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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 5 Dec 2018)

John Bercow: ...I very gently say to the junior Minister on the Back Bench, who is making far too much noise, that he is ordinarily a good-natured and genial chap—I am referring to the hon. Member for Hexham. Mr Opperman, you can do so much better; try to be a well-behaved citizen today. [Interruption.] Well, possibly like some others, but there are quite a lot of badly behaved people. Try to set a...

Bills Presented: Energy Efficiency (30 Jun 2010)

Guy Opperman: The hon. Gentleman seems to be indicating that without Government intervention there will be no further coal mining, but that cannot be right. For example, there are open-cast mines aplenty throughout Northumberland and my constituency, but all that mining is done without any Government support whatever.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Charter for Budget Responsibility (13 Jan 2015)

Guy Opperman: I will not. I am so sorry, but I have zero time. The hon. Gentleman supported us then, but he does not support us now.

State Pension Age ( 8 Feb 2018)

Guy Opperman: My hon. Friend will be aware that a legal challenge is being brought forward. I cannot comment on the outcome of it, but it will be resisted by the Government. We do not believe that it has merit. Clearly that is a matter for Bindmans and the WASPI women, but it will definitely be resisted.

Vote on Account 2011-12 — Home Office: Police Funding ( 8 Dec 2010)

Guy Opperman: No, you are wrong. The promotion is delightful, but it is premature. Mention has been made of "Strictly Come Dancing" and other things, but I was not in the House of Lords then. Instead, I was probably somewhere near the Old Bailey. My point is that even Ed Balls has conceded that there is more to do on accountability.

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Schedule 4 - Contracting out secure colleges (20 Mar 2014)

Guy Opperman: I realise that many hon. Members want to move on, but I have to respond to the points made. With great respect, I strongly disagree with the amendment. Its outward purpose is entirely laudable, but the large numbers of unqualified staff who do a fantastic job in prisons would be excluded from providing the assistance that they currently provide.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disabled People (18 Mar 2019)

Guy Opperman: One million is a great start, but I believe that there is capability for more. I encourage all employers up and down the country to consider the many talented disabled people who want to join the workforce. The numbers are up all over the country already, as my hon. Friend outlines, but there is a lot more that can be done.

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Death of a Child ( 5 Dec 2022)

Guy Opperman: The hon. Lady may not know, but I lost twin boys and fully understand the difficulties her constituent faces in terms of bereavement. It is clearly the case that there are the run-on provisions, but I would happy to sit down with her to explain the run-on provisions and the extent to which there is ongoing support for the bereaved.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Parking: Gateshead ( 5 Dec 2023)

Guy Opperman: ...fully aware that pavement parking can pose problems for pedestrians, particularly for people with sight or mobility impairments. Local authorities already have powers to restrict pavement parking, but the Department has consulted on additional measures to help councils tackle this problem. The Department has not had recent discussions with Gateshead Council, but the consultation was open...

British Values: Teaching — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (25 Jun 2014)

Guy Opperman: ...long been an issue—it has been an issue for generations. My hon. Friend the Member for Reading West (Alok Sharma) spoke eloquently, and it will be no surprise that, with names like Sharma and Opperman, neither of our families were at the battle of Hastings repelling the French. We arrived not a thousand years ago to repel the French but, in his case, approximately 50 years ago and, in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free School Meals (Infants) (27 Oct 2014)

Guy Opperman: Wylam first school is a big supporter of the free school meals programme. It has purchased the specific equipment needed, but has still not received the funding it is entitled to, given the guidance from the Department for Education. I have a meeting on this matter fairly soon with the Minister, but will he expedite it with his civil servants to ensure a resolution in weeks, not months?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pensions Dashboard (19 Nov 2018)

Guy Opperman: The hon. Gentleman will understand that a feasibility study and consultation are pending, but I will be happy to discuss the dashboard with him in more detail if he will bear with me. There is no question but that the thousands of people in his constituency who have had the benefit of auto-enrolment, and the many thousands of employers supporting those employees, will be benefiting from the...

[John Robertson in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Female Genital Mutilation (10 Mar 2014)

Guy Opperman: Far be it from me to disagree with a member of the Committee, particularly before it has begun to sit, but my answer is yes and no. Yes, there is a need for greater awareness of sex education as part of the educational programme that is under way, but I do not think that that of itself will provide a panacea or solution. It is one aspect of the problem.

Responsible Parking (Scotland) Bill ( 5 Sep 2014)

Guy Opperman: On that point, will the hon. Gentleman explain what the procedure would be? He is introducing a Bill to this House, but in 11 days’ time we have an independence referendum. If the referendum was carried, the Bill would have begun in this House, but Scotland would have become independent. The reality would surely be that his Bill would struggle, given that, as my hon. Friend the Member for...

Sentencing (Female Offenders) — [Sandra Osborne in the Chair] (16 Oct 2012)

Guy Opperman: Everybody accepts that those women are in women’s prisons, but at the same time we cannot ignore a statistic that says that upwards of 70% of offenders—male or female—reoffend. Therefore, does my hon. Friend accept that we have to look at a different approach, not only to sentencing male offenders—both Governments in the last five to 10 years have tried to do that—but to sentencing...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 - Pensions Guidance (16 Nov 2020)

Guy Opperman: I am conscious of interrupting my hon. Friend’s flow, but that is clearly what the Government are seeking to do. Anyone who reads the 28 October report will see that it specifically states that there should be engagement with the Select Committee and various organisations. It also says that the product of the behavioural tests was limited, but there are many other ways that one can extend...

In-work Poverty (28 Jun 2023)

Guy Opperman: As I indicated, I am not the Education Minister, but what I am going to do is set out the position. I will happily make the point that this is not Labour party policy. It used to be the case, as I understand it. that the SNP proposed universal free school meals, but recently it said that it would need to target that—in other words, it would need to make that means-tested.

Bill Presented — Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill: Community Hospitals ( 6 Sep 2012)

Guy Opperman: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. She mentions the Torbay model, which is rightly a pilot and flagship for the integration of services, but does she envisage a situation in which not only are medical services integrated in one location but other emergency services can come together? The result could be enhanced training for people, such as firemen and policemen,...

Citizenship (Armed Forces) Bill (13 Sep 2013)

Guy Opperman: I endorse entirely my hon. Friend’s comments, but I would go one step further. Although there may be an unwritten contract between the public and the armed forces, the Government have brought in the armed forces covenant and will provide updated reports on its progress and changes to it. Not only do the public have the unwritten contract but we, the public and the state now have the...

Work and Pensions: Helping People into Work ( 5 Dec 2022)

Guy Opperman: There is far too much for me to outline at the Dispatch Box, but I will write to my hon. Friend. I will also visit him in Orpington to set out in more detail the various things we are doing to tackle the vacancy list on many levels. He will be aware that the labour market has recovered strongly since 2020, with payroll employment up on pre-pandemic levels, but we accept there is more to do.

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