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Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out (8 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: I always enjoy my exchanges with my right hon. Friend, and this time I mean that when I say it, because this is incredibly welcome news, particularly given Stepping Hill Hospital’s role in the administration of the vaccine. I will certainly encourage all my constituents, when they receive the invitation, to have the vaccine, take it and dispel some of the more eccentric views that are...

Public Health (1 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: Before I make my brief remarks, I am reminded of the quote by Teddy Roosevelt, who spoke of the person in the arena. I rather feel that my hon. Friend the Minister is that person at the moment, while everybody else around her carps on without any particular responsibility. My apologies to her on a personal level if I now fall into that category. Many people have been in touch with me, as I am...

Public Health (1 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: Absolutely right. We are told that non-essential retail can reopen—hurrah! But I am not quite sure why we would express great surprise—

Public Health (1 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: I will give way again, very generously.

Public Health (1 Dec 2020)

William Wragg: Absolutely not. This has brought out the number of lunatics in the country, quite frankly. Non-essential retail is to reopen. Why on earth was it closed in the first place? A Secretary of State beamed at us from the pages of The Daily Telegraph yesterday to say, “Rejoice! You can go out and shop around the clock.” We express surprise that so many of our high street retailers are going...

Spending Review 2020 and OBR Forecast (25 Nov 2020)

William Wragg: As somebody who campaigns to protect green-belt land, I welcome my right hon. Friend’s additional investment in prioritising brownfield developments. His changes to the Green Book will also benefit the north-west in relation to infrastructure investment. Will he say more about what he can do to incentivise business growth in the north of England, which will bring jobs and, importantly, tax...

Covid-19: Winter Plan (23 Nov 2020)

William Wragg: Can my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister confirm that decisions over tiering will be based on local authority areas such as Stockport, rather than wider combined authority areas such as Greater Manchester?

Written Answers — Treasury: Exports: VAT (11 Nov 2020)

William Wragg: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the removal of the Extra Statutory Concession on VAT on goods supplied at duty-free and tax-free shops on the economy.

Committee on Standards (10 Nov 2020)

William Wragg: I just want to ask whether, if this is House business—which I think it is, absolutely—why, therefore, is the Labour Chief Whip’s name on the amendment?

Covid-19 (2 Nov 2020)

William Wragg: I understand that I am quickly building a reputation in this House for being somewhat grumpy and contrarian—[Hon. Members: “Building?”] Or indeed cementing the pinnacle of it. I can understand why those on the Front Bench may regard me as one of the characters from “The Muppet Show”; perhaps Statler and Waldorf—some cantankerous muppet perched high up in the gallery. My brief...

Covid-19 (2 Nov 2020)

William Wragg: My right hon. Friend lists the many commendable achievements of the national health service in the period since the first wave, but the main contention is that this policy is for ICU capacity issues. What specifically has been done over the summer to increase that capacity?

Covid-19 Update (2 Nov 2020)

William Wragg: As models of athleticism, the Prime Minister and I know of the benefits of regular gym-going—not only for physical health, but for mental wellbeing. Knowing that repetition is not a cardinal sin in this House, will he therefore reconsider the intention to close gyms, particularly given the great endeavours that they have made to make themselves covid secure?

Additional Covid-19 Restrictions: Fair Economic Support (21 Oct 2020)

William Wragg: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Makerfield (Yvonne Fovargue). I pass on my condolences to the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Angela Rayner), whose aunt sadly passed away in the hospital that serves my constituency. This is my first time participating in an Opposition day debate. I am told that they are good practice, akin to a sixth-form debating society, or else a means...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Medical Treatments: Coronavirus (21 Oct 2020)

William Wragg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the potential effectiveness of cotrimoxazole in the treatment of covid-19.

Covid-19 Update (20 Oct 2020)

William Wragg: I want to be fair to my right hon. Friend, who is motivated at all times by the best of intentions, but I gently say that those of us who have a contrary view to all of the Government’s policies are not in immediate tow with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, nor are we in tow with the Labour Opposition. I feel a deep sense of disappointment at this collective failure that we have seen today...

Covid-19 Update (19 Oct 2020)

William Wragg: Further to this consensual statement, we are all keen to be guided by the science, so what scientific behavioural assessment has been made of the effects of closing covid-secure venues on the likelihood of people meeting in one another’s homes instead, thus spreading the illness further? If my right hon. Friend has not got the information immediately to hand, perhaps he would care to write...

Covid-19 Update (15 Oct 2020)

William Wragg: I bring news from Greater Manchester, where the impossible has been achieved: all the Members of Parliament, the leaders of the councils and indeed the Mayor are surprisingly in agreement with one another; but the meeting that we had earlier today was entirely pointless. I might as well have been talking to the wall. When are we going to be properly consulted, and learn about measures...

Covid-19 Update (12 Oct 2020)

William Wragg: I fear that talk of closing hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and cafés misses the point, given the very limited transmission of covid within them. For example, this has averaged at just 2.4% in Stockport over the last four months. Is not the danger in closing them that people will meet in each other’s homes, where transmission is much higher, rather than in these covid-secure...

Planning and House Building (8 Oct 2020)

William Wragg: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Isle of Wight (Bob Seely), who gave a splendid exposition of the issue facing us today. Although she is no longer in her place, I also agree with the hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) in wishing that our planning Ministers stuck around for a bit longer than they have done during the past 10 years. I do not wish to sentence...

Public Health (6 Oct 2020)

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