Results 181–200 of 732 for speaker:Jim McGovern

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Video Games (14 Jul 2011)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to support the computer games industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2011)

Jim McGovern: May I thank the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire (Peter Luff), for agreeing to meet me yesterday to discuss the potential implications of the SDSR on organisations that depend almost entirely on Ministry of Defence contracts for their survival? I was perhaps a tad parochial at that meeting in stating the case for the Remploy factory in my...

Computer Games Industry (29 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: I thank the Minister for giving way. The figures given to the Scottish Affairs Committee during its inquiry suggest that the tax breaks received by the film industry cost in the region of £110 million a year. The previous Government committed themselves to tax breaks for the computer games industry worth £55 million a year. However, the computer games industry generates more for our GDP...

Computer Games Industry (29 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: The Minister said that I should ask my Front-Bench colleagues to sign up to this. Obviously, they have: they made a commitment prior to the general election that they would give tax breaks to the computer games industry. The Minister’s party also supported that, as did the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National party. I am not looking for a U-turn; I am looking to the Government to...

Computer Games Industry (29 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth, and I thank the House and the Speaker’s Office for giving me the opportunity to raise an issue of great importance to my constituency: the computer games industry. As hon. Members will be aware, calls for the Government to provide more support to this important industry have been made for some time, and during both the previous...

Computer Games Industry (29 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. I can quote from the evidence taken by the Select Committee on Scottish Affairs, which conducted an inquiry into this subject. It was said in that Committee that on 29 March—just five weeks before the general election—the then shadow Minister said that the Conservatives were “going to support tax breaks for the video games industry…We are...

Computer Games Industry (29 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. The Government seem to be saying that differences in corporation tax and research and development tax credits are good enough to support the computer games industry. My view and that of TIGA, the association that represents the computer games industry, is that a one-size-fits-all policy is not good enough and there should be a specific solution for...

Computer Games Industry (29 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: There has been an estimate. TIGA reckons that tax breaks would help 2,500 new jobs to be created and would maintain and protect 3,000 current jobs.

Computer Games Industry (29 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: I certainly do agree. We do need a long-term strategy. Everyone involved with the computer games industry—it is a big thing in my constituency of Dundee West—agrees that a long-term strategy is required, but in the short term, to prevent companies from going bust or moving to Ireland or Canada, tax breaks would be very important. They would be a big factor in helping companies to survive....

Computer Games Industry (29 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. He is absolutely correct. When we took evidence at Abertay university, we were told that, every day, students there who are studying the computer games industry and will graduate in that subject are receiving phone calls from France, Ireland and Canada saying that they will be offered a job there. Most of the students who study computer games do...

Computer Games Industry (29 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: I certainly would not disagree. As I said earlier, the Government could do much more. The hon. Gentleman makes a valid and important point. I sincerely fear that we have an overly simplistic one-size-fits-all solution that does not address the differing needs of UK businesses. Economic growth is stagnating, inward investment has fallen sharply since the crash and remains low, and computer...

Leader of the House: Southern Cross Healthcare (16 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: All the contributions today have concentrated mainly on the rights and plight of residents, which is entirely understandable—I would not expect it to be any other way—but we should also think about the work force of Southern Cross. Just yesterday I was in touch with the local GMB organiser in Dundee, John Moist, who told me that at the homes in Dundee the work force are totally...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Computer Games Industry (16 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on future Government support for the UK computer games industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Computer Games Industry (16 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: I do not know about high-speed broadband, but that was a high-speed answer—and I am sure that the Minister will appreciate that it is not the one I was looking for. He will be aware that games companies in the UK are closing and that many of their staff are going to Canada. Ireland is now looking to introduce tax breaks, but for some reason this Government persist in doing nothing. Will the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Industrial Action (Public Sector) (15 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: Does the Minister agree that pensions should be regarded as deferred wages, and that therefore, as my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall North (Mr Winnick) said, it should come as no surprise that pension scheme members are seeking to protect their future income?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: NHS Future Forum (14 Jun 2011)

Jim McGovern: I am sure that I am not the only Member who noticed that the title given to the urgent question required only one consonant to be added for us to use it for the ministerial statement: “Wasted Review”—[ Interruption. ] Wasted review—was that the sound of a large penny dropping? Given that the Minister is constantly dodging questions about the cost of the review, will he tell us how...

Written Answers — Treasury: Public Sector: Pensions (24 May 2011)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what considerations he took into account when proposing the rate of increase in contributions for (a) the Local Government Pension Scheme and (b) the Judges’ Pension Scheme.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Pensions (23 May 2011)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in the number of members opting out of the Local Government Pension Scheme as a result of the increase in employee contributions.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Disability Living Allowance (9 May 2011)

Jim McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of claimants of disability living allowance in Scotland who are diagnosed with autism; and what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on claimants diagnosed with autism of proposed changes to disability living allowance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Unemployment (4 May 2011)

Jim McGovern: What steps the Government is taking to reduce the level of unemployment in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.


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