Debates between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom

There have been 13 exchanges between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom

1 Thu 16th May 2019 Business of the House 3 interactions (186 words)
2 Thu 25th April 2019 Business of the House
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3 interactions (212 words)
3 Thu 4th April 2019 Business of the House
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3 interactions (265 words)
4 Thu 21st March 2019 Business of the House
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2 interactions (125 words)
5 Thu 7th February 2019 Business of the House
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3 interactions (166 words)
6 Thu 25th October 2018 Business of the House
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3 interactions (175 words)
7 Thu 6th September 2018 Business of the House
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3 interactions (218 words)
8 Thu 5th July 2018 Business of the House
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3 interactions (227 words)
9 Thu 7th June 2018 Business of the House
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2 interactions (48 words)
10 Thu 19th April 2018 Business of the House
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3 interactions (158 words)
11 Thu 29th March 2018 Business of the House
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3 interactions (150 words)
12 Thu 30th November 2017 Business of the House
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3 interactions (216 words)
13 Thu 26th October 2017 Business of the House
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3 interactions (207 words)

Business of the House
Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 16th May 2019

(9 months, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 May 2019, 12:11 p.m.

I certainly join the hon. Lady in congratulating Dianne and all those who take part in the walking bus. As she says, it is a fantastic way for children to get exercise, to be community spirited, to see the world around them and, of course, it saves on environmental pollution. It is a profound good.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 May 2019, 12:11 p.m.

May I gently remind the Leader of the House that, some time ago, she promised a debate on the work of the Council of Europe? Having looked at the latest list, however, it does not appear to be there. I wonder whether she would give the request urgent consideration because it is important that its work is made known, particularly to Ministers.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

I agree with my hon. Friend that we should have a debate about the Council of Europe. When we leave the European Union, it will become an even more important forum, enabling us to share in some of the activities and initiatives that are taking place around Europe in areas of common interest. I will take the request away and look again at when we can provide the time.

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Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 25th April 2019

(10 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Apr 2019, 11:35 a.m.

I also wish the hon. Gentleman every success in running the London marathon. I think 16 Members are tackling it, so good luck to all of them. Perhaps they could carry me and I could join in. I certainly could not run it, but I wish them great success.

The hon. Gentleman raises an incredibly important point about antisocial behaviour and the appalling impact it has on communities. I encourage him to seek an Adjournment debate so that he can discuss what more can be done to address the concerns in his community directly with Ministers.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Apr 2019, 12:57 p.m.

Neighbourhood plans have been around for a long time—indeed, since I helped to invent them in 2011—so may we have a debate to discuss what they have been able to achieve for communities?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Apr 2019, 12:57 p.m.

I am glad my hon. Friend reminds us that he was instrumental in writing those local plans. In my constituency, local people have very much welcomed the opportunity to determine what happens, and where and how new development takes place. That is crucial if we are to meet our ambition of ensuring that everybody has a safe and secure home of their own. I encourage him to seek a Backbench Business Committee debate so that all hon. Members can share their views and experiences.

Business of the House
Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 4th April 2019

(10 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

What goes on in Cabinet would not be a great TV show—too often, what gets reported is not correct. It either has to be a documentary or it is a fabrication. Sometimes I sit in Cabinet and hear one thing and read about it in the newspapers but it is not the same at all—it is someone’s interpretation.

The hon. Gentleman makes a serious point about how Cabinet commentary gets out into the press. There are interpretations on all manner of meetings that take place. What that really says to me, and what I always urge young people to understand when I go to universities and schools to talk to them about democracy, is that people should not believe everything they read—it is definitely not always true. People need to go to the source.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

I recently launched a new Saturday bus service in Henley. May we have a debate on buses to show how smaller, more local buses can help?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

Congratulations to my hon. Friend—a number of hon. Members would love to do the same in their areas. He will be aware that the bus market outside London is deregulated and that decisions about service provision are primarily a commercial matter for bus operators. Individual English local authorities will make decisions on whether to subsidise bus services. The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools that local authorities need to improve local bus services and increase passenger numbers, but I am sure I am not alone in this place in thinking that we need to do more to provide better bus transportation for all our communities.

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Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 21st March 2019

(11 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Mar 2019, 11:49 a.m.

