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Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Toby Perkins: I am much happier with where the right hon. Gentleman is finishing his speech than I was with his position six or seven minutes ago. It seems that London has doubled in size during my lifetime, but the major cities of the north have hardly changed. If the message that the Government get today is that we need continually to expand the size of London, I agree entirely that we will not build our...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Toby Perkins: I congratulate the hon. Member for Tewkesbury (Mr Robertson) on securing this debate. The contributions have been excellent. I often meet constituents who bemoan the quality of our debates. I always tell them, “Don’t bother watching on Wednesday lunch time. Switch on the BBC Parliament channel on a Thursday or Tuesday afternoon and you’ll get an entirely different...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Toby Perkins: Chesterfield is very proud today of Winifred Jones, a suffragette who was jailed twice during the suffragette struggle. I am sure that Winifred would be delighted to know that Chesterfield Borough Council now has a woman leader and a woman deputy leader and that the chair, the secretary and the treasurer of Chesterfield Labour party are all women. The Minister is absolutely right that this is...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: Having witnessed the way in which the Tory party did politics in the run-up to the 2010 election and having sat opposite them between 2010 and 2015, this is not an accident. It is a deliberate part of the party’s electoral strategy: to demonise the poor and to say that this country’s problems are caused by the most vulnerable people in our society. The experience that claimants...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: First, let me draw the attention of the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests concerning Weightron Bilanciai. I have here a letter sent by the European Commission, which was received by British manufacturing firms, telling them that after Brexit all products certified for use by UK certifiers will no longer be eligible for sale in the EU. Those companies are...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: I support new clause 1, which would allow us to examine how those delivering the recruitment contract will adapt their working practices to promote the new working practices and take advantage of the new recruitment opportunities they present. It is very important that we hold to account those who are recruiting on behalf of the MOD. There has been significant criticism of the role they have...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: I could not agree more with the hon. Gentleman. I am too much of a traditionalist to call him an hon. Friend in this place, but he knows I call him a friend elsewhere. I agree entirely with what he says about the importance of locality. We could have a wider debate about whether the Sherwood Foresters should have been put into the Mercian Regiment. When I was on the armed forces parliamentary...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: On the subject of diversity, particularly the number of BAME and African personnel in the Army and the geographical spread among our armed forces, is he as surprised as I was that when I asked a written question about the geographical split in our armed forces—the number from each local authority area and from each constituency—the MOD was unable to provide an answer? Would it not...

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: Obviously, we have introduced the code of practice—the hon. Gentleman has heard about some of the issues with its implementation, which hopefully Scotland can learn from. He will be aware that in the 2010 to 2015 Parliament, SNP MPs voted for that code, because even though it was England-only legislation, they hoped that a similar provision might be introduced in Scotland. Will the SNP...

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for saying that. I wrote down the same point in my speech but failed to read it out, so I am grateful that he took the opportunity. He is right to say that Greg Mulholland was a principal actor in getting the measure into the draft.

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship as always, Mr Robertson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Bromwich West (Mr Bailey), who has been an incredibly important contributor to us getting as far as we have towards justice for pub tenants and a fully functioning, fair market in our pubs industry. My hon. Friend made his case in a typically impressive fashion and...

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: I thank the Minister. If that was not press released, he has just released it. I congratulate him on that important role. He may well know the history, but others may not. One of the founding principles of the pubs code’s introduction, as laid out by the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable) when he was Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, was that there...

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: I am keen to intervene before my hon. Friend moves on from that point. As I understand it, in the four cases in which the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators found that there was a conflict of interest, Mr Newby has continued to arbitrate. He has not accepted the verdict of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. An important question for the Minister is whether he thinks that if the...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: I find the level of rough sleeping in Chesterfield and across the country deeply humiliating as an MP, and it infuriates and disgusts my constituents. When Ministers walk past people living in sleeping bags, do they believe that it is the halving of councils’ Supporting People budget or the £5 billion cut to housing benefit that is most responsible for this national scar on our society?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Household Debt (16 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: One trend that alarms me is the false advertising of consumer credit rates. Despite having a perfect credit rating, according to Experian, I was told that M&S Bank would not give me the advertised rate that was supposedly being offered to 51% of its customers. What is the Minister doing to ensure that the Financial Conduct Authority is robust in ensuring that advertised rates are made...

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: It is not new news that Carillion had financial difficulties, and the Minister himself has referred to the Government having taken a particular interest in the performance of Carillion in the period since July 2017. Why did the Government leave the position of the Crown representative to Carillion vacant from August to November when there was such concern about the performance and financial...

National Security Capability Review (15 Jan 2018)

Toby Perkins: The Secretary of State has referred at least twice to the manifesto commitments on numbers that he and all his colleagues were elected on. He has been slightly vague about this, so will he be absolutely specific that it is the Government’s policy, under the manifesto he stood on in 2017, that the British Army will not go below 82,000?

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