Conservative MP for Hexham (6 May 2010 – current)
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Albert Owen: Before I call Guy Opperman, I remind Members that I will call the Front-Bench spokesmen from 10.45 am onwards. If Members wish to catch my eye and speak, will they stand up when I call Guy Opperman?
...Order No. 83H), That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their amendments 8B, 8C, 9B and 9C. That Debbie Abrahams, Neil Gray, Holly Lynch, Guy Opperman, Priti Patel, David Rutley and Helen Whately be members of the Committee; That Priti Patel be the Chair of the Committee; That three be the quorum of the Committee; That the Committee...
...to. Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 83H), That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their amendments 1 and 2; That Guy Opperman, Gareth Johnson, Mrs Flick Drummond, Gareth Bacon, Jonathan Reynolds, Mark Tami and David Linden be members of the Committee; That Guy Opperman be the Chair of the Committee; That...
...( Standing Order No. 83H), That a Committee be appointed to draw up Reasons to be assigned to the Lords for disagreeing to their amendments 1, 8 and 9; That Neil Gray, Holly Lynch, Amanda Milling, Guy Opperman, Priti Patel, David Rutley and Owen Smith be members of the Committee; That Priti Patel be the Chair of the Committee; That three be the quorum of the Committee. That the Committee...
Guy Opperman: I completely agree. To put it in the vernacular, we need a go-to guy who is the one person looking after manufacturing.
John Bercow: Order. The Minister is treating us to a combination of his intellect and his eloquence, and his ministerial colleague, the hon. Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman), is engaging in a rather undignified finger-wagging exercise with the hon. Member for Blyth Valley (Mr Campbell). It is very unseemly and very unfair on the cerebral Minister at the Dispatch Box. Mr Opperman, Mr Campbell: calm...
Guy Opperman: When the ID card was first launched last year, does the hon. Lady recall that at the launch in the north-west, the Minister forgot her own ID card? If she could forget, what chance would the rest of us lesser mortals have had in the brave new world of ID cards?
Guy Opperman: Does the Chancellor agree that the Opposition, who sold the gold so wisely and then bought euros, prophesied a golden age and then brought the economy, like a ship, on to the rocks, are not qualified to give us financial advice and seem to have such a poor memory?
Guy Opperman: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr Skinner) may have been here for 40 years, but he should surely not be in the Clerk's chair, unless perhaps he is looking for another job.
Guy Opperman: The right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) accused the Prime Minister of pandering. Does the Prime Minister agree that the only people who are behaving like pandas, which have notoriously bad vision, are the Opposition, who have signed away so much over the past 13 years?
Guy Opperman: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Guy Opperman: The electronic sheep tagging rules were introduced by the previous Government. Will the Minister review the practical operation of those hated rules? Traceability can surely be maintained without the unnecessary cost and bureaucratic burden on farmers and Government alike.
Guy Opperman: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Gary Streeter: I am going to move us on. Guy Opperman has a question.
Guy Opperman: I have a couple of questions. You indicated 2,500, but you only have 1,400 staff. Why was that?
Guy Opperman: On the renewable obligations certificate in relation to biomass, the effect of the subsidy introduced by the previous Government is that a variety of companies are effectively being underwritten for the work they are doing. Consequently, the taxpayer is paying for energy companies to do biomass. That cannot be right. Does the hon. Gentleman not agree?
Guy Opperman: The timber industry is a significant employer in Hexham. All of us support wood biomass, but there is currently a cross-party team, with Members from both the Labour Benches and our own, seeking to change the distorted energy subsidy for wood biomass. Would the ministerial team meet the cross-party team?
Guy Opperman: May we go back to the question that was put to the hon. Lady, which asked why any terrorist would sign up to a voluntary scheme? That is the nub of the case.
..., Catherine McKinnell, Shabana Mahmood, Grahame Morris, Bridget Phillipson Voting no: Aidan Burley, Lynne Featherstone, Damian Green, Robert Halfon, Gordon Henderson, Julian Huppert, Nigel Mills, Guy Opperman, Edward Timpson, Jeremy Wright
Division number 2 - 10 yes, 7 no Voting yes: Aidan Burley, Lynne Featherstone, Damian Green, Robert Halfon, Gordon Henderson, Julian Huppert, Nigel Mills, Guy Opperman, Edward Timpson, Jeremy Wright Voting no: Meg Hillier, Julie Hilling, Stephen McCabe, Catherine McKinnell, Shabana Mahmood, Grahame Morris, Bridget Phillipson