Superfast Broadband: Rural Communities — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (21 Feb 2017)
Simon Hart: The hon. Gentleman makes 10 megabits sound like a dream that we aspire to, but given the rapid change in usage, will we be back here in five years having an argument about it? The Government will have fulfilled their obligations and ticked the box but will not actually have cured any of the problems we face.

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming (24 Jan 2017)
Simon Hart: I come from a wet area of west Wales. Our dairy cows are largely indoors for half the year anyway, and they flourish and are sustained to a high welfare standard. I am not quite sure how my right hon. Friend’s proposal would work for the wet winter months when cattle are actually healthier if they are kept indoors.

S4C (18 Jan 2017)
Simon Hart: I thank the Minister for his kind comments, but in his letter to me on 14 December he said: “this year the Government gave over £6 million and we will be giving over £6 million next year.” Can he be a bit more precise? That could mean £6.9 million in 2016 and £6.1 million in 2017. If he could tighten that up, we would be much relieved.

S4C (18 Jan 2017)
Simon Hart: Or the same.

S4C (18 Jan 2017)
Simon Hart: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Government could immediately grant S4C borrowing powers, which it has asked for and which would not have a detrimental effect on budgets? None of us can see any reason why that should be rejected. Perhaps the Minister will respond to that during the debate.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance (20 Dec 2016)
Simon Hart: To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff have been (a) recruited and (b) redeployed to work on the Palace of Westminster restoration and renewal programme; and in what salary bands (i) those recruited and (ii) those redeployed are employed.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tobacco: Taxation (21 Nov 2016)
Simon Hart: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish draft legislation on introducing a minimum tobacco tax to tackle the growth of cheaper cigarettes and protect revenues.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Civil Servants: Pensions (4 Nov 2016)
Simon Hart: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Wales Office and (b) Welsh Government on the devolution of income tax powers and the effect of such devolution on people receiving overseas civil service pensions who are currently exempt from double taxation.

Social Media and Young People's Mental Health (2 Nov 2016)
Simon Hart: Does my hon. Friend agree that part of the problem is the anonymity that some of these platforms provide? As our colleague, the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Stuart Blair Donaldson), just pointed out, children cannot escape from this kind of bullying, but neither can they necessarily identify the perpetrator. Does my hon. Friend believe, as I do, that the platforms need...

Driven Grouse Shooting — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (31 Oct 2016)
Simon Hart: The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report into flooding will be published the day after tomorrow. I obviously cannot comment on its conclusions because they are embargoed. Would the hon. Lady at least agree to read that cross-party report in full and consider any future comments on grouse shooting in the context of what she discovers in it?


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