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Results 1–20 of 1433 for speaker:Brooks Newmark

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: Does right hon. Friend agree that the camaraderie in the Whips Office is a unique experience that he and I had together? Once a Whip, always a Whip.

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: I am sure that my right hon. Friend would like some more time. I am very much enjoying his speech, and I am interested in hearing his next point.

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: Will my right hon. Friend give way again?

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: I was not sure whether I was allowed a second intervention, Mr Speaker, but I wanted to make sure that my right hon. Friend could make as much progress as possible with his excellent speech.

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: As many Members here have said, it really has been a privilege to serve in this House. I think of myself as a nine-year-old boy moving to this country and merging two families when my mum, who is from the South Bronx and had four children, married my step-dad, who lived in a very large English country house and had four children, and they had two children between them. We became a sort of...

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: I thank my hon. Friend for his very kind comments, but I think that sometimes it is important that we put our families before ourselves, and that is a decision I have made. My constituents have been amazing. Over the past 10 years, I have probably dealt with about 10,000 bits of correspondence. I particularly want to thank my constituents for their support over the past year, both to me and...

Homelessness (Crisis Report) (25 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: With violence and abuse, one of the issues for many young people, unfortunately, is that they are forced to return to the area where they are from in order to get housing, even though that is the very environment in which they suffered the abuse. It would be good if the Government had a little more flexibility, in particular when dealing with young people subjected to a violent upbringing....

Homelessness (Crisis Report) (25 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: I appreciate that time is running out, and all the responses that the Minister is giving. For a young male between 16 and 24, it is particularly difficult to get any form of housing. That is a challenge, and although I understand why it is challenging, we need to address that. If we do not find support and housing for that group, it might unfortunately lead to greater problems further along...

Homelessness (Crisis Report) (25 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts, in this important debate. Homelessness remains a blight on our society. Its causes are complex, but it often happens due to a combination of family breakdown, mental ill health and substance abuse. Most people do not choose to be homeless, and society has a responsibility to care for the homeless, who are some of the most vulnerable...

Homelessness (Crisis Report) (25 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Later in my speech, I will come on to some of the good initiatives by the Government and the Mayor’s office to address homelessness, but first I will outline the numbers, and unfortunately the reality is that the numbers are rising. “The homelessness monitor” noted that there has been a continued growth in returner rough sleepers in London, and that is...

Homelessness (Crisis Report) (25 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: Again, my hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Along with many homelessness charities, the Children’s Society has done a lot of work focused on young people. That 16-to-24 age bracket seems to feel the brunt of homelessness. They are the people who are not served enough. With a little more focus on and support for that age range, I hope that the next Government will commit the resources...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: I will buy the hon. Lady an extra minute, because I can see that she has got a thick wodge. She is one of the more economically literate Members on the Opposition Benches and she has made a number of proposals, so I wonder how she proposes to pay for all those things. Is it more tax, more borrowing or a higher deficit?

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson), who is a powerful advocate for his region of the United Kingdom. He raised many important points. It has not been a balanced recovery; he is absolutely right. The south has done a little bit better than perhaps Northern Ireland and some of the areas of the north. However, as the Chancellor pointed out during his speech,...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: My hon. Friend and the hon. Member for East Antrim are both right. The hon. Gentleman’s point was that at the beginning things were a little slower than he would have liked for his constituents, but as he said—this is my point—recoveries are never linear. In the past five years, we have seen slower growth than we would have liked, but we have far more accelerated growth through 2014-15,...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. In introducing things such as the increased investment allowance—it was £25,000 and went up to £250,000—the Government have done a lot to help to turbo-charge investment. I shall come to the rate of investment and investment growth a little later in my speech. The important thing was that we dealt with the deficit up front and brought it down by...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: I do not want to use the expression ceteris paribus—all things being equal—but the Chancellor at that time was probably right. Unfortunately, he too would have faced a euro crisis, and things would have been very different from what he originally projected, just as things were different for my right hon. Friend the Chancellor when he made his original prediction.

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: I am trying to stick to Mr Deputy Speaker’s instruction to keep roughly to 10 minutes. Time and again, Labour Members talk about borrowing. Page 22 of the Red Book shows us that public sector net borrowing is coming down annually. That is the point. Labour Members look at the gross figure, but the important thing is that we are bringing borrowing down annually. In 2015, it will go down to...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: No, I am not giving way. I talked about the J-curve. Growth was slower to begin with, but the OBR is forecasting that growth will be much faster than originally predicted. In 2015, GDP growth goes to 2.5%. In 2016, it goes up another 2.3%, and 2.3% beyond that. It is important to note, as the Chancellor did, that we have rebalanced growth—we have growth in the north as well as in the south....

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Brooks Newmark: It is statistically worth pointing out that the direction in which we are heading is towards 35.2% of GDP, but that when the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Mr Brown) was Chancellor he was spending about 35.8% or 35.9% of GDP. There is not a huge difference between where we are going and where he was.


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