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Results 141–160 of 1389 for speaker:Brian Binley

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

Brian Binley: Is not the other reason that we cannot make promises and mislead people that we do not know what mess this Government will get us in to? Is not that the truth of the matter?

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

Brian Binley: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his speech. His point about the Government’s analysis when introducing the measure adds great concern when one understands that the Chancellor has admitted that there was no science behind the Government’s decision. Are they not an irresponsible Government, grasping for political purposes without knowing the impact, the effect or, indeed, the overall...

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

Brian Binley: My hon. Friend touches on the City. That area of our economy seemed to receive great favour under the premierships of Mr. Blair and his successor. How does my hon. Friend think this Government intend to promote the City as an international centre, while increasing taxes in this way? Does that not defeat the object?

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

Brian Binley: No; I am listening intently.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Parliamentary Standards Authority (20 May 2009)

Brian Binley: May I pay my own personal tribute to you, Mr. Speaker, for your great personal kindness? I have been most appreciative and wish you the very best for the future. I welcome the acknowledgement by the Leader of the House of the difficulties faced by Members from the new intake, and her acknowledgement of the fact that most Members deal with their expenses in an honest and straightforward...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Schedule 17 (9 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: I am listening intently to the Minister. We have here a measure that is designed to give forewarning of sizeable transactions that the Department needs to look at more closely. Will he touch on the business of people who might wish to avoid paying sizeable amounts of tax being fined £300? That worried me, too. I just do not see the connection. Can he explain the thinking behind that level of...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Schedule 17 (9 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: One assumes that a fine is a deterrent: the whole concept of fining someone for not doing something is to ensure that they do what you wish them to do. I need to understand how much of a deterrent a fine of £300 will be to international financiers, because I do not get it. Perhaps the Minister could explain how that will act as a deterrent to stop someone failing to report what the...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Business Rates (15 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: The Government raised great expectations for small businesses through all the schemes that they broadcast left, right and centre, but they forgot to manage the process itself. In so doing, they did not provide the support in the sort of time required by small businesses. Many such businesses went to the wall because the Government did not understand management. Does the Minister recognise...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Business Rates (15 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: May I welcome the Minister for Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination to her position tonight? It is good to see her here. I was hoping that we might hear from her about a change of Government direction regarding the issue on which I want to spend my time this evening: automatic rate relief for small business. The Minister disappointed me enormously, but there is still time. She is...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: (Except clauses 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 20 and 92) - Clause 56 (16 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: On a point of order, Mr. Atkinson. Is the word scam a parliamentary term and should I feel offended?

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: (Except clauses 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 20 and 92) - Clause 56 (16 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: With respect, Mr. Atkinson, does not the hon. Gentleman recognise the old phrase, which I am sure most west country people would recognise, that he who pays the piper calls the tune? There is a symbolic aspect to this business that ought to be taken into account. One owes one’s loyalty to the person who hands out one’s pay packet. That is the point; will he recognise it?

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 67 (16 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: May I say what a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Hood? I am grateful to have the opportunity to speak on the clause, and I congratulate my Front Bench colleagues on emphasising its importance. It seems to me to be one of the most disturbing clauses in the Bill, not least for the wider reasons. My hon. Friend the Member for South-West Hertfordshire made the point that an...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 67 (16 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: Will the Financial Secretary give way?

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 67 (16 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: The Financial Secretary has just used the phrase “would have put at risk”, but what does that actually mean? Does it mean that he is not sure whether it is £200 million at risk or not?

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 67 (16 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: There is nothing at all in the amendment that stops the avoidance process of the scheme the Financial Secretary is talking about. It is simply the concept of the provision being a retrospective reaction to the matter, which has much wider implications than the scheme he is talking about. There are many examples of circumstances in which people in this country feel that others are avoiding tax...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 67 (16 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: Will the Minister give way again?

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 67 (16 Jun 2009)

Brian Binley: I shall now try to create the Binley doctrine, with your permission, Mr. Hood. We have a situation in which the Government, rightly and properly, are intent on cutting back on those people who act outside the rules of decency by avoiding tax. The Minister calls such behaviour a scam, which is a bit subjective, bearing in mind that it must have been legal or there would not have been a need...


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