Results 1–20 of 869 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Barclay

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Musgrove Park Hospital Surgical Centre (18 Jan 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton Deane (Rebecca Pow) on securing this debate, and I am pleased to be able to join her in discussing a matter of great importance to both her constituency and her family. She powerfully set out her personal links with Musgrove Park and its importance to the community as a whole. The Government recognise the real concerns—which the...

King’s College Hospital (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Barclay: To clarify, that is absolutely not the point. The point is about billing and how rotas are managed. It is not about whether staff are working hard or not. We very much recognise that they are.

King’s College Hospital (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship once again, Mr Hollobone, albeit in a different role. I begin by paying tribute to the hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) on securing the debate and on the powerful case she set out on behalf of her constituents. I recognise the importance of King’s not just to her family but to the community she serves, to other...

King’s College Hospital (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Barclay: Indeed, I am happy to give consideration to the point my hon. Friend makes, although if one looks at the deficit for this year, which I will come on to in my remarks, the bulk of the deficit is not from the Princess Royal but from the other sites, so it does not pertain to the 2013 decision. I will come on to that more fully as I develop the case. I will also say to the right hon. and...

King’s College Hospital (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I am happy to recognise the hon. Lady’s point that significant savings have been made. However, the regulators found that there had been an over-reliance on non-recurring savings, rather than on delivering the cost improvement programme. For example, King’s has the highest cleaning costs per square metre at £71, compared with the median of £41 per square metre. Indeed,...

Welsh Affairs: Insurance and Genetic Conditions (8 Jan 2018)

Stephen Barclay: Let me begin by thanking the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands) for securing this important debate. As he set out so eloquently, rare genetic conditions such as Huntingdon’s disease have a significant impact on the people and families who are affected by them. The Government are focusing on ensuring that the insurance industry functions well for everyone,...

Welsh Affairs: Insurance and Genetic Conditions (8 Jan 2018)

Stephen Barclay: The hon. Lady’s point would be a legitimate one if that were indeed the case. However, that is not what the evidence shows. As I have just said, 95% of life insurance policies fall within the cap. Also, we should bear it in mind that the genetic test is often prayed in aid because, although there is a 50% chance of a condition materialising, there is also a 50% chance of it not...

Welsh Affairs: Insurance and Genetic Conditions (8 Jan 2018)

Stephen Barclay: Of course I will give way to the hon. Gentleman.

Welsh Affairs: Insurance and Genetic Conditions (8 Jan 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I think we need to distinguish between two different points. The first is when the family history is indeed taken into account by insurers, but it is not related to a specific condition. I know when members of my family have had a medical condition that that can affect not only life insurance but a whole range of things, such as travel insurance. Family history is taken into account and that...

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: I commend the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford) for securing the debate. The strength of feeling generated on both sides of the House by this announcement from RBS is evident from the high attendance at a relatively late hour.

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: I will happily give way, but obviously the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber has taken 22 minutes of a 30-minute debate, so time is somewhat limited.

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The hon. Gentleman is right; this is an issue on which many Members of the House from all parties have strong feelings. Indeed, I have been lobbied extensively by many of my colleagues who are in the Chamber this night, including in particular my hon. Friends the Members for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont) and for Ochil and South Perthshire (Luke Graham), who have been...

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: As a rural constituency MP, I recognise the importance of bank branches in our communities and, specifically, many of the challenges of travel in rural communities. Of course, RBS will have noted the comments about the staff impact made by the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, and he will be well aware that RBS has a duty to consult its staff. I expect that it will be keen to...

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The reality is that the picture will be more nuanced, because RBS is investing more than £8 million in its branch network this year. It is investing more than £11 million next year. Indeed, it is relevant to point out in response to the concerns raised that customers will often vote with their feet. The right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber mentioned Kyle twice. I...

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: As my hon. Friend will know, the decision made by RBS was an operational decision, independent of the Government. It is the RBS board that makes the strategic and management decisions, including decisions in respect of its network. That framework has been endorsed by the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties.

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: I am going to make some progress. The right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber has left me only three more minutes in which to do so. On 4 December, I had a conversation with the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, in which he recognised that the branch network decision had been a commercial decision. In its manifesto, written only this summer, the SNP said...

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: I will give way one last time.

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: My hon. Friend refers to the true figures. The banking market is changing. As he will know, the use of cash has fallen by a fifth in the past decade. The number of branch visits has fallen by a third since 2011. More than a third of UK adults regularly use banking apps. Three fifths of customers are interacting with their current accounts via mobile apps, and more than 600,000 customers over...

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: I was left a bare eight minutes in which to respond, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I have been generous in taking interventions. I have very little time in which to make some final progress. At the time of the autumn Budget, recognising the importance of this issue and the concerns expressed by Members on both sides of the House, I wrote both to the Post Office and to UK Finance, which represents...

Terror Attacks: Government Financial Support — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I thank the hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Neil Coyle) for introducing this important debate. The House is united in our condemnation of the atrocity that was committed against his constituents and those of a number of other colleagues. The hon. Gentleman expressed his understandable concern about the...


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