Results 1–20 of 601 for speaker:William Wragg

Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit (18 Jan 2021)

William Wragg: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. My apologies to the right hon. Member for Warley (John Spellar) and the hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (Gill Furniss) for not being able to give them prior notice of my point of order because they were on telling duty. I was concerned, at the calling of that Division, that the advent of face masks in the Chamber may have...

Sittings in Westminster Hall (Suspension) (No. 2) (13 Jan 2021)

William Wragg: Many people will, quite rightly, hold the Government to account for their handling of the covid pandemic, but many in this House perhaps fail to hold themselves to account for not holding the Government to account. This House is at its worst when we talk about ourselves, which is all that we have done this evening. The hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) spoke a...

Sittings in Westminster Hall (Suspension) (No. 2) (13 Jan 2021)

William Wragg: My right hon. Friend indicated that Opposition Members on the Commission were keen for this eventuality to come to pass. Is he suggesting that the Opposition do not want to scrutinise the Government?

Elections: May 2021 (13 Jan 2021)

William Wragg: On behalf of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, I send our best wishes to my hon. Friend for her recovery. I ask her to reflect on the legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied, and that democracy delayed is democracy denied. Will she ensure that, if there is any possibility of delay, it will be for the shortest possible time? After all, this is one...

Covid-19 (12 Jan 2021)

William Wragg: The Minister ordinarily has a rather pessimistic speech inflicted on her when I rise in the House, but today I want to strike a different tone, because the whole country can now see that we have a moment of opportunity, a moment of hope and a route out of these persistent lockdowns. I can report that in Stockport, my home town and the borough of my constituency, all the over-80s and care...

Covid-19 (12 Jan 2021)

William Wragg: My hon. Friend is being very generous with his time. Could he perhaps say more about what percentage of those vaccinated in the vulnerable categories will count towards such a consideration?

Covid-19 (6 Jan 2021)

William Wragg: I pay tribute to everybody at Stepping Hill Hospital and GPs across Stockport for their superb efforts in rolling out the vaccine, where all care home residents and those over the age of 80 will have received at least their first jab by 15 January. Will the Prime Minister ensure that he blasts away any bureaucratic barriers that are getting in the way and ensure that vital vials and other...

Public Health (30 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: Could my hon. Friend confirm the numbers of the AstraZeneca vaccine that are ready to be administered?

Education: Return in January (30 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement and recognise the invidious choices he has to make as Secretary of State. I also thank all the teachers and, in particular, the leaders of schools in the Hazel Grove constituency for their hard work over the Christmas holidays to prepare for mass testing on the schools’ return. Does my right hon. Friend think it somewhat ironic that later on...

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill (30 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: This is about sovereignty. Sovereignty is spoken of by some as a near-religious phenomenon, either through veneration or rejection. It is either doctrinal truth or mumbo-jumbo, depending on the bent of the beholder. However, it is far more prosaic than that. It boils down to the question of who governs, and whether that exercise of government carries the broad consent of the people so...

Covid-19 Update (17 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: It being Christmas, and given the circumstances that we are in, covid-compliant carol singers in Stockport have been heard singing the words of that well-known epidemiologist Mariah Carey, “All I want for Christmas is tier 2”, but sadly their entreating that outcome has not been successful at all. Can my right hon. Friend explain, further to the question from my hon. Friend the Member...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Food: Advertising (17 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the (a) quality of responses to his Department's consultation on total restriction of online advertising for products high in fat, sugar and salt, and (b) potential merits of extending that consultation to allow for more responses to be submitted.

Covid-19 Update (14 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: rose—

Covid-19 Update (14 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for that warm welcome. Further to the question from my hon. Friend the Member for Harwich and North Essex (Sir Bernard Jenkin), the approach of Essex and Hertfordshire shows that district authorities can be dealt with separately between tiers. With that tantalising prospect, will my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State commit to looking closely at the...

EU Withdrawal Agreement (9 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: The implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol has become my right hon. Friend’s equivalent of the Schleswig-Holstein question, given the variety of interpretations that surround it, but fundamentally does what my right hon. Friend agreed yesterday make it more or less likely that a free trade agreement with the European Union that, crucially, ensures United Kingdom sovereignty in its...

Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out (8 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: I always enjoy my exchanges with my right hon. Friend, and this time I mean that when I say it, because this is incredibly welcome news, particularly given Stepping Hill Hospital’s role in the administration of the vaccine. I will certainly encourage all my constituents, when they receive the invitation, to have the vaccine, take it and dispel some of the more eccentric views that are...

Public Health (1 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: Before I make my brief remarks, I am reminded of the quote by Teddy Roosevelt, who spoke of the person in the arena. I rather feel that my hon. Friend the Minister is that person at the moment, while everybody else around her carps on without any particular responsibility. My apologies to her on a personal level if I now fall into that category. Many people have been in touch with me, as I am...

Public Health (1 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: Absolutely right. We are told that non-essential retail can reopen—hurrah! But I am not quite sure why we would express great surprise—

Public Health (1 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: I will give way again, very generously.

Public Health (1 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: Absolutely not. This has brought out the number of lunatics in the country, quite frankly. Non-essential retail is to reopen. Why on earth was it closed in the first place? A Secretary of State beamed at us from the pages of The Daily Telegraph yesterday to say, “Rejoice! You can go out and shop around the clock.” We express surprise that so many of our high street retailers are going...


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