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Results 101–120 of 1389 for speaker:Brian Binley

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: rose—

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: The Minister is always immensely kind to me. I am most grateful to him. As he will know, insolvency notices provide a sizeable part of the income of many of our local newspapers—he will see the irony in the fact that those newspapers are the subject of the topical debate to follow. Indeed, the Government have expressed considerable concern about the solvency of the local press. Has the...

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: What assessment has the Minister made of the relationship between small businesses involved in insolvency and those that he is discussing, which trade over a wider area? What evidence is there to support the statement that he has just made?

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: The hon. Gentleman raises a very important concern. I understand that the whole reason for doing that is to ensure that the money ends up in the hands of the creditors. Every small business man would support that, because they are the ones who get caught out and hurt by such cases. Will the hon. Gentleman explain where his fears might lie? I am perfectly happy to take the Minister's advice...

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: Will my hon. Friend tell us whether he has any shares in the London Gazette, because it sounds as if he does not have much of an interest in the paper?

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: This could well turn into a witch hunt—

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: Your words are most welcome and I am assured, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but I am concerned about the vilification of many good practitioners around the country who do a very good job indeed, particularly at this time, working into the late hours because of the number of insolvencies taking place. I want a little balance in that respect, and I am sure my hon. Friend would agree.

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: It is sometimes appropriate to issue guidance notes on matters of this kind. If the creditors were likely to be very local, could there be guidance to the effect that it might be useful to insert adverts in local newspapers?

Legislative Reform: Local and Regional News (19 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: I rise to speak unashamedly in support of my local newspapers, which have had a long and impressive involvement in the community. The most important of the various local newspapers is the Northampton Herald and Post, but the paid-for daily the Northampton Chronicle and Echo dates back almost 300 years. We are very proud of it, and it is an integral part of what Northampton is all about. The...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Business Rates and the Recession (25 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: Has my hon. Friend heard the reports that I have regarding the small business rate relief—that many local authorities are simply not taking steps to advise small businesses of their ability to apply? In that respect, they are not helping with the processes small businesses have to go through at this difficult time.

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Business Rates and the Recession (25 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: I am grateful to the Minister. He is always generous in giving way and, as my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) said, it is appreciated. What assessment have the Government made in relation to deferment of VAT payments with regard to indebtedness? When a drowning man sees something in front of him to grab hold of, he grabs hold of it. My concern is that the...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Business Rates and the Recession (25 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: I have a quick and simple message for those on the Government Front Bench. I want to concentrate on the plight of small business and to make the point that it is in serious trouble, much of which is due to this Government. The Government are doing lots of things not very successfully because they did not take into account the fact that they had to administer and manage their projects. Also, I...

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Ashraf (Geneva Convention) (25 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that President Talabani has said: "The Monafeqin are criminals who have committed countless crimes against the people of Iraq too and the Iraqi government is determined to expel them and it will carry this out"?

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Ashraf (Geneva Convention) (25 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: I am merely listening intently.

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Ashraf (Geneva Convention) (25 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: I start by offering hearty congratulations to my friend the hon. Member for Thurrock (Andrew Mackinlay), who has been a doughty fighter for this cause for many years and who, since I have been a Member of this place, has been at the forefront of this battle. His efforts deserve congratulations and need to be recognised. Let me read out one of the most chilling statements that I have heard in...

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Ashraf (Geneva Convention) (25 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: I understand my hon. Friend's point, but we would not be here today if we did not think that the Government were prepared to bring some influence to bear. That is the very reason why we are debating the issue. I have every faith that the Minister, who we all know to be a good and fine man, will give us some words of hope in that respect when he speaks. Members of the civilian population have...

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Ashraf (Geneva Convention) (25 Mar 2009)

Brian Binley: Our permanent membership of the UN Security Council has an impact on our responsibilities for upholding international humanitarian law. Therefore, are there not responsibilities in that respect?

Business of the House: Coal and Carbon Capture and Storage (23 Apr 2009)

Brian Binley: I, too, welcome this statement. I do not wish to be churlish, so I pay tribute to the work done by the right hon. Member for Croydon, North (Malcolm Wicks), who laid the platform for this particular statement—we should recognise that fact. May I also say that I hope that my own Front-Bench team will become more consensual once the Budget period is out of the way? I wish to ask two very...

Developing Country Debt (Restriction of Recovery): Finance Bill (6 May 2009)

Brian Binley: My right hon. Friend touches on a point of confidence, which seems not to be understood by members of the Government. The fact is that small businesses are all about survival nowadays, so they need their confidence improved in order to improve the position of the economy generally. However, their confidence will not be improved as long as the Government produce Budgets and Bills of this kind....

Developing Country Debt (Restriction of Recovery): Finance Bill (6 May 2009)

Brian Binley: My hon. Friend is making a powerful case, to which I hope the Minister is listening. I wish to return to the question of confidence. My hon. Friend makes the point that the number of unemployed will rise, but does he take into account the fact that for every one person who becomes employed, two people are worried about being employed? That has a dramatic impact on confidence and is another...


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