Stephen Hammond: I always hesitate to stop the Minister in full flow because he is such a joy to hear. Surely his commitment is the key point, because the Government consulted in 2012 and have committed to consulting in bringing in this legislation and aligning ATOL with the European directive. That needs to continue, because we will not transpose it into law until next year.
Stephen Hammond: I have been following the hon. Gentleman’s line of thought carefully. He seems to be seeking full protection for UK consumers buying in the EU. The EU package travel directive applies while we are still a member of the EU, but when we cease to be a member, the repeal Bill will have put its provisions in UK legislation, so surely the hon. Gentleman’s argument is unnecessary.
Stephen Hammond: rose—
Stephen Hammond: I congratulate the hon. Member for Warrington South (Faisal Rashid) on his maiden speech and his gracious tribute to his predecessor. When I read the Queen’s Speech, I see the essence of the Government’s economic policy—to continue to improve the public finances. Government is about taking the right and the hard decisions for this country. Improving the public finances,...
Stephen Hammond: Is it not even worse than that, in that the IFS said that there were £58 billion of uncosted promises in Labour’s supposedly costed manifesto?
Stephen Hammond: Following on from the comments of the hon. Member for Walsall South (Valerie Vaz), I look forward to welcoming my right hon. Friend to the best constituency in England at any stage in the next fortnight. Will my right hon. Friend ask the Transport Secretary to come to this House and make a statement on Crossrail 2? The Department has been considering the business case for a substantial time...
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to Transport for London's Strategic Outline Business Case for Crossrail 2.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the next stage of public consultation for Crossrail 2 is planned to take place.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's plans are for implementing Crossrail 2.
Stephen Hammond: What steps the Government plan to take to help the financial services industry prepare for the UK leaving the EU.
Stephen Hammond: I am grateful for the confirmation that the Government intend to include financial services in the free trade agreement. Will the Minister confirm that we will negotiate to ensure maximum access for licensed firms on the basis of mutual recognition and an equivalence regime?
Stephen Hammond: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
Stephen Hammond: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that as part of that plan the Government are committed to the putting the rights of EU citizens into British law via the great repeal Bill, and that nothing will affect those rights unless it has the consent of this House?
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 3.19 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much of the £450 million had been (a) released to Network Rail and (b) spent; and on what has that funding so far released been spent.
Stephen Hammond: What discussions he has had with the housing association sector on rent-setting policy post-2020 since the publication of “Fixing our broken housing market” on 7 February 2017.
Stephen Hammond: I thank my right hon. Friend for his answer. Indeed, the housing White Paper has been welcomed by housing associations. Does he agree that the future rent policy should not only guarantee affordability, but offer long-term certainty for housing associations, so that they do deliver the homes that we need?
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Network Rail's business plan for the digital railway is planned to be published.
Stephen Hammond: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many residential property transactions valued at (a) £125,000.01 to £250,000, (b) £250,000.01 to £925,000.01, (c) £925,000 to £1.5 million and (d) over £1.5 million there have been in Wimbledon constituency since 2012; and what the total stamp duty land tax revenue generated by those transactions was in (i) 2012,...
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are registered as self-employed in (a) Wimbledon constituency, (b) London and (c) the UK.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) restaurants and (b) wine bars will be eligible for the £1,000 business rate discount for public houses announced in paragraph 4.5 of the Spring Budget 2017.