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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sammy Wilson: I am surprised by the intensity of the controversy that has crept into this debate. The Labour party and the Scottish nationalists say they support the principles behind universal credit—that will have implications for how it operates—and the Liberal Democrats actually helped to introduce it, yet we have this degree of controversy. Of course, we have heard hard stories today, but...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sammy Wilson: If we added up the number of people who come with tax credit and benefit problems and so on, I guarantee we would find the same level of dissatisfaction with the existing system. I accept that there are problems with the new system, but we have to give some credit to the Government for listening. We have raised several issues in our discussions. There were the online difficulties, and we now...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sammy Wilson: I am surprised that the hon. Lady, as a Unionist, has not identified where the real problem lies in reforming the Government in Northern Ireland—with Sinn Féin. We are happy to enter government tomorrow with no preconditions to sort out these problems. That brings me neatly to the point I want to make. When universal credit was first suggested—I was a member of the Executive...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sammy Wilson: No, it was not; it was selfish.

Finance Bill: Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (11 Oct 2017)

Sammy Wilson: First, I welcome the proposal in the Finance Bill, which adds to the previous decision about devolving corporation tax to Northern Ireland and giving us autonomy to make decisions about what the appropriate level may be. I am a bit bemused by new clause 2. The argument is that devolving corporation tax to Northern Ireland and our having a different rate will somehow or other open the door to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Common Travel Area (13 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: The Government have produced a thoughtful, imaginative and innovative position paper on the issues of movement of people and goods across the border on the event of exit. Is the Secretary of State therefore disappointed that Dublin Ministers have taken up Sinn Féin calls for a border along the Irish sea, for special status for Northern Ireland and for staying in the customs union,...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Let me make it clear to the House what the deal between our party and the Government is. First, there are no side deals; it is a confidence and supply agreement. The important point for this debate is that the purpose of the confidence and supply agreement is to ensure stable government over the period of this Parliament, and that requires the Government to be able to get their Bills through...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that that has been shown to be true not only in the case of corporation tax but, in the Irish Republic, in the case of VAT? When VAT was reduced on aspects of the hospitality industry, tax revenues actually went up because that reduction generated more business. Indeed, there may be lessons to learn on VAT rates for the hospitality industry in the United...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that an important issue in respect of connectivity and airports is the detrimental impact that high levels of air passenger duty have on the opening of new routes and on encouraging people to use existing routes from the United Kingdom to other parts of the world? The Government need to look at that seriously. What should we do about air passenger duty,...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

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Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: I, too, welcome the fact that the Government have listened to many small businesses not just on their concerns about the extra work load but on how many businesses in rural area have already been able to submit their accounts digitally. Now that there has been a delay, and regardless of whether there will be an extension, will the Minister assure us that the Treasury and HMRC will consider...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: DUP Members’ starting point on the Bill is, “Does it help us deliver the will of the people of the United Kingdom to leave the EU?” We believe that it does. We believe that it is, in fact, an essential building block. I have listened to the arguments that have been made today. Some Opposition Members—the hon. Members for Bath (Wera Hobhouse) and for Cambridge (Daniel...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: The fact that we do not have an Assembly in Northern Ireland might make it easier for the Government, but we will leave that aside. The other argument that has been made is that the Bill is flawed and people want changes, yet the only way of getting them is to allow it to go to the next stage where the Minister has already made it clear he will consider amendments, provided that they are not...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Of course there are limits, and the ultimate limit is that we have heard speeches from Government Members today, and a considerable number of people, not just on the Opposition Benches, have made it quite clear that they perceive dangers in this Bill and would not give the Government a free hand. If Ministers tried to overstep the promises made on the Floor of the House and the limits on the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Of course. That is the flaw in the argument of Opposition Members who have said that this Bill is flawed and therefore ought to be rejected tonight. If the Bill is flawed, the place to change it is here when it comes back for debate and amendment in Committee. That is the real test of whether people want an effective Bill, or no Bill because they do not want us to leave the EU in the first...

Korean Peninsula (5 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: It is a great pity that some Opposition Members have chosen this occasion to attack the President of the United States, rather than those who caused the current crisis: the North Koreans. The effect of sanctions is likely to be limited because we are dealing with a deranged, selfish leader who cares little about the suffering in his own country. Will the Secretary of State tell us what...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Sammy Wilson: I welcome the Secretary of State’s paper on Northern Ireland, particularly the assurances to Unionists that the border will not be drawn along the Irish sea, and equally to nationalists that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. I especially welcome the fact that those goals are achievable because of the practical measures suggested in the paper....

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Growth (18 Jul 2017)

Sammy Wilson: One of the ways of reducing the deficit is by increasing economic growth, rather than increasing taxes or reducing spending. What steps is the Chancellor taking to produce economic growth, and how are his efforts being affected by those who continually talk the economy down and predict dire effects from Brexit, even though their predictions to date have been proved wrong?

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Sammy Wilson: First, I want to make clear the commitment in our manifesto; the proposer might find more enlightenment and balance in our manifesto than he does in his own. Our manifesto has committed us to continue this campaign and to continue giving the support that we afforded in the previous Parliament. The issue is one of fairness. People have already said that the main problem is not that the pension...

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Sammy Wilson: The rise in inflation, the recommendations of pay review bodies and the closing of the gap between private sector and public sector pay have quite rightly focused attention on the whole issue of the current pay policy. Does the Chief Secretary agree that rhetoric about austerity and uncosted and unfinanced amendments to the Queen’s Speech in this House are no substitute for looking at...

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