Results 1–20 of 199 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jon Cruddas

Taxi Trade — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

Jon Cruddas: This is a hot-button issue for many of my constituents, and it will continue to be so, as it was during the general election campaign, until we sort out a basic framework of fair competition. In my view that would include the capping and regulation of taxis in London, which has been mentioned, the powers afforded to the Mayor of London, and wider issues to do with cross-border hiring and...

Bill Presented: National Citizen Service Bill [Lords] (16 Jan 2017)

Jon Cruddas: I very much welcome the Bill. It is a small Bill, and in many ways uncontroversial, its key strategic objective being to establish the effective governance of the National Citizen Service, but my sense is that seeing it in that way hides its true significance. What it really focuses on is how we live together, and there is no more important issue facing our country. How do we create a nation...

Bill Presented: National Citizen Service Bill [Lords] (16 Jan 2017)

Jon Cruddas: I totally agree. If a stated objective of the Bill is to learn how to live together and all be virtuous citizens, it should not be beyond our collective wit to organise a few debates in Parliament every year so that we can test how successful we are, so I support my hon. Friend’s comments. My four points begin with the question of links with public bodies. The original draft of the Bill...

Circle Housing and Orchard Village (12 Jan 2017)

Jon Cruddas: This debate is about Circle Housing’s Orchard Village development in the South Hornchurch part of my constituency. Circle was a group of nine housing associations formed following a merger in 2005. It now no longer exists, having merged only last month with Affinity Sutton to form Clarion Housing Group, the country’s largest housing association with nearly 130,000 homes and half a...

Backbench Business - World Autism Awareness Weekbackbench Business (28 Apr 2016)

Jon Cruddas: Last Saturday, anticipating today’s debate, and in his customary elegant way, Guardian columnist John Harris wrote an excellent summation of some of the issues around autism. He ended his piece with these words: “Our culture still too often couches autism in terms of pity or fear as an essentially Victorian sensibility lingers on. But we are moving towards a new world in which...

Backbench Business - World Autism Awareness Weekbackbench Business (28 Apr 2016)

Jon Cruddas: The issues that some of us planned to raise in the debate that was cancelled on Monday evening concerned precisely some of the pressures on the system, especially for special needs children. That takes us back to a point that I wished to raise about problems with diagnosis, entry points into the system, and the cuts that are being experienced. Those things are all linked to the research base...

School Places (Barking and Dagenham) (17 Mar 2016)

Jon Cruddas: I want to make several points regarding school places and school funding in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham. I will not use all my allotted time so that my right hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Dame Margaret Hodge) can also contribute before the Minister responds. From the outset, I should say that our local authority appreciates the work carried out between the Education...

Equitable Life: Recreational Sea Bass Fishing (11 Feb 2016)

Jon Cruddas: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann), who made a brilliant speech, and I congratulate him on securing this debate. I also welcome him to the all-party group on angling, which is chaired by the hon. Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker). I look forward to some pleasant days out. I am a terrible fisherman, so restraints such as the 42 cm landing size,...

Backbench Business: Royal Bank of Scotland (5 Nov 2015)

Jon Cruddas: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Edmonton (Kate Osamor) on introducing this important debate and thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting time for it. My take on the motion is fairly simple: what is there not to like? It suggests that the Government should “consider suspending the further sale of its shares in the Royal Bank of Scotland” and calls for...

Backbench Business: Royal Bank of Scotland (5 Nov 2015)

Jon Cruddas: I will come to the question of demutualisation in a moment. I simply suggest that Government Members read a book called “The New Few” by Ferdinand Mount, who happened to be Margaret Thatcher’s head of policy. He argued for a more resilient capitalism, including a mixed economy in banking provision, with mutuals, local regional banks and a wider distribution of banking...

Backbench Business: Royal Bank of Scotland (5 Nov 2015)

Jon Cruddas: A collective hit of £14 billion on taxpayers does not seem to be good, rigorous or empirically grounded economics, so my hon. Friend is absolutely right. Let me return to the question of bank deposits. Apart from anything else, the lack of diversity in the UK’s banking system leaves us extremely vulnerable; all our eggs are literally in one basket. If we look at the international...

Backbench Business: Royal Bank of Scotland (5 Nov 2015)

Jon Cruddas: Labour was in government, and many of us were arguing that we should have created this opportunity to diversity forms of banking products. The hon. Gentleman might have meant the debate about the future of the Post Office, and many of our colleagues were involved in trying to articulate the case for a Post Office bank that could offer robust, bona fide financial products to communities such...

Backbench Business: Royal Bank of Scotland (5 Nov 2015)

Jon Cruddas: My hon. Friend is exactly right, so let us talk about stakeholder banks and look at some of the evidence. I refer colleagues to the NEF document “Reforming RBS” and some of its findings. First, stakeholder banks tended to be better capitalised and less volatile before the crisis, and they were less exposed to the risky and speculative activities that caused it. Co-operative banks...

Backbench Business: Royal Bank of Scotland (5 Nov 2015)

Jon Cruddas: I agree. I was talking about co-operative banking across the whole of Europe, not the specific case of the Co-operative bank here in the UK, which does have problems. [Interruption.]

Backbench Business: Royal Bank of Scotland (5 Nov 2015)

Jon Cruddas: Point taken. The stakeholder banks across Europe kept the real economy going while commercials banks’ lending was crashing. The third point is that in the UK we paid the price for having deliberately dismantled stakeholder banks in the 1980s via demutualisation. We left ourselves with nothing to break the catastrophic fall in lending by the big banks, and since the crisis we have done...

Backbench Business: Royal Bank of Scotland (5 Nov 2015)

Jon Cruddas: That is a good point. What are they doing to build a more mixed economy that is more resilient and is not prone to the catastrophic speculative attacks and collapse in lending that we saw at the back end of 2008? It is not just in times of crisis that we suffer from our lack of a stakeholder banking sector; it is a problem for us in good economic times too. Research by NEF has found that...

Backbench Business: Royal Bank of Scotland (5 Nov 2015)

Jon Cruddas: The hon. Gentleman seems to be hiding behind one example when all the evidence across western market economies suggests that more co-operative banking does indeed have a part play in creating a more resilient modern capitalism. What does all this mean for RBS? The Government have presented an artificial choice between business as usual with taxpayer ownership and business as usual with...

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (15 Jul 2015)

Jon Cruddas: I will be brief, given that I want to leave sufficient time for the shadow Minister and the Minister to respond. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes) on securing this debate. From the contributions so far, I think we would all agree on what politicians tend to call the challenging environment that the trust has existed in for many years—including the...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — UK Sea Bass Stocks (3 Dec 2014)

Jon Cruddas: This topic is important. Only this past weekend experts called for a ban on trawlermen catching sea bass, given the evidence that angling offers three times the benefit to the economy. I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Meon Valley (George Hollingbery) on securing such an important debate, and I want to repeat some facts that he pointed out in his opening address. DEFRA’s own...

David Efemena (10 Nov 2014)

Jon Cruddas: Tonight, I wish to raise a number of issues regarding the tragic death of my constituent Mr David Efemena. First, I thank you, Mr Speaker, for the waiver of the sub judice rules regarding Adjournment debates, which is needed because the pre-inquest hearing begins on 17 November 2014. The issues that I will cover do not relate specifically to the findings of the coroner on the reasons for...


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