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Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: This is a difficult and somewhat moving moment in which to give a final speech in Parliament, made impossible by the need to compress 38 years of thoughts into five minutes of gabble. I realised that it was time for me to go when I found that, although I was still able to ask smart questions in the Public Accounts Committee, I was totally unable to hear the answers. That made it difficult to...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Greater London (26 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to create more affordable housing in London.

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: Unfortunately, I forgot to mention the Yorkshire Post, which is Yorkshire’s national newspaper, so I would like the Minister to include it in his roll of honour.

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: It is a pleasure to stand here as the chair of the NUJ parliamentary group, but to crack a Ken Dodd joke, it is a pleasure to be standing anywhere at my age. I am delighted to support the secretary of the group, my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell), in his efforts today. He has given us a litany of decline that is striking in its impact. It has hit journalists...

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: I shall be coming to my comments on the BBC very shortly. I apologise for not responding immediately to my hon. Friend’s question. I have to have a translator, not to translate things from English into Yorkshire dialect, but because I am stone deaf. I was going to argue that there are more cheering points. Grimsby and north-east Lincolnshire, because it is a real community—unlike...

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: There are alternative ways for the BBC to help out the newspapers financially. It now observes a requirement to buy stories from the local television stations—indeed, it has begun to buy stories from Estuary TV in my constituency. That is a good thing. There is no reason why the BBC should not buy stories from local newspaper journalists, provided that the money goes to the journalists,...

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: Yes. That is the argument. It must be an additional subsidy. I must admit that when I was a television journalist, my first recourse was to steal stories from the local newspapers. There is no reason why such stories should not be developed and sold by local newspapers. We have had too great a website imperialism by the BBC. It might provide competition, but it is also taking viewers, readers...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: I will not follow the hon. Member for Braintree (Mr Newmark) into his fantasy world; the Government seem to be in danger of moving into a fantasy world where it is as if all the nation’s problems have been solved by the miraculous efforts of this Chancellor. The Budget seemed to me to be a matter of the Government moving furniture around a room in which they have just had four years of...

Premier Motor Auctions (17 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: Will the Minister tell us what is happening about the Tomlinson report, which is a review of a series of very similar cases to this one, but concerning RBS? That demands action, too.

Premier Motor Auctions (17 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: The tale I want to tell today is an everyday story of business folk who have been robbed of their company by big banks acting in collusion with one of the big four accountancy houses—two sets of robbers, both too big to be touched by the machinery of regulation that we have. It is a story that is told several times in the Tomlinson report; those stories relate mainly to the Royal Bank...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Galileo System (13 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2015 to Question 219924, what the nature of the launch anomaly was; and what the result of the full inquiry was.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Galileo System (13 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 22 January 2014, Official Report, column 213W, on the Galileo system, what the cost was to January 2014; and what proportion of that cost has been paid by the UK.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: State Retirement Pensions (10 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of raising the basic state pension by (a) 10, (b) 15 and (c) 20 per cent.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Bank of Credit and Commerce International (5 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which parties have been given access by his Department to the Sandstorm Report associated with the closure of The Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Bank of Credit and Commerce International (5 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish in full Lord Justice Bingham's report, Inquiry into the Supervision of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, on the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, completed in 1992.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance (3 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the legal costs and fines recovered from (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Ernst & Young and (d) Deloitte after tax courts and tribunals have rejected tax avoidance schemes designed by those firms in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance (3 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will appoint an independent commission to investigate claims about the roles of PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte in designing, selling and implementing tax avoidance schemes.

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day] — Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Communities and Local Government: Devolution in England (2 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: I want to speak as a partial and not wildly enthusiastic supporter of the Select Committee’s report and as a very long-standing advocate for devolution. In 1974, with the late Richard Wainwright, I formed the campaign for the north, back in the days of Redcliffe-Maud, beyond recall, in a first example of the Lib-Lab pact. When the Labour Government had the Prescott proposals for...


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