Results 221–240 of 1297 for speaker:Brian H Donohoe

Backbench Business: Air Passenger Duty (1 Nov 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: I congratulate the hon. Members for Witham (Priti Patel) and for Crawley (Henry Smith) on securing this debate. As a co-sponsor of the motion, as well as a seasoned and regular air traveller, I apologise to the House: because of the inclement weather coming in from the Atlantic, I shall try to rush back to Scotland this evening rather than waiting, or having my constituents wait until...

Backbench Business: Air Passenger Duty (1 Nov 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: The hon. Gentleman might well be shocked by this—indeed, I expect him to fall off his seat—but I do actually support that proposal. I would suggest, however, that any such duty should not be frittered away, as many of the tax receipts obtained by the Scottish Government are. I would suggest that, if it were devolved, it should be hypothecated so that the money could be put into the...

Backbench Business: Air Passenger Duty (1 Nov 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: In order not to prolong the debate, and to give the hon. Gentleman time to speak later, I will not respond to his intervention. The report suggests that, as a result of air passenger duty, 2 million fewer passengers will fly from Scotland from 2016 onwards. That is a fair number of passengers, given the number of people who fly. There are other reasons to believe that the problem is more...

Backbench Business: Air Passenger Duty (1 Nov 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend, but he is eating into my time and I have to be careful in that what happens in that respect has already been mentioned. I am told that up to £380 extra per person might need to be spent in those circumstances. In conclusion, as we know from the length of the Davies commission, the Government appear to be in no rush to address the competitiveness problems...

Backbench Business: Beer Duty Escalator (1 Nov 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: I must declare an interest as secretary of the all-party Scotch whisky and spirits group. This issue affects Scotch whisky as well as beer. The whole whisky industry employs some 34,000 people in this country, and they are being affected too. Will the hon. Gentleman include them in his plea to the Government to look again at the escalator?

Backbench Business: Beer Duty Escalator (1 Nov 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: Beer Duty Escalator (1 Nov 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: Beer Duty Escalator (1 Nov 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: Beer Duty Escalator (1 Nov 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. Will he reconsider his previous answer to me? Scotch whisky is the heaviest taxed of all the spirits, beers, ciders and wines in this country. [ Interruption. ] It is the heaviest taxed.

Business of the House: Public Service Pensions Bill (29 Oct 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: rose —

Business of the House: Public Service Pensions Bill (29 Oct 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: The Chief Secretary is a Scottish Member, so I presume that he is aware of negotiations north of the border. If the Scottish Executive make different decisions, how will they fund them? Will the Treasury fund them?

Written Answers — Treasury: Air Passenger Duty (19 Oct 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hon. Members have made representations to his Department to request an economic review of air passenger duty since June 2012.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: To return to the subject of the west coast main line, when the Secretary of State made a statement on Monday, I made him aware of a figure given to me by insiders in the industry that suggested a cost of at least half a billion pounds as a result of this debacle. Has any application to the Treasury for additional contingency funding been made as a result?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Referendum (Scotland) (15 Oct 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: On the question of 16 and 17-year-olds, if—as is possible—not every single person of that age gets the opportunity to vote, there could be a legal challenge against that decision. What would happen to the referendum in those circumstances?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: West Coast Main Line (15 Oct 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: I welcome the Secretary of State to his position. I listened intently to what he said in his statement, but he made no mention of any contingency funding that will need to be put in place as a result of this debacle. Is it proper to suggest that it is possible for this amount to be as much as half a billion pounds—half a billion pounds that taxpayers will have to pay?

[Philip Davies in the Chair] (17 Sep 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: On a point of order, Mr Davies. It is a genuine point of order. Is it in order for us to have a vote on this very important subject at the end of this debate?

[Philip Davies in the Chair] (17 Sep 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: Further to that point of order, Mr Davies. If that is the case, surely somebody has to devise a method by which there can be a vote? Given that this is a new procedure that is going into unknown territory, I would think that the House authorities should be looking at that position, as to whether or not a vote is allowed on a very important subject, as this subject is.

[Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] — Backbench Business — West Coast Main Line (17 Sep 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: What is the purpose of the Select Committee’s report, or an inquiry, if it cannot be given the evidence that will show the difference, if there is a difference, between the two bids? The press, for instance, have suggested that the FirstGroup bid is back-loaded. How will the Select Committee work to the advantage of the taxpayer in such circumstances?

General Matters (17 Jul 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: Does my hon. Friend agree that much more emphasis should be placed on apprenticeships, which I mentioned earlier in the debate, by the colleges themselves?

General Matters (17 Jul 2012)

Brian H Donohoe: Apprenticeships are dear to my heart, but not enough is being done. Is the college that the hon. Gentleman mentioned going to increase the number of apprenticeships it provides?


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