Results 1–20 of 1965 for speaker:Steven Baker

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Steven Baker: There is also an Intrastat border, so companies already have to declare their exports under Intrastat. While I have the floor, does my right hon. Friend agree that it is extremely concerning that the political declaration includes reference to a single customs territory, and that this is just another name for a customs union, in clear breach of our manifesto promises?

Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Position (3 Dec 2018)

Steven Baker: An amendment was tabled to the Humble Address motion that was highly sympathetic to my right hon. and learned Friend’s position. It was not selected and not passed, but the motion, unamended, was passed. Therefore, whatever he has just argued at the Dispatch Box, the position is as my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg) set out—he is under an instruction. If he...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Report on the use of air weapons (28 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: The purpose of my amendments 23 and 24 is to avoid banning lever-release rifles. They are probing amendments; I just wish to explore the Government’s position, and I do not intend to press them to a Division. I would like to start by thanking Little Chalfont Rifle and Pistol Club and my constituents who are members of it for helping me better to understand lever-release rifles by allowing...

Offensive Weapons Bill: Report on the use of air weapons (28 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: It is about 20 years since I fired a .50 calibre. My hon. Friend is entirely right to talk about how large and inappropriate they are for crimes. I very much support the case that he is making.

Leaving the EU: RAF Centenary (26 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: As I listen to my hon. Friend, I am struck by the fact that the Royal Air Force did what was necessary and right, using the weapons that were available at the time. I hope he agrees that we are blessed indeed that at this time the RAF is equipped with precision weapons that will ensure that we do not face such tactics again.

Leaving the EU (26 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: When my right hon. Friend describes the functioning of her free trade area, it sounds awfully like a comprehensive customs union. Can she be absolutely clear where we are headed? Will we never reach the point where there are customs declarations?

Progress on EU Negotiations (22 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: Paragraph 23 makes provision for us to be in the single customs territory provided for in the withdrawal agreement. Paragraph 135 states that we could be fined for not following EU law. Which normal independent country has an ambition to enter into that kind of relationship with the European Union? Mexico? Canada? Japan? What other country would want to submit to these kinds of arrangements?

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: I am grateful to everyone who has come to the debate and participated. The debate has overwhelmingly avoided straying into the partisan, for which I am grateful. I listened carefully to all the speeches and I do not think anyone stood up and sided with those who think it is legitimate to be paid through loans that have been made with no intention of repayment—no one stood on that side of...

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: He will have heard the response of people present when he explained that the measure is not retrospective, and I really hope that the Treasury goes away, looks at the measure again and eliminates retrospection. When people have acted in good faith under advice and end up subject to injustice, we must uphold the principle of the rule of law. Some might then say that they had got away with it,...

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: As one liberal to another, it is a delight to agree with the right hon. Gentleman. I hope members of the public will not think I am engaging in too much levity if I say that some of us are engaged in enough rebellion already. I should be very grateful indeed if the Government tabled their own amendment to deal with this matter so that we do not find ourselves engaged in any sort of rebellion...

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of the 2019 loan charge. I will take a moment to say how glad I am to serve once again under your chairmanship from the Back Benches, Mr Walker. It is right that everyone, both individuals and corporations, should pay the correct amount of tax, and I welcome the Government’s commitment to a fairer tax system. I was pleased to see that...

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: It is my intention in my concluding remarks to stridently condemn the promoters of these schemes, who have ended up luring people into misery through what they have done. Before closing with this letter, I want to mention that the Chancellor also wrote: “It is not normal, or indeed reasonable, to be paid in loans that are not repaid in practice. It is not fair to the vast majority of...

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: I certainly agree with the right hon. Gentleman that there is a job of work to be done across parties to uphold the rule of law, in particular the principle that legislation should not apply retrospectively. That is a subject on which I have made speeches over the years. We end up in a hideous cycle of undesired action, in particular to avoid taxation, followed by the injustice of...

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: One of Parliament’s duties is to restrain the Executive and ensure that their powers are reasonable. We should look carefully at the subject that my right hon. Friend has just raised. It is important that HMRC treats people in a decent and civilised way, and certainly more powers ought not to be taken than are strictly necessary.

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. Toward the end of my remarks I will come on to the solutions that I propose, but I entirely agree with him that if any company insisted on people engaging in these arrangements it certainly should share the responsibility for what they did.

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: I will take one or two more interventions, and then I will move on. It is not quite like being a Minister, but very nearly.

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: I obviously cannot comment on individual circumstances. However, this is a good opportunity to draw a distinction between taking people on as contractors and insisting that they join schemes that could end up with their using disguised remuneration arrangements. On the one hand, contracting is a legitimate way of going about business; on the other, engaging in disguised remuneration...

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: I join my right hon. Friend’s call for the Minister to set that out, which my hon. Friend the Minister will have heard. I will now make some progress. The Loan Charge Action Group says that the human impact of receiving a bill for up to 10 years’ worth of tax will have a catastrophic effect on individuals and their families. On whom among us would it not have a catastrophic effect? It...

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Steven Baker: The Minister will have heard my hon. Friend’s point, which I endorse. The loan charge should apply from Royal Assent onwards. In other words, it should be prospective—a case I have made many times—not retroactive or retrospective. HMRC should be more proactive in advising that such schemes are likely to end in tax charges in the future, and perhaps far into the future. More steps should...


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