Results 1–20 of 1388 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:William Bain

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (26 Mar 2015)

William Bain: Has the Secretary of State seen this week’s report by Open Europe, which indicates that unless rights at work in this country were to be completely destroyed, leaving the European Union would cause permanent damage to the British economy? Is not the real risk to businesses and workers at the next election the United Kingdom Independence party-Tory alliance that would destroy our place...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Procurement: Small Businesses (25 Mar 2015)

William Bain: What steps he is taking to improve access to Government procurement by small and medium-sized enterprises.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Procurement: Small Businesses (25 Mar 2015)

William Bain: The Minister omitted to say in his answer that nine out of 17 Departments spent less with SMEs in 2013-14 than they did in 2012-13. With just 10% of Government contracts going to small businesses, why have this Government been so poor when it comes to procurement from our SME sector?

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

William Bain: Does my hon. Friend share my astonishment, and that of other Labour colleagues and indeed the whole country, that to try to persuade us people were better off the Chancellor used a metric that deals only with mean incomes—skewed to people at the very top of the income scale—and includes universities, which are not of course households?

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

William Bain: This was the Chancellor’s sixth Budget, and after a Parliament of unparalleled failure on living standards not seen in decades, today was his final chance to chart a fairer course for the British people. He failed that test. He failed it because the values by which he has conducted economic and fiscal policy for the past five years are not the values that build an economy where we have...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

William Bain: I gently point out to the hon. Gentleman that the emergency Budget and the spending review adopted in autumn 2010 led to three years of hardly any growth at all in the economy, a dramatic fall in tax revenues, the deficit having not fallen or been wiped out as the Chancellor had promised, and debts doubling over the course of this Parliament. That was the reason the economy has underperformed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Government’s Economic Pact (11 Mar 2015)

William Bain: When she plans to make a progress report on the Government’s economic pact for Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Government’s Economic Pact (11 Mar 2015)

William Bain: With one in six people in Northern Ireland on low pay and intergenerational poverty remaining stubbornly high, should not the Government be getting a move on to raise the minimum wage to at least £8 an hour and get as many people as possible on to the living wage to make this a recovery in living standards for all the people of Northern Ireland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (10 Mar 2015)

William Bain: For hard-pressed taxpayers, the real test of whether the Government are committed to cracking down on tax evasion and avoidance will be whether this month’s Finance Bill contains legal penalties for breach of the general anti-abuse rule. Will the Financial Secretary tell us whether those will feature in the Finance Bill—yes or no?

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half Day] — Future Government Spending (4 Mar 2015)

William Bain: It has been a pleasure to listen to the whole of this debate and to make a contribution at this stage. It has been a revealing debate, showing the paucity of the Government and the Conservatives’ argument for re-election. It comes down to this: “We have nearly doubled the debt, we have completely broken our promise on the deficit, we have stripped growth out of the economy for the...

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half Day] — Future Government Spending (4 Mar 2015)

William Bain: Indeed, and as the Institute for Fiscal Studies said this morning, this has been the slowest recovery in living standards in history. I do not think any reasonable Government would expect to be re-elected with that kind of record, and those are the facts. What was extraordinary about the debate was the way in which the Government, having twice moved the goalposts on their deficit target,...

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half Day] — Future Government Spending (4 Mar 2015)

William Bain: I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way at last. The “Charter for Budget Responsibility” states that the Treasury will balance the current budget “by the end of the third year of the rolling, 5-year forecast period.” Can the Minister point out the reference to 2017-18? If he cannot, his figure of £30 billion of cuts is entirely bogus?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ukraine (3 Mar 2015)

William Bain: What assessment he has made of the success of recent diplomatic initiatives relating to peace and security in eastern Ukraine.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ukraine (3 Mar 2015)

William Bain: I am sure that the House will want to take this opportunity to send its condolences to the friends and supporters of Boris Nemtsov, following his horrific murder last weekend. The death toll in eastern Ukraine has reached 6,000 according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. It also detects an escalation in hostilities, despite the signing of the ceasefire agreement....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (3 Mar 2015)

William Bain: Does the Secretary of State agree with his fellow Conservative and counterpart in Norway Vidar Helgesen that with the single market needing bold leadership for its completion and with Europe facing its biggest security crisis since the cold war, it would be a disaster for Britain to sleepwalk out of the EU?

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Bankers’ Bonuses and the Banking Industry (25 Feb 2015)

William Bain: I think it is fair to say that many of us have been speaking to ever rising numbers of constituents in the past few weeks, and I am confident that that will continue in the weeks to come. Members will acknowledge that the sense on the doorstep and on high streets is that there will only be a recovery that genuinely touches every part of our country when the talent that is wasting away in each...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Bankers’ Bonuses and the Banking Industry (25 Feb 2015)

William Bain: My hon. Friend’s point will have as much salience in Inverclyde as it does in Glasgow North East and, I believe, in every constituency. When the maximum number of people in this country are involved in the economy, we have a broader tax base and more tax revenue coming in. That is the only credible plan for reducing the deficit in a fair way in the next Parliament. Any Chancellor who...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Bankers’ Bonuses and the Banking Industry (25 Feb 2015)

William Bain: I was here for four months of the previous Parliament, when a tax on bankers’ bonuses brought in £3.4 billion in revenue and we introduced a 50p top rate of tax for people earning £150,000 a year or more. The next Parliament should reintroduce that to ensure that the wealthiest in society make a fairer contribution to getting our deficit down, and so that we bring back...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Bankers’ Bonuses and the Banking Industry (25 Feb 2015)

William Bain: The Government whom the previous Labour Government replaced were content to leave a wages structure in place in this country in which security guards earned less than £1 an hour. That inequality had to be tackled, and that gap reduced during the previous Parliament. People will want to hear during this debate about the next Parliament, and about our vision for the future of a high-skill,...


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