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Trade Bill: Free trade area for goods (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: With a heavy heart, I beg to move, That new clause 18 be added to the Bill. Question put. The House divided: Ayes 301, Noes 307.

Trade Bill: Transfer Schemes (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: It is a great pleasure to speak on Report and I rise to support new clause 9, amendments 20 and 21 and new clause 18. Let me start briefly with new clause 9. We are leaving the European Union and I accept the result of the referendum, but that referendum did not tell this House and this Parliament how we should do so. That is what Parliament is here to decide and what it is going to do. I...

Trade Bill: Transfer Schemes (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The right hon. Gentleman has just made the point that 79% of them do, and in business I was always taught the 80/20 rule, which I would advise him to apprise himself of. As I was saying, the White Paper is very similar to the common rulebook, and that I think is appropriate. I will not dally too long on clause 9, but I think that the EEA-EFTA, as an institutional structure, is off the shelf,...

Trade Bill: Transfer Schemes (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Very few people ever say that, Mr Speaker. It is a generous offer from the Front Bench, and one that I am tempted to accept, but I would say to the Minister: let’s do this the other way around. I will make him a generous offer. Why does he not accept new clause 18 today and then amend it in the Lords? [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!] I will tell the House why. Subsection (2) of my new...

Trade Bill: Transfer Schemes (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The Minister is a generous man—

Trade Bill: Transfer Schemes (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: And a good man, as my right hon. Friend says, and I know that he is fulfilling the Government’s wishes. But I remind him that I stood on a Conservative manifesto that said we were leaving “the” customs union. New clause 18 does not commit us to “the” customs union. It commits us to “a customs union”, which is a customs arrangement or a customs...

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Although I agree with my hon. Friend that franchising has severe problems and has run its course, does he agree that one of the central problems is Network Rail and its inability efficiently to allocate track access, and the money it gets for investment and upgrading, to the franchises, as it would do if there was more open access on the system?

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Does my hon. Friend agree that the concept of open access could drive efficiency back into the railway system, where it is needed? He mentioned the failure of the franchising system. Network Rail’s inability to link to the requirements of the operator is one fundamental problem with the rail system. A slot auction system for access could give Network Rail an incentive to align itself...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Mr Streeter, you will be pleased to hear that my final words will not be as long as my starting words. Thank you for being in the Chair this afternoon. I think you will agree that, although we did not have as many contributions as we sometimes have in such debates, they were of exceptionally good quality. I thank all hon. Members for contributing. The Minister said at the beginning that he...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The Minister is obviously right in what he has just said about tariffs. Does he also accept that the rulebook and some of the standards in it are likely to restrict our ability to have free trade with certain countries if they do not meet those standards?

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I beg to move, That this House has considered customs arrangements after the UK leaves the EU. It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair this afternoon, Mr Streeter. I am particularly grateful to have been selected to lead this debate. I led a debate on the European Free Trade Association and the European economic area in February, which I believe has brought that argument and some of the...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman is completely right and he guesses my next point. I was about to say that rules of origin should not be underestimated or lightly dismissed with the usual line that these issues were not a problem before we joined the EU, or by the extraordinary assertion—heard last week—that manufacturers would somehow be able to get cheaper components from somewhere else in...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about the example that she gives—the car industry. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has given us clear evidence on this, as well, in terms of the extra bureaucracy. It estimates that 180,000 exporters will now need to make a customs declaration for the first time, having not needed to do so previously. That is in addition to the 141,000...


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