Results 1–20 of 761 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Fiscal Devolution: London (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: I thank my hon. Friend for his work on the London Finance Commission, which recommended giving London a wide range of additional powers. The Government have committed to continue to work with the Greater London Authority and London Councils to ensure that London has the powers it needs to maintain its status as a world-leading city.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Fiscal Devolution: London (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: As my hon. Friend is aware, the Department for Transport is scrutinising the business case for Crossrail and discussing it with Transport for London. It is right that the London region does not retain disproportionate amounts of revenue. Some of the recommendations in the commission’s report are very broad ranging.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Fiscal Devolution: London (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The hon. Gentleman needs to question whether Labour Members are fully signed up to the recommendations of the London Finance Commission. For example, many of his colleagues on the Opposition Benches may not support the retaining of almost half of all stamp duty across England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: Infrastructure is at the heart of the Government’s economic strategy, and our investment will boost productivity and growth. Since 2010, more than £250 billion has been spent on public and private sector infrastructure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: My hon. Friend makes a good point. This Government have committed to the largest rail investment programme since Victorian times, including a £55.7 billion investment in High Speed 2. He will be aware of the Chancellor’s announcement in Manchester last month of £300 million to improve connectivity to High Speed 2 across the onorthern region.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The Government remain fully committed to agreeing both city deals, and to working constructively with the Scottish Government and local partners. I am, of course, very happy to meet my hon. Friend to discuss this further.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The Government are committed to increasing infrastructure investment across all regions, including the north-east. Indeed, investment is 30% higher than it was under the Labour Government. It would be better for Opposition Members to recognise the record investment in infrastructure, which is driving productivity and growth.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The investment going to the west midlands as part of the midlands engine and through the devolution deal is part of wider investment—the £23 billion of investment that has been announced through the national productivity investment fund. The hon. Gentleman will be aware of the Secretary of State for Transport’s announcement on rail spending between 2019 and 2024, which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: Mobile branches are vital to many communities, and I am sure that many banks will have heard the hon. Gentleman express his concerns, but these are commercial decisions. It should be recognised that since 2011 the number of branch visits has fallen by roughly a third, that more than 600,000 people aged over 80 are now registered for internet banking, and that a fifth less cash is used for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: My hon. Friend is right. The UK financial services industry pays more than £71 billion to the Exchequer in tax and employs more than 1 million people directly and 2.2 million through the sector as a whole, two thirds of whom are outside London. Because of his work as chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Gibraltar, my hon. Friend will be aware of the importance not just of...

Mortgages: Eligibility — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (23 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I thank all those who signed the petition—more than 140,000 people did so—and Members from across the House for this good-natured and constructive debate. The petition shows the importance of debating these issues, which clearly resonate with many people. It is right that the House should consider them. I thank my...

Mortgages: Eligibility — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (23 Oct 2017)

Stephen Barclay: I am happy to alert the Housing Minister to the hon. Gentleman’s concerns, but more than half the homes triggered by the policy are new, so Help to Buy has helped with the supply issue. I will raise that point with the relevant policy Minister. My right hon. Friend the Member for Clwyd West (Mr Jones) asked why the Government are not solving the problem of including rental payments...

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...


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