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Below is the exchange I made in the Urgent Question raised about Oxfordshire child sex abuse. John Howell (Henley) (Con): I, too, pay tribute to the victims of these appalling crimes. Has the Secretary of State taken into account the fact that Operation Bullfinch, which brought the perpetrators to justice, has transformed the legal landscape in which cases can be heard? Have the good points...
On the evening of 26 February 2015 some 50 people attended a meeting to discuss aircraft noise over Henley at my invitation. In attendance to answer questions were Stuart Lindsey of the Civil Aviation Authority, Matt Gorman of Heathrow and Dan Edwards of NATS the air traffic controllers. In short presentations, each of them described the current pattern of airspace use around Henley and set out...
The total number of unemployed claimants (measured by those on Jobseeker's Allowance) in the Henley constituency in January 2015 was 278. This represents a rate of 0.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 647th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.) The number of claimants is 173 lower than in January...
For a number of years I was a Tax Inspector. This experience has given me a special insight into the issues raised by the HSBC affair and an in-depth knowledge of what has happened in this situation. It also gives me an insight into how HMRC have been successful in gaining back the money that it is owed but which has not been paid. I realise, of course, that the emails sent to me were based on...
I have welcomed new figures showing how families and businesses in the Henley constituency are benefitting from the Conservative's investment in superfast broadband. The figures show that thanks to this investment, 20,311 properties across the Henley constituency now have access to superfast broadband and by 2017 a total of 23,098 homes and businesses here will have access to superfast...
I am backing an appeal from Cancer Research UK to save the lives of more cancer patients, as news comes that one in two people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives. The new figure was announced on World Cancer Day (February 4) to highlight the urgent need to bolster public health and NHS cancer services so they can cope with a growing and ageing population and the...
The Henley constituency runs from near the edge of Bicester in the north to the edge of Reading in the south skirting Oxford to the east. It covers some 270 square miles and has around 74,000 voters. It includes some of the area covered by Cherwell District Council and some of the area covered by South Oxfordshire District Council. It is a largely rural constituency with only two major towns - Henley on Thames and Thame. The River Thames defines a large part of the boundary of the constituency.
The Boundary Commission proposals make few changes to the constituency removing no wards and adding three - two from the Banbury constituency and one from the Oxford West and Abingdon constituency.
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