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Guy Opperman: The renewable heat incentive scheme has been delayed again. When will we have a decision on this and, more specifically, may we have a statement on the point?
Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Wolf Review of vocational education, what definition of vocational education he uses in respect of Hexham.
Guy Opperman: I am fascinated by the idea of the half-baked cake, and where we are going with particular parts of it. May I raise the matter of special educational needs? My hon. Friend knows that I have experience in that field, and I am curious to know his view on it, and the interaction between what the headmaster and the governors are doing, on an ongoing basis.
Guy Opperman: During my recent visit to Ponteland high school, pupils told me that apprenticeships were their No. 1 priority. With strong ongoing local schemes already operating in the area at Egger and SCA, will the Prime Minister back the skills for work campaign to encourage more youngsters in the north-east to take up the apprenticeships that are there?
Guy Opperman: I live just outside Wark in Northumberland, which is at the centre of three historic forests-Wark, Redesdale and the mighty Kielder. That is barely to touch on the multiple other forests in the area, such as Slaley or Sidwood. Kielder alone covers more than 250 square miles and is a truly enchanting place. Without a shadow of a doubt, it is the green lungs of the north-east and the heart and...
Guy Opperman: Does my hon. and learned Friend think that it was right for the leader of the Labour party to indicate that he would not have implemented the previous two fuel rises in the current circumstances?
Nick Brown: ...bid from Tees Valley to be part of a carbon capture and storage pilot, all show how deep and widespread the region's enthusiasm for this approach goes. We are, as the hon. Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman) pointed out recently to the House, host to the United Kingdom's green pub of the year, the outstanding Battlestead's hotel at Wark.
Guy Opperman: I welcome the Home Secretary's commitment to close the loophole that allows sex offenders to go abroad for up to three days without notifying the police. The previous Government had since 1997 to close that loophole, but did not take such action.
Guy Opperman: I thank the Secretary of State for having the common sense to change her mind and to preserve Kielder, which is larger than Thetford, for sure.
Guy Opperman: When answering the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Poole (Mr Syms), you said you would-
Charlie Elphicke: ...with us today because she is on official business, for her assistance in making the case to the Committee, and my hon. Friends the Members for Bristol North West (Charlotte Leslie) and for Hexham (Guy Opperman). It is a great thing to have secured this debate. The big society has been much discussed in the media, and yet this is practically the first proper occasion on which it has been...
Ed Vaizey: ...myriad good examples up and down the country of fantastic, forward-looking, dynamic library authorities. In the previous debate on the big society, I heard my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman) say that it had been a cross-party debate, and I believe that the debate about libraries should be such a debate. We should recognise and celebrate the good practice of local...
Guy Opperman: As someone who lost to the hon. Gentleman in the 2005 general election—I represented, in a poor standard, the Welsh Conservatives in the former constituency of Caernarfon—I am particularly enjoying his passionate reverie of the 1970s. It is beyond question that he represents his constituency very well indeed. We all accept that there is likely to be a degree of cuts ahead. Does he accept...
Guy Opperman: Thank you for the opportunity to speak in this debate, Mr Weir. I apologise for being late, but I was detained briefly in another meeting. I will begin by giving some background to the debate. I have 49,000 square hectares of forest in my constituency, which has at least six major forests. I have three times more than anybody else in the House of Commons. I did not vote for the Government’s...
Guy Opperman: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate, because it is a very helpful process. I have listened for 23 minutes now, and there is a great deal of criticism of what is being tried by the Government but no alternative being put forward. I look forward with great interest to hearing what the alternative will be—
Rory Stewart: I give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman).
...Johnson, John Robertson, Mark Tami Voting no: Steven Baker, Nicola Blackwood, Tom Brake, James Brokenshire, Robert Buckland, Rehman Chishti, Michael Ellis, Lynne Featherstone, Gareth Johnson, Guy Opperman
Division number 5 - 11 yes, 6 no Voting yes: Steven Baker, Nicola Blackwood, Tom Brake, James Brokenshire, Robert Buckland, Rehman Chishti, Michael Ellis, Lynne Featherstone, Gareth Johnson, Guy Opperman, Jeremy Wright Voting no: Jenny Chapman, Vernon Coaker, Clive Efford, Diana Johnson, John Robertson, Mark Tami
Division number 6 - 11 yes, 6 no Voting yes: Steven Baker, Nicola Blackwood, Tom Brake, James Brokenshire, Robert Buckland, Rehman Chishti, Michael Ellis, Lynne Featherstone, Gareth Johnson, Guy Opperman, Jeremy Wright Voting no: Jenny Chapman, Vernon Coaker, Clive Efford, Diana Johnson, John Robertson, Mark Tami
Alan Beith: ..., where the Forestry Commission has Harwood, Rothbury, Kidland and other forest areas. The greater part of the production takes place in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman), which has Kielder, Wark and Redesdale forests. Forestry jobs in my constituency are centred on the commission’s Rothbury office, but all 12 full-time equivalent jobs are planned...