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Results 1–20 of 1389 for speaker:Brian Binley

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: It was noticeable that the Minister claimed support from business, particularly in London, but pretty much all the bodies representing business have said that the rate is an extra tax, and another cash cow for local government. They are totally opposed to it. How does he equate that with the statement that he just made?

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Does my hon. Friend recognise that in certain parts of the country ground rents are being advertised at £1 per square foot simply so that the rates will be paid by the new tenant and not by the owner of the empty property?

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I follow an interesting speech by the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Paul Farrelly), in which he made remarks about a person whom I know, and knew reasonably well in the past. I was concerned that such remarks should be made, and I seek your guidance at the outset, Madam Deputy Speaker. It seems to me that a person ought to be given the right to put the record straight if they feel...

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I am most grateful for your guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I am grateful for that clarification, and I shall take it into account, as I am sure you would expect me to, Madam Deputy Speaker. I move on to business rate supplements, which are the subject of the debate. We have heard a lot about Crossrail, but I shall leave that issue alone. I spent two and a half years on the whole thing, and I am very doubtful whether it will ever get off the ground....

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I am delighted to offer the sedentary speaker a reply—we would guarantee loans—

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Of course, I accept your guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker, but you will recognise how provoked I was. Business has faced £66 billion of regulatory costs since the Government came to power. There are 800,000 people on the public sector payroll; only the wealth-producing sector has to support that. I am worried that we have seen little concern about that from Labour Members. All we have heard...

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Of course I will, but I am sure that you understand, Madam Deputy Speaker, that the background of the economic climate is a vital part of the debate.

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Absolutely right. We face a massive additional tax—or potential for it—in the business supplementary rate, which is the subject of the Bill, but it must be judged against the background of the business climate. You are right, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I have argued that enough, but it is important to make the point. Where did the idea for a supplementary business rate come from? It will...

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: You are absolutely right and I thank you again for your guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker. But the very fact that local government estimates are no better than Government estimates is why local business needs to be involved at every point. Local business knows that often estimates cannot be trusted. That is why we cannot set the level at a third of a given project, as is proposed, because there...

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Oh!

Written Answers — Defence: NATO/EU Military Commitments (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility of the UK's NATO and EU military commitments.

[Mr. John Cummings in the Chair] (13 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) for obtaining this debate, which is very well timed and presents a valuable opportunity to hon. Members who are affected by the sustainable communities project. I pay tribute to the Minister, who was good enough to visit Northampton. He showed a great interest and willingness to listen and to learn. We are lucky to have such a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Businesses (Financial Support) (14 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Small businesses have heard many fine words from this Government with regard to credit but have seen very little action, and frankly they are beginning to distrust whether anything will ever happen to help them. Will the Minister therefore tell us, in some detail, how he will assess and monitor the schemes, and how he will regularly report back to the House and the sector, to restore a little...

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

Brian Binley: It is a pleasure to serve in Committee under your chairmanship, Mrs. Dean. It is the first time that I have done so. I apologise for not being in Committee at our first sitting. I was hit by a virus, which I pray you do not catch. I was interested to learn that business men in a given area have a vote, although they might not live in the area. That seems an odd concept. In Manchester, many...

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

Brian Binley: It could not?

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

Brian Binley: It could. That is as I thought from reading schedule 1. There is nothing to say that it could not be a PFI scheme. How does that impact on the length of time, when a PFI scheme could be committing a business for 15 or 20 years?

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

Brian Binley: So a business in a given area might find itself committed to an extra taxation of that kind for 20 years. What assessment have you done of the impact on fair trade in relation to that? How does it impact on a business man with one particular business in Manchester that has a 20-year commitment to a PFI scheme and a business in Yorkshire that does not? How does it impact on fair trade? You are...

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

Brian Binley: Let me pursue that a little further. Transport clearly falls within the remit of a BRS.

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

Brian Binley: So the benefit—the return to a business—could be quite dubious, depending on the type of infrastructure, and bearing it in mind that the PFI contribution might only be 10 per cent. of the whole, but still a sizeable commitment.


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