Results 181–200 of 3058 for speaker:Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Clause 1 — Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (4 Mar 2015)

William McCrea: Let me begin by thanking the Secretary of State and the Minister of State for the Bill, and thanking Opposition Members for supporting it. I must also apologise for the absence of some of my colleagues. As a number of Members will know, the father of my hon. Friend the Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) has died, and was buried this afternoon. That is why my hon. Friends the Members for...

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Clause 1 — Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (4 Mar 2015)

William McCrea: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his comments. I certainly believe that we need to be very prudent in our expenditure, but we also need to allow people to have more of their own money in their pockets, and we want to see prosperity across the United Kingdom. I certainly want to see that achieved. After we have gone to the 20% corporation tax there has, rather worryingly, been some talk of...

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Clause 1 — Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (4 Mar 2015)

William McCrea: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that my right hon. and hon. Friends support his amendment, and I trust that the House will accept it.

Public Bill Committee: House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Expulsion and suspension of members of the House of Lords (4 Feb 2015)

William McCrea: With this it will be convenient to consider clauses 2 to 4 stand part.

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity (3 Feb 2015)

William McCrea: Does the hon. Lady accept that some areas in Northern Ireland are enjoying superfast broadband, but rural communities seem to lack it, and certain areas have very little broadband, with families, as well as local businesses, suffering as a result?

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

William McCrea: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. There is general dismay among many Members, and I am sure among our constituents, that we could get only 90 minutes in this House to debate a decision of such magnitude, and hand it over to others to take the decision forward, without parliamentarians having the final say, and yet we have three hours on the next motion, a general debate on rural...

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

William McCrea: In her opening speech the Minister mentioned that the devolved Administrations had been kept abreast of these proposals. I wanted to intervene to ask her whether the regulations will apply in Northern Ireland if they are passed in this House. That is an important question to which an answer is needed.

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

William McCrea: Does the hon. Lady find it strange that while the shadow Minister was telling the House that we should support these regulations, she had no answer to the direct question she was asked by the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs Gillan), and that all she could say was that she hoped the Minister would clear the matter up?

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

William McCrea: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reoffending (3 Feb 2015)

William McCrea: Will the Justice Secretary outline some of the additional educational opportunities that he believes would assist in preventing people from falling back into a life of crime?

Government Contracts (SMEs) — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Jan 2015)

William McCrea: Is it not interesting that a short distance from the international airport many companies find it difficult to get a proper broadband connection?

Government Contracts (SMEs) — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Jan 2015)

William McCrea: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate those throughout the United Kingdom who have taken the bold step of starting a small or medium-sized enterprise, thereby creating employment in their local community and strengthening the local economy. I am sure that many Members agree that we should thank the House of Commons Library service for its excellent...

Government Contracts (SMEs) — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Jan 2015)

William McCrea: I agree with my hon. Friend. That will certainly be part of the effort that I am endeavouring, through the debate, to achieve. The Government plan for growth published alongside the Budget in March 2011 highlighted a number of policies stated to be of particular benefit to SMEs, including such measures as making it easier for them to access public sector procurement by eliminating the...

Government Contracts (SMEs) — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Jan 2015)

William McCrea: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend and will also deal with that as we continue with the debate.

Government Contracts (SMEs) — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Jan 2015)

William McCrea: I agree, but even within the European regulations, there are things we can do and that the Government should do more of to alleviate some of the problems that my hon. Friend mentions. In the 2013 autumn statement, the Chancellor included measures designed to benefit small businesses, including the introduction of a £2,000 employment allowance from April 2014, making it cheaper to employ...

Government Contracts (SMEs) — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Jan 2015)

William McCrea: I wholeheartedly agree with the hon. Gentleman. The lack of an up-to-date and modern broadband connection makes it very difficult to get into Government contracts. To promote the further growth of SMEs, following on from the recommendation in Lord Young’s report, a new scheme was designed to make it simpler for small firms to win public sector contracts, which are estimated to be worth...

Government Contracts (SMEs) — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Jan 2015)

William McCrea: I thank my hon. Friend for making that point. However, to give an illustration from my own constituency experience, I often find that a small business not only finds it difficult with all the filling in of forms, but is blocked from getting into contracts. That is the issue that I want to get to the heart of, but I must first lay the foundations. A core principle of the EU is to establish a...


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