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Results 41–60 of 1389 for speaker:Brian Binley

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: Clause 12 (27 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Northampton.

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: Clause 12 (27 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I am most grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. He is held in very high regard in Northampton, not least because he is a native of the town. Will he accept that this is the weakness of tying in Crossrail in this respect? Although it might be important for Crossrail to raise that amount of money, should the fact that it may well be doing sizeable damage to the societies in other...

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: Clause 12 (27 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: All the evidence on parking charges in our towns suggests that they are so desperate for money that they will forget the importance of business. That is one of the major concerns of retail outlets in my constituency in relation to the massive business charge rises in my town. I do not buy the argument about the honour of local government when it is under pressure for money, as many...

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: Clause 12 (27 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Then I will sit down.

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: Clause 22 (29 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Dean. I have some concerns about the clause. I preface my remarks by saying that I am very worried about giving opportunity to any Government body to grab more money than they need to have for a given project. I have already mentioned that parking charges are now being used to supplement local government revenue incomes, rather than to...

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: None (29 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I seek your guidance, too, Mrs. Dean, because the schedule deals with refunds and credits and I am concerned about the total lack of any comment about refunds to the taxpayer, should the estimate for a given project be over-generous and there is a surplus at  the end of it. I see that refunds may be returned, but the schedule does not specify to whom they should be returned, other than...

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: None (29 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Thank you, Mrs Dean. The calculation of the cost of a given project sets the rate thereafter, irrespective of how long the project lasts. The whole thing will be framed, in terms of collection, and laid out in the initial prospectus. I understand that. However, I am concerned that Government projections are sometimes not as accurate as we would like them to be. I have heard that concern...

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: None (29 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: The Under-Secretary of State misunderstands me. I have no concerns about central Government leeching some of this money away—he might be pleased to know that— and I am sure that is not the intention under the Bill. I am concerned first about accountability, particularly with long-term projects. Secondly, I am worried that money may be leeched away either at the billing level or at...

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: Clause 24 (29 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I shall seek a little leeway here and simply ask whether my hon. Friend feels that this is a particularly good reason for at least allowing the ratepayers in areas affected by such projects to be involved every year to do some of the scrutiny that we are talking about.

Public Bill Committee: Business Rate Supplements Bill: Clause 24 (29 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: The point that the right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich makes is easily met by the Government simply saying that the provision places on the creators and proposers of a project a greater need for rigour, which is no bad thing in these circumstances.

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: I have been disappointed in the debate. It is important, but I have heard too much party political point scoring and, as my hon. Friend the Member for Esher and Walton (Mr. Taylor) said, too much about fabric and structure and too little about the quality of provision. The latter is what genuinely counts. I have heard little from a business perspective, or from the perspective of those who...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: I was about to deal with that point, and I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has prompted me. In a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce, more than 80 per cent. of British companies spend £100 or more per employee and 50 per cent. spend £250 or more per employee on training. More than 75 per cent. spend time identifying staff training needs, and more than 60 per cent. evaluate the...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: I would rather not, because time is limited and other hon. Members want to speak. British business is ready, willing and able to receive help with training and it wants to be involved. The problem is that all too often we do not talk to British business about training. We do not do outreach work; nor do we take training packages into the workplace in anywhere near the numbers needed. We do...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation: Self-Assessment (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to reduce HM Revenue and Customs' 6.5 per cent. interest charge for late returned self-assessment tax returns.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Departmental Legal Costs (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what costs were incurred by his Department in (a) legal fees, (b) court costs and (c) expert witness fees in the defence of the claim by Ruttle Plant Hire Limited up to the judgment of 29 September 2004.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Departmental Procurement (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to his Department of validation of invoices was by (a) (i) Mr. De Kock and (ii) Davis Langdon Everest before the Invoicing Panel was established and (b) the Invoicing Panel.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Departmental Procurement (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what costs were incurred by his Department in the validation of invoices submitted by Ruttle Plant Hire Limited relating to the foot and mouth outbreak before the formation of the Invoicing Panel in September 2001.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: A quarter of all council tax is now used to pay for local authority pensions. A former chief executive of Northamptonshire county council left his job 18 months ago at the age of 52 with a lump sum payment of £291,000 and a £97,000 a year index-linked pension, which is costing the county £600,000. Nice work if you can get it! When will the Government have the courage to tackle this...


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