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Written Answers — Treasury: Broadband: Small Businesses (19 Apr 2018)

Stephen McPartland: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review tax rates applicable to the telecommunications industry for SMEs investing in broadband fibre.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Telecommunications: Taxation (18 Apr 2018)

Stephen McPartland: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the revenue accrued to the public purse from Fibre Tax in each tax year since 2010.

Health and Social Care: Satellite Radiotherapy Unit in Stevenage (20 Mar 2018)

Stephen McPartland: Whether he has plans to establish a satellite radiotherapy unit in Stevenage.

Health and Social Care: Satellite Radiotherapy Unit in Stevenage (20 Mar 2018)

Stephen McPartland: Hertfordshire has more than 1 million people and no radiotherapy provision. My constituents have to travel more than 80 miles for every treatment, which means thousands of miles during the course of their treatment—there is no public transport. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for North East Hertfordshire (Sir Oliver Heald) and I have run this campaign for a number of years,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (16 Mar 2018)

Stephen McPartland: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on lowering the taper rate for universal credit.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing (14 Mar 2018)

Stephen McPartland: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that public sector workers are prioritised in the purchase of affordable housing that has been developed through the sale of public sector land.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Local Enterprise Partnerships (13 Mar 2018)

Stephen McPartland: What plans he has for the future of local enterprise partnerships.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Local Enterprise Partnerships (13 Mar 2018)

Stephen McPartland: Hertfordshire LEP has been a disaster for Stevenage people. Does the Minister agree that it is shameful that growth deal round 1 money is being used to build new council offices and sell off public sector land for developers to build luxury flats, with less than 10% being affordable homes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Service Animals (6 Mar 2018)

Stephen McPartland: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of creating a specific offence of attacking service animals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Service Animals (6 Mar 2018)

Stephen McPartland: Police dog Finn was brutally stabbed several times in my constituency while apprehending a violent criminal. The current law treats police dog Finn, a canine hero, like a piece of computer equipment—the charge is criminal damage. This is unacceptable. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for North East Hertfordshire (Sir Oliver Heald) is leading a campaign to introduce...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: I will keep my comments focused on the bank levy, PFI and tax evasion. Results speak far more than rhetoric, and it is important to put on record that in 2016-17, the banking sector paid £27.3 billion in taxes, which was up 58% from the £17.3 billion that it paid in 2009-10. I understand that under the current proposals, the bank surcharge is expected to raise an additional...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: I could never disagree with my right hon. and learned Friend. He always makes a powerful point. One of the biggest challenges in society is intergenerational fairness. I do not think that new clause 9 captures some of the issues we face as a society and the challenges facing different generations. There are some people living in large houses, paying high council tax rates and on very low...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: From my point of view, there are geographic issues with the national living wage. For instance, it is much more expensive to live in Hertfordshire. One shocking challenge we have in Hertfordshire—I imagine a lot of people in the rest of the country will not understand—is that my constituency is 19 minutes from King’s Cross, and as a result, we lose a lot of our young people...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: In Hertfordshire, £3.50 an hour would not be acceptable. In Hertfordshire, employers have to pay far more than that to attract a young person, otherwise they just will not get them. That is the reality. I think I have the highest unemployment rate in Hertfordshire, at 1.6%.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: You are very kind, Madam Deputy Speaker. I obviously had no intention of misleading you in trying to mention it now and again. New clause 9 and the Treasury publishing a distributional analysis of the cumulative impact of Government’s tax, welfare and public service spending is quite a wide-ranging topic. I was trying to make the point that I do not support new clause 9 because it seems...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: It is a great pleasure to be called in this debate and to follow such wonderful speeches from my colleagues. I understand that the Treasury publishes the distributional analysis of the cumulative impact of the Government’s tax, welfare and public services. I have never been shy about voting with the Opposition if I believe that they are right, but I do not believe they are right in this...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: I do agree with my right hon. and learned Friend. I have another colleague from Hertfordshire here as well—my hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Bim Afolami). We have seen massive investment in our area. I am very proud of the number of primary schools that have been expanded and rebuilt in my constituency. A couple of secondary schools have also been rebuilt, creating...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: The hon. Lady and I agree on a lot of things and disagree on others. We have debated issues across this Chamber and in Committee Rooms. I do not think that figures will help those children. Figures are just retrospective and talk about what is possibly happening.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: My difference of opinion with the Opposition is that I think that a good teacher probably makes a much bigger difference to a child’s education and chances in life than an impact assessment and something from the Treasury. With regard to forecasts from the Treasury and economists, stuff that we have seen over the past couple of years, and the nearly eight years I have been a Member of...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen McPartland: The hon. Lady makes a very good point, but I cannot support the new clause because it will not do anything to help people practically. It will just allow academics and economists to argue over moot points, whereas I am interested in actually helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds who want the opportunity to go off and aspire to achieve and to be anything they want to be. It is very...


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