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Written Answers — Treasury: Actuaries: Regulation (26 Jan 2023)

William Wragg: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to (a) bring forward and (b) consult on legislative proposals on the oversight and regulation of the actuarial profession during this parliamentary session.

Written Answers — Treasury: Motor Vehicles: Tax Allowances (25 Jan 2023)

William Wragg: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) reducing and (b) removing the vehicle tax on a vehicle used to assist a person with disabilities.

Wales: Channel 4 Privatisation: Television Production Industry (23 Nov 2022)

William Wragg: I welcome the appointment of my hon. Friend, who is surely one of the ablest Ministers in His Majesty’s Government. I would be interested to know of his recent assessments of the television production industry in Wales and the ever-expanding Media City in Greater Manchester.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Levelling-up Fund (21 Nov 2022)

William Wragg: Could I use this opportunity to make a shameless plug for the Marple active communities hub, which in round 2 must surely be among the strongest applications in my hon. Friend the Minister’s in-tray? Does she agree that it is high time we put health and wellbeing at the heart of levelling up, and her approving this bid, in a totally transparent process, which I know it is, would be just the...

Economic Responsibility and a Plan for Growth (19 Oct 2022)

William Wragg: Thank you very much for calling me so early in the debate, Madam Deputy Speaker. If I may strike a conciliatory tone at the outset of my remarks, I thank everybody in this House who sent me remarkable support in the course of the summer recess. There is nothing unique about my having had issues with my mental health, but what is perhaps more unique than most in the country is that I have the...

Economic Responsibility and a Plan for Growth (19 Oct 2022)

William Wragg: The hon. Lady is very charitable in giving me a further minute for my peroration, although it seems a shame to extend it too long. The fracking debate that follows has been made a confidence vote. If I voted as I would wish, I would lose the Whip. I would no longer be a vice-chair of the 1922 Committee. I would no longer maintain my position as a Chair of one of the Select Committees of the...

Tributes to Her Late Majesty The Queen (9 Sep 2022)

William Wragg: If I was asked by primary school children, “Did you ever meet Her late Majesty the Queen?”, I would sadly have to say no—there has been no practising of bows and curtsies as my hon. Friend the Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Tracey Crouch) described. Perhaps I have finally learned this afternoon the attraction of being a Government Whip: not only does it seem to increase the...

Standards in Public Life (5 Jul 2022)

William Wragg: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My right hon. and learned Friend mentions the sophisticated and robust systems for upholding standards in public life, but those systems are, on the whole, irrelevant if the participants have no regard to them. The Government and, I suggest, my right hon. and hon. Friends sat on the Front Bench—I notice there is a preponderance of Government Whips there, rather than...

Adviser on Ministerial Interests (21 Jun 2022)

William Wragg: It is a pleasure to be called to speak in the debate. The motion in the name of the Leader of the Opposition is deeply flattering to me—presumably—and to the Committee that I have the great pleasure of chairing. I appreciate the Opposition’s confidence in us, but would gently encourage them to have more confidence in themselves rather than deferring entirely to my Committee. In the...

Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests Resignation (16 Jun 2022)

William Wragg: I will channel my rare inner Lady Bracknell and say that for the Prime Minister to lose one adviser on Ministers’ interests may be regarded as misfortune, but to lose two looks like carelessness—I hope my right hon. and learned Friend will take that in the spirit it is meant. I thank Lord Geidt for appearing before our Committee on Tuesday, where I think he did his best—with what he...

Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2022)

William Wragg: Mr Speaker, I am not a cynical sort but I was slightly perplexed this week when the Cabinet Secretary and the director general of Government Propriety and Ethics, no less, were banned from attending my Committee, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, to give evidence. That meeting had been scheduled for two months. I cannot possibly think why, Mr Speaker. I wonder...

Foreign National Offender Removal Flights (18 May 2022)

William Wragg: As my hon. Friend is one of the Ministers in Her Majesty’s Government most able to give a direct answer to a direct question, does he know how many dangerous foreign national offenders were due to be on the deportation flight this morning and, owing to appeals, how many actually left?

Referral of Prime Minister to Committee of Privileges (21 Apr 2022)

William Wragg: Thank you for calling me so early in this debate to deliver my sermon, Mr Speaker. If I may, by means of parish notices, let me wish Her Majesty a happy 96th birthday. My intention was to vote against the Government’s amendment and that would still be my intention were it to be moved. I appreciate the efforts by my right hon. Friend the Chief Whip to find a way through—he is somebody we...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill: Clause 2 - Revival of prerogative powers to dissolve Parliament and to call a new Parliament (14 Mar 2022)

William Wragg: I thank the hon. Member for Nottingham North (Alex Norris) for the introduction where he described me as being cheeky faced. It will stun the Opposition and surprise the Government that I will be voting enthusiastically with the Government in the Lobby later, so clearly my re-education is having the desired effect. I rise to speak against the Lords amendment and in favour of the...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill: Clause 2 - Revival of prerogative powers to dissolve Parliament and to call a new Parliament (14 Mar 2022)

William Wragg: The hon. Gentleman invites me to be intemperate about the difference between this House and the other Parliaments of the United Kingdom, which I will resist entirely. Places evolve through their own conventions and those Parliaments are doing exactly that. There is no need for universality; surely he would argue that the beauty of devolution is that it allows for difference. If he wanted...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill: Clause 2 - Revival of prerogative powers to dissolve Parliament and to call a new Parliament (14 Mar 2022)

William Wragg: May I refer my right hon. and learned Friend to “The Crown”, of which I am sure he was an avid viewer? In answer to the intervention by the hon. Member for Cardiff West (Kevin Brennan), is my right hon. and learned Friend familiar with the Lascelles principles, as written to The Times under the pseudonym “Senex”, and can he update the House on whether they now form part of the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Emissions: Certification Quality Marks (21 Feb 2022)

William Wragg: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will develop and promote an international kite mark scheme to show products manufactured using low-carbon materials and methods.

Public Health (14 Dec 2021)

William Wragg: Can we take it from that that the hon. Gentleman is in favour of extending the certification, or vaccine passport, to all venues?

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Dec 2021)

William Wragg: There are media reports of a Cabinet meeting and press conference this afternoon to initiate covid winter plan B without reference to this House. Covid passes will not increase uptake of the vaccine but will create a segregated society. Is my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister aware that very few will be convinced by this diversionary tactic?

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

William Wragg: Will the Minister give way?

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