two years into this glorious coalition Government, is it not something that we are finally getting a Bill about which the person on the Clapham omnibus will be able to say, “That protects me. I understand that.”? It can be...

Defamation Bill (12 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: Since 1891—what an amazing piece of legislation to be getting rid of! Again, that is something of which this House should be eminently proud. Ministers have been asked a few questions and for a few clarifications. I will sit here to the bitter end, because I want to see the Bill through. To repeat myself, it is interesting that we finally have a Bill that lay people can genuinely understand...

Defamation Bill (12 Jun 2012)

Heather Wheeler: Given that technology is moving so fast, as others have pointed out, does my hon. and learned Friend think that, like anti-terrorism legislation, this legislation should be reviewed and renewed more often than annually?

Static Caravans (Vat) (26 Apr 2012)

Heather Wheeler: I have two firms in South Derbyshire that are particularly concerned about the new tax. One is Mercia Marina, and the other is Truma, which makes fittings for static and other caravans. They both believe that 20% of their business could be wiped out overnight, should the tax come into force. Would the Treasury be kind enough to look again at the cost-benefit analysis for this measure? It will...

Midland Main Line (16 Apr 2012)

Heather Wheeler: I add my congratulations to my hon. Friend on securing the debate. I am delighted that the Minister with us today knows so much about what is going on in Derby. This is an excellent opportunity for us again to think about investing in the area. We hope that a technology centre will come to Derby and there are other important investments, such as Bombardier, and innovative electrification...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (21 Mar 2012)

Heather Wheeler: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government is providing for the renewal of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Backbench Business: Adult Social Care (8 Mar 2012)

Heather Wheeler: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton) and the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South (Barbara Keeley) on bringing this debate to the House. In South Derbyshire, social care is a very big issue, and I praise Derbyshire county council for grasping it with both hands. For the first time, an older people’s village is being built in my constituency,...

Backbench Business: Adult Social Care (8 Mar 2012)

Heather Wheeler: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for widening out the possibilities of my speech. I agree with him. As leaders in our areas, we need to direct people, as part of the consultations with their local development frameworks, to say, “This area could be zoned for bungalows”, or “That area could be zoned for an older people’s village”, or “That area, particularly if it has a section 106...

Opposition Day — [Un-Allotted Day]: Living Standards (5 Mar 2012)

Heather Wheeler: Does my hon. Friend agree that if the Opposition really believed in looking after low-paid people, they would have voted for the welfare cap and not voted against it? My constituents do not understand why they did that.

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