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United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 46 - Power to provide financial assistance for economic development etc (16 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: It is a privilege to speak so early in the debate. I rise in support of clauses 46 and 47 and to put on the record my support for the general principles of the Bill. The Bill is an essential building block of a successful and orderly Brexit and of a successful economy. People who say that they believe in those things need to back the Bill very strongly. People who say that they believe in...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 46 - Power to provide financial assistance for economic development etc (16 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: My right hon. Friend makes an important point, but let me be absolutely clear: I believe in devolution. Other Conservative Members may have different views, but I believe in devolution. When I was Secretary of State for Wales, I was charged with translating the Silk commission into a workable plan to devolve whole suites of new powers to the Welsh Government in Cardiff Bay, and I did that...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 46 - Power to provide financial assistance for economic development etc (16 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: I will not give way again, because lots of colleagues want to speak. The Bill strikes the right pragmatic balance in how it goes about strengthening the devolution settlement in the context of bringing back powers from the EU to the Governments of our internal market and how we divide up those powers and share them among the legitimate elected bodies that now constitute our constitution...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 46 - Power to provide financial assistance for economic development etc (16 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. There is a pragmatic purpose at the heart of the Bill, as well as a constitutional one. Again, I remember back to the days I was Secretary of State for Wales: there was no shortage of Opposition Members wanting to come to the Wales Office to discuss projects for which they were desperate to see funding. Time and again, we had to say to Labour colleagues,...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 46 - Power to provide financial assistance for economic development etc (16 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: It would be great—it would be perfectly neat—if LCMs were provided, but we are in a political context where, unfortunately, that looks very unlikely, because we are dealing with such big issues as Brexit and the future of our Union. We know that the representatives in government in Cardiff Bay and in Edinburgh have a fundamentally different view of the world from ours. I shall end by...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 46 - Power to provide financial assistance for economic development etc (16 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: The hon. Lady is making an interesting speech about the appropriate level of government for making decisions about projects and what projects constitute value for money, but at the heart of her argument is a serious proposition, which I think every Unionist in this House should find objectionable, which is that this elected UK Government should never have the ability to spend money in all...

Wales: Future Relationship with EU (16 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: The Minister will be aware of the news overnight that Hitachi has decided to pull out of the project to build the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey—a project that is not only of strategic importance to the Welsh economy but will help the UK to meet its net zero target by 2050. Will my hon. Friend leave no stone unturned in the quest to see whether there is a way forward for the...

Coronavirus (15 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: On the rule of six, I completely agree with my right hon. Friend about the importance of clarity and simplicity. Early on in the pandemic, we saw some of the problems that arise when different rules kick in in different parts of the United Kingdom. On that point, is there not a strong case for having one simple, understandable rule of six that applies right across the country and has high...

Treasury: Low-income Families (15 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: What fiscal steps he is taking to help families on low incomes during the covid-19 outbreak.

Treasury: Low-income Families (15 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: The commitment of this Government to ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society are protected through this crisis cannot be questioned. The scale of the intervention has been remarkable, but may I encourage the Chancellor and the Treasury team, as they begin making their plans for next year’s spending, to bear in mind the importance of the increase in universal credit that we made at...

Protection of Jobs and Businesses (9 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: I, for one, really think that the Government deserve enormous credit, not just for the sheer scale of the financial response to the pandemic, but for the speed with which key parts of the safety net were put in place really early on as the crisis unfolded. I say that first of all as a Welsh Member of Parliament who sat and listened to a near constant stream of criticism from Welsh Labour...

Protection of Jobs and Businesses (9 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: I am not going to give way—forgive me. For me, the subject we are discussing today is about two things. One is how we support livelihoods. How do we support families and help keep them afloat during this crisis? There is a point I would like to make, which has not yet been made, about the strengthening of our social security system. Alongside the schemes to support businesses and jobs early...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Debts: VAT (8 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether changes to the treatment of VAT on enforcement fees on judgement debt can be implemented without secondary legislation.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Debts: VAT (8 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which area of common law will allow for the implementation of the draft guidance on VAT on High Court Enforcement Officer Fees in its current form.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Debts: VAT (8 Sep 2020)

Stephen Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of charging debtors VAT on enforcement fees on other additional costs being passed onto the debtor not detailed in the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Sector: Reopening (9 Jul 2020)

Stephen Crabb: What steps his Department is taking to help the cultural sector reopen as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Sector: Reopening (9 Jul 2020)

Stephen Crabb: When it comes to live music and festivals, Britain probably leads the way. As the Secretary of State says, that success is built on an incredible ecosystem of British performers, technicians, sound engineers and many other freelancers. Will my right hon. Friend say a bit more about how he intends the major package of funding that he announced on Monday to be used to support this important...

Economic Update (8 Jul 2020)

Stephen Crabb: Make no mistake, what the Chancellor has announced today to save a generation of young people from bearing the brunt of this economic crisis is incredibly positive and to be welcomed. May I welcome, in particular, the determination of my right hon. Friend to avoid past mistakes in employment schemes, where we saw too many examples of young people in work placements not doing meaningful work,...

Wales: Covid-19: Economic Recovery (8 Jul 2020)

Stephen Crabb: What steps his Department is taking to support economic recovery in Wales as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Wales: Covid-19: Economic Recovery (8 Jul 2020)

Stephen Crabb: Wales desperately needs new projects to deliver growth and better quality work, so may I ask my hon. Friend if he will look at the proposals coming from the joint venture based in Pembrokeshire between Total and Simply Blue Energy for deploying floating offshore wind technology in the Celtic sea? I also ask him to use his office to ensure that Treasury and BEIS stay fully involved, because...


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