Adrian Bailey: My constituency contains many small businesses involved in the supply chains for the motor industry. These chains stretch right across Europe and are largely regulated by European Union law. Will the Secretary of State make a commitment that these will not be disrupted by Britain’s exit from the EU?
Adrian Bailey: This week, motor manufacturers announced a year-on-year drop in car sales of more than 11%. They blame confusion caused by the Government’s incoherent policy on clean air and diesels, Budget measures and uncertainty caused by Brexit. This industry is vital to both the national economy and jobs in the west midlands. What will the Government do to turn this around?
Adrian Bailey: Yesterday’s events were a shambles that must undermine our credibility in our negotiations with the EU. However, if there are two positives, they are, first, the Government’s belated recognition of the importance of regulatory alignment with Europe in going forward; and secondly, the display of unity, with all parts of the United Kingdom demanding that what is good for one is good...
Adrian Bailey: Will the Chancellor tell the House whether the £350 million a week Brexit bonus promised to us by the Foreign Secretary over the weekend has been factored into OBR projections or, indeed, his Budget?
Adrian Bailey: This Budget will be remembered more for the OBR’s brutal demonstration of the failure of seven years of Tory-led austerity policies than for any of the policy announcements contained in it which were supposed to deal with the consequences of that austerity. Having listened to Budgets since 2010, I find it remarkable that the date for the elimination of our public sector deficit, which...
Adrian Bailey: Order. I am trying to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to speak. If I feel that anyone is making unofficial contributions from the Back Benches while another Member is speaking, I may change my mind and decide that they have already had their five minutes.
Adrian Bailey: I am not sure that that is a point of order, but the hon. Gentleman has made his point none the less.
Adrian Bailey: Order. If the hon. Gentleman remembers, I said that that was not a point of order. He cannot make a point of order about something that was not a point of order.
Adrian Bailey: Order. The hon. Gentleman is making a point of debate. Before I call the next speaker, may I first say how good it is to see such an enormous level of interest here, as reflected in the attendance on a Monday afternoon? This presents some difficulties in management, because effectively we have only two hours of general debate. I need to caution Members that they will have roughly five minutes...
Adrian Bailey: I thank you, Mr Speaker, for your statement and the Leader of the House for her very forthright statement. She said earlier that this issue not only focused on Westminster but applied to politics across the country. In my own local authority, two female councillors were recently abused in a most sexually derogatory manner online, and the abuse was initiated by a fellow councillor. Will she...
Adrian Bailey: Intergovernmental co-operation is vital if we are to combat international corporate tax evasion. In February this year Treasury Ministers withdrew from a meeting with the EU PANA Committee, which was set up to investigate issues and prioritise reform. What sort of message does the Secretary of State think that sends to corporate tax evaders?
Adrian Bailey: The Minister spoke about the widespread consultations and the need to send the right messages. Given the importance of the European single market to the motor industry—productivity and exports—what conversations is she having with Cabinet Ministers and Conservative Back Benchers? They are prepared to leave the European Union irrespective of our commitment to the single market....
Adrian Bailey: Order. The hon. Gentleman can make an intervention, but not a speech.
Adrian Bailey: Order. That was a mini-speech. The hon. Gentleman has the right to make an intervention if the speaker is prepared to give way, but he does not have the right to make a speech.
Adrian Bailey: Do you want 20 seconds to wind up?
Adrian Bailey: I thought not. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered tackling aggressive anti-social behaviour.
Adrian Bailey: I wish to bring in the Front-Bench spokespersons at 10.30 am. That gives Back-Bench speakers about four to five minutes each.
Adrian Bailey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate any detriment for businesses arising from the judgment in the Mazars v Woolway case.
Adrian Bailey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he or officials of his Department have raised concerns with (a) HM Revenue and Customs or (b) the Valuation Office Agency on the potential effects for businesses of the judgment in the Mazars v Woolway case.
Adrian Bailey: A recent report produced by Sheffield Hallam University found that the challenge fund had too narrow a sectoral focus, which was disproportionately benefiting areas in the south-east at the expense of traditional manufacturing areas in, for instance, the west midlands. What elements of the fund will benefit areas such as mine?