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Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Fuel Poverty (5 Dec 2012)

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps she has taken to tackle fuel poverty in Northern Ireland in response to the findings of the recent Office of Fair Trading report on remote rural communities.

Police Pensions (28 Nov 2012)

Keith Vaz: ...Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi). In conclusion, I want to acknowledge the colleagues who have come here today to participate in the debate. They include the hon. Members for Hexham (Guy Opperman) and for St Albans (Mrs Main). We have heard from the leader of the Welsh nationalist party, the right hon. Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Mr Llwyd), and from my hon. Friend the...

UK-Listed Mining Companies — [Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] (28 Nov 2012)

Jo Swinson: ...burden on small UK companies that operate exclusively in the UK. However, I hear the views expressed. Mining is, of course, important to the UK economy. My hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman) spoke as a passionate advocate for his constituency. Some of the issues he raised relate to other Departments, but it is the responsibility of local authorities to establish local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Fuel Poverty (28 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: What steps he is taking to tackle fuel poverty in Wales.

Written Answers — Health: Midwife-based Maternity Services (27 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for midwife-based maternity services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Council (26 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: People in Northumberland will be delighted that it is this Government who are keeping the rebate, stopping the budget rise and working with the fiscal sensibles in Sweden, Holland and Germany. Does the Prime Minister agree that fiscal restraint and constraint are gradually becoming the prevailing argument in Europe?

Bills Presented: Industrial Policy and Manufacturing (22 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: One such short-term policy that would have an impact is the liberalisation of small local community banking, as that would mean there would be lending directly to small and medium-sized businesses, which is what the hon. Gentleman would like. This Government are doing that, but the Opposition voted against it. Can he explain why?

Business of the House: Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) (22 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: I draw the House’s attention to my recently published book on prison reform. I have represented hundreds of people who were in prison, not one of whom ever said to my good self that they were busting for a chance to vote; I assure the Secretary of State that that was not the intention of many I represented. What is the proposal in the option for considering short sentences of a few weeks or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: Under the previous Government, broadband provision in Northumberland was woeful, disorganised and underfunded. That situation is slowly improving, which brings great benefits. Will the Minister meet me—rather than the sports Minister having that pleasure—and fellow representatives in Northumberland, to discuss how we can improve the provision of broadband in Northumberland?

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords] (19 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: I endorse what my hon. Friend is saying and I know that the growers and producers in Northumberland will support this Bill wholeheartedly. What robust measures does he think would genuinely hold the supermarkets to account?

Written Answers — Justice: Prisoners' Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme (9 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to review prisoners' entitlement to privileges.

Written Answers — Justice: Trespass (9 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress he has made in introducing greater protection for householders from intruders.

Opposition Day — [8th Allotted Day]: Regional Pay (NHS) (7 Nov 2012)

Jamie Reed: ...MPs for areas such as Torridge and West Devon, Hexham, and Brigg and Goole have also spoken out against these ruinous proposals. I commend the argument put forward by the hon. Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman). He has said: “Our current pay system, which sets a base pay rate, already allows for adjustments in high cost areas like London”, and “I do not believe reducing public sector...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Combat Troop Withdrawal (Afghanistan) (7 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: I support the troops fighting in Afghanistan, particularly my regiment, 39 Royal Artillery, who are doing an amazing job. Does the hon. Gentleman not accept, given that the title of this debate refers to the withdrawal of troops, that our troops are in Afghanistan at the invitation of an Islamic Government, and party to a United Nations resolution? Surely that is the fundamental basis on...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Emergency Services (7 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made on his Department’s review of the integration of emergency services.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices: North East (7 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of apprenticeships in (a) Northumberland and (b) the north-east over the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Business (7 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department has provided to university and business research partnerships in (a) the north east and (b) England in the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Justice: Payment by Results (6 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to implement payment by results to prevent offending.

Written Answers — Justice: Reoffenders (6 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of people going repeatedly through the criminal justice system on short sentences.

Business of the House: Growth and Infrastructure Bill (5 Nov 2012)

Guy Opperman: I represent the constituency that contains the Northumberland national park. Kielder forest has more than 200,000 trees but no mobile phone or broadband coverage whatever. The Forestry Commission says that it is the only place in the country where it cannot contact its representatives at all. We welcome these provisions.

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