Results 1–20 of 994 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 — Treasury: Marriage Allowance (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: I congratulate my hon. Friend on all the hard work that he has put in to promote marriage and civil partnerships, and all the benefits there are to families and wider society thereof. I assure him that the design of the marriage allowance is such that it will indeed continue to rise as we raise the personal allowance, as we did in the recent Budget.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Marriage Allowance (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: My hon. Friend is pushing in a direction in which we have already travelled. In the last Budget, we made provision for ensuring that those who have been married or in a civil partnership and have a deceased partner are able to claim the marriage allowance and backdate that claim some four years. I will, of course, be happy to meet him and his colleagues to discuss this matter further.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Inheritance Tax (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: My hon. Friend will know that the inheritance tax exemption for donations to political parties does not exist for donations to referendum campaigns. However, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor and I have discussed the issues that my hon. Friend has raised in previous weeks, and we are sympathetic to looking carefully at how the law may be changed for future referendum campaigns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Inheritance Tax (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: As a matter of principle, it is not the position of Her Majesty’s Treasury to apply tax changes retrospectively but, as I have indicated, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor and I will be looking carefully at the issues that my hon. Friend has raised.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Inheritance Tax (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: My right hon. Friend raises an interesting point. He might like to make specific representations to me on the matters he has raised. Indeed, if he wishes to meet me to discuss them, I would be very happy to do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporate Tax Evasion (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: The Government have an outstanding record on clamping down on tax avoidance, evasion and non-compliance. We have brought in and protected £160 billion since 2010, and no less than £8 billion in 2016-17 alone, from the UK’s largest companies. Currently at 6%, the tax gap is one of the lowest in the world, and lower than any year during the last Labour Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporate Tax Evasion (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: As my hon. Friend will know, we are right at the forefront of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting project, and of the common reporting standards that are being rolled out at the moment. We have taken further measures in the Budget to consult on the taxation of digitally based companies, particularly in respect of withholding tax on royalties going to zero-tax or low-tax...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporate Tax Evasion (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: I say gently to the hon. Lady that she needs to check her facts, because the current head of Carillion is not an adviser to the Prime Minister. There was an appointment earlier that was terminated some months ago. As to her general points about corporate governance, this country has among the most robust corporate governance in the world, which is something this Government will continue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: I certainly agree with my right hon. Friend’s assertion of the importance of our heritage, which was recognised when last year the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport gave grants of more than £140 million in that respect. On VAT relief for repairs to historic buildings, the situation as currently pertains to EU regulations is that if we were to make changes or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: As the hon. Lady will know, we have committed to zero-rate tampons at the earliest opportunity. The fact that we are not doing that at the moment is due to our membership of the EU. She will also know that we are providing to women’s charities an amount equivalent to what we raise through taxing tampons.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: As the right hon. Gentleman will know, the Late, Missing and Incorrect initiative is there to drive up the accuracy of the real-time information as it passes between employers and HMRC. As he stresses, it is important to ensuring that universal credit is rolled out effectively. On his specific question about statistics, we believe that the level is around 5% or 6% across those three areas. We...

Women and Equalities: Budget Gender Impact Analysis (11 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: For all Budgets, Treasury Ministers very carefully assess the gender impact of the various measures under consideration. We do that as a statutory duty, but we also do it because it is our firm policy to do so. Of course, one of our centrepieces in the Budget was the 4.4% increase in the national living wage from this April, which will disproportionately benefit women.

Women and Equalities: Budget Gender Impact Analysis (11 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: As the hon. Gentleman will know, the Government constantly carry out assessments. There are various assessments of the impacts of all fiscal events, but I point him not only to the national living wage increase, which disproportionately benefits women, but to the personal allowance increase that takes many hundreds of thousands of women out of tax altogether. Of course, by 2019-20 we will...

Women and Equalities: Budget Gender Impact Analysis (11 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: As I have pointed out, the Government have taken many, many measures—I have just listed some of them in the recent Budget—that specifically assist women on issues such as childcare, the personal tax allowance increases and the national living wage increase that will come in from this April. We will continue to rigorously assess all measures, as we do around all fiscal events, to...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: As I said earlier, we already carry out a wide variety of different impact assessments, including in the kind of area to which the hon. Lady alludes. If she would like to write to me with further details of the exact aspects she is interested in, I would be very happy to consider them.

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. The Government have been clear that in leaving the European Union the UK will also leave its customs union, allowing us to establish and enhance our trading relationships with old allies and new friends around the world. Further to that, the Government have previously set out that in leaving the EU customs union and exercising the powers...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: Clause 31 makes provision for this country to enter into a customs union with another territory. That territory could be the existing customs union of the European Union after we have left the European Union, or it could be another territory separate from it. As he will know, such a move would be subject to a treaty and would not be entered into until a draft statutory instrument had been...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: I say gently to the right hon. Gentleman that we are going down a rather well-worn path. The answer is quite simple: in June 2016, the British people took a decision—people may have ended up on different sides of the argument, but they took a clear decision—that we would exit the European Union. As a consequence of that, we will be leaving the customs union.

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: As my right hon. and learned Friend will know, article 50 was invoked—the decision was taken to invoke that particular article—with the consequences that we will exit the European Union on 29 March 2019, and therefore leave the European Union customs union. However, clause 31 does indeed facilitate our future ability to enter into customs union arrangements with other customs...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Mel Stride: The hon. Gentleman raises the extremely important matter of protecting our UK producers from dumped goods in this country, goods that have been subject to excessive subsidy, and indeed import surges that arise for other reasons. That is why this Bill and the Trade Bill, which will have its Second Reading tomorrow, make provision to set up a trade remedies authority with the ability and powers...


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