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EU Exit Negotiations (15 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: The Prime Minister rightly asserts that there are two alternatives to her plan: no deal and no Brexit. The Government are making considerable investment in contingency planning for no deal. What contingency planning is she doing for no Brexit, including, for example, advising the Commission that article 50 may have to be withdrawn, and she herself preparing for the fact—however much she...

Freehold Properties (Management Charges and Shared Facilities): 70th Birthday of the Prince of Wales (14 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: It is a great privilege to join these tributes to the Prince of Wales. As somebody who crossed the milestone of a 70th birthday some years ago, I suggest that this is very much an opportunity for celebration rather than regret. Let me also add from personal experience that it should not represent a glass ceiling for progression to a bigger job. I have to say that in my five years in the...

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: I wish to say a few words in support of the amendment in my name, about the economic context and specifically on some of the tax measures. Everything we are talking about, whether on the tax side or the spending side, depends on the overall performance of the economy and economic growth. This year, we have had fluctuations from one quarter to another, but the assumption is that growth is...

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: I think there are separate sets of figures, but I thank the hon. Gentleman for his clarification. His first point is particularly interesting, and I thank him for his rapid desktop research. His figures suggest there is potentially a very big tax increase in the pipeline, which is one of the assumptions in the Budget that was not spelled out on Budget day.

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: Yes. All the evidence we have shows that net migration has had a positive effect not only on the economy, in per capita terms, but on Government revenue because, by and large, these are young people who work and pay tax revenue to the Government. I totally share the hon. Lady’s concerns about future immigration legislation.

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: That was at the heart of the Dilnot proposals that Lib Dem Ministers sponsored and supported in government. If that is the idea, we do not have any problem. On the income tax changes, and particularly the lifting of the higher-rate threshold at a cost of about £1.3 billion, I certainly do not regard people on £50,000 a year as rich—they have a lower income than we do, among...

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: It is a good policy, in general, to eliminate fiscal drag, and the Government should do that. But it is a question of priorities, and the disparity between standard-rate taxpayers, who stand to gain £130 a year from this measure, and upper-rate taxpayers, who stand to get £800 a year, reflects the Government’s priorities, which are completely wrong. It would be less bad if the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Apprenticeships (12 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: A very successful Queen’s award-winning company in my constituency provides examinations and training standards throughout the world in contemporary music, but it cannot provide these apprenticeship standards in the UK because of the Government’s rigidity in not allowing them or providing them in industries with a lot of freelance workers. Can the Minister address that problem?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: School Funding (6 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the adequacy of schools funding.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: School Funding (6 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: The Chancellor will already be aware that the £400 million for “little extras” has gone down like a lead balloon with schools that cannot afford the basics, but will he explain why there was not even a penny of additional money for post-16 colleges, most of which are in a desperate financial position and cannot carry out their training functions? Is the further education...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: I want to develop a point that was made by the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke), who said that for many people the Budget was actually a pleasant surprise—it has promised them tax cuts and spending increases—but that in doing so the Chancellor is taking a big risk with an economy that is not particularly strong. It is not particularly strong because, as...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Vincent Cable: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am amazed that the Chancellor is not even aware of this. Many mainstream schools have seen cuts in teaching assistants, teachers, curriculums and so on. This will be compounded because there is nothing in the spending envelope that offers any hope that the problem is going to be dealt with. That leads on to the question about how tax should be raised. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Oct 2018)

Vincent Cable: Does the Prime Minister not accept that the very sensible objectives of universal credit, to simplify benefits and improve work incentives, were seriously undermined by the 2015 Budget of her friend, the former Chancellor, who slashed the work allowance, and that that, together with administrative rigidity, is now causing enormous hardship for families and single parents? So will she listen...

Health and Social Care: NHS Innovation (23 Oct 2018)

Vincent Cable: One of the innovative technologies is the new production and distribution system for flu jabs for the over-65s. Is the Secretary of State aware that this technology is breaking down? In my constituency and elsewhere, there are doctors and pharmacists who simply cannot get hold of stocks, which leads to potential pressures in hospitals. Will the Secretary of State investigate and take action...

October EU Council (22 Oct 2018)

Vincent Cable: I add my condemnation of the abuse directed at the Prime Minister. The Sunday Times, and The Times this morning, reported that Whitehall, including the Brexit Department, is now carrying out contingency planning for a people’s vote. Can the Prime Minister elaborate and confirm that this has ministerial endorsement?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Colorectal Cancer: Screening (17 Oct 2018)

Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Prime Minister's remarks in her conference speech on 3 October 2018 on improving early diagnosis of cancer, if his Department will develop a fully funded plan to address NHS staff shortages in services that diagnose bowel cancer.

EU Exit Negotiations (15 Oct 2018)

Vincent Cable: Why does the Prime Minister really find it necessary to make this statement today, given that it does not advance one iota our understanding that, in relation to Ireland, Brexit means borders, bureaucracy and—ultimately—betrayal of the Good Friday agreement?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Air Pollution: Heathrow Airport (15 Oct 2018)

Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether the air quality changes arising from expansion at Heathrow Airport will require the National Policy Statement to be revised.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Standards (15 Oct 2018)

Vincent Cable: To ask for the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department's contingency plans for the UK leaving the EU without a deal includes a temporary lifting of foods standards.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: USA: Sanctions (11 Oct 2018)

Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the merits of coordinating UK sanctions against individuals with the US.

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