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Results 61–80 of 1389 for speaker:Brian Binley

Speaker’s Statement: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (28 Apr 2014)

Brian Binley: Is the shadow Minister aware that we need 20 paths to take care of increased freight over the next 10 to 15 years, and that our current network cannot supply even one of those paths? Is not that a major reason for arguing for this Bill?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Royal Mail (1 Apr 2014)

Brian Binley: The evidence that the Select Committee heard on this issue showed that the prime movers in the bid, as contracted by the Department, had a range of up to £3.30. They confirmed to the Secretary of the State that no bidders would go above that level. That proved to be totally untrue. Their colleagues who helped build the book made a killing at the expense of the taxpayer. Can we be assured...

Written Answers — Treasury: Banks: EU Action (19 Mar 2014)

Brian Binley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the current activities of the high level expert group on the structure of the EU banking sector; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Mar 2014)

Brian Binley: So not me.

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day] — Supplementary Estimates 2013-14 — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Managing Flood Risk (3 Mar 2014)

Brian Binley: Does my hon. Friend know that in Northampton we had serious floods in 1947, as I have said, and flood defences were put in place that were later driven through by new development? One reason we were affected so badly in 1998 was those new developments.

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day] — Supplementary Estimates 2013-14 — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Managing Flood Risk (3 Mar 2014)

Brian Binley: This is an important and topical debate, and I congratulate many of those who have gone before me on their valuable contributions. It has been an excellent debate and many lessons can be learned. I pay a special tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater and West Somerset (Mr Liddell-Grainger) who, with waders to the fore, charged through the floods of the Somerset levels, leading...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Feb 2014)

Brian Binley: May I remind the Prime Minister that in 1998 Northampton suffered serious floods, sadly killing two people and affecting 2,000 houses? Since that time I have noticed that we have not over-bothered not to build on floodplains. After this episode has been dealt with and his time is more readily available, will he ensure that we do not build on floodplains so that people are not inconvenienced...

Children and Families Bill (Programme No. 3): Protection of Children’s Health: Offence of Smoking in a Private Vehicle (10 Feb 2014)

Brian Binley: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his speech and on introducing his private Member’s Bill, which followed mine a couple of years ago. I am concerned that Butler-Sloss’s amendment will water down the rights that we want to create for parents of either sex who do not generally live with the family. I urge the Minister, through you, Madam Deputy Speaker, to be absolutely firm on this point—

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Commission Work Programme 2014 (22 Jan 2014)

Brian Binley: It is important that the House considers the European Commission’s work programme, as we have done before. The Greek presidency has the potential to make a major difference to the EU at this critical time, and we should have every hope that it will attempt to make those changes, bearing in mind the recent history of the Greek Government. Greece is arguably one of the greatest victims of the...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Commission Work Programme 2014 (22 Jan 2014)

Brian Binley: My hon. Friend is, of course, right. We know that banking union was proposed as a last-ditch effort to give some confidence to the market, but I doubt whether these are the key economic promises for businesses across the EU—that is the truth of the matter. They are a long way from where voters would like the political emphasis to be placed—especially, if I may say so, in this country. It...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Commission Work Programme 2014 (22 Jan 2014)

Brian Binley: Tragically, this particular report makes the Government’s task even more difficult. These are real problems that need to be dealt with very quickly. The levers of monetary policy within the single currency have been almost completely exhausted: with interest rates at just 0.25%, it seems that the Commission’s only response is a further push for integration. It is as though it were...

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day] — Banking (15 Jan 2014)

Brian Binley: May I make the point that I did argue that business lending from the funding for lending scheme was very low indeed, and that is why Mark Carney took the action he did and why I want to see the Government make more sense of lending to small businesses, because that is where growth and well-being are going to come from?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day] — Banking (15 Jan 2014)

Brian Binley: I congratulate the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian Lucas) on a thoughtful speech. At least it ranged wider than the speech of the shadow Chief Secretary, for whom I have great respect but who surprised me by concentrating quite so much on bonuses, when this whole matter is of much wider import, quite frankly. Indeed, bonuses are an infinitesimal part of our banks’ throughput and lending...

Business Rates (4 Dec 2013)

Brian Binley: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, especially for telling me that my time has been cut short. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Rochdale (Simon Danczuk), who made some telling points. I lost him somewhere along the line, but in the main he made constructive points. Sometimes it befits the elderly to give a history lesson to those who follow, and it is often a salutary exercise. We...

Business Rates (4 Dec 2013)

Brian Binley: Having been inspired by Margaret Thatcher to start two businesses, and having seen those businesses grow to now having almost 300 employees, but having suffered massively under a Labour Government, may I tell the hon. Gentleman that small business does understand what Labour does and knows what happens when we have a Labour Government? Things become much more difficult, and it becomes much...

Recall of Elected Representatives: Clause 1 — Decarbonisation target range (4 Dec 2013)

Brian Binley: The hon. Gentleman is making a compelling case, and I appreciate the compassion with which he is making it. It is a good case to make. Does he agree, however, that the last Government did not act very wisely, or indeed very compassionately, in this regard? Fuel poverty increased each year when they were in office. While I accept the hon. Gentleman’s arguments, I should like to hear him...

Recall of Elected Representatives: Clause 1 — Decarbonisation target range (4 Dec 2013)

Brian Binley: I accept that I must apologise to the House for giving misleading figures. Fuel poverty increased every year from 2004 onwards, and those were the years when we were spending money like crazy. Does the hon. Gentleman accept that?


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