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Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (14 Jan 2015)

Gordon Banks: Someone once said: “We have got to stop thinking of broadband and other connectivity issues as being some sort of luxury. It is as important to the future sustainability of our communities as having a supply of water or electricity.” Does the Secretary of State still agree with his own words? If so, can he tell communities in Ochil and South Perthshire and elsewhere in Scotland why, when...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 Dec 2014)

Gordon Banks: In the limited time available, I would like to draw the House’s attention to the activity in my constituency. In Clackmannanshire, we are fortunate that individuals have committed to establishing food banks at The Gate in Alloa and the drop-in food bank run by Activ8 in Sauchie. I have to say a big thank you for the dedication and foresight of people such as Evelyn Paterson, Val Rose and...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 Dec 2014)

Gordon Banks: I share my hon. Friend’s concern about, and her abhorrence with, what is going on. I am sure that every Opposition Member has had people coming to their constituency surgeries and delivering that kind of message. It is abhorrent and it must stop. My office in Alloa is the third biggest referrer of those need to the Gate food bank and my constituency offices in Alloa and Crieff act not only...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 Dec 2014)

Gordon Banks: I have exactly the same expectations as my hon. Friend. Indeed, later this week I will visit one of the food banks in my constituency and I am prepared for what they will tell me and for a horror story. It was not that long ago that a man walked 7 miles to the Activ8 food bank in Sauchie for a polythene bag of food, only to have to walk 7 miles back home to provide for his family. I can...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 Dec 2014)

Gordon Banks: May I drag the Minister back to food banks, which this debate is about? From the Government Front Bench, perhaps he can answer this question: why are many food bank users not made aware of the various crisis payments available to them in different circumstances, and why have even fewer got such payments? May we have some fact and less waffle from the Minister, please?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Dec 2014)

Gordon Banks: Opposition Members have called for a section 30 order to fast-track elements of the Smith commission to Scotland, especially votes for 16 and 17-year-olds in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. I know that the Deputy Prime Minister’s boss does not usually allow him to make the big decisions, but as he is in the big seat today, will he commit himself to going ahead with the section 30...

Business of the House (4 Dec 2014)

Gordon Banks: May I begin by congratulating Alloa Athletic, which last night beat Rangers 3-2 and found a way to the challenge cup final? In 2010, I served as a Front-Bench spokesperson on the Postal Services Bill, which paved the way for the privatisation and sell-off of Royal Mail. I told the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), who was leading for the Government at the time, that it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: The Minister will recall that I mentioned that in Scotland there are 43 businesses on the prompt payment code register. What will he do to increase that number? If there are 43 businesses on the register, the system is not working.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: Does my hon. Friend share my ambition that new clause 4 does not have to be onerous or deliver any financial problem to the debtor? All the debtor has to do is pay on time, and there is no penalty. It is simple; it puts money back into the economy and oils its wheels. It ensures that small businesses do not totter on a knife edge of survival at the behest of a larger company. There need be no...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: Given the time in the calendar that we are now approaching—November, December, January, February—does my hon. Friend share my experiences of and concerns about what happens to cash flow and cash collection over these months, when for a number of reasons, or rather excuses, cash collection during the winter months, when in some ways it is needed more, is greatly reduced?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: The hon. Gentleman says that this Bill will transform the experience of small businesses. Surely he has to admit, coming from a small business background, as I have, that the only way the late payments situation can be transformed is by forcing people to make payments on time, and that can happen only with financial detriment to the payer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: I think the hon. Gentleman misunderstands the objective, which is not to get the extra forced payment, but to make sure that the original payment is made on time so that the debtor does not have to pay that forced payment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. I have seen larger businesses behave in a way that smaller businesses would never ever dream of doing. They might say, “We only take purchase ledger calls on Tuesdays and Friday mornings.” If a firm cannot get through on a Tuesday to ask about a cheque or an invoice, no one will take its call until Friday. The other issue about resources is valid too. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: I take the right hon. Gentleman’s point. I have asked the Minister to give the issue some thought before he sums up, and I have also said that I do not necessarily think that there will be a simple solution, but I am convinced that there is a way in which this can be developed so that small businesses—in fact, all businesses—can rest assured that 30, 35 or 40 days after they have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for clarifying that point. I am prompted by a sedentary comment to say that my argument is not so much about an invoice being queried as about a customer saying that they have not received the invoice, or that it is lost, 30 days after they have had a statement listing all the invoices they should have received. Basic accounting practices are either not being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: Of course they do. Every £1,000 not received has an impact on whether a business can prove to a possible financial investor, whether that is a bank or anything else, that it is a responsible company with the processes and the people in place to take the business forward. It may well have the people and processes in place, but it may be being stymied by the Tuesday and Friday phone calls to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: It most definitely does. Prompt payment in my business experience is 30 days. That is fair and prompt payment. In my book, 90 days is not and should not be considered prompt payment. It is a massively overdue payment allowing one business to make its way in the world at another’s expense. I fear that we have a long way to go, unless the Government listen tonight. I do not think that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas), and I should like to speak to new clauses 3 and 4. Before I so do, I should like to draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. New clause 3 is designed to flush out late payers. It seeks to press, or perhaps encourage, FTSE 350 businesses that have not signed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: New Clause 1 — Payment practices: retention of monies (18 Nov 2014)

Gordon Banks: I thank my hon. Friend for making that valid point. The bigger companies have to understand that there is a need for smaller companies in the supply chain. They should view the situation in the round and acknowledge that not every company is big enough to withstand late payments in the same way that they perhaps could. There is a moral argument running through this as well. If I supply goods...


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