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Written Answers — Treasury: Office of Tax Simplification: Staff (9 Jan 2019)

John Martin McDonnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff are employed in (I) payroll and (b) non-payroll roles in the Office of Tax Simplification.

Written Answers — Treasury: Office of Tax Simplification: Staff (9 Jan 2019)

John Martin McDonnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) payroll and (b) non-payroll staff in the Office of Tax Simplification.

Written Answers — Treasury: Treasury: Staff (9 Jan 2019)

John Martin McDonnell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff are employed in (i) payroll and (ii) non-payroll roles in his private office.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Support for the High Street (11 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Many of the shops and firms located on the high street are represented by the Federation of Small Businesses. Has the Chancellor seen what the FSB has said about the current Brexit position? Its chair has said: “Planning ahead has now become impossible for a lot of firms as we simply don’t know what environment we’ll be faced with in little more than 100 days’ time…the economic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Support for the High Street (11 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Both sides of the House have to address the seriousness of the situation we face. The director general of the British Chambers of Commerce has said: “Firms are looking on with utter dismay at the ongoing saga in Westminster”. Today’s Treasury Committee report is devastating in its criticisms of the way in which the Government have sought to assess options not even on the table. A month...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I say to the right hon. Gentleman: do not judge our ability to negotiate on the basis of the incompetence his party has shown for two years.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Next week we will make one of the most significant decisions that most hon. Members will ever make in this House, and it will impact on current and future generations. So far, hon. Members have ensured that we approach the debate leading to that decision with the seriousness of tone that it warrants—indeed, I think we have seen some of the best of the House over the past few days—and we...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I would choose what the House is seeking—in good will, I believe—which is a compromise that secures the will of the people while at the same time protecting jobs and the economy. [Interruption.] Government Members shout that that is the current deal, but at some stage in the next few days reality will dawn on people that it is highly unlikely that that deal will secure a majority position...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I recognise the valid intent of that intervention, and if the hon. Gentleman will stay the course with me a bit longer, I might be able to respond to it.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I think we are all of a common purpose, which is to protect the economy and jobs. The six tests simply seek to hold the Government to their own statements, but I do not want to be dragged into a knockabout about that. We are beyond that now; we are now in a situation where the country expects us to work together to secure a majority.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Let me deal with that. I have with me copies of Labour’s composite motion on Brexit for conference—some of them have Labour party application forms on the back, which might interest the hon. Gentleman. That was a joke—[Interruption.] Not a very good one. At conference we gave priority, which we have upheld, to securing a deal that will protect jobs and the economy. Only if we cannot...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I will come on to that, but the point we have consistently made is that we would not need the backstop; we want a permanent customs union and a relationship with the single market. Let me press on. Some, I know, long for a no-deal Brexit. I want to mildly chide the Chancellor because he was among the earliest to set that hare running. In an interview in January 2017, he unwisely promoted the...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: We believe that a permanent customs union is an essential part of the architecture for the future relationship that will secure our prosperity, and it would benefit the overall economy. Far from influencing Members to back the Prime Minister’s deal, I believe that the threat of no deal, used in this way, is actually strengthening the momentum to secure an alternative approach. I move on to...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: My hon. Friend’s position is the same as mine: I campaigned for remain, but my constituency voted leave. People are looking for a compromise that will work; the problem with the Government’s proposal is that it will not work—and they know that. I want to get something absolutely clear with the Chancellor. For the millions who work in the financial services, the deal and framework give...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: With the greatest respect, that is not the definition of enhanced agreement. What we wanted written into any framework was a reference to “enhanced”, but that is not there. It does not give the security that the finance sector was promised.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I watched the hon. Lady’s contribution to the previous debate; it was interesting how her words coincided with those of Members on the Government Benches. The use of the words “best endeavours”, “ambitions” and “sought for” gave such uncertainty that it was impossible for the general public and others to understand the direction in which the Government are going in the long...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: What has happened is clear: the deal has not convinced the Government side and certainly has not convinced the people. It has not convinced a majority in the House so far. The Government analysis estimated that the impact of trade barriers alone could mean an average drop in wages of 3%—£800 a year, in today’s terms. The regional growth impact is worst in our exporting regions such as...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Others have said that the knock-on consequences of the uncertainties are catastrophic, and I do not disagree. Economists from UK in a Changing Europe, working with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, estimated that the public finances could be worse off to the tune of nearly 2% of GDP, which would mean £40 billion if it happened today. There is no way of dressing this up: if the House approves...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Yes, as my right hon. Friend the leader of the Labour party pointed out the other day, the timing does put us over a barrel. What is the incentive for the EU in this situation where we have given all the cards to the other negotiators? So we are now faced with a prospect of new trade barriers and the potential for an indefinite backstop, but we have no assessment from the Government of what...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: The backstop could remain permanent. We have had confusion this morning on the advice from the House of Commons Library and the Chancellor about how it could be ended or a transition deal extended in some form. There is absolute confusion at the moment, and we are now undermining the relationship with one of our biggest trading partners as a result. One organisation, the National Institute...


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