Results 21–40 of 426 for speaker:Andrew Lewer

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence: Space Technology (26 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that its approach to procurement helps to retain the (a) skills and (b) workforce needed to support exports of military space technology.

Independent School Fees: VAT (21 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: I want to express my sincere thanks to so many colleagues. I had thought about having an Adjournment debate on this subject but I am so pleased that, rather than standing in the Chamber talking to myself, I have a large number of people in Westminster Hall to take part in the debate and make such useful and constructive contributions. The proposed policy fails on the principle of freedom of...

Independent School Fees: VAT (21 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: I beg to move, That this House has considered independent school fees and VAT. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Henderson—I think for the first time. I put on the record my thanks to the Independent Schools Council and its superb chief executive Julie Robinson, not only for the tireless campaigning that it does for the independent education sector but for its work...

Independent School Fees: VAT (21 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: I thank my hon. Friend for that question, which is indeed the major thrust of what I have to say. As chair of the all-party group, I am delighted every year to sponsor the Independent Schools Council’s annual “Celebrating Partnerships” report, which gives parliamentarians and stakeholders from across the sector the opportunity to come together to celebrate the fantastic work that the...

Independent School Fees: VAT (21 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: It would. My hon. Friend’s point leads me nicely into my belief that the naivety of Labour’s position is underlined by a hidden agenda to have smaller schools in the midlands and the north closed and absorbed by the state. Underlining that is perhaps the fact that the shadow Education Secretary, since taking up her post in 2021, has not visited an independent school with at least the aim...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Abortion (12 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recent guidance issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on not reporting alleged illegal abortions to the police.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: Billing ( 8 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to (a) reduce and (b) end the use of cash retentions.

NHS Dentistry: Recovery and Reform ( 7 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: I very much welcome this statement and the meetings I have had with my neighbour, the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Northamptonshire (Dame Andrea Leadsom). The Secretary of State said that Northamptonshire will be included in a dental van roll-out, which is welcome, but the rest of the statement had a very rural focus. She...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ( 7 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has provided (a) support and (b) funding to (i) Hamas, (ii) Hezbollah and (iii) the Houthis in the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Home Office: Abortion: Demonstrations ( 7 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to help ensure that the guidance on the implementation of Section 9 of the Public Order Act 2023 is applied consistently in relation to activities permitted within safe access zones.

Prime Minister: Engagements ( 7 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: People in Northampton South are desperately short of NHS dental provision—indeed, in Duston there are now none at all. So today’s dentistry recovery plan announcement is hugely welcome, but can the Prime Minister guarantee to my residents that there will be improvements within months, not years?

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Venezuela: Oil ( 1 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has had recent discussions with his Venezuelan counterpart on the potential impact of not allowing the Opposition candidate to run on the export of its oil to the UK.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Venezuela: Non-governmental Organisations ( 1 Feb 2024)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will hold discussions with his Venezuelan counterpart on the potential impact of the Law on Control, Regularization, Operations and Financing of Non-Governmental and Related Organisation on independent NGOs in the country.

Leaving the EU: Driving Licences (31 Jan 2024)

Andrew Lewer: My right hon. Friend is making some very good points. She touched upon community transport and voluntary work. I chaired a community transport organisation for some years, and indeed was a driver for disabled adults because of my driving licence. Does she agree that we need to allow younger drivers—we are talking about some people in their 40s here—the opportunity to serve their...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services: Civil Society (30 Jan 2024)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to support voluntary sector providers of mental health services.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2024)

Andrew Lewer: What steps is the Minister taking to ascertain the cause of ongoing problems affecting access to riluzole, the only licensed drug for the treatment of motor neurone disease in the UK, to provide clarity to the MND community and ensure that normal supply is restored as soon as possible?

Backbench Business: COP10: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control — [Martin Vickers in the Chair] (18 Jan 2024)

Andrew Lewer: Small is beautiful. I found myself agreeing with virtually everything that everybody said; I do not think I have ever before been in a debate, here or in the main Chamber, where that has happened. It is confirmation that light is better than heat. Alas, the Minister is not attending COP10, but I am grateful to her for naming the chief delegate, and for outlining the policy stances in more...

Backbench Business: COP10: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control — [Martin Vickers in the Chair] (18 Jan 2024)

Andrew Lewer: I beg to move, That this House has considered COP10 to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Vickers. I thank the co-sponsors of today’s debate, the hon. Members for Ealing, Southall (Mr Sharma), and for Linlithgow and East Falkirk (Martyn Day). I also thank all colleagues who have requested to speak, and the Backbench...

Backbench Business: COP10: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control — [Martin Vickers in the Chair] (18 Jan 2024)

Andrew Lewer: I will develop my hon. Friend’s point in my closing remark. If the UK delegation attends COP10 and goes along with international agreements, even if they are not legally binding, there will be a mood music and atmosphere, as we have heard in recent days, that because we are a signatory and have agreed to go along with them, we therefore need to follow along. My hon. Friend the Member for...


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