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Results 121–140 of 1389 for speaker:Brian Binley

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

Brian Binley: My hon. Friend has touched on a very important point, which is the impact on our rural society. There are three elements to a village: the pub, the post office and the school. If we get rid of the pub, we begin to see the demise of the village. Is that a fair point that the Government ought to take into account, but have failed to?

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 7 — Charge and main rates for financial year 2010 (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: I declare an interest as the chairman of an SME that employs about 140 people and that pays well below the corporate tax rate affected by the present discussion, although we hope that, one day, we will get there. We do, however, service a number of companies that are in the relevant tax bracket, and therein lies my interest, because supply chains are a vital component of the whole structure....

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 7 — Charge and main rates for financial year 2010 (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: Of course my right hon. Friend is correct. Many of the greatest business supporters of the current Government were the proponents of such exercises. The hon. Member for Coventry, North-West—I repeat that I hold him in great esteem—said that the argument was about timing. That was the essence of why he did not want to support a cut to 25 per cent. at this moment. I would argue that it is...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 8 — Small companies' rates and fractions for financial year 2009 (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: It is. We should recognise that the seniority to which I referred was with regard to pecking order, rather than anything else. I welcome the general thrust of the hon. Gentleman's proposal; there is a need for a more graded relationship to corporate taxation, particularly for micro-companies. He has the good will of the Committee in this respect, and I hope that the Government will take that...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 8 — Small companies' rates and fractions for financial year 2009 (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: Of all the things the Government have done in recent months, one of the worst was to increase corporate taxes for the small business sector. The timing of this proposal has been disastrous, and the Government—and many of their supporters—recognise the problems. The increase has had a depressing effect on small businesses. It has prevented entrepreneurs from starting businesses, and it has...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 8 — Small companies' rates and fractions for financial year 2009 (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: My hon. Friend makes a vital point. Many small businesses that were thinking in the longer term have ceased to do so. Many of them are simply looking to the next six to nine months in the hope that they will still be around. As I said, cash is king, and the amendment would provide a little more cash for such businesses at the end of the financial year to enable survival, after which they can...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 8 — Small companies' rates and fractions for financial year 2009 (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making that point, because it allows me to point out that just a £2,000 bad debt can be the end of a very small company. That sort of saving might ensure its survival, which is why I seek the Government's support for the amendment. If that is not forthcoming, I hope they will think about this matter more constructively than they have to date. I am told...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 8 — Small companies' rates and fractions for financial year 2009 (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: I am listening intently to my hon. Friend's speech, and I congratulate him. I meet many small business people who are beginning to despair and feel that the burdens are getting too heavy for them to continue the journey. This is about spirit as well as money; it is about giving a sign of encouragement as well as taxation. Does my hon. Friend agree?

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 8 — Small companies' rates and fractions for financial year 2009 (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: May I give the example of a small company in my constituency that sells wood-burning fires for companies? They cost £200,000 whereas the very big ones cost £500,000. A sizeable grant is available, but what I hear is, "People cannot afford the stuff even though they get a very good grant." That is what I mean about survival. People are not spending, even though the grant incentive is...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 8 — Small companies' rates and fractions for financial year 2009 (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: The Minister is most generous in giving way again, and I am most grateful. I accept the value of the benefits that the Minister has outlined—it would be churlish not to—but my point is that the customers of the business to which I referred say that, even though they get a lot of grant, they simply do not have the money that they need to put in themselves. They get a 40 per cent. grant,...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 9 — extension of reduced standard rate and anti-avoidance provision (12 May 2009)

Brian Binley: Does my hon. Friend agree that for every job loss, two people are equally worried about the possibility of losing their job, which widens the trend that he is discussing? Does he accept that analysis?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Speaker's Statement (13 May 2009)

Brian Binley: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it right that a Member should use your statement to further a political cause? Would you argue that that is not what your statement was about?

Bill Presented: Clause 20 — Bingo duty (13 May 2009)

Brian Binley: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that this is an iniquitous tax, being paid mostly by the elderly grandmothers and people of that sort who frequent our bingo halls? Are the Government not being unkind to that group of people?

Bill Presented: Clause 20 — Bingo duty (13 May 2009)

Brian Binley: In my constituency, a well-managed and organised bingo hall provides highly subsidised food for people. Many of my elderly residents go along there at 12 o'clock, have a well-prepared lunch, then stay on for the entertainment at a relatively cheap rate until 4 o'clock. That is almost a social benefit, and that should be taken into account by the Government.

Bill Presented: Clause 20 — Bingo duty (13 May 2009)

Brian Binley: The hon. Gentleman is very knowledgeable about these matters and is a great supporter of bingo clubs, as he is of his community generally. Does he think that that tax increase was about clawing back some of the money the Government thought they gave away by doing away with double taxation, or was there another reason?

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 6 (19 May 2009)

Brian Binley: I am a little surprised that the Financial Secretary mentioned the Institute for Fiscal Studies, because it also predicted that the tax would generate almost nothing. I am wondering whether the definition of “almost nothing” and agreement with the Financial Secretary coincide. This causes me concern, and I am also concerned that the Chancellor said that there was no science to...


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