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Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Rachel Reeves: It has been a real privilege to have this debate in the Chamber today, and I welcome the contributions from all hon. Members, including the Front-Bench spokespeople and the Minister. As Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, I get to see the best of British business, but sadly also the worst, and Carillion was the very worst of business. We now need to learn the...

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Rachel Reeves: I beg to move, That this House has considered lessons from the collapse of Carillion. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for scheduling the debate for today, which is timely. This Sunday it will be six months since Carillion entered liquidation. When it collapsed, it employed 42,000 people, more than 19,000 of them working in the United Kingdom. It held liabilities of £7...

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Rachel Reeves: I give way to my fellow Committee member.

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Rachel Reeves: I absolutely agree. The directors of the business were not invested in the business. They were not part of the pension fund that collapsed and, as the hon. Gentleman said, Richard Adam, the finance director who oversaw the accounting practices that helped to contribute to the collapse of the company, sold his shares as soon as he could because he knew what we all now know: this business was a...

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Rachel Reeves: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. Bad behaviour was being rewarded at Carillion, but the people being rewarded were not the people investing in the business, or the people working for it and saving for their pensions with the business; the people being rewarded were those making the decisions about where the money went—making the decisions about whether to plug the pensions...

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Rachel Reeves: My hon. Friend makes an important point. The people who rely on audit are the shareholders, and also the small businesses that supply the company, the people who work there and the pensioners who have saved for their pensions with that business. But they are not the people who employ the auditor, and they are not the people the auditors are accountable to. The auditor is accountable to the...

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Rachel Reeves: The hon. Gentleman, who sits on the Work and Pensions Committee, is absolutely right. When Carillion took over companies such as Mowlem, McAlpine and Eaga, it was taking on businesses, yes, but it was also taking on huge pension deficits, which contributed to the problems. However, the business could have decided to address that pension deficit. It was not that nothing could be done. It...

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Rachel Reeves: Following the answers to my hon. Friends the Members for Batley and Spen (Tracy Brabin) and for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell), can the Minister confirm that it is no longer the Government’s commitment to fully electrify the route between Manchester and Leeds, and will he tell us where the Secretary of State is today—has he missed his train?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Unemployment Levels (3 Jul 2018)

Rachel Reeves: One way to reduce unemployment is to encourage self-employment, and 4.8 million people are now self-employed. While that is welcome, there is a real problem of bogus self-employment, which is costing workers their rights and depriving the Treasury of tax revenue. Next week it will be a whole year since Matthew Taylor published his review “Good work” for the Government. When will...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies: Asbestos (27 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has assessed the asbestos management plans for academies for which Carillion was previously responsible; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Non-departmental Public Bodies (26 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) women and (b) men his Department has appointed to each of its non-Departmental Public Bodies in each of the last five years.

Energy Policy (25 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: I have to say that I am slightly surprised by the Secretary of State’s tone. In answer to the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Drew Hendry), he said that this project was “so out of kilter” with other ways of producing energy and that the costs are much higher. In that case, can I gently ask why on earth it has taken five years to come to this...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Non-departmental Public Bodies (15 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) women and (b) men his Department has appointed to each of his Department's non-Departmental Public Bodies in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Schools: Asbestos (14 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many asbestos disturbances in schools have been reported to the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last five years; and how many (a) children, (b) teachers and (c) non-teaching staff have been affected by those disturbances.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Independent Industrial Strategy Council: Public Appointments (14 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the (a) chair and (b) members of the Industrial Strategy Council are to be appointed.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Independent Industrial Strategy Council: Public Appointments (14 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what remuneration members of the Industrial Strategy Council will receive.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Non-departmental Public Bodies (12 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many (a) women and (b) men his Department has appointed to each of his Department's non-Departmental Public Bodies in each of the last five years.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Bills (12 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: Up to 200,000 customers do not benefit from the warm homes discount because they get their energy from smaller energy suppliers. Is it not time to extend the warm homes discount, especially since energy bills are going up and we are trying to crack down on rip-off tariffs?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Non-departmental Public Bodies (11 Jun 2018)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) women and (b) men her Department has appointed to each of her Department's non-Departmental Public Bodies in each of the last five years.


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