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Tributes to the Speaker (31 Oct 2019)

Richard Harrington: You have been given careers advice today, Mr Speaker, by people rather more experienced than I am, particularly the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman), but I have been thinking a lot about this. At first I thought that perhaps you could be the host of the Radio 4 programme “Just a Minute”, but, given your experience, can you imagine no deviation, hesitation or repetition? No...

Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Oct 2019)

Richard Harrington: Thank you, Mr Speaker; it gives me great pleasure to be called. As you have pointed out, this may unfortunately be my penultimate Prime Minister’s questions and will unfortunately be your penultimate Prime Minister’s questions, but I hope that it will not be my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s penultimate Prime Minister’s questions. Is the Prime Minister aware that many Members...

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (4 Sep 2019)

Richard Harrington: I am sure that you, Mr Speaker, will know that tomorrow is the ninth annual Watford jobs fair. I am taking particular interest in the 1,000 or so vacancies this year, and I feel that other Members on both sides of the House might be interested as well. I thank Victoria Lynch and Anna Cox for organising it. We have 1,000 vacancies in more than 60 companies. If the Prime Minister has any spare...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Richard Harrington: I will be very brief, Mr Speaker, because, as you know, I am a simple sort chap—I do not preoccupy myself with parliamentary procedure and I do not claim to be an expert on it. All I can say is that in my constituency of Watford people do not come up to me and say, “It’s an outrage to reverse the Order Paper on one day in Parliament.” All I want in order to be able to oppose this...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric Vehicles (11 Jun 2019)

Richard Harrington: I commend the Secretary of State and the Department for the Faraday challenge and the development of battery technology. However, does he agree that to have successful battery technology in the UK we need a successful automotive manufacturing sector, and that to do that we need a very close relationship with the EU for frictionless trade and everything that goes with it?

British Steel (22 May 2019)

Richard Harrington: The Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Andrew Stephenson), said in answer to yesterday’s urgent question that he and the Secretary of State would leave no stone unturned to save British Steel. As a former Minister in this area, I can confirm that the Secretary of State’s commitment is second to none. I was...

British Steel (21 May 2019)

Richard Harrington: In the past two years, I had the pleasure of dealing with the steel industry in my capacity as Minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I can certainly confirm that the Secretary of State and the ministerial team are very much behind the steel industry. Does the Minister agree that one of the problems affecting firms such as British Steel, which has an...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industry (30 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: What plans he has to bring forward new sector deals in the near future.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (30 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: Now that I am not bound by the ministerial code, or indeed collective responsibility, I feel that I can speak my mind about sector deals. I think they are absolutely brilliant, and I ask my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to point out some of the achievements made on delivering the commitments made between the Government and industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Curriculum (29 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Before anyone asks, I did not run the marathon yesterday; I thought I should give other hon. Members a chance. However, I would like to declare a new—

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Conditions Improvement Fund (29 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: What his timescale is for the disbursement of allocations from the conditions improvement fund.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Conditions Improvement Fund (29 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: I must disclose an interest, in that I am now a director of the Watford UTC, and I thank Lord Agnew for all the help he has given that university technical college. I am delighted that four schools in Watford were successful in their bids to the fund for improvements, which is known as the CIF—I know that that sounds like a disinfectant, but it is actually really important. The successful...

Loan Charge (11 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: What can I say in two minutes, Madam Deputy Speaker? Well, I will do my best. I am a person who is naturally a bit cynical when constituents come to see me and I try to see both sides of the story, but in this case I had more than 160 constituents in the group in Watford to do with the loan charge. I commend Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs—rather like the hon. Member for High Peak...

Loan Charge (11 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: My right hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) says, “Spot on.” I too fully accept the validity of the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. Clearly, these schemes were not correct. The way to deal with this is to say that if people went into this because they were reasonably advised to, or told to by their employers, then even if they are liable, HMRC should have the...

European Council (11 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: I thank my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister for all her efforts to remove the nonsense of no deal from the agenda. In her statement she said that if the talks fall—I certainly hope that that will not be the case—she will put to the House a series of votes to determine which course to pursue. Will she confirm that there will be preferential voting system to allow the House finally to...

Access to Medical Cannabis (8 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: I would like to thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) for bringing this question forward, and I thank the Secretary of State for his answer. My constituents the Levys came to see me about their daughter, Fallon, who has LGS epilepsy. Her consultant neurologist has told the family that “the actual logistics of the prescribing has not yet been worked...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Richard Harrington: I congratulate my right hon. Friend and his colleagues on the intelligent work they have done on promoting common market 2.0, and other right hon. and hon. Members on today’s debate and the sensible compromises that have been brought forward. Would he agree that it would have been much better for all concerned if the House had had this discussion two years ago to help shape our negotiations...

Business of the House (27 Mar 2019)

Richard Harrington: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Business of the House (27 Mar 2019)

Richard Harrington: I thank the shadow Leader of the House for accepting my intervention and for your patience, Mr Speaker. Before the point of order, it was mentioned by the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Paul Farrelly) that people such as me who had disobeyed the Whip and resigned may have faced undue pressure from the Whips or our Conservative associations. I did not experience that myself, but some...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Consultation (25 Mar 2019)

Richard Harrington: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) currently has 6 open consultations. 20 consultations are closed awaiting a Government response. Since its inception in July 2016, BEIS has initiated 100 consultations on GOV.UK.


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