I would like to introduce you to another anniversary, Mr Speaker, but it is not a particularly pleasant one: this is the fifth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Will my right hon. Friend allow us a debate so that we can consider this issue and also continue our condemnation of Russia for its annexation of that part of Ukraine?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Mar 2019, 11:50 a.m.

My hon. Friend raises a serious issue, and I know that the House and the Government have condemned the annexation of Crimea. It hardly seems possible that five years have already gone by since those terrible events. I encourage him to seek an Adjournment debate or a Back-Bench debate so that all hon. Members can express their support for resolution of this annexation.

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Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 7th February 2019

(1 year ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
7 Feb 2019, 12:09 p.m.

The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to raise that question. I am assured that the House staff—those who provide us with a range of support in this place, from Clerk advice and digital support to support in the Tea Rooms, cleaning and so on—are almost all unaffected. If they have holidays booked or childcare or other arrangements they need to make, they will be able to continue to fulfil their responsibilities, so I am reassured by the House authorities that it will not impact significantly on the day-to-day work of those who support us.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

At the recent Council of Europe meeting, we heard details of how sharia law courts are being used in the UK to dispense alternative dispute resolutions, which particularly disadvantage women. Can we have a debate on that to determine how to deal with it without driving them underground?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

That sounds very concerning. I encourage my hon. Friend to seek an Adjournment debate so that he can raise the issue directly with Ministers.

Business of the House
Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 25th October 2018

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Oct 2018, 9:30 a.m.

May I join the hon. Lady in paying tribute to her constituent on reaching the age of 99, as well as the work she did as one of the canary girls? It is the most amazing story of self-sacrifice and contribution to keeping our nation safe. There is a debate a week on Tuesday—not on the canary girls, but on the Armistice centenary—so the hon. Lady might choose that opportunity to raise this issue more fully, but there will certainly be other chances to pay tribute to all those who gave such great service to our country.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Hansard
25 Oct 2018, 9:30 a.m.

We have recently returned from a very important—if not tumultuous—meeting of the Council of Europe. Is not it time that we had a debate on the activities and future of the Council of Europe?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Oct 2018, 9:30 a.m.

My hon. Friend has raised this issue with me previously and I am sympathetic to the idea. We have a lot of discussions about Europe at the moment, but I am keen to consider this matter and to give it time when we can.

Business of the House
Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 6th September 2018

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
6 Sep 2018, 11:09 a.m.

On the hon. Gentleman’s first point, of course I would be delighted to meet with colleagues who are concerned. The House authorities have put in place very good measures, and the Chairman of Ways and Means is keen to speak to any Member who is concerned for their own safety. I encourage all colleagues to take up the offer of personal security and also additional security measures for their staff both in the constituency and here in Parliament. It is a very serious issue.

On the second point, we have had a number of debates over the years on PFI and the impact on public services, and a further debate would be valuable, so I will take that suggestion away and look at it.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
6 Sep 2018, 11:09 a.m.

May we have a debate on the new data showing that service sector activity reached a three-month high in May?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

We should all celebrate the excellent economic news that we have had recently, in particular the rise in employment and reduction in unemployment, and the growth in our economy and certainly in our services sector. My hon. Friend will be aware that there will be many opportunities to discuss our economy during the Budget debate later this year, but he might like to seek an Adjournment or Westminster Hall debate to discuss service sector productivity.

Business of the House
Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 5th July 2018

(1 year, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Jul 2018, noon

The hon. Lady raises a really important issue, and I am pleased to tell the House that I was at a Youth Democracy Week event only this week where a young man raised exactly the same point. He asked why, when young men are being offered free condoms, young women cannot be offered free sanitary protection. I told him I completely agreed with him, and said that this would be exactly the sort of campaign that young people such as himself could use to raise the profile of this issue. The hon. Lady is also absolutely right to raise this, and I would be delighted to see her seek an Adjournment debate or indeed a Backbench Business debate so that this subject can be discussed more fully.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Hansard
5 Jul 2018, noon

May we please have a debate on what is being done to support our high streets? They represent an important part of our towns, and it would be useful to have a debate on this matter.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Jul 2018, noon

My hon. Friend might have seen the Grimsey report, which promotes the idea of local leadership on the high street. He is right to say that high streets are vital to thriving communities, and as people change the way in which they shop, it is important that we do more at local level to ensure that we keep the heart of our communities going.

