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Bank Branch Closures (30 Jun 2016)

John Martin McDonnell: ...convenient—but that the closures are restricting access to banking facilities for individuals and communities. He emphasised that, as the Reuters report states, these closures are hitting hard in low-income areas, and that the cutting is going too fast and too far. I agree with him, and I welcome his creative proposal for local banking hubs. He has thrown down the gauntlet for a...

Hearing Loss: Action Plan and Commissioning Framework — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (30 Jun 2016)

Diane Abbott: ...the stigma related to hearing loss is important. I think that sense of stigma is the reason for people waiting so long before they get the help they need. Designing public services and public spaces to support good communication is also important. Here, and certainly in the Chamber of the House of Commons, the design is good and hearing loss need not stop any Member following what is going...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: EIS, SEIS and VCTs: exclusion of energy generation (30 Jun 2016)

David Gauke: ...In recent years, there has been a significant increase in tax-advantaged investment in energy-generation companies. Such activities are generally lower risk, with predictable, reliable and regular income streams. The Government have previously made changes to exclude from the schemes those companies that have benefited from guaranteed income streams for the generation of energy. However,...

(30 Jun 2016)

George Freeman: I congratulate the Backbench Business Committee on picking this debate. I did not get here by rebelling against the Government often, but I am proud that one of my early rebellions was in support of that Committee. It has done us a service by bringing this debate to the House. Strong views have been expressed from all parties, except UKIP, which does not seem to have a view on this, and the...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Rates of tax on dividend income, and abolition of dividend tax credits etc (30 Jun 2016)

David Gauke: ...are unincorporated. It is not obvious that that should happen. The other point, of course, is that we continue to be engaged with organisations such as the FSB, and the Government have done a lot to support microbusinesses. However, one behavioural effect in the light of what has happened with corporation tax reductions, which I strongly defend, is that people who otherwise would not...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Savings allowance, and savings nil rate etc (30 Jun 2016)

David Gauke: Clause 4 will introduce a personal savings allowance that means basic rate taxpayers can receive up to 1,000 of interest or other savings income without any tax being due. Higher rate taxpayers can receive up to 500. Because the vast majority of taxpayers will have no tax to pay on any of their savings income, clause 39 will remove the requirement for banks and building societies...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Basic rate limit for 2017-18 (30 Jun 2016)

David Gauke: ...were always valuable and welcomed by the Committee. No flies on him; that is the recollection of one or two of us. Before turning to the amendment, let me say a word about clause 2, which sets the income tax basic rate for 2017-18. The change takes a significant step towards meeting my party’s manifesto commitment to increase the threshold at which people pay the higher rate of tax....

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Personal allowance for 2017-18 (30 Jun 2016)

David Gauke: Clause 3 sets the income tax personal allowances for 2017-18. The change will help working people to keep more of what they earn, and it is a big step towards keeping our manifesto commitment to a 12,500 tax-free personal allowance by the end of the Parliament. The Government’s record on personal allowances is already strong. Over the previous Parliament, the personal allowance...

Historical Child Sex Abuse - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Lexden: ...documents the distress that has been inflicted on many men and women from all walks of life and backgrounds—people whose voices are rarely heard on the national stage. Here they speak of loss of income, unemployment, family break-up and mental breakdown. The report leads us to the heart of the matter with which this debate is concerned. It notes a cultural shift towards believing...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2016)

Lord Judd: ...Amendments 37, 47 and 94, which are in my name and those of the noble Lord, Lord Inglewood, and the noble Baroness, Lady Scott of Needham Market, who I am glad to see here—as good as her word—supporting the cause. The noble Lord, Lord Inglewood, is really rather upset that he cannot be here but he has a long-standing commitment that he simply could not break. He wants to...

Uk Economy (29 Jun 2016)

George Osborne: ...of the Labour Front Bench because it would be a bit like the presentation of the Bills that we just saw, but it is very good that the shadow Chancellor is still in place, and he has 80% of the support of the Conservative parliamentary party to remain there. May I respond to this sober debate with a message of reassurance and realism? I say at the outset that because this is a challenging...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Soil (29 Jun 2016)

Nick Hurd: DFID is supporting farmer networks and farmer to farmer training on soil management. For example we fund the International Fund for Agriculture Development’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP). This is assisting farmers networks on the promotion of better land and soil management practices and technologies including those developed under our support by the...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid (29 Jun 2016)

Desmond Swayne: DFID’s bilateral aid to Sri Lanka ended in 2006 when middle income status was achieved. We continue to support them through multilateral organisations and through centrally managed DFID programmes. In 2014 these amounted to at least 28m.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty (29 Jun 2016)

Lord Freud: This Government’s welfare reforms are focused on supporting people to find and keep work whilst ensuring that we are protecting the most vulnerable. At the end of the Parliament we will be spending over 60bn – 3% of GDP – supporting people on low incomes. We know that work is the best route out of poverty. Evidence shows that almost three-quarters of poor workless...

Scottish Parliament: Provisional Outturn 2015-16 (29 Jun 2016)

Derek Mackay: ...in the future. The Scottish Government is already engaging closely with the business community, delivery partners and a range of other stakeholders to underline our commitment to key programmes, particularly around support for the economy and public services. Finally, I assure Parliament that the Scottish Government will engage closely with Her Majesty’s Treasury and our counterparts...

Renewable Energy - Question for Short Debate (28 Jun 2016)

Lord Grantchester: ..., low-carbon electricity’s share of generation, including nuclear, increased to 45.5% last year. Sadly, since the May 2015 general election, policy changes and mixed messages have created uncertainty over financial support and further new investment. Your Lordships’ House debated the renewables obligation closure order, the early closure of onshore wind schemes, the huge 65%...

Alcohol Consumption Guidelines (28 Jun 2016)

Jim Shannon: ..., if they drink as much as 14 units, it should be spread evenly over three or four days. The Royal College of Nursing, Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence support the guidelines. There is a clear link between alcohol and cancer. Those are the medical facts on which the Minister will respond. The Campaign for Real Ale has raised many concerns, and it...

Finance Bill: Reduction in rate of capital gains tax (28 Jun 2016)

David Gauke: ...and I am inclined to make very similar points in response, so I will not necessarily run through all that once again. I remind the hon. Gentleman that where we are talking about remuneration that is income, we are determined to ensure that it is taxed as income. As a Government we have shown a willingness to make changes in this area. Let me turn to the wider issues of capital gains tax...

Finance Bill: Charge for financial year 2017 (28 Jun 2016)

David Gauke: ...from malaria. That formed part of the 3 billion commitment between the Government and Bill Gates. The UK continues to contribute to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an internationally supported organisation designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. I wanted specifically to come back on the very good point raised by the...


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