Results 1–20 of 1519 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stewart Hosie

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Stewart Hosie: The Secretary of State is very generous in giving way. He says that he is unhappy that he cannot publish the most up-to-date report, because it would give the Government—I am paraphrasing here—a glowing report card. I wonder what was assessed. Is he not aware that housing providers, housing associations and others say that every single one of their tenants who has moved on to...

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: Order. Before I call the next speaker, I note that five Back Benchers wish to speak. Although I cannot enforce a formal time limit, if they can keep their remarks to around five minutes each, the Front Benchers can start at half-past 10.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: It is always a pleasure to follow the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke). I was struck by his discussion of his bus pass, state pension and winter heating allowance. It might be that the right hon. and learned Gentleman does not need these things, but if we begin to erode them and means test them, the problem is that those who do need them will not claim, and—I...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: I agree with the first part of that intervention entirely. The big story from the Budget was that the growth figures were marked down over the entire forecast period, that productivity per head was almost halved for that period, and that pay growth was marked down, which has an impact on real people. As for a debate, we have been having debates about the productivity conundrum and growth...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: My hon. Friend is right. Every single assessment that we have seen, starting with the leaked Treasury document of a couple of years ago, says that the worst-case scenario—if there are tariffs, other regulatory barriers and an immediate reversion to World Trade Organisation rules—is a 10% hit on GDP, full stop, before we start. I do not understand why anyone—even Tories, and...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: I will in a little while. The Resolution Foundation has reported that productivity growth in the 10 years to 2020 will be the lowest for 200 years. As a result, we have the worst economic growth forecasts that the OBR has ever delivered. Equally importantly, the forecast for the UK’s balance of payments current account as a share of GDP has also been downgraded significantly due to a...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: In one second. These existing trade agreements will be vital if our economy is to thrive. I give way one more time.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: Of course, leaving the world’s most successful trade body and access to half a billion customers, tariff-free, would be an idiotic thing to do at any point. The fact that we are doing it now—and, more importantly, unprepared—is key. I will say a little more about that. The existing trade agreements that are being discussed are vital if our economy is to thrive. The...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: One would have thought so, given the number of times the Government have been told that this is an ongoing problem. I could almost repeat it verbatim: there is £23 per kWh charge in the north-west of Scotland and a £7 per kWh subsidy down in the south of England. At some point soon, now that the Government have a clean energy strategy as part of the future economy, I hope that even...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: That sounds to me like a pitch for inward investment for Barra, given what my hon. Friend says about 48 megabits per second. The whole point is that it is possible to deliver to some of the most remote communities the kind of access to technology that every business and individual needs. We welcome the fact that the UK Government have published their industrial strategy, and we are committed...

Paradise Papers (6 Nov 2017)

Stewart Hosie: It may well be that sheltering from our tax authorities sums of money greater than the GDP of many countries is not illegal, but does the Minister agree that that is precisely the problem? Does he also agree that the Paradise papers revelations, and the massive sums involved, now offer no hiding place for those who would deny a public register of beneficial ownership of funds and trusts, as...

Finance Bill: Trades and property businesses: calculation of profits (31 Oct 2017)

Stewart Hosie: My hon. Friend makes the interesting point that this is not simply about making a change for the future, but about repaying the money that has been overpaid for some years. Will she re-emphasise to the UK Government the message that we are not simply looking for such a change, but want paid back that which should never have been paid in the first place?

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (25 Oct 2017)

Stewart Hosie: In 24 hours, the people of Dundee will wave off the bid for the 2023 European Capital of Culture. It is a fantastic bid that will generate 1,500 jobs and add 5% to local GDP. Will the Prime Minister, notwithstanding her current difficulties with Europe, back this bid, given that it comes from the most innovative and forward-looking city in the whole UK?

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Stewart Hosie: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Braintree (James Cleverly), with whom I agree entirely on the support that small, digitally enabled microbusinesses need to compete with the large, global, mention-no-names fulfilment operations. I hope he is right that the Bill delivers the support that smaller businesses need. It is also a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Liverpool,...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Stewart Hosie: Obviously this has very little to do with the Finance Bill, but for the sake of completeness, the right hon. Gentleman might want to remind the House that the Scottish National party won the election in Scotland with a majority, which is something that the Tories do not have. As for nationalism, I think he should perhaps look in the mirror and reflect on his British nationalism before he...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Stewart Hosie: Would it not be better for this Government, instead of allocating spending into the next Parliament, to spend that money now and invest in something like a national investment bank so that they and other bodies will have the ability to mitigate the damage a hard Brexit will cause?

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Stewart Hosie: The Financial Secretary uses the example of someone who works through a company, and compares that with a wealthy investor with a large portfolio. The concern many of us have is for the small businessperson—the owner-proprietor—with a start-up business earning a very modest wage who relies on the £5,000 tax-free dividend in order to make ends meet. What consideration has he...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Stewart Hosie: The Minister just prayed in aid the new penalties for the enablers of tax avoidance, which I welcome. This Bill is riddled with retrospective legislation, which I hope he will say more about later, but will the Minister explain to the House why those new penalties do not kick in until after the Bill receives Royal Assent when there is retrospectivity all over the place in the rest of the...

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Stewart Hosie: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship in this summer Adjournment debate, Madam Deputy Speaker. As everyone else has, I wish colleagues and staff all the best for the recess. Of course, many of our colleagues—and their staff—who lost their seats might not have quite such a happy summer, as they face in some cases quite uncertain circumstances. I wish to say a little...

Business of the House (29 Jun 2017)

Stewart Hosie: Like many Members, I have had occasion to sign off referrals to ombudsman services. In most instances, the determinations —matters can only be accepted or rejected—are sufficient for my constituents, but they cannot be appealed against. May we have a debate in Government time on the working of ombudsman services, and, in particular, on what recourse constituents may have if they...

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