Results 5321–5340 of 5476 for speaker:Hugo Swire

Regional Development Agencies (12 Feb 2002)

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Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Business Survival Rates (11 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) each English region and (f) each local authority in the United Kingdom, the percentage of businesses surviving three years for the latest period for which figures are available.

Written Answers — Treasury: Barnett Formula (11 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the factors he will take into consideration when deciding if the Barnett formula will remain the basis upon which changes in public spending totals resulting from the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review will be applied to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Written Answers — Treasury: Barnett Formula (11 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to review the Barnett formula following the findings of Census 2001 about Scotland's population.

Written Answers — Treasury: Meetings (11 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) individuals and (b) organisations with whom he has had meetings about the future of the Barnett formula in the last 12 months; and what meetings on this subject he has planned for the next six months.

Written Answers — Treasury: Economic Statistics (11 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) each English region and (f) each local authority in the United Kingdom (i) GDP per head of population, (ii) average gross weekly full-time earnings, (iii) average gross weekly household incomes, (iv) VAT registrations as a percentage of stock business and (v) VAT...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill: New Clause 6 — Aggravated tax credit fraud (7 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill: New Clause 6 — Aggravated tax credit fraud (7 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: In developing that theme, I wonder whether part of the problem is that those who run the fraud hotline do not feel that they are given enough support. I suggest that because I have a letter from my constituent, Julie Embling of the Acorn kindergarten in Exmouth, Devon—I wrote to the Under–Secretary of State for Education and Skills, the hon. Member for Bury, South (Mr. Lewis), in...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill: New Clause 2 — Means of payment of tax credits to recipients (7 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: It is true that many of the recipients of credits and benefits already have a bank account, but according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies extending the principle of tax credits to couples and individuals without children will bring an extra 250,000 single mothers and 170,000 working couples into the regulations. The IFS believes that in total almost 6 million households will receive some...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill: New Clause 2 — Means of payment of tax credits to recipients (7 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: Following on from what my hon. Friend has just said, does he agree with the similar comments of Donald Martin, the UK policy chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses? Mr. Martin said: "Businesses should not be treated as a social welfare arm of government. It is an invasion of employee privacy and a major distraction from the business of wealth creating activity."

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill: New Clause 2 — Means of payment of tax credits to recipients (7 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: I am particularly interested in this group of amendments, tabled by ourselves and the Liberal Democrats, because I represent a constituency that, like that of the hon. Member for Teignbridge (Richard Younger–Ross), has a lot of small businesses. My local businesses employ an average of between three and five people. We are a diverse community, largely rural but with some urban areas—and,...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill: New Clause 2 — Means of payment of tax credits to recipients (7 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was trying not to stray too far from the new clause, but obviously I failed. When we think about how we want people to receive their benefits, we must recognise the role of post offices. At this stage I shall make only a few comments about the burden on business, because we shall be debating that subject all afternoon. We have heard comments from the CBI,...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill: New Clause 2 — Means of payment of tax credits to recipients (7 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the point of the proposal is to give people a choice? It is important that people should have such an option.

Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Receipts (6 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish forecast receipts for (i) 2002–03, (ii) 2003–04 and (iii) 2004–05 from (a) income tax, (b) VAT, (c) corporation tax, (d) capital gains tax, (e) inheritance tax, (f) total taxation in Scotland and (g) North sea oil and gas revenues.

Gibraltar (5 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: Can I help the Foreign Secretary to retain at least a fig leaf of credibility in these shoddy dealings, and respond to questions that he has been asked repeatedly by Members on both sides of the House? Will he state categorically that in the event of the people of Gibraltar rejecting the stitch-up, which they surely will, the negotiations and anything relating to them will be taken off the...

Written Answers — Home Department: Police Service (Devon and Cornwall) (5 Feb 2002)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many special constables there were in Devon and Cornwall constabulary in (a) 1992 and (b) 1997; and what the latest available figure is; (2) how many special constables have left Devon and Cornwall Constabulary since 1997; how many have been recruited since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Gibraltar (31 Jan 2002)

Hugo Swire: Having listened to the Minister and other Government Members, I am reminded of the Fats Waller song that starts: "Won't you come into my parlour said the spider to the fly?" Fans of Fats Waller will remember that it continues: "Poor fly, poor fly, because he went into the parlour, unsuspecting little fly." The fly in this instance is not Spanish, unfortunately, but Gibraltarian. Let us face...

Gibraltar (31 Jan 2002)

Hugo Swire: I hope to address those points later in my speech. I was simply giving my views, which are widely shared, not least by the Spanish press, including El Pais. It is worth remembering that the last time Gibraltar voted on the issue in 1967, 12,138 were in favour of continuing ties to Britain and 44 were against—a convincing result—and I suspect that a new vote would look similar. At that...

Gibraltar (31 Jan 2002)

Hugo Swire: I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman, with his privileged information on what is really going on in these negotiations, would enlighten us on whether the Chancellor is putting pressure on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for some sort of settlement because of Gibraltar's peculiar tax position, in the wake of a case being launched in the European Court of Justice.


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