Results 2061–2080 of 2492 for speaker:Alok Sharma

Small Businesses: Late Payments — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (27 Jan 2016)

Alok Sharma: I am really pleased that the Minister has thrown out that challenge to Members. Will she commit to sit down with me over the coming weeks—

Small Businesses: Late Payments — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (27 Jan 2016)

Alok Sharma: As I was saying, one of the biggest drags on small and medium-sized businesses is the scourge of late payments. Timely cash inflow is the lifeblood of a small business. It is the difference between growth and stagnation, between profit and loss and, in some cases, between success and failure. There are some 5.4 million private sector businesses operating in this country, and more than 99% of...

Small Businesses: Late Payments — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (27 Jan 2016)

Alok Sharma: The adage that cash is king matters most to the smallest businesses, so my hon. Friend is right that cash flow is vital for a small business, as it is for larger businesses. The sum total of all this is that the very real risk of insolvency sometimes results from late payments. A poll of 1,000 business owners carried out in August 2015 by the electronic invoicing network Tungsten showed that...

Small Businesses: Late Payments — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (27 Jan 2016)

Alok Sharma: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point, and I will address the culture of late payments within big businesses, which is sadly prevalent in the UK but is perhaps not always the case in other jurisdictions. I will quote some of the businesses with which I have been in contact. A machined plastic parts supplier that has been doing business for 50 years without any problems suddenly found that a...

Small Businesses: Late Payments — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (27 Jan 2016)

Alok Sharma: I beg to move, That this House has considered late payments to small businesses. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen, for the first time in this Parliament. One of the biggest drags on small and medium-sized businesses— Sitting suspended for a Division in the House. On resuming—

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (12 Jan 2016)

Alok Sharma: My former constituent Ahmad Zeidan, who is a British national, is currently serving a nine-year custodial sentence in the United Arab Emirates. Mr Zeidan’s family have informed me that, while in prison, he has been subjected to brutal beatings and threats of physical and sexual violence by police officers. Mr Zeidan maintains that he is innocent, and that he was coerced into signing a...

Dangerous Driving Penalties — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Sep 2015)

Alok Sharma: We have had an excellent debate involving some excellent contributions from across the House. I agree with all colleagues who have made the point that there is cross-party consensus on this issue. Those watching this debate and those here today are seeing Parliament at its very best: we are debating issues that matter to all our constituents, and we want to find a common solution. We have...

Dangerous Driving Penalties — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (17 Sep 2015)

Alok Sharma: I beg to move, That this House has considered penalties for dangerous driving. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time in this Parliament, Mr Hollobone. On 13 February last year, the lives of two families living in my constituency were devastatingly changed forever as a result of a most appalling act of dangerous driving. My constituents Kris Jarvis and John...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Jul 2015)

Alok Sharma: Labour-controlled Reading Borough Council recently received a damning report from Ofsted for not doing enough to help struggling schools under its control. Will the Prime Minister tell us what the Government intend to do to ensure that systemically failing local education authorities such as Reading do not continue to ruin the life chances of our young people?

Fibromyalgia (1 Jul 2015)

Alok Sharma: I beg to move, That this House has considered treatment of fibromyalgia. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time in this Parliament, Mr Crausby. I welcome my hon. Friend the Minister to his place. He did brilliant work in his two Departments in the last Parliament, and I am sure that he will continue to excel during this Parliament. I want to use this debate to...

Fibromyalgia (1 Jul 2015)

Alok Sharma: Yes, of course; the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I shall go on to provide more details of what is going on locally and perhaps what we ought to be doing nationally. I first learnt about the condition almost by accident a few years ago, through a chance conversation with some constituents. Since then, through the work of the excellent Reading fibromyalgia support group, which meets...

Fibromyalgia (1 Jul 2015)

Alok Sharma: Yes, of course; the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. A common theme is emerging among colleagues participating in the debate. Let me describe fibromyalgia. It is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may have increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, problems with mental processes,...

Fibromyalgia (1 Jul 2015)

Alok Sharma: My right hon. Friend makes a very good point. Perhaps the Minister, in his response, will comment on where treatment is available and where pain clinics are situated. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it is thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system processes pain messages carried around the body....

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (25 Mar 2015)

Alok Sharma: My hon. Friend talks about the policies that are being put in place by the Government to help businesses. Does he share my view that the freezing of fuel duty has helped not just businesses but individuals, and can he tell us how much of a saving businesses and individuals make every time they fill up their vehicle?

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (25 Mar 2015)

Alok Sharma: My hon. Friend is being generous in giving way. I welcome the diverted profits tax and I think that my constituents will very much welcome that measure. Will he confirm that it comes on top of all the work the Government are leading at the OECD and that, in September or later this year, we will therefore see further rules coming in to clamp down on base erosion?

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (25 Mar 2015)

Alok Sharma: My hon. Friend is talking about fairness in the tax system, which we all want. Will he confirm that under this Government the top 1% of taxpayers will pay more in tax than they ever did under the previous Government?

AEA Technology Pension Scheme (18 Mar 2015)

Alok Sharma: Will the Minister give way?


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