Results 1–20 of 1556 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Catherine McKinnell

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...

World AIDS Day 2017 (5 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: Before my hon. Friend finishes his excellent and timely speech, I commend him on securing the debate and apologise that I am not wearing my red ribbon, although I am wearing my sustainable development goal badge. “This ain’t over”—those are the words of the pledge we have all made to recommit our energies to ending AIDS/HIV by 2030, but we will not achieve that goal...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way and for her compassion for the misery that I know many of my constituents have faced as universal credit has been rolled out in Newcastle. I have spoken about that many times, but does she share my concern that the announcements in the Budget will do nothing for those families who have already been pushed into misery, debt, the use of food banks and,...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: It is increasingly clear to anyone watching that the Government are incapable of focusing on anything but Brexit, and even then they are making a complete Horlicks of it. What reassurance can the Secretary of State give that the Government are ready to put country before party, not just on the border issue but on our crucial trade negotiations with the EU and the rest of the world?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I agree with everything my hon. Friend is saying. Does she share my concern that the issue is really urgent, considering the impact of Brexit? We know that some 10,000 EU nationals have left the NHS since last year. I therefore agree that continued pay restraint does not make sense in the light of the retention and recruitment challenges that the public services clearly face.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Air Passenger Duty: Regional Airports (28 Nov 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: The Treasury’s own modelling shows that Newcastle airport in my constituency will be the most affected by the devolution of air passenger duty to Scotland, so what progress have the Government made on ensuring that any impact is mitigated for English regional airports?

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: Like any hon. Member ahead of a major Government event, I have been inundated with correspondence from people about what they did or did not want to see in the Budget—from concerns about beer duty, business rates, fuel duty, green-belt protection and Equitable Life to proposals to make the private rented sector more secure and affordable. Ahead of the Budget I diligently raised every...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: Obviously, it is incumbent on the Government to come up with a solution, but I am sure they will take on board the hon. Gentleman’s suggestion. Combined with the continued uncertainty about the Prime Minister’s ability to deliver a deal that will not have a devastating impact on the UK’s economy, on investment and on our jobs, I fear that this zombie Government threaten to...

Durham Tees Valley Airport (22 Nov 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: My hon. Friend and I have worked together closely on this issue. I represent Newcastle International airport, which is also a big employer in my constituency and the region. Does he agree that the links to Heathrow from our region are vital, so the Government must get a move on? We look forward to hearing a proper announcement that this will go ahead in the near future.

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: Last week, I visited the Newcastle office of Independent Age and I heard how its friendship service actually has more volunteers than people registered to receive its support. People of any age can volunteer. Does she agree that volunteering benefits not only those who use the befriending service but those who volunteer and provide that befriending service?

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