Results 1–20 of 303 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gordon Henderson

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I accept everything that the Minister has said, but does he recognise that a £300 penalty is not as much of a deterrent as the £26,000 penalty in France? That leaves British hauliers who have to operate overseas at a disadvantage.

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: While I welcome the trial, the Minister will recognise that clamping down on lorries on the A20 will just move them to the A2 and A249, which will probably exacerbate the problem in our area.

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I beg to move, That this House has considered regulation of HGV drivers sleeping in their vehicles. I am grateful for the opportunity to raise this issue, which is of great concern to hauliers and residents in my constituency. I will touch on three important and closely related aspects of this growing problem: first, how the regulations are enforced; secondly, the effect on my constituents of...

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I am more than happy to agree with my hon. Friend. It is a national issue, but she is right that we have a particular problem down in Kent, because we are the gateway to the country, so suffer far worse than anyone else. With regard to the facilities, I will come on to that, so I hope she will bear with me. As I was saying, there are no washing facilities for drivers to use, and sites are...

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I agree wholeheartedly with the hon. Gentleman. Part of what I am saying is for the benefit not only of hauliers but of drivers, who deserve and should be given decent working conditions, including decent accommodation when they have their 45-hour rest. On off-street parking, in November 2015, the then Chancellor announced a £250 million fund to provide a large lorry park alongside the...

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I fully agree. My hon. Friend mentioned enforcement; there should be an increase in fines for those who break the law and the police should be given more resources to assist the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in issuing those fines. We should move quickly to provide the lorry parks needed in Kent and look seriously at local solutions, similar to the one on the A249 to which I referred....

HGV Driver Regulation (11 Oct 2017)

Gordon Henderson: Existing lorry parks are chargeable, and I think that any future lorry parks will be chargeable. However, there is no point having a charge for a lorry park if there is no lorry park in the first instance. We are saying in Kent that we need more lorry parks, and I am sure that it is the same in Aberdeenshire. The measures that I have outlined would have a number of long-term benefits,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (27 Feb 2017)

Gordon Henderson: Some local authorities have tendering processes so complex that they appear to have been designed to deter small companies from bidding. For instance, I know of local authorities in Kent that require bidders to complete a wide-ranging pre-qualification form not just once but before every tender is submitted. That is okay for large companies that have dedicated contracts departments, but it is...

Opposition Day: Prisons (25 Jan 2017)

Gordon Henderson: Thank you for sharing that good news, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Opposition Day: Prisons (25 Jan 2017)

Gordon Henderson: It is great to follow the hon. Member for City of Durham (Dr Blackman-Woods). Like her, and like the right hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint), I have three prisons in my constituency: Elmley, Standford Hill and Swaleside, which is mentioned in the Opposition motion. Combined, those three prisons house almost 3,000 inmates—one of the largest concentrations of prisoners in the...

Leaving the EU (18 Jan 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I will just point out that 62% was also the majority in my constituency here in England.

Leaving the EU (18 Jan 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I beg to move, That this House has considered the process for the UK to leave the EU. I am pleased that you are chairing the debate, Mr Bailey. I drafted the wording of the motion with a purpose. We have come to use Brexit as shorthand for our country’s extricating itself from the EU, but Brexit does our friends and neighbours in Northern Ireland a grave disservice. It is not Britain...

Leaving the EU (18 Jan 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, because it allows me to emphasise again that not only is that his interpretation and mine, but it is the EU’s interpretation. What he says is quite true: once we have invoked article 50, that is the end of the matter —we will be leaving the EU. That is my understanding of the process, and I would like confirmation that I am right. I...

Leaving the EU (18 Jan 2017)

Gordon Henderson: It was not my quote; it was by a professor of German from Cambridge University. He is a far more intelligent person than I am, but I understood that it was not only English people who voted to leave. I should add—the hon. Gentleman will probably realise from my name—that my father comes from Glasgow. He is a proud Scot, but has lived in this country for 69 years. He is first and...

Leaving the EU (18 Jan 2017)

Gordon Henderson: Thank you, Mr Bailey. My comments were in no way designed to influence whatever the Supreme Court decides, but it is fairly common knowledge that it will give its ruling. My views are irrelevant to it. The people I was talking about dress up their subversion with weasel words that would do credit to a used car salesman. They claim not to oppose UK exit, but their actions belie those words. I...

Leaving the EU (18 Jan 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I welcome my hon. Friend’s intervention, but he will not be surprised to know that I do not agree. I believe that when the Government hold a referendum in which they make it clear, as the then Government did, that the will of the people will be listened to, and when this Parliament—of which he and I were both Members at the time—decides to allow a referendum and for the...

Leaving the EU (18 Jan 2017)

Gordon Henderson: I welcome the hon. Lady’s intervention, and I have a very easy answer for her. My experience in business is that shareholders elect a board of directors. The board of directors then employs people to manage the business, including negotiators, and does not expect to be kept informed of what is going to happen. If a negotiator messes up on a deal, they get the bullet. It is exactly the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers (6 Dec 2016)

Gordon Henderson: I have three prisons in my constituency. Combined, they have one of the largest concentrations of prisoners in the country. The prison officers in Sheppey’s prisons are fantastic people—dedicated, hard working and highly responsible—but Sheppey’s prisons are seriously understaffed. Because of our location in the south-east of England, it is difficult to recruit...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: HMRC Penalty Surcharges (29 Nov 2016)

Gordon Henderson: What steps he is taking to reduce the effect on small businesses of penalty surcharges levied by HM Revenue and Customs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: HMRC Penalty Surcharges (29 Nov 2016)

Gordon Henderson: I am more than happy to contribute. A small building company in my constituency has paid large VAT bills on time since 1972. However, on one occasion, because of a mistake by a member of staff, the company’s VAT return was one day late and the company was hit with a totally unfair £12,000 penalty charge. During the review, will Ministers consider changing the penalty charge system...


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