Week 23 May – 29 May
In a week when the EU referendum campaign moved into its final month, the Office for National Statistics reported that in the year to December 2015 net migration hit 330,000 – the second highest figure on record, and doubt was cast on Vote Leave’s assertion that it costs the UK £350 million a week to be a member of the EU, what did James Heappey do?
Speeches and written questions
James Heappey did not speak in Parliament on any days allotted to debating the Queen’s Speech and has not yet spoken in this parliamentary session.
James Heappey voted four times this week; once on 25 May and three times on 26 May.
On 25 May Mr Heappey voted once on proposals to amend an address due to be presented to Her Majesty thanking her for the Gracious Speech. He voted: against an Opposition motion to add an amendment that would express regret the Gracious Speech contained proposals to allow further increases to university tuition fees.
On 26 May the Wells MP voted three times on proposals to amend an address due to be presented to Her Majesty thanking her for the Gracious Speech. He voted: against an Opposition motion to add an amendment that would express regret the Gracious Speech fails to deliver for working people and protect public service; against an SNP motion to add an amendment that would express regret that the measures set out fail to meet the challenges facing the majority of people living in the nations and regions of the UK; and for an amendment that would express regret the Gracious Speech did not feature a Bill to protect the NHS from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Mr Heappey voted with the majority and way loyal to the government on all four votes.
Energy and Climate Change Committee
It was a busy week for the Committee who held two oral evidence sessions this week.
On 24 May the Committee held another evidence session relating to their inquiry into the delays to the development of Hinkley C. James Heappey asked a total of 22 questions to witnesses present at the session. At one point Mr Heappey asked Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of EDF Energy, whether Hinkley C will be operational by 2025. He asked “Can you confirm that Hinkley Point will be operational in 2025?” to which Mr de Rivaz replied “We understand fully the need for that to be the case.” After some back and forth between the two men Mr Heappey asked “because you are still working—there are 600 people employed on site and you are spending hundreds of millions of pounds still down there; that is very welcome down in Somerset—does that mean 2025 is still your date?” Mr de Rivaz responded “It is certainly the date we would like to be able to confirm at the moment of the Final Investment Decision.” Mr Heappey seemed content with the answer, saying “Okay. We will leave that there.”
On 25 May the Committee held an oral evidence session looking into the implications for UK energy and climate change policy of the EU referendum. Mr Heappey was present at the session but did not ask any questions.