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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Autumn Statement (3 Dec 2014)

Julian Huppert: There is much to welcome in the autumn statement, including investment in the NHS and, in particular, investment in mental health. Strangely, that has not been mentioned in any of the questions so far. I especially welcome the excellent news about the introduction of income-contingent postgraduate loans. I agree with what was said earlier by the right hon. Member for Havant (Mr Willetts)....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Incitement to Hatred (Palestinian Media) (2 Dec 2014)

Julian Huppert: None of us would condone the incitement of hatred, and there is no doubt that there are people on each side who make matters worse, but does the Foreign Secretary agree that illegal settlements, extra-judicial punishments and discriminatory laws also make the search for a peace settlement much harder?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Clause 2 — Specified offences (1 Dec 2014)

Julian Huppert: I, too, would like to speak to amendment 70. I will not detain the House for too long, as some of the points have already been raised. I called for this amendment when the Bill was going through this House and in the Queen’s Speech. It was very helpful after that to get the support of the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller) in her Westminster Hall debate. There is a gap in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Clause 2 — Specified offences (1 Dec 2014)

Julian Huppert: The right hon. Lady is absolutely right about there being scope for data-matching images, and there is some nice work being done on technologies for hashing an image so that it can be identified, but it will be harder than in the case of child abuse images. As I said in an intervention on the Minister, we need a substantial improvement in education not just around this offence—ideally...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Clause 2 — Specified offences (1 Dec 2014)

Julian Huppert: As the Minister says, this is a very important issue, and I raised it when the Bill was here before it went to the other place. It is very good to have this criminal sanction, but does he agree that it will be effective only if it is matched by education so that it is not necessary because people simply do not do these things?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Clause 29 — Secure colleges and other places for detention of young offenders etc (1 Dec 2014)

Julian Huppert: I thank the Minister for giving way a second time; he is being very generous. We all hope that everything works out as he anticipates. What assurances can he give us that the contract that would be signed would be such that if there were a decision not to go ahead with extensions, the taxpayer would not be financially penalised?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Clause 29 — Secure colleges and other places for detention of young offenders etc (1 Dec 2014)

Julian Huppert: I understand the aspiration to try to provide something that is educationally rather than penally driven, and we all hope it works. Does the Minister accept that there is a risk that it will not quite work? So would it not be sensible to phase things in, starting off by involving just boys over 15 and then expanding the scheme only if it actually works?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sixth Form Colleges: VAT (1 Dec 2014)

Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much extra funding, over and above that provided to school sixth forms, her Department provides to sixth form colleges to cover their VAT costs.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sixth Form Colleges: VAT (28 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the amount of VAT paid by sixth form colleges in the UK in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sixth Form Colleges: VAT (28 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on VAT paid by sixth form colleges.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs (28 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that emerging treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy which receive conditional approval are available through the Early Access to Medicines Scheme as early as possible; what steps he is taking to encourage flexible approaches to the licensing process for potential new treatments for rare conditions; what progress...

NHS (Ttip): Murder of Lee Rigby (25 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: This is an impressively detailed report on a brutal murder. It refers to a long list of mistakes: actions not carried out, failures to keep adequate records, delays, months of inaction, and insufficient co-ordination. One key failing is identified on page 108. Apparently, by 2 May there was such a serious risk of Adebowale being involved in terrorist actions that an application was made for...

Recall of MPs Bill: Clause 9 — Recall petition to be made available for signing (24 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: This has been a brief and fairly agreeable debate. I hear what the Minister has said. I said that I would not press any proposal that was criticised in the House, and I will not do so. In particular, I should listen carefully to what the Electoral Commission has said, especially because my predecessor is one of the commissioners, so I would not challenge his wisdom. I accept the...

Recall of MPs Bill: New Clause 2 — Recall condition: method of petitioning an election court (24 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: But that is exactly what happened with police and crime commissioners in legislation for which I presume the hon. Gentleman voted. If they have ever been convicted of an imprisonable offence, they are debarred from the office.

Recall of MPs Bill: New Clause 2 — Recall condition: method of petitioning an election court (24 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: We have had an interesting and somewhat complex debate, and it is good to have more Members present at the end making arguments than there were at the beginning to hear the arguments made in the first place. It seems clear that there are those who agree with the principle of new clause 2 but not with the detail of it, there are those who oppose the principle of it, and there are those who...

Recall of MPs Bill: Clause 9 — Recall petition to be made available for signing (24 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: I beg to move amendment 9, page 6, line 30, leave out subsections (4) and (5) and insert— ‘( ) The Minister may, by regulations, having consulted the Electoral Commission, prescribe or amend the wording which must be included on a petition signing sheet.’. This amendment allows for the Minister to bring forward detailed wording for the petition-signing...

Recall of MPs Bill: Clause 9 — Recall petition to be made available for signing (24 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: After all that excitement, I will try to be brief in presenting these minor and technical amendments. Amendment 9 seeks to deal with some of the awkward wording throughout the Bill on what is required for a recall petition. It simply states that the Minister should talk to the Electoral Commission and then come up with the wording. That would make for a much more flexible approach. I hope...

Recall of MPs Bill: Clause 9 — Recall petition to be made available for signing (24 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I thank all the Members in the Chamber. Clause 19 deals with the performance of the Speaker’s functions by others. The Speaker has a critical role in the recall process. The Bill, as currently drafted, states that the Speaker can appoint somebody to perform those functions. That seems very strange for a number of reasons, so amendment 11 proposes...

Recall of MPs Bill: New Clause 2 — Recall condition: method of petitioning an election court (24 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Recall of MPs Bill: New Clause 2 — Recall condition: method of petitioning an election court (24 Nov 2014)

Julian Huppert: I do understand; it is a shame we could not have had these interactions earlier, during my speech. The wording is taken from the Attorney-General’s reference No. 3 of 2003, which says: “The offence is committed when a public officer acting as such wilfully neglects to perform his duty and/or wilfully misconducts himself to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the...


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