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Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March) (No. 2): Procedure of the House (26 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: I am very grateful to you for calling me, Mr Speaker, not just as a Liberal Democrat but as a Member who had the privilege of joining the House in the most recent intake, in 2010. Since then I have sought to learn a great deal from my colleagues, not least my right hon. Friend the Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr Heath), who has been an inspiration to me in respect of the way I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Today’s Business of the House (26 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: If the House passes the first motion today in the name of the Leader of the House, it will be to our credit that by extending the deadline for amendments on Report we will have more considered debates with time to consider the arguments, so how can it be that he considers it appropriate for Back Benchers to give the rest of the House more notice, yet in the very same set of motions he gives...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Undercover Policing (26 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: It must be shocking for the MPs involved to hear these revelations, but parents grieving for their dead children still do not know whether their children’s identity was stolen by the special demonstration squad. The Met police has openly apologised to parents to whom that has happened, but they have not put in place any means by which parents worried that someone had impersonated their dead...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (26 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: Amen to that, Mr Speaker. The Secretary of State will know that advanced manufacturing businesses have exceeded the Government’s expectations with their high value bids for the supply chain initiative for their sector. Will he ensure that the over-programming necessary to accommodate those bids does not cause any further unwelcome delay in enabling those businesses, including one in...

Petitions: Urgent care centre at Chippenham Hospital (25 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: I wish to present a petition on behalf of my constituents calling on the Government to fund an urgent care centre at Chippenham community hospital. The proposals come from Chippenham’s doctors. The town’s three GP practices came together to draw up the plans, which would bring urgent services together in one place—accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week—relieving pressure on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Government Digital Service (25 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: I do not know what the Minister is eating for breakfast this week, but you do not seem to be able to keep him down, Mr Speaker —I half expect him to announce a U-turn on his intended retirement before the week is out. Is not the secret success of the Government Digital Service the confidence that it has given Departments to develop solutions in-house with an agility that was simply...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Government Efficiency and Reform (23 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: It is three years to the day since the Minister took up my invitation to visit Ark Data Centres in Corsham with me, and I am delighted to hear that the taxpayer stands to benefit to the tune of £100 million from the Crown hosting joint venture with the company. Does he agree, however, that the benefits of digital services extend much further than that, in that they allow a total redesign of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Visas: Income Threshold (23 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: In practice, the length of time in which a sponsor is required to demonstrate that they have met the minimum income threshold is driving families apart. Would it be sufficient for a sponsor to demonstrate that they have secured permanent employment on such a salary, and not have a situation where several months have to pass with someone providing bank statements to show their income, during...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: I commend my right hon. Friend for the action he is taking in government to prevent tax dodging—not long ago it was relatively easy to take advice on that simply by watching the “Daily Politics”. Will he say how much extra revenue Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has been able to collect as a result of action he has already taken to prevent tax dodging?

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (19 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: I warmly welcome the Government’s commitment to expanding renewable energy generation, but does the Minister agree that we should not tolerate the payment of renewables obligation certificates or feed-in tariffs to unlawful developments?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: Last June, I asked the Prime Minister if he was satisfied with police investigations into organised child sexual abuse. By November, the Home Secretary acknowledged that years ago there might have been a cover-up. This week, we learned that the Met itself has identified as many as 14 cover-ups. Now that we have a judge-led inquiry, is it not time we treated this scandal, in the words of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (17 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: There are 6,100 tariff-expired offenders serving indeterminate sentences, at a cost, I estimate, of £200 million annually. What are Ministers doing to ensure access to courses in prisons to facilitate offenders’ timely rehabilitation?

Financial Inclusion (17 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: I commend the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate on an important subject. Does he share my concern that because most of the means tests in the welfare system do not consider debt repayments, private indebtedness hits very hard at times when people need additional help?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Planning Processes (16 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: Local residents in Broughton Gifford finally had their views represented earlier this month when the High Court struck down a planning consent on which Wiltshire council had inadequately consulted. Does the Minister accept that that is meaningless unless the council is prepared to take enforcement action? At the very least, proportionate action would be to ensure that the development was not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Hunting Act 2004 (12 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: If that is indeed our approach, can the Secretary of State tell us why there has not been a free vote in this Parliament, as set out in the coalition agreement?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: St George's Cathedral (Jerusalem) (12 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: That is indeed a sad fact. I was fortunate to be able to join worshippers for evensong at St George’s cathedral in Jerusalem and I still remember the prayer that evening, that we should pray not just for the Israelis or for the Palestinians, but for ourselves—that we should not separate them in our prayers. Does that not illustrate the vital contribution that St George’s can make to...

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): Backbench Business — School Funding Formula (10 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: I wholeheartedly agree with my hon. Friend, and we are both co-signatories of this timely motion, but does he share my frustration that this gap widened at a time when schools were receiving the more generous settlements and that it is hard to conceive how a set of Ministers will be able to rapidly close this gap in the context of flat cash per pupil funding settlements in the future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (10 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: Youth unemployment in my constituency has halved under this Government, and the Chief Secretary met some of the young people in new jobs at Anthony Best Dynamics in Bradford on Avon last year. Will he or the Chancellor accept an invitation to accompany me to one of the advanced manufacturing businesses in Chippenham which, with the support of the relevant Government programmes, can extend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions ( 9 Mar 2015)

Duncan Hames: Now that the roll-out of universal credit is beginning in Wiltshire, what effect will it have on the identification of children’s eligibility for free school meals, and what conversations has the Secretary of State had with Ministers in the Department for Education on how that will affect the allocation of the incredibly popular pupil premium?

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