Results 1–20 of 282 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:James Heappey

Dieter Helm Energy Review — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe. I congratulate the hon. Member for Blackley and Broughton (Graham Stringer) on securing the debate. I agree with much of what has been said. The Helm report is imperfect, although my copy is greatly improved by the artwork on the back of it contributed by my children. Such a report was always going to be imperfect. For the past 18...

Dieter Helm Energy Review — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (24 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: I do not have the evidence at hand to disagree with the hon. Gentleman absolutely, but my understanding from the industry—I accept that he is sceptical about the industry’s lobbying prowess—is that there have been some fairly significant improvements in the cost of manufacture and in the scale of the wind turbines that can be deployed. It may be that the cogs, wires and...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: It is good that we have an industrial strategy. It is not the command economy of past industrial strategies but an opportunity to put together a coherent plan to develop and support the industries that will underpin this country’s economy in the future, boost productivity and raise the skills needed. In that sense, we should be very excited about what the Government have done. The four...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: Following the shadow Secretary of State’s consultations with businesses around the country, will she name just one that agrees with Labour’s plans for nationalisation?

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: When travelling overseas on parliamentary business and visiting universities, I have noticed, particularly in America, that people are much more entrepreneurial in their research projects and mapping out a route to a market. What might the Department do to encourage that sort of entrepreneurial spirit in our universities?

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: Chilcot has been cited a number of times by Opposition Members. The Iraq war was voted on in this place, but on the basis of incomplete information. What intelligence would the right hon. Gentleman propose to compromise to Members of the House so that they could make a better decision and what analysis has he made of the impact of sharing that intelligence on the operational security of those...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: I am grateful to the Prime Minister for giving way. She knows that the decisions she often has to take are in response to very dynamic security and military situations. Legislating in this place for the mission brings with it an inflexibility that would be very unhelpful when targets change, missions change and rules of engagement sometimes need to be adjusted. She cannot allow her freedom of...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Syria: Syria (16 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: I join colleagues from across the House in congratulating the hon. Member for Wirral South (Alison McGovern) on securing today’s debate. There is limited time available, so I will discuss only briefly some key issues that have been raised. On the timeliness of action and how the decision was taken, I am clear that we could not have waited. The power of the strikes last week was not...

Syria: Syria (16 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: Does the hon. Lady have similar concerns about President Macron, who was also involved in the decision making last week?

Syria: Syria (16 Apr 2018)

James Heappey: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

James Heappey: The retention of business rates is indeed a huge opportunity for councils such as Somerset’s, which was so disappointed not to be part of the business rates retention trial. Will the Secretary of State reassure us that all that he has learnt from his review of the funding formulas will be applied to how business rates retention is baselined, so that county council areas with smaller...

Petition - Closure of Local RBS Branches in and Around Aberfeldy (20 Mar 2018)

James Heappey: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. A number of Opposition Members have visited the Wells constituency in recent months, most notably the Leader of the Opposition, who has visited twice. Unfortunately, they have not always found the time to give me advance notice of their visits, as was the case last Friday when the hon. Member for Stroud (Dr Drew) chaired a public meeting there. With...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

James Heappey: My right hon. Friend refers to one of the darkest days for the British Army during the troubles, but will he join me in contrasting that day with the scenes that we saw in Lisburn last week when my former battalion, 2 Rifles, was welcomed back with great enthusiasm by the whole community? Is that not a great example of the way which Northern Ireland has changed?


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