Vincent Cable: I congratulate the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) on securing the debate. I will concentrate on the particular aspect of defence and industrial capacity relating to his constituency: helicopters. It has long been understood that that is an important sector—those with long memories will remember that Michael Heseltine walked out of the Cabinet over the issue. It was also important to...
Vincent Cable: The right hon. Gentleman is right. The Wildcat programme is of great advantage, and it is of considerable concern to the industry that its future is now in question as a result of the opening in a very open-ended way of the procurement programme by the Government. I want to leave the Minister with one question. Can he say quite explicitly that the helicopter sector is an important part of the...
Vincent Cable: European competition law will no longer apply after Brexit, so how does the Secretary of State propose to allocate airport slots? By auction, or in some other way?
Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the revenue raised by the Apprenticeship Levy will be allocated to fund apprenticeships with non-levy employers.
Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the total money raised by the Apprenticeship Levy will be allocated to levy-paying companies for their own apprenticeship training schemes.
Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment she has made of registered training providers in receipt of (a) less, (b) the same, (c) more funding in real terms per apprenticeship start in the period (i) May to December 2017 and (ii) August 2016 to April 2017.
Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's budget is for apprenticeships for 16 to 18 year olds in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19; and what proportion of that budget is generated by the Apprenticeship Levy.
Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish a list of the funding allocated to each training provider for apprenticeship starts for the periods (a) August 2016 to April 2017 and (b) May to December 2017.
Vincent Cable: I welcome the Secretary of State’s recognition of the need to widen the public interest test, but express some disappointment that his definition of it does not appear to include cases where British companies that are fundamental to the science base would be at risk of acquisition, as in the abortive Pfizer AstraZeneca bid, and more recently in the successful bid for ARM, Aveco and the...
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Vincent Cable: When I negotiated in Government alongside the trade unions in the discussions with General Motors to save and then expand the plant, it was clear that the whole business model for Vauxhall car production—and van production at Luton—depended on the common standards in the single market and the common tariff in the customs union. Since the Minister cannot guarantee either, what...
Vincent Cable: What response have the Government given to the Government of India, who have made it clear that any post-Brexit trade deal is conditional on greatly expanding the number of student and other visas?
Vincent Cable: Will the Minister tell us whether the newly privatised Green Investment Bank has fully signed up to the clean growth strategy? If so, how will its business plan be adapted or enlarged as a result?
Vincent Cable: Why do the Government not draw a clearer distinction between inward foreign investment which adds capacity and jobs and is welcome, and inward investment for acquisitions in devalued pounds, which often detracts from our science and technology?
Vincent Cable: Since the demand for children and youth mental health services far outstrips supply, will the Secretary of State consider diverting resources to voluntary bodies, such as the admirable Off The Record in my constituency, which have a much lower threshold for referral?
Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to improve the (a) diagnosis, (b) early intervention and (c) treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder (i) in general and (ii) specifically for girls.
Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's paper, Rail passenger numbers and crowding statistics: 2016 report, published on 27 July 2017, what assessment his Department has made of (a) future crowding on South West Mainline into Waterloo and (b) the effect of Crossrail 2 on those figures.
Vincent Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit recipients have waited over six weeks for their first payment.