Author Archives: Nick Oborn

Written Parliamentary Questions to the Treasury on the Loan Charge


Shortly before Christmas I wrote to the Treasury to raise a number of issues relating to the Loan Charge. I know this issue effects many of my constituents and over the last two years a number have contacted me about it, for which I am grateful. At the end of 2018 I led a Westminster Hall debate about the Loan Charge, where I object to retrospective legislation that undermines the rule of law. You can read more about the debate here. […]

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Written Parliamentary Questions to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


The week before the Christmas break, I submitted a number of Written Parliamentary Questions to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I was pleased yesterday to receive a response on the issues I raised, and you can read them in full below. I asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, what recent assessment has been made of the human rights situation effecting Uyghur Muslims in China, what effect the Indian Governments changes to its constitution is […]

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£263 million to help local authorities tackle homelessness


In 2018 the Homelessness Reduction Act came into force, representing the most ambitious reform to homelessness legislation in decades. The Act put new duties on local authorities to take reasonable steps to prevent or relieve a person’s homelessness. The Government has committed to eliminating rough sleeping in the term of this parliament. In December the Government announced the allocation of £263 million in funding to local authorities designed to support them to deliver services to tackle homelessness. I was pleased […]

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Investing in our NHS


I was pleased to receive a letter from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, outlining the Government’s determination to deliver on our manifesto commitment to the NHS. I know how important the NHS and Wycombe Hospital are to my constituents, and was delighted to have Matt visit Wycombe Hospital back in November to discuss investment in transformational digital technology and our estate. As part of the Queen’s Speech, the Government have set out their plans […]

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We must stamp out the corruption of elections in Wycombe


A number of constituents have been in touch with me following the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that legislation will be introduced to require voters to show photographic identification at polling stations in future elections. (The requirement does not apply to this election.)  Many say electoral corruption is not a widespread problem or that requiring voter ID is too draconian a measure.  I completely disagree.  Most law-abiding citizens in the Wycombe constituency would be shocked if they knew the extent of […]

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NHS Infrastructure and waiting times for GP appointments


I recently asked sent a number of Written Parliamentary Questions to the Department of Health and Social Care. I asked the Department what steps were being taken to build and renovate hospitals over the next ten years; and what steps were being taken to reduce GP waiting times in Wycombe. You can read the full answers below, but I was pleased that: Around £2.4 billion has been awarded since July 2017 to modernise and transform the NHS’s buildings and services. […]

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Written Parliamentary Question to the Treasury on a new global platform agreement for financial services.


I recently wrote to the Treasury to ask what steps they will take steps to establish a new global platform agreement for financial services. The Minister, John Glen MP, replied: The UK has extensive global financial services ties with both leading advanced markets and emerging markets. When we leave the EU, we will have new tools at our disposal, which we will take advantage of to enhance our key financial services relationships. These include the chance to forge deep bilateral […]

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Kashmir Update: Written Parliamentary Questions to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


I recently tabled a number of Written Parliamentary Questions to Ministers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Kashmir. You can read my questions and the FCO’s answers below. Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports of alleged human rights abuses in Indian-administered Kashmir; and if he will make a statement. Answer: Mrs Heather Wheeler:  ?We recognise that there are human rights concerns in […]

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The Prime Ministers Withdrawal Agreement


My remarks to the ERG on “Super Saturday”, backing the Prime Ministers deal, are correctly reported here by Brexit Central:  Below, you’ll find some of the most influential advice we received. Martin Howe QC: “So I can understand a political judgement that the revised deal is still a bad deal, but is tolerable as a price for the greater prize of the United Kingdom regaining our freedom after Brexit.” Barney Reynolds: “Boris Johnson has pulled a rabbit out of the […]

Defra update


After meeting with local farmers recently I asked the Government a number of questions about support for farmers and the environment. When I asked the Department for Food and Rural Affairs how they planned to support farmers in halting the spread of TB, the minister Robert Goodwill MP replied: “We are pursuing a wide range of interventions as part of the Government’s strategy to eradicate bovine TB in England by 2038, including strengthening cattle testing and movement controls, licensing badger […]