Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend the Minister will know that many local authorities have reliefs, including small business relief, which they could use. Unfortunately, not all local authorities are using them. Will my hon. Friend say what the Government could do to encourage local authorities to use those reliefs so that all small businesses benefit?
Stephen Hammond: My right hon. Friend will of course know that the UK has a large surplus in services with the EU. Does he agree that, for the continued success of legal, professional and financial services post Brexit, not only mutual recognition, but UK-wide regulatory alignment with the EU will be necessary?
Stephen Hammond: Local authorities have a key role in combating extremism. Can the Home Secretary say exactly what the Government plan to do further to support local authorities to ensure that they can undertake this role?
Stephen Hammond: I particularly welcome the document that came out yesterday and the point it makes about regional rail partnerships, which many experts agree are the answer for driving passenger satisfaction and value for money. They should be the first stage towards vertically integrated companies. Will the Minister confirm that that might be the final destination for those partnerships?
Stephen Hammond: Along with many other Londoners, my constituents are concerned about the number of promises the Mayor appears to be breaking on transport infrastructure. Will my right hon. Friend confirm exactly what the Mayor now needs to do to progress Crossrail 2 so it does not become another one of his broken promises?
Stephen Hammond: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Harrow West (Gareth Thomas). I certainly agree with his remarks about the role of co-operatives in financial services and other parts of our economy. In fact, he and I have spoken about that previously. The Chancellor said that this was a Budget “fit for the future”. In many ways, all Budgets are fit for the future because it is the...
Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. That is an infrastructure problem, however, and I hope he will have noted a number of announcements on infrastructure today, including the fact that the roll-out of broadband is being accelerated. I absolutely agree that there is a massive problem, and I am very pleased that those on the Government Front Bench are doing something about it. At...
Stephen Hammond: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the right revised offer to the EU, far from throwing money away, will be worthwhile to secure the UK’s future trade relationship with our European neighbours?
Stephen Hammond: What recent steps she has taken to reduce the level of knife crime.
Stephen Hammond: On behalf of my right hon. and hon. Friends, I congratulate the Minister on her appointment. I thank her for her answer; she responded to the pressure well. Does she agree that it is a concern that, under the current Mayor, knife crime in London has risen in the past year? Does she also agree that the decision to close Wimbledon police station is clearly wrong-headed in that regard?
Stephen Hammond: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for the Prudential Regulation Authority to issue guidance for insurance firms headquartered in the EEA on the criteria for authorisations for third party branches and subsidiaries in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
Stephen Hammond: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Prudential Regulation Authority on its expected guidance to insurance firms headquartered in the EEA but which have branches in the UK on the process for future authorisations after the UK leaves the EU.
Stephen Hammond: Like my hon. Friend, I am keen to see that one of our major industries is preserved. Is not the overwhelming merit of his amendments 357 and 358 that they would preserve the Government’s ability to modify the regulations but give certainty on day one because they would deliver a functioning set of rules that could be on the statute book and would therefore take into account some of the...
Stephen Hammond: Is not the overwhelming advantage of this rule not that it would put any legal constraints on an authority but that it would allow flexibility to co-operate, making it more likely that we would achieve an equivalent regulatory solution more quickly?
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out all the rail projects that Network Rail has (a) agreed in principle or (b) contracted in the last 12 months that have been jointly funded with the private sector.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish any report his Department commissioned on railways from First Class Partnerships; and if he will make a statement.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of surface transport improvements to the rail and road network required for the expansion of Heathrow Airport to comply with environmental requirements set out in the final report of the Airports Commission, published in July 2015.
Stephen Hammond: The Government have helpfully published a number of sectoral post-Brexit plans. May I ask the Leader of the House to ask the Department for Exiting the European Union to publish a plan on financial services—our largest export sector and a big tax earner that employs many people in my constituency?
Stephen Hammond: In his answer to the shadow Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend said that there would be a vote at the right time. Will he confirm that the right time is prior to a deal being signed and before we leave the European Union in March 2019?
Stephen Hammond: Thank you, Mr Gray; I will try to follow your stricture to be quick. I congratulate the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Catherine West) on securing this important debate. It is a pleasure, as ever, to follow the hon. Member for Ealing North (Stephen Pound)—I always feel like the documentary after the comedy show. I will spare the Chamber pages of my usual introductory waffle...