James Heappey weekly: No.13
by Ben D-T
Week 13 June – 19 June
In a week when Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed to death outside her weekly constituency surgery, campaigning for the EU referendum was halted for several days following the MP’s death, and the US suffered its worst terrorist attack since 9/11 when 49 people were killed and 53 injured during a mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, what did James Heappey do?
Speeches and written questions
Mr Heappey spoke twice in Parliament this week, both times in a Westminster Hall debate on electric and low-emission vehicles.
James Heappey first thanked fellow Conservative MP Glyn Davies for securing the debate and asked if he agreed that “the great advantage of electric cars is that they present a fantastic opportunity within the grid, which may help us to achieve our decarbonisation targets.” Mr Glyn replied that if, as he expects, their use develops quickly they “will be a major contributor right across the board to our meeting our decarbonisation targets.”
Later in the debate Mr Heappey spoke again to ask Robert Goodwill, a Minister in the Department for Transport, whether he would comment on how the Department for Transport and the Treasury intend to “compensate for the loss of petrol pump tax revenues as a result of an increased uptake of electric cars.” The Minister replied that the question may best be put to the Chancellor but said “falling duty levels from petrol and diesel because we have embraced new technology would be a very good problem to have.” Mr Goodwill added “Dare I say it, but I am sure the Chancellor and future Chancellors will come up with other, more devious ways of collecting tax from everyday people.”
The MP for Wells voted five times this week, mainly on matters relating to the Policing and Crime Bill.
On 13 May Mr Heappey voted four times on the Policing and Crime Bill. He voted: against a proposed new clause, put forward by Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham following the Hillsborough inquest, that would introduce the principle of parity of funding between police forces and bereaved families and inquests; against a proposed new clause, also put forward by Andy Burnham, that would compel the Prime Minister to instigate an independent inquiry such as Leveson 2 into the relationships between the press and police and the extent to which that has operated in the public interest; against a proposed new clause, put forward by Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts, to devolve the responsibility of policing to the Welsh Assembly; and against a proposed new amendment, put forward by Labour MP Sarah Champion, that would set out the duty of English and Welsh police forces to report to the Home Secretary on the number of Child Abduction Warning Notices issued and for the Secretary of State to publish an annual report on the issue.
On 15 May James Heappey voted once on a deferred division from the last Parliamentary session. He voted: for a motion to approve the draft West Midlands Combined Authority Order 2016, first laid before the House on 28 April.
Energy and Climate Change Committee
The Committee did not carry out any oral evidence session this week.