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Results 81–100 of 1389 for speaker:Brian Binley

Regulation of Refractive Eye Surgery: New Clause 1 — Annual report by scrutiny group of reserve forces and cadets associations (20 Nov 2013)

Brian Binley: My right hon. Friend is very kind. I have heard a lot about the Army and Reservists, but little about small and medium-sized enterprises. We need to look at that particular aspect. I know little about defence, but a lot about SMEs, and I know about the damage that can be caused if we take one man out of a five-man team in an SME. I do not believe that the Minister has thought enough about...

Gibraltar: Start-up Loans (20 Nov 2013)

Brian Binley: I congratulate Mr Martin and wish him well. I started two small businesses that now employ almost 300 people, having gone into a sub-branch of Lloyds bank and come out with a facility of £60,000 in 1989. That would not happen now, so my concern is about whether information is getting through properly at the coal face. Will the Minister tell us whether that is happening, and will he continue...

Women and the Cost of Living (19 Nov 2013)

Brian Binley: I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point, but he has already admitted that there are considerable differences in the UK—in my constituency, the situation is very much brighter—which suggests a structural imbalance. Would he agree that the last Government did nothing, in any real terms, to address that structural balance, which is one of the reasons for the situation he is describing?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (19 Nov 2013)

Brian Binley: My A and E department has seen a massive 30% increase in patient throughput in recent years and a concerning 16% in recent months. Furthermore, 100 people who do not need medical care are taking up beds. I have recently organised meetings between local government leaders and the chief executive officers of our hospitals to explore other ways of dealing with these problems. Will the Secretary...

Clause 1 — Referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union (8 Nov 2013)

Brian Binley: Will the right hon. Gentleman explain why an exit would cause the loss of loads of jobs in this country when we have a balance of payments deficit with the EU of some £70 billion?

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill (5 Nov 2013)

Brian Binley: My hon. Friend mentions taxation. Does he agree that the Treasury seems to be turning a deaf ear to the pleas of, for instance, those who play bingo, which is being taxed much more heavily than almost every other form of gambling?

Business of the House: Clause 1 — Preparatory expenditure (31 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: Is not the fact of the matter that the real bottleneck is Birmingham? If we follow the suggestion that we start the project from the north, Birmingham will become an absolute nonsense in terms of railway transport.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Changes to Health Services in London (30 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: My own general hospital, in keeping with many throughout the country, has come in for unfair criticism owing to the increasing pressures being exerted on its A and E department. What does the Secretary of State think has caused those pressures, and will he reassure my constituents by telling us what he is doing to help relieve A and E departments?

Opposition Day — [8th Allotted Day] — Northern Ireland (23 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: My hon. Friend is making a thoughtful speech. I congratulate the Select Committee, which he chairs, on its work. I also congratulate my hon. Friends in the Democratic Unionist party on securing this timely debate. Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the best ways to make progress on burying the past would be for Sinn Fein Members to come to this House and take part in debates such as these?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I know that the Prime Minister is very well aware of the concerns that many of our people have about rising energy prices. Will he therefore act to reduce the effect of Mr Huhne’s unfortunate legacy by cutting the carbon reduction policy, elongating the targets and relieving the burden on both consumer and business man?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: Will the Minister give way?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: The Minister is very kind. Does he not recognise, however, that the car parks of out-of-town developments are not rated?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I welcome the hon. Gentleman’s remarks. Will he also recognise that the Northampton Alive project—which he has shown some interest in, for which I am grateful—is transforming our county town?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we could have made our town centres much more user-friendly and retail-friendly than they are? I recognise that out-of-town centres are demand driven, but we could have made the retail offer better in our town centres and we have failed to do so.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I commend the Opposition on bringing forward this motion. This is a timely debate and I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute. I wish to make two points, but first please allow me to say that in the last Parliament, in ancient history, I chaired a commission on the whole business of strategies for successful town centres. My foreword started by saying: “Our town and city centres...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I understand the point about out-of-town shopping centres, and I will come to that, but neither party in government has anything to crow about in this direction. I urge this Government to be more positive. Turning this into a party political battle does not help when we analyse the real causes, but I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s question. I wish to make two simple points, the first...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I cannot make the point I made about businesses being driven out of town centres because of high rates without accepting the hon. Gentleman’s point, and I am happy to do so. Small business rate relief is still made a mystery to many local businesses in our town centres. We have not given it the push it needs and deserves, and many of the opportunities remain unclaimed by small businesses. I...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I always agree with my hon. Friend and I am grateful for his support in this area of policy. Having said that out-of-town development has been immensely harmful, not least in the imbalance of valuation of rate, I shall come on to the damage done by local government. Councils have been the major enemy of our town centres for 30 years. That applies to Labour councils, Liberal councils and...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: Does my hon. Friend agree that, although pubs are very important to our town centres and communities, they do not need to stay open until 4 o’clock in the morning to serve that purpose?

Written Answers — Treasury: Renewable Energy: Government Assistance (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of annual (a) direct and (b) indirect subsidy supplied to support UK renewables is.


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