Results 1–20 of 498 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

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for St Ives (Derek Thomas) for securing this excellent debate. I recognise the extraordinary passion with which he has always prosecuted the argument for the importance of small business, not least in St Ives. As a fellow west country Member of Parliament, I am grateful for all that he has done...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: I have been listening with growing disbelief to the hon. Gentleman’s running commentary of doom on our approach to business. He mentioned tax avoidance, but does he recognise that since 2010 we have, through our measures against avoidance, evasion and non-compliance, brought in £160 billion? We have reduced the tax gap—the amount of tax that should have been collected but...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: To pursue the point a little further, I understand that the Labour party’s policies are to put up the corporation tax rate to 26%, whereas we are going down to 17%. The difference is a huge gulf—a huge additional tax burden on British businesses. Has the hon. Gentleman’s party conducted any analysis of the impact that that huge hike in taxation is likely to have on jobs,...

Finance Bill: Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (11 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: As with my contributions earlier this afternoon, I will set out why the Government have included this measure in the Bill, before turning to new clause 2. Clause 25 and schedule 7 make amendments to the Northern Ireland corporation tax regime. The Government are committed to supporting growth across all parts of the UK. Creating a stronger Northern Ireland economy will benefit the entire...

Finance Bill: Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (11 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but there is, of course, one key distinction between Wales and Northern Ireland, and that is that Northern Ireland has a land border with the Republic of Ireland, which has a corporation tax rate of just 12.5%. It is particularly important in that context that we make these provisions.

Finance Bill: Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (11 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: I do not think it is within the scope of this particular clause to start getting too much into the devolutionary settlement for Wales. The regime was set out in the 2015 Act, which, subject to commencement regulations, will devolve corporation tax rate-setting powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Government have committed to working with an incoming Northern Ireland Executive on...

Finance Bill: Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (11 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: My hon. Friend makes the very powerful point that this is not about brass-plating and shifting profits; it is about generating growth in a very important part of the United Kingdom. Since we legislated in 2015, we have heard that some small businesses want the option to benefit from the Northern Ireland corporation tax rate on the proportion of their profits generated by trading activity in...

Finance Bill: Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (11 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point. This is about strengthening Northern Ireland’s economy, society and infrastructure, to the end that we all seek, which is a stronger and more united Northern Ireland. In conclusion, these provisions include changes that will ensure that the regime is robust against abuse, in order to maintain the regime’s focus on encouraging genuine...

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: Clause 15 expands the scope of the business investment relief scheme because it supports economic growth and investment by encouraging foreign individuals to invest in UK businesses. Business investment relief was introduced in April 2012 and is aimed at individuals who are taxed on the remittance basis. As Members will be aware, a remittance basis taxpayer is subject to UK tax on their...

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Mel Stride: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention, and I will come on to deal with the information that the Treasury is already publishing, which is very comprehensive. As I was saying, that includes investment in the hospitality and energy sectors, and in many different types of businesses, including small and medium-sized ones. It includes investment in manufacturing and pharmaceutical science...


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