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Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The debate has been wide-ranging, covering virtually every aspect of the Bill. That is right and proper for a Bill of such importance. We have heard a number of impressive contributions, including two maiden speeches. The hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Dan Carden) made a powerful and assured maiden speech in which he rightly talked about the cultural richness of Liverpool. His reference...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Youth Unemployment (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: Youth unemployment is at a record low: 5.1% of 16 to 12-year-olds are unemployed or not in full-time education. That compares with 9.4% in 2009, under the previous Labour Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Youth Unemployment (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: I will be very happy to work with my hon. Friend, because we recognise that work is the best route out of poverty. Indeed, unemployed households are 13 times more likely to be in relative poverty than those with people in full-time work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Youth Unemployment (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: We can see the effects, were we to follow the hon. Lady’s policy, by looking at youth unemployment rates elsewhere in Europe. In Greece it is 45.9%, and even in France it is 22%. The best way of addressing poverty is by keeping young people in work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Youth Unemployment (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: Actually, we are seeing record numbers of people, in particular disadvantaged students, going to university. The situation will not be helped if people are conned with the idea that student debts will be written off.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Government Investment in Skills (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: Treasury Ministers have engaged on a regular basis with the Secretary of State for Education. We will double spending on apprenticeships over the decade to 2020, allowing 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020 and giving people the best start in their career.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Government Investment in Skills (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: I very much agree with my hon. Friend. In fact, there are 55,000 fewer young people unemployed than there were a year ago, thanks in large part to the investment that this Government are putting into apprenticeships.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Government Investment in Skills (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The hon. Gentleman will welcome the Government’s record investment of £500 million in T-levels, to tackle exactly the issue that he has raised in technical education. The Government’s commitment can also be seen in apprenticeships. Whereas under the last Labour Government there were just 280,000 apprenticeship starts, there were more than half a million last year under this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: May I first congratulate the hon. Lady on her appointment as Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee? As she will be aware from her Bank of England days, this is a matter for the Financial Policy Committee. Indeed, the FPC noted in its recent report that consumer credit is growing at a lower rate than it was under the previous Labour Government, but loss rates on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: There is a theme here, because I should congratulate my hon. Friend on his election as Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The Government are committed to the principles of transparency. He will have noted the recent Financial Conduct Authority report on the asset management market study. Indeed, we are seeing technology—in particular, through FinTech—driving the sort of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The hon. Lady will be aware that when the Home Office grants refugee status, it includes the biometric residence permit as proof of the holder’s right to stay, but I am very happy to discuss with the hon. Lady any further measures that she feels would be helpful.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The hon. Gentleman misstates the position. It is an independent responsibility of the Bank of England to address that—[Interruption.] It is. It is of course an area where there will always be frequent discussions with the Treasury, but it is a Bank of England matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Barclay: My hon. Friend rightly champions that key sector which provides £71 billion of tax to fund public services. It is in the interests of the UK and the EU to avoid fragmentation because that will increase costs, and the Prime Minister has made it clear that we are ambitious, in terms of the trade deal that we reach with the EU, to come to an arrangement that delivers regulatory equivalence.

Finance Bill: Aqua methanol etc (6 Sep 2016)

Stephen Barclay: indicated assent. The House forthwith resolved itself into the Legislative Grand Committee (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) ( Standing Order No. 83M). [Natascha Engel in the Chair]

Enterprise Bill [Lords] — [2ndAllocated Day]: Schedule 5 — Sunday opening hours: rights of shop workers (9 Mar 2016)

Stephen Barclay: The legislative consent motions are before the House and available to Members. I beg to move. Resolved, That the Committee consents to the following certified clauses and schedules of the Enterprise Bill [Lords] and certified amendments made by the House to the Bill: Clauses and schedules certified under Standing Order No. 83L(2) as relating exclusively to England and Wales and being within...

Football Governance (Supporters’ Participation) Bill (4 Mar 2016)

Stephen Barclay: Good heavens!

Waste Recycling: South Gloucestershire (23 Feb 2016)

Stephen Barclay: Rubbish!

Post Office Closures (1 Dec 2015)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Gillan. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) on securing the debate and the way in which he has championed this issue most effectively since his election to Parliament. He raised a number of points that it may be helpful to address at the outset, on whether this is a new model in the Post Office,...

Post Office Closures (1 Dec 2015)

Stephen Barclay: My hon. Friend raises a valid point. These things are looked at on a case-by-case basis, and each case tends to be different. That is highlighted in the case of the post office in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle, where a number of interim measures were tried. He alluded to a portakabin being used and the attempt made to look at whether that could be...

Post Office Closures (1 Dec 2015)

Stephen Barclay: Indeed, but the proposed new branch in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle would be open for 21 hours longer a week than the previous store. Notwithstanding the time taken to put the new branch in place, once it is in place, subject to the consultation, the collocation means that the post office will be open for an additional 21 hours, which I think will be...


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