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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Air Passenger Duty (16 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: The Government’s own figures show that Newcastle airport will be most affected by any cuts to air passenger duty or air departure tax in Scotland. The continued uncertainty about this issue is also incredibly damaging. From his newly elevated position, will the Minister tell us what progress has been made on the issue? Is he in a position to confirm how English regional airports will be...

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: Although I welcome the Minister to his new post, I do not think that anyone listening to the debate will be impressed by that response. It does not provide the reassurance that people are looking for—they want reassurance that the Government are serious about providing options so that families with children can meet and manage their childcare costs. I pay tribute to every Member who...

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: Will the Minister give way?

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: I thank the Minister for giving way. He is making an argument for broadening access to support with childcare, with which no one would disagree, but he is not making a compelling case for closing down the support that hundreds of thousands of working families already access. He needs to explain that before he can convince anyone, in the Chamber or outside, that it is a good idea to shut the...

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: I am very much enjoying my hon. Friend’s speech. He raises an important point that I did not elaborate on in my speech, which is the age difference between tax-free childcare and the vouchers scheme. That change seems to totally ignore the reality for the many working families who use the vouchers to fund activities for their children to keep them safe and occupied during the school...

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 200585 relating to childcare vouchers. I am pleased to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey, and to lead this debate as a member of the Petitions Committee. I must also declare an interest as a beneficiary of the childcare vouchers scheme. The e-petition, entitled “Keep childcare vouchers open beyond April 2018”, was...

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: My hon. Friend is right. Some of the changes introduced by the Government have been positive in that regard, but far more still needs to be done to support families with disabled children. He is absolutely right to raise the issue so early in the debate, and I will return to it as we progress. It is critical, if we are to tackle increasing rates of child poverty and a lack of social...

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: My hon. Friend makes a crucial point and I will go on to highlight that key concern. She is right that we must focus on all types of families, not just the notional two-parent family that this childcare scheme seems to benefit most. As I have outlined, there are many downsides to the voucher scheme, which the Government cited to justify the introduction of the tax-free childcare alternative...

Childcare Vouchers — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (15 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: My hon. Friend makes the point very well, because ordinary working families are more likely to be better off using childcare vouchers than using tax-free childcare. The vouchers are tapered, so that basic rate taxpayers save more than higher rate taxpayers, who in turn save more than additional rate taxpayers. Also, as we have already touched upon, lower-income families can benefit from...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: As I and other hon. Members from the region highlighted during yesterday’s debate on the customs Bill, the north-east continues to have a proud record of being the only part of the UK consistently to export more than it imports, with some 61% of those exports currently going to the EU—our largest market by some measure. Many thousands of valuable north-east jobs and firms depend...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: Last July, the North East England chamber of commerce—which represents about 3,000 businesses of all sizes across the region, and therefore several thousand more jobs—set out its five key priorities for the Brexit negotiations. Back then, it said: “Uncertainty has been a condition that the business community and wider economy has had to deal with since the EU referendum. We...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Minimum Wage: Social Services (8 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of retrospective changes to the guidance on the application of the national minimum wage to sleep-in shifts on care workers in the learning disability sector; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Stamp Duty Land Tax (8 Jan 2018)

Catherine McKinnell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the level of abuse of the market-making exemption in relation to stamp duty.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Deductions (21 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the maximum amount is which can be deducted for other debts and overpayments from universal credit payments.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Social Services: Dementia (13 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement of 16 November 2017, HCWS 258 on social care, whether the proposed green paper will specifically cover social care services received by working-age and non-working age people affected by dementia.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Social Services: Dementia (13 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement of 16 November 2017, HCWS 258 on social care, if he will ensure that the reasons for delayed transfers of care relating to people affected by dementia are included as part of the proposed green paper.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Social Services: Dementia (13 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 16 November 2017, HCWS 258, on social care, what the timetable is to (a) publish recommendations and (b) bring forward legislative proposals as a result of the Green Paper.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: ClientEarth (12 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2017 to Question 1033 on Nitrous Oxide: EU Law, how much the Government has spent on legal fees to defend litigation brought by ClientEarth in respect of air quality compliance.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Local Housing Allowance: Young People (11 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 8 of the Government’s July 2016 Keep on Caring strategy, what review his Department has undertaken into extending the exemption from the Shared Accommodation rate of Local Housing Allowance from 22 to 25; and when he plans to publish the findings of that review.


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