Results 1–20 of 1128 for speaker:Jonathan Reynolds

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (18 Jan 2018)

Jonathan Reynolds: This Chamber rightly sees a lot of robust partisan politics, but we should never forget the ethos of public service, which I believe motivates the vast majority of elected representatives in the UK. There was no better example of that than my friend and colleague, Councillor Kieran Quinn, the leader of Tameside Council, who tragically collapsed on Christmas eve and died on Christmas day. He...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Sector Rail Investment (18 Jan 2018)

Jonathan Reynolds: The private sector can only bring in investment if it knows what the Government’s plans for infrastructure are going to be. Will the Secretary of State tell me now what the latest Government position is on the electrification of the trans-Pennine line?

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Syria (17 Jan 2018)

Jonathan Reynolds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Orthodox Christians seeking asylum in the UK from Syria for persecution are given fair and appropriate treatment and consideration.

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

Jonathan Reynolds: It is amazing that the Government should want to plant questions about high levels of borrowing, given that they have missed every single one of their deficit reduction targets, and let us not forget that this Conservative Government have borrowed more than any Labour Government in history. Under Labour’s fiscal rules, we would close the deficit on day-to-day spending over five years,...

Banks and Communities — [Mr Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Jonathan Reynolds: I begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield) on securing this debate on a topic that is clearly of such central importance to many Members. I also congratulate him on his speech, which I mean not just with the usual courtesy. I thought it was an excellent introduction and a fair assessment of the situation the UK faces, and particularly Scotland....

Banks and Communities — [Mr Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Jonathan Reynolds: I give way to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar.

Banks and Communities — [Mr Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Jonathan Reynolds: That is a very reasonable point. Hon. Members such as my hon. Friend the Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) and the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson) have shared stories of the round trips, the incredible journeys, that people have to make because of the lack of a banking presence locally. I thought that my constituency was quite badly affected, but the...

Banks and Communities — [Mr Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Jonathan Reynolds: First, I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for suggesting that such a promotion might be possible. It is not something we can take for granted, but I will specifically address the RBS branch closures later in my speech. I want to make the point at this stage that rightly, and for a variety of reasons, the British public are questioning the return that they have got for their investment...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Thank you for calling me in this debate, Sir David, to add my voice to the pertinent points that have already been raised. I also thank the hon. Member for Worthing West (Sir Peter Bottomley) and my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick)—they lead the all-party group—for securing this debate and all the work they have done to date. [Mr Peter Bone in...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I absolutely agree. My distress is even greater after hearing about that situation; action like that will cause great distress across the country. As I say, I cannot believe that any organisation to whom leases have been sold on, these leaseholders, asset classes, or any pension fund that has got involved in investing in them, would not have made a reasonable assessment of the political risk...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I have just explained that the policy was our idea to begin with, but it is effective only if it is accompanied by measures to increase supply.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: No, we are not, as I have just explained, but there have to be measures that genuinely increase supply. I will explain to the hon. Lady that the measures in this Budget do not in any way contribute to that, and we will get on to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s definition.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Members have become accustomed to the fact that the number of homes that the Government claim to build is not always the actual number that are built. I will get to some of that record of failure later in my speech.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: My hon. Friend is entirely correct. As we know, sometimes the situation in the Government means that they tend to look around for ideas, and they often find best practice in the Labour party.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: We will get on to whether those measures will be effective, based on the assessments that have been made. I am old enough to remember when a tax on land banking was described as Venezuelan-style socialism, so it is good to see some permutation of that idea among Government Members. The analysis by the OBR on the likely outcome of the policy shows that it will push up prices by 0.3% in 2018.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: My right hon. Friend identifies another feature of a dysfunctional market. That will be corrected only by a change in Government policy, but we have not seen one in the Bill. Conservative Ministers’ review of a previous stamp duty cut concluded that the tax relief, in itself, had “not had a significant impact on improving affordability for first time buyers”. That is why...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Absolutely. A combination of policy measures—not just the failure on new housing completions, but a range of other measures—has contributed to this toxic situation. We see it perhaps most visibly in Greater Manchester—I live there and represent part of it—than in any other part of the country, and thank goodness that we in Greater Manchester have a Labour Mayor in Andy...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I commend the hon. and learned Lady for googling that so fast. I do not think that Andy Burnham’s resolution to tackle homelessness should be laughed at; it is admirable. As someone who has lived in Greater Manchester for nearly 20 years now, I see the scale of the social and urban decay on the streets around us. Anyone who travels to Manchester and moves a short distance in any...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I agree with the point my hon. Friend has made. The fact is that we know the impact that a series of Government measures have had, and we can reverse or improve on them. Fundamentally, we can change the availability of housing stock, but we can also create a policy framework that prevents people from being made homeless in the first place, and that is what we need to do.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Absolutely. There have been 13 consecutive cuts to housing association budgets, the cumulative impact of which is exactly as my hon. Friend describes. As constituency MPs, we are left requesting our local housing association simply to try to absorb the costs of this Government policy failure. In many cases, the housing association does so, but there is ultimately a cost. The cost is taking...


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