Results 1–20 of 731 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mel Stride

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Revenue Budget (6 Dec 2017)

Mel Stride: The recent Budget shows that we are delivering for Scotland, including £347 million in additional resource budget as part of £2 billion extra as a result of Barnett consequentials.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Revenue Budget (6 Dec 2017)

Mel Stride: The hon. Gentleman suggests that we have done nothing, but the day before the Budget, that £347 million of additional resource budget was not there. That was announced in the Budget statement, along with another £1.7 billion of additional capital to support the businesses and people of Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Revenue Budget (6 Dec 2017)

Mel Stride: My hon. Friend is entirely right. I know that the oil and gas sector has warmly welcomed the changes that we are making to provide additional tax relief through transferable tax history. Many in the sector believe that that measure will lead to tens of billions of additional investment during the lifetime of the North sea reserves.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Revenue Budget (6 Dec 2017)

Mel Stride: The figures speak for themselves. As the hon. Gentleman should know—I am sure that he does—by 2020 the block grant to Scotland will be £31.1 billion before devolutionary adjustments, and that is a simple real-terms increase.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Capital Project Funding (6 Dec 2017)

Mel Stride: Further to our discussions with the Scottish Government and the announcements made in the Budget, an additional £1.7 billion will be available to Scotland in capital resources. That is a 33% increase in real terms.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Capital Project Funding (6 Dec 2017)

Mel Stride: The hon. Lady is, I know, most vexed about the Queensferry crossing, and she is right to be so. It was widely trumpeted by the Scottish Government and the SNP as a great infrastructure success, yet I understand that it is currently partly closed, and is likely to be suffering from closures for many months to come, at great inconvenience to the hon. Lady’s constituents. [Interruption.]...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Air Passenger Duty: Regional Airports (28 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: The Government recognise the importance of regional airports, not least for the productivity of smaller local communities. That is why, despite the fact that there is no VAT on airline tickets or duty on aviation fuel, we have frozen the APD rate for long-haul economy flights, as was announced in the Budget.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Air Passenger Duty: Regional Airports (28 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: My hon. Friend raises an interesting point. This is something that we have looked to address in the past. In 1998, the European Commission ruled that we were unable to do that under state aid rules, but of course once we have left the European Union, depending on the details of the agreement under which we do that, we may be able to revisit this.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Air Passenger Duty: Regional Airports (28 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: As I have said, in this Budget we have frozen APD for long-haul economy flights. That comes on the back of a number of actions that we have taken over the years to reduce APD. In 2014 we cut it and exempted children from it on economy flights. We will continue to review it, as we do all taxes, in the light of the issues that the hon. Lady has raised.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Air Passenger Duty: Regional Airports (28 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. In the Budget, the Chancellor made it very clear that we will have a full call for evidence and undertake a review of matters relating to both APD and VAT, and their impact on tourism, which we recognise is so vital to the Northern Ireland economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Manufacturing Industry: Lesser Duty Rule (28 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: When we leave the European Union, we will ensure that we have a robust remedies regime in place. It will ensure that we have robust measures to take against dumping, excessive subsidy and import surges. Part of that will be a lesser duty rule, as we have with the European Union at present, to ensure that the measures we take are proportionate in protecting our producers at the same time as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (28 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: The Government recognise the vital importance of R and D, driving up investment in business and improving our productivity, which is why R and D investment as a proportion of GDP is on the rise, and we will push further towards our target of 2.4%. In the Budget we announced an increase in R and D expenditure tax credits from 11% to 12%.

Public Country-by-Country Reporting (22 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Amber Valley (Nigel Mills) for having secured what I think we all accept is an extremely important debate. I also thank him for the advice he has been able to give me over the months and years on matters as exciting as corporate taxation. I also welcome my hon. Friend’s support for...

Public Country-by-Country Reporting (22 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: I do not think the right hon. Lady and I are going to agree on that particular point. One point we might agree on is the tax gap, which is 6%—the lowest in our history. That is the difference between that which we should be collecting and that which we are collecting. It is a world-beating figure, also audited by the NAO. According to the International Monetary Fund, it sets a world...

Public Country-by-Country Reporting (22 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: indicated assent.

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: We have had a full and good debate this evening on an extremely important matter. I do not think that anybody on either side of the House would suggest that these matters are not of the utmost importance. Perhaps I could run through some of the points raised. My hon. Friend the Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) rightly raised with me, as he has done on many occasions, the importance of HMRC being...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: I have patiently listened to what the hon. Gentleman has had to say. He has referred to the powers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and to the operation, setting-up and independence or otherwise of the TRA. Neither of those items is actually included in this Bill, so what is it in this Bill that he wants to make a point about?

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: I beg to move, That— (a) provision may be made imposing and regulating a duty of customs chargeable by reference to the importation of goods into the United Kingdom, (b) provision may be made conferring power to impose and regulate a duty of customs chargeable by reference to the export of goods from the United Kingdom, (c) other provision may be made in relation to any duty of customs...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Mel Stride: In exercising article 50, the Government’s consideration was the decision taken by the British people in June last year to leave the European Union. On the hon. Gentleman’s specific point about the Northern Ireland-Ireland border, we are of the same mind as the European Union and the Irish Republic that there should be no return to the hard borders of the past. We are committed...


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