Results 101–120 of 200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Holden

Local Government Finance (England) (24 Feb 2020)

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Local Government Finance (England) (24 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: If the right hon. Gentleman wants to talk about a year zero starting last year, I wonder whether he would like to talk about a year zero starting in 2010—as if nothing was a problem then, when this country was borrowing £1 in every £4 it was spending due to the policies he had voted for since 2001.

Local Government Finance (England) (24 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: With a 7.1% increase for County Durham today in the local government finance settlement and a 7.9% increase in police funding, both above the national average, I am delighted that the Opposition are not voting against these measures, especially given that the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Andrew Gwynne) wrote a letter to me just a few weeks ago saying that actually we were going to be...

Local Government Finance (England) (24 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: I am going to be very quick today. I wish to declare an interest, in that I am co-chair of the all-party group on local democracy. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Nickie Aiken), who said that she wants the most bottom-up approach possible when it comes to councils. As such, I urge my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to reintroduce the...

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: I agree with the right hon. Member about Ron Hogg, who was very much part of the community in County Durham and was well respected. Does he agree that the police and crime commissioner is the essential link with the community, and that someone with police experience, like Ron Hogg, is exactly who should represent the community in our great county?

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: With a 6.6% increase for Surrey and a 7.9% increase for County Durham, does the right hon. Lady not agree that this is a down payment on the Government’s levelling-up agenda for police forces across the country?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: Four communities in County Durham benefited from the high streets fund, but Labour-run Durham County Council supported none of the communities in my constituency of North West Durham. Will my hon. Friend investigate the possibility of reopening the fund so that Consett and the three-town area of Tow Law, Crook and Willington can access that vital source of funding?

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill (11 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: I would like to pay tribute to the hon. Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn), who made an incredibly powerful speech, and to the Government for bringing forward this legislation, which is not before time. I want to make a small point about my constituency. There were more than 1,800 victims of sexual assault at the Medomsley detention centre between the 1960s and 1980s. The perpetrators...

Release Under Investigation (5 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: I have the dubious extra background in this area of being one of the only people here, I imagine, who has been on RUI in recent years. I was on it for quite a significant period of time. I fully support the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous) and pay tribute to him for bringing forward this important topic, which for too long has been ignored. As he made clear in his...

Beer and Pub Taxation — [James Gray in the Chair] (5 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dudley South (Mike Wood) on securing the debate. I will be brief. We have over 100 pubs in my constituency, many of which I have already visited, and I pledge today to have visited them all by the time of the next general election. As my hon. Friend for Dudley South has said, in many parts of my constituency pubs are the last community facility....

Net Zero Targets and Decarbonising Transport — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (4 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for East Hampshire (Damian Hinds) on securing this debate. It is an interesting subject, and one that I had personal experience of not that long ago, when I was a special adviser in the Department for Transport. I am proud that the Government have set the net zero target for 2050, and glad that today we saw two further moves in that direction:...

Net Zero Targets and Decarbonising Transport — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (4 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: The entire purpose of the fund, in my understanding, is for a couple of rail schemes that are almost ready to go and for an investigation into further schemes. I agree 100% that the fund will not put many lines back in place, but for that to happen they would have to be shovel-ready. The funding that the Minister is dealing with is to investigate and to conduct feasibility studies for a lot...

Agriculture Bill (3 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: We have heard half a dozen maiden speeches today, all more eloquent than mine, and I congratulate my colleagues on both sides. I welcome the Government’s opening statement that farmers put food on our plates. Domestic production is vital in a volatile world, and North West Durham has a bit of everything as far as production goes. We do poultry, beef, arable, milk and lamb. I thank the...

Agriculture Bill (3 Feb 2020)

Richard Holden: We have heard half a dozen maiden speeches today, all more eloquent than mine, and I congratulate my colleagues on both sides. I welcome the Government’s opening statement that farmers put food on our plates. Domestic production is vital in a volatile world, and North West Durham has a bit of everything as far as production goes. We do poultry, beef, arable, milk and lamb. I thank the...

Transport: Transport Investment: Regional Disparities (30 Jan 2020)

Richard Holden: My constituency has no rail line or dual carriageway. Does my right hon. Friend recognise the challenges facing communities such as mine, and will he support my campaign for better local bus services and a feasibility study into reopening the rail line from Consett to Newcastle?

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill: Incorporation of EU legislation governing the CAP direct payment schemes (28 Jan 2020)

Richard Holden: Many upland sheep farmers, particularly in my constituency, will welcome not only the extra year of payments and the confidence it will give them, but the less draconian approach that the Government seem intent on taking. With the Agriculture Bill coming, can the Minister further reassure farmers in my constituency that there will be a phased approach so that they have time to get used to the...

NHS Funding Bill (27 Jan 2020)

Richard Holden: I support my hon. Friend and neighbour in her campaigning for Bishop Auckland hospital—I am behind her 100% on that. Will she also mention the support that she will be giving me for our rural services, particularly Shotley Bridge hospital, which needs an urgent rebuild as well?

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Motorhomes and Vehicle Excise Duty — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Jan 2020)

Richard Holden: I have Elddis, a manufacturer of caravans, and Weardale, an area where many motorhome users go, in my constituency. Does the hon. Lady agree that this policy could have unintended consequences for the environment in terms of more CO2 emissions from foreign travel and for the Government through a hit on taxation with VAT and other duties when money is not spent in the UK?

Economy and Jobs (20 Jan 2020)

Richard Holden: Does my hon. Friend agree that the increase in the business rates discount is an important measure that the Government are taking to help small businesses not only in his constituency but across the country?

Economy and Jobs (20 Jan 2020)

Richard Holden: Mr Deputy Speaker, may I just say how much of a pleasure it is to see you back in your rightful place in the Chair today? I hope my maiden speech does not defy convention as much as the voters of North West Durham did in returning the first Conservative MP ever for that constituency. I will work hard for everyone from every political tradition in my constituency over the next few years to...


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