Business of the House
Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 7th June 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
7 Jun 2018, 12:06 p.m.

May we have debate on the importance of school breakfast clubs and ensuring that all children have a healthy start to the day?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
7 Jun 2018, 12:06 p.m.

I am very sympathetic to my hon. Friend’s request. It is an important subject, and I encourage him to seek at least an Adjournment debate.

Business of the House
Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 19th April 2018

(1 year, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
19 Apr 2018, 11:23 a.m.

We are all very proud of our shipbuilding sector, which is in a good position and has had some huge successes with our new shipbuilding programme. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will welcome the Government’s commitment to provide not just a decent, home-grown future plan for new ships, but to seek to win orders from overseas as well. If he wants to seek a specific debate on shipbuilding, I recommend that he asks for an Adjournment debate so that he can raise the issue directly with Ministers.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

Can we have a debate on the work of the Council of Europe, hopefully on an annual basis? As we leave the EU, it becomes the most important organisation in Europe of which we are still a member, and yesterday there was cross-party agreement to such a debate.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
19 Apr 2018, 11:23 a.m.

My hon. Friend makes a really interesting suggestion, and I am certainly happy to take it away and look at it.

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Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 29th March 2018

(1 year, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
29 Mar 2018, 11:38 a.m.

I share the hon. Gentleman’s grave concern about anti-Semitism, and in recent weeks we have seen some appalling examples of anti-Semitic behaviour, which is utterly unacceptable. I will take away his request, but he will appreciate that there are lots of competing demands on time in this Chamber.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
29 Mar 2018, 11:38 a.m.

In view of research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that highlights how home ownership has declined over the past 20 years, may we have a debate on what the Government are doing to help people on to the housing ladder?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
29 Mar 2018, 11:39 a.m.

My hon. Friend’s point is incredibly important to this Government, and we are fully committed to tackling that issue. There were 365,000 new first-time buyers in the UK last year, which is the highest number since 2006. There is a lot more to do, and we are committed both to tackling supply problems and to helping people on the demand side.

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Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 30th November 2017

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard

The right hon. Gentleman might wish to raise that specific question in DCLG oral questions on 4 December. As he will know, however, the subject of shale gas exploration has received a huge amount of attention in this place and the regulations are very strong. It is right that the UK economy takes the opportunity to benefit from the transition from high carbon emitting coal, through lower carbon emitting gas, to the renewables future we all want to see.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Hansard
30 Nov 2017, 11:54 a.m.

May we have a debate on a weed called floating pennywort? It is a strong contender for the worst aquatic weed in the UK and it is affecting large stretches of the Thames, including around Henley. A debate would allow us to sort out how to deal with it.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Hansard
30 Nov 2017, 11:55 a.m.

I agree with my hon. Friend that floating pennywort is a highly invasive non-native species that has a significant environmental impact. The Environment Agency has removed thousands of tonnes of this plant as part of a co-ordinated programme of removal and spraying to control its growth. My hon. Friend will be pleased to know that the EA redoubled its efforts to remove floating pennywort from the Thames and its tributaries throughout October and November and is putting in place a spraying, removal and monitoring programme from spring 2018.

Business of the House
Debate between John Howell and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 26th October 2017

(2 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Oct 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Mr Speaker, do you understand the concept? Perhaps the hon. Gentleman misspoke.

This is an urgent matter for Parliament to resolve. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that, since I became Leader of the House, the House of Commons Commission, chaired by Mr Speaker, has let some contracts to ensure that urgent repairs to the House are carried out and to ensure that we have a safe space in which to work while the decision is taken. As I have already made clear, we have to ensure value for taxpayers’ money. The Joint Committee made a recommendation without being in a position to pin down the entire costs of its proposed option. It is essential that that work is done, and it will be done as quickly as possible.

John Howell Portrait John Howell (Henley) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Oct 2017, 11:57 a.m.

Can we have a debate on the Puma HC2 helicopter? The aircraft can be deployed on contingency operations quickly and versatilely, and it often provides assistance and badly needed capabilities to those in desperate need.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Oct 2017, 11:57 a.m.

RAF Benson, in my hon. Friend’s constituency, does a huge amount of work to promote Government priorities, including providing support to those suffering from the hurricanes in recent months. I encourage him to seek a way to have a debate on this important subject.