Results 101–120 of 1297 for speaker:Brian H Donohoe

Opposition Day — [20th Allotted Day]: Fairness and Inequality (11 Feb 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Taxation is not just about income tax, but about VAT. Is that not perhaps the most unfair tax on those at the bottom of the pile?

Fuel Poverty (11 Feb 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate, which is happening at a most appropriate time, given the problems that we face, which are about not only energy costs, but people staying in badly insulated housing. Is it not the case that public housing, as it was, was always better than the private sector for insulation? The U-values in public housing were much greater than they...

Fuel Poverty (11 Feb 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: I am grateful once again to the hon. Gentleman for giving way, but it must be put on the record that we can have long-term solutions to the problem, but we have immediate problems—problems right now. If one in five people are turning off the heating in their house, it is the case that either they heat the house or they feed the house. It is far more important to have that as the basis of a...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Scotland’s Place in the UK (6 Feb 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Is it not also the case that the UK has not been invaded by a foreign body for more than 750 years? Surely that in itself demonstrates just how successful the Union has been.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2 Skills Academy (6 Feb 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: As an ex-apprentice, I am very passionate about the idea of creating more apprenticeships, and this project presents an ideal opportunity. Labour is committed to creating one apprenticeship for every £1 million spent. Will the Government do likewise?

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day] — NHS: Job Insecurity (5 Feb 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Will the Secretary of State give us the figures for those who are on zero-hours contracts?

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day] — NHS: Job Insecurity (5 Feb 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Is it not also the case that people on the minimum wage who are contracted for perhaps 16 or 20 hours a week are having to work more than that, with employers exploiting them in that way? That is a major problem, and their employment is very insecure.

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day] — NHS: Job Insecurity (5 Feb 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: My hon. Friend is being most gracious in taking so many interventions. One group of people who have been almost forgotten are small shopkeepers, who are suffering immensely as a consequence of the state of this nation. They have not been mentioned, but they have very insecure futures. Surely we should address that, as well as the other matters that we are addressing this afternoon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Business Leaders: Independence Debate (5 Feb 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Has the Secretary of State had any meetings with Sir Tom Hunter, who has been pretty vocal about the whole issue, and, if he has not, will he have such a meeting?

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Surely it is within the scope of the hon. Gentleman’s Parliament and Executive in Scotland to change the law and make the situation in Scotland narrower.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Small Businesses (28 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Following that answer, will the Chancellor tell us how many firms have actually been helped by the business investment bank?

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration Controls (22 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times passport control targets have been missed since 31 May 2013.

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Pub Companies (21 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Will the Minister give way?

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Pub Companies (21 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: As my hon. Friend was a pub licensee, he will know that in a tied pub it is not only beer prices that are tied but the spirits and everything else that is sold. I know that from my own experience.

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Pub Companies (21 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: I used to run a licensed premises myself, so I understand what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but he has not really addressed the issue before us today. Why are so many pubs closing? Why, in his opinion, is that happening?

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Pub Companies (21 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: I recall a previous debate on beer, which I think was led by the hon. Gentleman. I made an intervention on that occasion to ask about whisky and other spirits. It is now known that spirits account for 40% of the sales in pubs, so would he include them in his calculations, as well as beer?

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Pub Companies (21 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Whisky is as well.

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Pub Companies (21 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: One reason behind pub closures is the high taxation on spirits in general and on Scotch whisky in particular. Given that spirits and Scotch whisky account for 40% of the sales in pubs, and that the level of taxation continues to escalate, should not the Government look more closely at the inevitable loss of revenue involved?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day] — Banking: National Minimum Wage (15 Jan 2014)

Brian H Donohoe: Will the Secretary of State give way?


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