Results 1–20 of 1384 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bill Esterson

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Business Sector (12 Dec 2017)

Bill Esterson: Despite having the fifth biggest economy in the world—soon to be the sixth—the UK is ranked only 48th in the global enterprise league; 48th out of five really takes some doing. But this is not just about the lack of support for start-ups. Among small and medium-sized enterprises business confidence is falling and costs are rising, and, as the Bank of England’s figures show,...

International Trade: Trade Remedies Authority (23 Nov 2017)

Bill Esterson: I should remind the Minister that it was this Government that argued against trade remedies in Europe and that failed to protect our steel and ceramics industries. That is why it is not surprising that manufacturers are concerned that the new trade remedies authority will focus on consumer interests at the expense of businesses and jobs. What assurances can the Minister give that it will not...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Royal Bank of Scotland: Small Business Customers (7 Nov 2017)

Bill Esterson: What happened at RBS’s Global Restructuring Group is a scandal of the highest order. Businesses were ruined; families were torn apart; and people took their own lives. The Minister must know that the FCA cannot deliver justice for the GRG’s victims on its own, because most business banking is unregulated. I have asked Ministers this question six times already, and I will ask it a...

Business of the House (26 Oct 2017)

Bill Esterson: Yesterday, I wrote to the CEO of RBS, Ross McEwan, about my call for a judge-led inquiry into the bank’s treatment of smaller businesses. His reply was: “I have no interest in supporting another investigation after four years of review.” Many small business owners will regard Mr McEwan’s comment that he has no interest in their plight as dismissive and disrespectful,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (23 Oct 2017)

Bill Esterson: It must be in the national interest to retain domestic military aircraft manufacturing capability. If the Government do not bring forward a replacement for the Red Arrows, how will they guarantee that domestic capacity while military orders are secured for the long term at BAE, given the current shortage of orders?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Strategic Road Network: Congestion (19 Oct 2017)

Bill Esterson: Is not the real answer to cutting road congestion, and for that matter roadside emissions, to invest in expanding rail freight capacity? For example, Peel at the port of Liverpool is investing £750 million, including in rail freight. Why are the Government not stepping up and playing their part?

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Bill Esterson: The Leader of the House spoke about universal credit just now. I have constituents who have waited more than 20 minutes, many of them more than once, to get through before they can even ask for a call-back. Will she please get a Minister to come to the House as soon as possible and announce the scrapping of the 55p charge? These people are in desperate need of money, which is the only reason...

International Trade: Foreign Direct Investment (12 Oct 2017)

Bill Esterson: The Government’s own figures show a 9% drop in the number of new jobs created through foreign direct investment projects and a record trade deficit in goods exports. In the real world, that means thousands of workers losing their jobs, as we have seen at BAE Systems. Does the Minister accept that it will take a fully aligned trade and industrial strategy to protect jobs in this country?...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Approval of draft decisions under Article 352 of TFEU (10 Oct 2017)

Bill Esterson: The European Union (Approvals) Bill is a two-clause Bill, as the Minister has said. It will approve four draft decisions of the Council of the European Union in relation to the participation of the Republics of Albania and Serbia as observers in the work of the Agency for Fundamental Rights, and the signing and conclusion of a new agreement between the EU and Canada regarding competition law,...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Approval of draft decisions under Article 352 of TFEU (10 Oct 2017)

Bill Esterson: I do not think there is any danger of confusing Donald Trump’s Administration or regime with anything of the hard left. That Boeing can act as it has done—initiating trade disputes in a segment in which it does not compete—with the full support of a protectionist US Administration demonstrates the need to ensure that every effort is made to deliver healthy and fair...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (10 Oct 2017)

Bill Esterson: Under this Government, there has been an unprecedented fall in the number of nurses: the NHS is short of 40,000 nurses and more than 6,000 have gone since 2010, under this Conservative Government. When will the Secretary of State acknowledge that he is failing the NHS and failing patients, and when will he do something about it?

Schools: National Funding Formula (14 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: One headteacher in my constituency told me, “The current funding situation means that sixth forms and colleges across the country will find it increasingly difficult to offer the range of subjects they used to and provide the number of teaching hours recommended to deliver courses over the two years.” A situation that leaves sixth forms unable to offer students what they need...

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: Peel Ports has announced a massive investment of £750 million in rail freight at the Port of Liverpool. Will the Leader of the House ask Transport Ministers when the Government will match that investment in much-needed rail freight across the whole of the north of England? The private sector is playing its part; it is time for the Government to do the same.

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: It would be lower than that.

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: I do not want to wander too far from FDI, but most businesses I talk to tell me that improving the incentives in taxation is more important to them than dealing with the taxation of the results and successes. It is the tax level in business rates that needs reform, not the rate of corporation tax. Does the Minister agree?

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: The Minister is right about JLR, the value of the FDI from Tata and the partnership between Government and investor in achieving that. Is he aware of comments from the head of JLR last week who said that, should we end up paying the tariffs implied by the WTO, that would cost his business £1.1 billion extra a year? Does he share my concern? I urge him and his colleagues to do everything...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. We should celebrate the United Kingdom’s long-standing success as the premier destination for EU inbound investment, but we should also be under no illusions about the scale of the challenge facing the UK in retaining current investment, let alone building on it. As research from Michail Karoglou, David Bailey and Nigel...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: The evidence is mixed on whether the fall in corporation tax since 2010 has had benefits in attracting inward investment. Under our proposals, we would still have the lowest corporation tax in the G7. Although investors like the idea of a low-tax economy, they equally dislike the consequences. Recent research by the London School of Economics shows that the downside implied by a low-tax...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: I read out the key point about the mixed picture. We must do everything we can to retain our existing successes as well as build new ones—that is the thrust of what I am saying—but there is no point in the hon. Gentleman or any of his colleagues pretending that there are not great challenges and causes for significant concern. I was tempted to say in response to his earlier...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to raise that point. Japanese firms have already invested here, as have other foreign firms. They need to do everything they can to maximise their existing investments and to be in a position where it makes sense for them to build on those investments. That comes back to what the Minister has to say and what the Department has to do to enhance our...

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