Debates between Chris Heaton-Harris and John Bercow

There have been 7 exchanges between Chris Heaton-Harris and John Bercow

1 Thu 24th October 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Transport
5 interactions (202 words)
2 Mon 15th July 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Home Office
2 interactions (38 words)
3 Wed 20th March 2019 No-deal EU Exit Preparations
Department for Exiting the European Union
11 interactions (673 words)
4 Thu 28th February 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Exiting the European Union
5 interactions (183 words)
5 Thu 24th January 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Exiting the European Union
2 interactions (78 words)
6 Thu 6th December 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Exiting the European Union
5 interactions (346 words)
7 Thu 25th October 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Exiting the European Union
2 interactions (41 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and John Bercow
Thursday 24th October 2019

(11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Transport
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard

My hon. Friend has been campaigning on this issue, possibly since the day he was born; he is certainly in my ear about it all the time. Increasing frequency on local Great Western Railway trains is the best way in which to provide additional frequency and seats on the route, and this is likely to be provided as an extension of MetroWest additional services for Bristol to Yate, with the Department funding Yate to Gloucester. MetroWest proposals are under development by GWR as part of the next franchise, which will start in April 2020.

Mr Speaker Hansard

Transport without a brake would be like a car without a driver—Tom Brake.

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Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard
24 Oct 2019, 10:33 a.m.

It is always a pleasure to respond to the happy-go-lucky Member for Carshalton and Wallington, especially on the matter of Brexit because I was reading his website last night, on which he says,

“clearly this was a democratic vote and we must abide by this decision”

—something that he has forgotten, I believe. My Department is operationalising Yellowhammer, and I will happily write to the right hon. Gentleman with the details he requires.

Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard

Ah, let us call a Member who used to have responsibility for buses and various other forms of transport at different times—Mr Andrew Jones.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and John Bercow
Monday 15th July 2019

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Home Office
Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Jul 2019, 3:21 p.m.

We are running late, but I want to take the questions from the hon. Members for Daventry (Chris Heaton-Harris) and for Copeland (Trudy Harrison) on domestic abuse.

Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

13. What steps he is taking to tackle domestic abuse. [911929]

No-deal EU Exit Preparations

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and John Bercow
Wednesday 20th March 2019

(1 year, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard

It’s a UQ!

Mr Speaker Hansard
20 Mar 2019, 2:16 p.m.

Order. I do not wish to be unkind to the hon. Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton), for whom I have the highest regard, but this is an urgent question—stop the clock, please.

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Mr Speaker Hansard
20 Mar 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Well, the hon. Lady graced the Front Bench with considerable distinction and it is some time since she has sat on the Back Benches. It is entirely understandable that she did not know the procedure, but there is no scope for intervention when the Minister is delivering his mercifully brief oration.

Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard
20 Mar 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Thank you, Mr Speaker; I apologise to my hon. Friend.

The Government have undertaken significant action to prepare for a potential no-deal scenario. We have published 450 pieces of no-deal communications since October 2018, including information on reciprocal healthcare arrangements with the EU, on driving in the EU after exit, and even on how to take a pet abroad. We have contacted 150,000 businesses that trade with the EU to help them to get ready for no-deal customs procedures. We have held meetings, briefings and events with stakeholders across the economy, including around 300 engagements in the past month alone. We have responded to stakeholder feedback to make sure that communications are clear by updating approximately 1,300 pieces of gov.uk content based on their input.

More than 11,000 people are working on EU exit policy and programmes across the Government. We have launched a public information campaign, which includes information on gov.uk, to help citizens and businesses to prepare for leaving the European Union. TV adverts started today and radio, press and outdoor poster advertising are ongoing. Furthermore, the Treasury has provided £4.2 billion for EU exit preparations, including preparations for a no-deal scenario, and £480 million has been allocated to the Home Office to ensure that it is fully prepared.

Getting ready for this scenario depends on action not only from the Government, but from a range of third parties, including businesses, individual citizens and the European Union itself. Despite Government mitigation, the impact of a no-deal scenario is expected to be significant in a number of areas. Leaving the European Union with no deal is the legal default until Parliament passes a deal or agrees on an alternative. We are focused on achieving that, but until it has been achieved, we will continue to prepare for no deal and we advise businesses to do the same.

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Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard
20 Mar 2019, 2:29 p.m.

I should like to think that we are giving some reassurance through the vast array of publicly available information on how we are preparing for no deal, and, indeed, through the ongoing advertising campaign that I described in my statement. In my personal view, leaving without a deal is—I know that some Members do not like this word—suboptimal. The optimal way of leaving is with a deal that takes no deal off the table completely. However, we are as ready as we can be at this point, and the huge amount of information that is in the public domain should give his constituents and mine the reassurance that they deserve. [Interruption.]

Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard
20 Mar 2019, 2:35 p.m.

Order. I think that the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman) is concerned, but the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) is back in the Chamber. I do not think that I need to dwell on the matter. Suffice it to say that there can, in extremis, be a reason why someone has—very, very, very briefly—to leave the Chamber. When the call of nature sounds, that person cannot pretend to be deaf. I do not say that in a pejorative spirit; I simply mean that one cannot pretend not to be aware of the immediate requirement.

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Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard

Yes.

Mr Speaker Hansard
20 Mar 2019, 2:39 p.m.

The hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman) seems gravely perturbed that the fact that he is seated behind the hon. Member for Chesterfield (Toby Perkins) might disadvantage him. What I say to the hon. Member for Huddersfield is that I can almost always see him, and even if I can’t see him I can absolutely certainly hear him, so he has nothing to worry about at all. Mr Barry Sheerman.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and John Bercow
Thursday 28th February 2019

(1 year, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Feb 2019, 9:59 a.m.

And at the same time, business investment in the UK stood at almost £47 billion in quarter 3 of 2018, which is an increase of 30% on quarter 1 of 2010. The World Bank considers the UK to be one of the best and easiest countries in the world in which to do business, with it ranking ninth out of 190. Last month, London retained its position as the top tech investment destination in Europe. I could go on and on and on.

Mr Speaker Hansard
28 Feb 2019, 10:05 a.m.

Ah yes, star quality personified—Mr Barry Sheerman.

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Mr Speaker Hansard
28 Feb 2019, 10:06 a.m.

The hon. Gentleman is really enjoying himself today.

Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard

I should have what he had for breakfast more often, Mr Speaker. Unlike the hon. Gentleman, however, I am pretty aware of what my constituents voted for back in June 2016. I am pretty sure they wanted to leave the European Union. I am pretty sure they are pleased with the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund saying that it is going to invest billions of pounds in our country going forward. He should be positive about the future of the country and not such an Eeyore.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and John Bercow
Thursday 24th January 2019

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Chris Heaton-Harris) - Parliament Live - Hansard
24 Jan 2019, 10:35 a.m.

I honestly cannot give my hon. Friend the exact answer, so I will happily write to him about that. Arrangements will be needed for paying various taxes and tariffs in the event that we leave without a deal, and they are in progress.

Mr Speaker Hansard
24 Jan 2019, 10:35 a.m.

The hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) is in danger of rivalling the right hon. Member for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne), but they both believe in healthy competition, after all.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and John Bercow
Thursday 6th December 2018

(1 year, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard

The very simple answer is yes, Ministers have been meeting with councils up and down the country. There are four Ministers within my Department and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government who also do that. I suppose it is an interesting balance, when trying to get a deal with some of our best friends, whether to float above the surface the extent of the no deal planning we might be doing, but a responsible Government plans for everything.

Mr Speaker Hansard
6 Dec 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Very briefly—a sentence—Christine Jardine.

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Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Chris Heaton-Harris) - Parliament Live - Hansard
6 Dec 2018, 10:29 a.m.

I thank my hon. Friend and parliamentary neighbour for his question. I know how hard he works in his constituency, and he always puts me to shame with the amount of work he does for his constituents.

I remind my hon. Friend of the answers he has heard on this so far, before giving him some extra bits. We already have over 300 plans that we are delivering to ensure that, should we be in a no deal scenario, it goes smoothly. We have plans for our border, and he will have heard about the amount of legislation, primary and secondary, that is going through the House, and I have some specific examples.

On 2 November. Canada signed a nuclear co-operation agreement with the UK. Later in November, the Competition and Markets Authority started its recruitment campaign to hire staff to fulfil the obligations of its new state aid role. We have begun a pet travel awareness campaign to advise pet owners of the actions they would need to take to be able to travel to the EU with their pets from March 2019. The Home Office has recruited 300 people to its readiness taskforce, and it was on track to be deployed in November. I could go on.

Mr Speaker Hansard

Can I very gently say to Ministers that they appear today to be adopting what I can only describe as an Oxford high table approach to political debate? That no doubt has its own merits, but we are subject to the constraint of time, and therefore I would urge a degree of pithiness of exchange.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and John Bercow
Thursday 25th October 2018

(1 year, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Parliament Live - Hansard

The hon. Gentleman can come back through the UK lane.

Mr Speaker Hansard
25 Oct 2018, 10:32 a.m.

I hope that the hon. Member for Glasgow North (Patrick Grady) is now clear about his domestic arrangements for the future. No doubt we will get an update in due course.