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Zero-Hours Contracts (27 May 2015)

Richard Bacon: ...and reward. If you turn down a shift, hours you were depending on can be taken and given to others, sometimes with only hours’ notice. I have seen how many use this as a way to simply force out staff who may have complained about quality of care. Is this acceptable? ‘Duty of Care’ means that we have to raise concerns, yet many are too scared of the implications...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Fuel Laundering (18 May 2015)

David Ford: I am always encouraged when Members want to highlight the benefits of the NCA. Of course, on the specific issue of non-devolved crime, which includes evasion of excise duty, there is no additional benefit, although we are aware that gangs that launder fuel are also engaged in other varieties of crime, some of which is a devolved matter. Therefore, I have no doubt that, when the NCA becomes...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Fuel Laundering (20 April 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Alastair Ross: ...today being wrong, it follows that those involved in terrorism in the past were also wrong. I am quite sure that that point will not be lost on the public. Mr Beggs made the point about the dangers of fuel laundering to public health. He talked about the toxins that are released into the countryside and the water supply. He appealed for those with information to bring it forward....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Fuel Laundering (20 April 2015)

Jonathan Bell: I beg to move That this Assembly expresses its concern at the continuing high levels of fuel laundering, the organised criminal activity surrounding it and the evident lack of criminal prosecutions; notes the environmental damage caused to the countryside; recognises the financial losses suffered by Her Majesty's Treasury and legitimate fuel operators and the consequential serious...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Enabling Success: Supporting the Transition from Economic Inactivity to Employment (20 April 2015)

Stephen Farry: ...of a strategy to underpin these efforts is an unprecedented action by the Executive, and I cannot overemphasise that there is no quick-fix solution. Efforts to address the multitude of complex factors and barriers that fuel the high rate of economic inactivity in Northern Ireland must be not only innovative but incrementally progressive to ensure that sustainable results are achieved. We...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: European Scrutiny Priorities 2015 (13 April 2015)

Anna Lo: ...that were carried out under the REFIT programme. REFIT will carry out an evaluation of existing legislation, covering a number of areas, which include a reduction of CO2 emissions from light duty vehicles; fuel quality; drinking water; environmental noise; and the birds and habitats directives. The Committee will monitor the Department's input to those evaluations, particularly in...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing and Planning Delivery (26 March 2015)

Eric Pickles: ...in their service. The policy has helped to significantly improve performance, with latest figures showing that 77 per cent of applications for major development are being processed on time. Alongside this, we have published new data on local planning authorities’ performance in meeting their statutory duty to process smaller planning applications within 8 weeks. We have...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Holmes of Richmond: ...have heard, the overall increase in personal allowances by 4,500 is a benefit to many people of 900 in their pockets. Four million people have been taken out of paying basic rate tax completely. The measures on beer duty can be laughed at, but this is the third year running in which it has been reduced. That has a positive impact. The increase in fuel duty planned for this...

Bill Presented: Clause 6 — Charge for financial year 2016 (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

David Gauke: ...1,080 under this Government when compared with the original proposals. We have published terms of reference for a wide-ranging ambitious review of Budget business rates to report back to the Government. That is, of course, on top of what we have done on fuel duty, which helps small businesses, and the employment allowance, which does the same. In conclusion, cutting corporation tax...

Bill Presented: Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities (25 March 2015)

David Gauke: ...this afternoon. On living standards, this Government have taken many steps to help with living standards in difficult circumstances, such as the increase in the personal allowance, the freezing of fuel duty and the freezing of council tax. With reference to the impact on small businesses, this Government have a proud record of helping small businesses in the current difficult...

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Alok Sharma: My hon. Friend talks about the policies that are being put in place by the Government to help businesses. Does he share my view that the freezing of fuel duty has helped not just businesses but individuals, and can he tell us how much of a saving businesses and individuals make every time they fill up their vehicle?

Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March): Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993 (24 March 2015)

David Gauke: ...tax in the G20 from April 2015. Budget 2015 sets out a significant package of measures for a truly national recovery by investing in infrastructure, housing, and science and innovation across the whole of the UK, and building a northern powerhouse. Fuel duty will be frozen for another year. The Government will substantially reduce oil and gas taxes to improve competitiveness in the North...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Policing: Upper Bann (24 March 2015)

Jo-Anne Dobson: ...armoured cars, we could have the farce of officers responding from Lurgan and travelling in armoured vehicles and possibly arriving in Banbridge to get into their standard response vehicles to go out on duty and then return to Lurgan in their armoured cars. Their plans could increase costs rather than decrease them. When you think of the cost that is incurred in moving officers in a...

Amendment of the Law (23 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Nicholas Soames: ...a result of this Budget, with 27 million people having their taxes cut and another 4 million people on low wages being taken out of the income tax system altogether—and so they should be. Also, the freezing of fuel duty has made an enormous difference to people’s disposable income. All these steps are most welcome in the south-east of England and particularly in my...

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (20 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Jim Fitzpatrick: ...not only families but the economy. I intervened earlier on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to ask him about the Institute for Fiscal Studies report on migrant labour fuelling the economy, which was reported on in yesterday’s Independent and today’s Guardian. We do not seem to have acknowledged the contribution of migrants to the economy and how they...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing Update (20 March 2015)

Brandon Lewis: ...1989 to bring that stock into the Housing Revenue Account. However, the requirement to account for stock in the Housing Revenue Account does not include accommodation being used to prevent homelessness or end a homelessness duty in the private rented sector, or for use as temporary accommodation. Temporary accommodation, including for homelessness purposes, would not normally be held...

Amendment of the Law (19 March 2015) See 7 other results from this debate

Andrea Leadsom: ...average household is 900 better off. My right hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mark Simmonds) welcomed the fall in unemployment, the many who have been taken out of tax, and the fuel duty freeze, which has been great for his constituents. My hon. Friend the Member for Dudley South (Chris Kelly) spoke about the fact that Dudley is full of hard-working people, and said...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 March 2015)

Anne McIntosh: ...the Budget and congratulate the Government on focusing on reducing national debt, which seems to have taken the wind out of Opposition sails. I thank the Chief Secretary for agreeing to a rural fuel duty discount for Hawes. Regrettably that is not in Thirsk, Malton and Filey, but I am sure my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) will be very pleased. Will the Chief...

Affordable Childcare (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (18 March 2015)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: ...the report to drill down a little more into why the costs of childcare have risen more than inflation. We need to understand and fix the funding delivery mechanism, so that any future childcare subsidies do not simply fuel additional costs in the sector. As we heard, the report identified that the private, voluntary and independent sectors are running the free early years places at a loss....

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Brooks Newmark: ...people. It is also good news that the employment allowance is saving about 2,000 per business, because it encourages small businesses in particular, which live on the margin, to perhaps take on an extra one or two people. The freezing of fuel duty has also benefited almost all our taxpayers: my constituents save about 10 every time they fill up their cars. Energy costs coming...

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