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Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (21 August 2014)

Kenneth Gibson: ...overtake the North Sea as the UK’s biggest oil-producing region.” Only the no campaign would try to persuade Scotland that oil is a burden and that nuclear weapons, which, as Michael Heseltine admitted last week, have hindered exploration and exploitation of fossil fuels in the west, are an asset. Why do we have some of the highest levels of child poverty in the western world?...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [HL]: Report (29 July 2014)

The Bishop of Sheffield: ...own credit union—the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union. The Armed Forces, like the clergy and other groups, need a source of affordable credit for short and long-term needs. As a society we have duty of support and care to our Armed Forces. Recent research in a number of strands shows clearly that the ability to obtain credit at reasonable rates of interest is a vital element in...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Cost of Living (17 July 2014)

Dan Rogerson: ...and deepest recession since the war. We have taken action to elevate the impact on households. For example, rural households spend a large proportion of their income on travel. We have reduced fuel duty meaning pump prices are 13p per litre lower than they would have been under Labour’s plans. This means it is 7 cheaper for motorists every time they fill their tank.

Bill Presented — Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (16 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Robin Walker: ...are already helping to achieve that admirable aim by backing small businesses through scrapping the jobs tax, extending small business rate relief, introducing the employment allowance, cutting fuel duty and reducing the rate of corporation tax for small businesses, which, under the previous Government, was higher than the rate paid by some large corporations. That is why employment has...

Young Asylum Seekers (15 July 2014)

Jim Sheridan: ...forced to live well below the poverty line, because of the Government’s freezing of asylum support. We in the UK should be proud of our commitment to supporting legitimate refugees. We owe them a duty of care and a life of dignity, yet families that have fled from war or persecution are plunged into poverty when they reach the UK, a place they thought would be safe. The Home...

Written Answers — Treasury: Standard of Living (15 July 2014)

Nicky Morgan: ...has taken continued action to help hardworking families, including raising the personal allowance, which will take over 3.2 million individuals out of income tax altogether by 2015-16, as well as freezing fuel duty, council tax and reducing household energy bills. The best way to improve people's living standards is to boost productivity and jobs, and the labour market has continued to...

Bill Presented: Childcare Payments Bill (14 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Chloe Smith: ...is a slowdown in essential item inflation, particularly food, clothes and mortgage interest payments—another sign of a sounder economy. Petrol costs fell again, which eased the pressure on household finances—indeed, under this Government, fuel duty is now more than 13p a litre lower than it would have been without our action, so that the average family saves 7 every time...

Business of the House (10 July 2014)

Andrew Lansley: ...of economic value by Labour, which took 3,000 per household out of the value of the economy. We are cutting tax for over 26 million people, taking 3 million people out of income tax altogether, freezing fuel duty for the rest of this Parliament, helping local authorities to freeze council tax, delivering an average 50 reduction in energy bills, cutting 50 from some of the...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Housing Supply (9 July 2014)

Caroline Lucas: ...163;1 billion of Government grant spend, could be sufficient to get us building enough homes if it was combined with a package of reform. That would certainly be a good start. Serious consideration should be given to channelling some of the huge windfall increase in stamp duty revenues predicted by the Office for Budget Responsibility into building new council homes. That would be one way...

Deregulation Bill: Second Reading (7 July 2014)

Baroness Andrews: ..., many departments did bring things forward, so amid the many useful things in the Bill—the Select Committee commended the Bill in many respects—we have a real mishmash of odd initiatives, ranging from fire, fuel and farriers to the defence of the grey squirrel and much else, as we have already seen. As the noble Lord, Lord Naseby, very eloquently put it, the Bill has proved an...

Bills Presented — Affordable Homes Bill: Schedule 33 — Companies owned by employee-ownership trusts (2 July 2014)

Brooks Newmark: ...have cut national insurance contributions for under-21-year-olds, saving businesses 500 per young person they employ. Eighthly, we have introduced the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. Ninthly, we have frozen fuel duty, making it cheaper for people to go back and forth to work. Finally, we have improved the research and development relief for businesses. We have done a...

Bills Presented — Affordable Homes Bill: New Clause 1 — Oil contractor activities: ring-fence trade etc (2 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Catherine McKinnell: ...the rate set by the last Labour Government, to 32%—a 12% increase. He argued that any tax increase was in the interests of fairness and cited rising oil prices, but in reality the Chancellor needed to raise revenue to pay for the delays in planned fuel duty rises, and scrapping the fuel duty escalator. In the autumn statement last year, the Chancellor announced major changes to the...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (30 June 2014)

Lord Low of Dalston: ...if only low rates of collection can be expected? One of the problems is that courts do not have nuanced systems for determining ability to pay, as the magistrates’ courts’ means-assessment form misses out a lot of priority and non-priority debt such as fuel bills and rent arrears. Clause 44 suggests that the Government’s solution to the enforcement gap is greater...

Written Answers — Treasury: Diesel Fuel: Excise Duties (30 June 2014)

Andrew Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in tax accrued to the Exchequer in fuel duty on diesel in 2013; and what quantity of diesel this figure represents.

Business of the House (26 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Andrew Bridgen: ...by the Ministry of Justice to curtail organised whiplash fraud. May we have a debate on measures that the Government have introduced to help consumers and taxpayers—measures such as freezing fuel duties, raising the personal tax-free allowance, scrapping green taxes and enabling local authorities, such as mine in North West Leicestershire, to freeze council tax for a fifth...

Written Answers — Transport: Large Goods Vehicles (25 June 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Stephen Phillips: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking with his European counterparts to encourage the reduction of fuel consumption by heavy-duty vehicles across the EU.

Wales Bill: New Clause 2 — Infrastructure guarantees in Wales (24 June 2014)

Jonathan Edwards: ...in County Antrim; two gas-fired power plants in Lincolnshire and Essex; mixed-use development of homes, offices and shops in Aberdeen; a wind farm on the Forth estuary; a renewable energy port facility in north Lincolnshire; a low-carbon fuel plant for commercial vehicles; development of the university of Roehampton campus in Surrey; a wood-fired generation plant in Tilbury in Essex;...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Business Taxes (24 June 2014)

George Osborne: .... To come to the point, the Treasury and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are now providing more dynamic modelling of the effect of tax cuts on investment and growth, and cuts in corporation tax and fuel duty are shown to have positive impacts on the economy.

Written Answers — Treasury: Fuel Duty (24 June 2014)

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of freezing fuel duty on the price of petrol.

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation (24 June 2014)

David Gauke: ...which is why we have taken continued action to help ease the burden on hard working families. Measures have included raising the personal allowance to 10,500, abolishing the previous Government's fuel duty escalator, and introducing a further two years of council tax freeze funding in 2014-15 and 2015-16 for local authorities which choose to freeze council tax.

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