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Local Services (Planning): House of Lords Reform Bill — [2nd Allocated Day] (10 Jul 2012)

Stuart Bell: I am grateful for the opportunity to follow the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin). I will seek not to respond to what he said but, if possible, to build upon it. Like the Leader of the House, I have sat through debates on Lords abolition and reform for many a year. My hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham (Ian Lucas) said yesterday that the Lords had far too many Members...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: EU Council (2 Jul 2012)

Stuart Bell: The Prime Minister has referred several times to the national interest. He also referred to the brief discussion on the ban on oil imports from Iran. Is not that ban an example of how the European Union acting in concert can assist the British national interest?

Business of the House: LIBOR (FSA Investigation) (28 Jun 2012)

Stuart Bell: May I build on the question put by my right hon. Friend the former Chancellor of the Exchequer about the independence of LIBOR? The Chancellor has not referred to the British Bankers Association, which was involved in 1984 in putting the rate together. Is it appropriate to talk again to the association to see if we can get a true, independent LIBOR?

Debate on the Address: Business and the Economy (14 May 2012)

Stuart Bell: I am grateful, Madam Deputy Speaker, to be able to speak on the Gracious Speech and to follow the hon. Member for Rugby (Mark Pawsey), who made great play about private sector workers, as opposed to public sector workers. The public sector worker, of course, contributes to our society as a consumer and facilitates the private sector. I have never understood why Government Members make a...

Debate on the Address: Business and the Economy (14 May 2012)

Stuart Bell: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. It would be a fine thing if someone working in the public sector was able to move out of it into the private sector. Unfortunately, under the Government’s policies towards the public sector, 500,000 people will be made unemployed and put on the dole. The right hon. Member for Mid Sussex (Nicholas Soames) wished to see an intellectual technology hub in...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (9 May 2012)

Stuart Bell: The Prime Minister referred to the deficit in Europe, and he will recall that he declined to sign the fiscal compact entered into by 25 of the 27 EU member states. I presume he will go to the conference on 23 May with his fellow leaders in Europe, who will begin working on a growth compact. Will he be prepared to sign that?

Finance (No. 4) Bill (16 Apr 2012)

Stuart Bell: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Macclesfield (David Rutley), who made a number of important points. The first of those was that the recovery being sought by the Government is a private sector-led recovery. We would all say amen to that, but what concerns us on the Opposition Benches is the imbalance being created between a private sector-led recovery and the social model that...

Finance (No. 4) Bill (16 Apr 2012)

Stuart Bell: The Minister shakes his head, but Italy and Spain were able to raise finance on the markets at a reasonable rate. Since then, a firewall of something like £720 billion has been put in place. Does the Minister really want the eurozone and the euro economies to fail, given that 60% of our trade is with Europe? He is still shaking his head, so I invite him to intervene.

Finance (No. 4) Bill (16 Apr 2012)

Stuart Bell: I was able to drink my glass of water during that intervention, so it was appropriately timed. I presume that the Minister is referring to Spain, where the yields have reached 6% on the open market. That is not the yield that investors are asking for on new issues, so he should settle down a bit—there is no crisis in the eurozone and the euro this week. A lot has been said about growth in...

Amendment of the Law (26 Mar 2012)

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Amendment of the Law (26 Mar 2012)

Stuart Bell: Does the right hon. Gentleman believe the corporation tax reduction will lead to growth or to shareholder dividends? Will he confirm that we actually get to that rate in 2014?

Amendment of the Law (26 Mar 2012)

Stuart Bell: Given the shortage of time and the fact that some of my colleagues wish to contribute, I will confine my remarks to my constituency interests. It was good to hear in Budget week that an outsourcing company that had shed 170 Barclaycard staff on Teesside last year would be taking on 580 new workers, and would be recruiting both at Fountain Court in Middlesbrough and at the bank’s contact...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Diamond Jubilee (7 Mar 2012)

Stuart Bell: The hon. Member for Suffolk Coastal (Dr Coffey) made a fine comment about His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who will begin the royal tour tomorrow on schedule. We all welcome that news. It is a great pleasure to attend this debate and to listen so many fine and noble speeches. I was impressed by the speeches of the right hon. Member for Mid Sussex (Nicholas Soames) and my right hon....

Paye: European Council (5 Mar 2012)

Stuart Bell: Is not the great challenge facing the European democracies the need to marry deficit reduction with sustainable growth in the interests of their peoples? Will the Prime Minister confirm that the present restructuring of Greek debt is the largest of its kind in history and a testament to the eurozone’s capacity to bring stability to the euro? Building on the questions from my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Informal European Council (31 Jan 2012)

Stuart Bell: The Prime Minister has talked about competitiveness, growth and jobs, but he skated over the fiscal compact and its fiscal consolidation, which could have a severe effect on jobs and growth. Further to the question from my right hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn (Mr Straw), and given that the Prime Minister thinks the eurozone is so important to us, what influence does he think he can...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: North East (16 Jan 2012)

Stuart Bell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications had been submitted by residents in (a) Middlesbrough constituency, (b) Middlesbrough borough, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) the North East in the 2011-12 admissions cycle by 19 December 2011; and how many such applications had been submitted on the same date in the 2010-11 admissions cycle.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Banking Commission Report (19 Dec 2011)

Stuart Bell: Building on my right hon. Friend the shadow Chancellor’s statement on bank lending to the small and medium-sized enterprise sector, has the Chancellor made any study at all of the impact of what he calls bigger cushions—raising capital requirements from 7% to 9%—on bank lending to that sector? Can he offer the House a guarantee that he will consider that as part of his consultation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Council (12 Dec 2011)

Stuart Bell: The Prime Minister talked of us being a trading nation, of investment in jobs and of the importance of the eurozone. Why, then, did he not help the Greeks in their bail-out? Why has he not supported the European financial stability facility? Why is he not helping the European stability mechanism? Building on the questions from the right hon. and learned Member for North East Fife (Sir...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Autumn Statement (29 Nov 2011)

Stuart Bell: I welcome the Chancellor’s statement on the 100% capital allowances for the enterprise zones in the Tees valley. I refer him to his statement that he will target £20 billion from pension funds for infrastructure investment. May I draw his attention to the fact that the industry has something like £80 billion in its kitty? I invite him to go back and raise more money for more investment in...

Written Answers — Home Department: Cleveland Police Authority (29 Nov 2011)

Stuart Bell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to Cleveland police authority between 1 May 2010 and 25 August 2011 was of the initial enquiries into the affairs of Cleveland Constabulary authorised by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to be made by the North Yorkshire Constabulary; and if she will make a statement.

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