Results 1–20 of 293 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Heather Wheeler

Local Government Finance (8 Feb 2016)

Heather Wheeler: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on listening, with all his Ministers, to the pleas from Derbyshire and South Derbyshire in particular. We are very grateful for the amelioration of the arrangements, but will my right hon. Friend go a little further and think about the changes to the new homes bonus and to business rates, so that although fast-growing districts will get more money in the...

Financial Conduct Authority (1 Feb 2016)

Heather Wheeler: Does my hon. Friend agree that the glass being half full has been okay for some constituents, but that for those who are looking for consequential losses as well, the glass has been absolutely empty?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day] — Housing Benefit and Supported Housing: Prisons and Probation (27 Jan 2016)

Heather Wheeler: I rise to speak in this very important debate as the queen of prisons. I have the women’s prison of Foston in my constituency, and Sudbury open prison and Marchington prison on my border, so the area of Derbyshire and Staffordshire is well placed for prisons and for understanding prison problems. I do not agree with the motion on the Order Paper, as there is no real understanding of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Women’s Prison Estate (26 Jan 2016)

Heather Wheeler: What plans he has for the future of the women’s prison estate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Women’s Prison Estate (26 Jan 2016)

Heather Wheeler: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. I have Foston Hall ladies prison in my constituency. Can my hon. Friend outline how the changes that are happening at Holloway will assist the prisoners and staff at Foston Hall?

Domestic Politically Exposed Persons: Money Laundering Rules (20 Jan 2016)

Heather Wheeler: I apologise for being detained at the very beginning of this debate. Would my hon. Friend be as surprised as I was to be phoned up by a bank that I had banked with for over 30 years to be told that I was high risk, that the bank would not deal with me any more and that it was closing my account? That was a phone call I received in my parliamentary office. Subsequently, a second bank has...

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day] — Student Maintenance Grants: Cost of Public Transport (19 Jan 2016)

Heather Wheeler: I want to talk about the midland main line, the situation of which has been well charted, and the important reason why this project will go ahead, notwithstanding what is in the motion. The reason it will go ahead is that Derby is a centre of excellence for the rail industry and rail innovation: more than 200 companies around Derby operate solely within the rail industry. We are the best...

Flooding (5 Jan 2016)

Heather Wheeler: About 20% of South Derbyshire is in flood plains, so my constituents are aware and well attuned to when a crisis might hit us. Will my right hon. Friend conduct a review of how the Environment Agency has put out information and how it has been updated because some of my constituents do not feel that it has been timely enough?

European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords]: Relocation of Migrants in need of International Protection (Opt-in Decision) (14 Dec 2015)

Heather Wheeler: The hon. Gentleman is a fellow traveller on the European Scrutiny Committee, but will he be slightly more precise with his wording? We are not bombing Syria; we are bombing Daesh in Syria. It would be very helpful if all Members used those words so that there is no misunderstanding about what we voted on.

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Heather Wheeler: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bracknell (Dr Lee) on securing this important and timely debate. I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I want to take this debate in a slightly different direction. Our role in the middle east must be to support countries that provide full rights to Christians and protect the rights...

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Heather Wheeler: My hon. Friend has made the point superbly well already.

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Heather Wheeler: I thank the hon. Lady very much for her intervention. Perhaps I should not call it a highlight of my first term in Parliament, but I had the great honour of meeting the King during my first five years in the House. He is the most amazing gentleman I have ever met, and I wish him God speed. In stark contrast to such countries, the state of Israel remains committed to its declaration of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Benefit Cap (2 Nov 2015)

Heather Wheeler: What estimate he has made of the number of households to which the benefit cap no longer applies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Benefit Cap (2 Nov 2015)

Heather Wheeler: Since the introduction of the benefit cap, some three quarters of households affected by it in South Derbyshire have taken steps so that they are no longer affected, and that is testimony to those who work tirelessly to help families improve their lot. Will my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming that, and assure me that efforts will continue to help people turn their lives around, and away...

Young Jobseekers (27 Oct 2015)

Heather Wheeler: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. She is giving some very interesting figures. Perhaps South Derbyshire is bucking the trend, because in May 2010 our youth unemployment figure was 565, and in September it was 100, which is less than 1% of the national total. Perhaps people might like to come to South Derbyshire and see what we do to get young people employed.

Standing Orders (Public Business) (22 Oct 2015)

Heather Wheeler: When I first stood for Parliament in 2001, one of my personal pledges was English votes for English laws. When I stood for Parliament in 2005, one of my personal pledges was English votes for English laws. It was in our manifesto this time, and I stood again on that platform, so I am delighted that after detailed consultation we now have these proposals. I will gladly vote for them tonight,...

Standing Orders (Public Business) (22 Oct 2015)

Heather Wheeler: No, I will not give way, because I want other people to speak. It has been incredible to hear all this sanctimony, piousness and egregious anger, and it is not on any more. It is about time Parliament listened to the voters who put us here and who voted for our manifesto, and I am delighted that these detailed proposals, after full consultation, are going to go through. It will be a pleasure...

Burton Magistrates Court (13 Oct 2015)

Heather Wheeler: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. As the people of South Derbyshire also use Burton magistrates court, will he assure me that in his strong defence of keeping the court open, he will bear in mind the importance of South Derbyshire folk’s not having to travel to Cannock, which would be utterly ludicrous?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Syria: Refugees and Counter-terrorism (7 Sep 2015)

Heather Wheeler: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement. On those people we will be letting in, can some priority be given to not just Christians, but the Yazidis, who have been so poorly treated in Syria?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Reform (14 Jul 2015)

Heather Wheeler: What further discussions he has had with his counterparts in EU member states on the issues relating to EU reform raised by the Prime Minister at the June 2015 European Council.


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