Results 1–20 of 676 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chris Heaton-Harris

Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests (8 Nov 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. The reason why the two Ministers responsible for this matter are not standing here is that one is on paternity leave after the birth of his second son, Aubrey Valentine Hamilton, and the other is on a ministerial visit outside London. I spoke to the hon. Member for Newport West (Paul Flynn) last week to express their sorrow...

Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests (8 Nov 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: I happily took the hon. Gentleman’s intervention, but he has intervened on me with 10 minutes to go in my prepared speech, and I have plenty to tell him about all that if he will please wait for that particular passage. I emphasise that this is behind-the-scenes work because it is so crucial, and by doing it we address a lot of problems before the issues might arise. The hon. Gentleman...

Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests (8 Nov 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: There has been absolutely no suggestion of any breach of the ministerial code in that particular case. There have been a number of investigations, including one by the Select Committee on Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs, of which the hon. Gentleman is a member, and one by the Public Accounts Committee. The latter recommended a number of outcomes and lessons to be learned,...

Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests (8 Nov 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: The hon. Gentleman has gone on a bit about how the standing of politics and how this place is viewed by the public has gone down. Those who look at his Twitter feed will see that he does not particularly like his voters and how they voted on Brexit. Maybe that is a disparity that he would like to examine slightly more closely than this issue. I hope my remarks today have made it clear how the...

Outsourcing and Tax Credits (4 Nov 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: Does the Minister agree with this recent statement about the Government’s position on this matter: “We welcome this recognition from the government”? That was said by the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union.

EU Referendum: Energy and Environment (12 Jul 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: In a former life, I was the rapporteur in the European Parliament for the European Investment Bank. We are not only a stakeholder in the bank; we are a shareholder and one of its biggest funders. It funds projects across the planet, not just within the European Union. Surely there is no risk to investment in the United Kingdom while those factors remain the same.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Spending: Small Firms (27 Jun 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: What steps he is taking to increase the proportion of defence spending that goes to small firms.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Spending: Small Firms (27 Jun 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: What steps is my hon. Friend taking to make it as simple as possible for small firms to benefit from this increased spend?

Voter Registration (8 Jun 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: It is very important that people have the opportunity to register to vote, but this issue has consequences not just for the referendum but for other elections. There are 4.5 million new people on the register; has the Minister thought about the consequences of that for the Boundary Commission’s drawing up of constituencies, as it will be doing so on numbers that are now completely wrong?

BBC (12 May 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: I welcome the statement and especially the part about enhancing the BBC’s local output. In Northamptonshire, BBC local radio output is of the highest quality and integrity, and I congratulate and thank Stuart Linnell, Bernie Keith, Helen Blaby, John Griff, Annabel Amos and the news and production teams for the service they provide. How does the Secretary of State envisage the new royal...

EU Migrants: National Insurance Numbers (12 May 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: That last question warranted not a detention but a gold star. I am a great believer that the waves of migration that our country has had have been unbelievably beneficial for the country I am proud to represent in this place. However, I am disappointed with the Government, because on 10 March I asked for these numbers to be released and yet for some reason, through the cloak and daggers and...

Dublin System: Asylum (4 May 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: Part of the plan announced today is a proposal that European countries that refuse to give shelter to refugees could be forced to pay into the coffers of countries that do take them. We have the temporary opt-out on this at present, but will the Minister state that that opt-out is absolutely guaranteed and is one that we will not consider reneging on? Will he also publish the legal advice he...

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (3 May 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: In this sorry saga, what assurances can the Minister give about current levels of care and safety to the families of patients with learning disabilities who are in the care of Southern Health?

Hillsborough (27 Apr 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: I commend the Home Secretary and the right hon. Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) for what they have done on the matter. I also commend all the Members from Liverpool who have taken part in debates. Everyone knows my connection with football and with what happened on that day, which I have spoken about in the House. Football suffered massively on that horrible day. The family of football...

Energy Bill [Lords]: Onshore wind power: circumstances in which certificates may be issued after 31 March 2016 (20 Apr 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: That is the sort of thing that I probably would have had etched into a stone for people to laugh at. The hon. Gentleman knows the answer. Of course, I did not have anything about grace periods in my local campaign leaflet that I sent to my constituents, because I thought that people would understand exactly what we meant when we said that there was no subsidy for onshore wind. I did not think...

Energy Bill [Lords]: Onshore wind power: circumstances in which certificates may be issued after 31 March 2016 (20 Apr 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: It is a pleasure to listen to a message from the other place and to disagree with it wholeheartedly. A few hours ago the German Government decided that they want to withdraw subsidy from onshore wind schemes, for exactly the same reasons that we in this country are doing so. In previous debates and in Committee, I described my campaign to get this clear manifesto pledge from my party. I will...

Energy Bill [Lords]: Onshore wind power: circumstances in which certificates may be issued after 31 March 2016 (20 Apr 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: I know the hon. Gentleman said that he had a bit of trouble with conventions, and so, obviously, do some Members of the House of Lords. I am trying to remind them of a long-standing tradition and convention in this place, which is that when a party has a manifesto commitment to enact legislation, that legislation should not be overturned by those who are unelected down the other end of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defence Schemes (17 Mar 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: A small but important role in flood defence is played by farmers who clear ditches and drainage channels. What progress is being made to remove the bureaucracy that sometimes stops them from doing that?

Energy Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 — Onshore wind power: renewables obligation (14 Mar 2016)

Chris Heaton-Harris: The best way to suppress the noise is to turn the turbine off for the period of time when the noise is likely to occur. As acousticians have demonstrated to me, the noise is more likely to occur at night when other background noises have dropped down. We can predict it, because we know which way the wind is blowing and at what speed. It drops down to ground level in a certain way, so we can...


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