Results 1–20 of 644 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jonathan Reynolds

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I cannot believe that the Minister is not receiving representations that list the problems with this policy. Let me give him an example that I could not fit into my speech in the time available: my children’s school is ending free provision for under-fours, because the funding simply does not work as it has worked in the past. There is actually a net reduction in provision. Is he...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I thank my parliamentary neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak (Ruth George), for securing this debate, because investing in quality, sustainable and affordable childcare is, quite simply, the best investment a country can make. It enables children to excel and fulfil their potential, and parents to get out to work and fulfil theirs. It enables communities to become more...

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

Jonathan Reynolds: I thank the Financial Secretary for introducing this group. This is an important debate, not only for the future of Northern Ireland, but for this country’s overall approach to taxation and devolution. We know—we have discussed it frequently throughout this process—that our country faces a substantial tax gap. The official estimate of the UK’s tax gap is at least...

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

Jonathan Reynolds: I take the hon. Gentleman’s point, but I would not agree with his characterisation of the situation. We are making the case that our amendment will really benefit Northern Ireland, because if the relationship was abused and firms sought to benefit from the lower rate without investing in Northern Irish jobs or business production, that would surely defeat the purpose of having a lower...

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

Jonathan Reynolds: I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman’s assertion that only the financial services sector will seek to do that. We are proposing a very reasonable review of the measure after one year, and he has nothing to fear from such an amendment. Labour, more than any other party in this House, has consistently made the case for a level playing field between larger and smaller businesses, but a...

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

Jonathan Reynolds: The hon. Gentleman is not correct in that assessment. I certainly agree with him that regional disparity in the UK is one of the principal economic challenges that we face, but I do not agree that the solution is a race to the bottom in corporation tax rates between different parts of the UK. That would be neither effective nor the right way forward, and it would almost certainly fail to...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Many of us are flexible about how we will get to the system we want to see, and capacity is definitely an issue when it comes to specialists. On the point just made by the former Minister, the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb), the problem is that at an initial assessment people are told, “You don’t need to go and have the official diagnosis yet. Try to persevere...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Thank you, Mr Howarth, for giving me the chance to say a few words about this important matter. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous) for calling this debate. I have a personal interest in this issue: my eldest son has autism, which I have had to learn about, live with and adapt to throughout my life as a parent. My first ever Westminster Hall debate,...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: The British economic model is “broken” and in need of “fundamental reform”. Those are not my words, but the findings of the interim report of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s economic justice commission, which comprises, among others, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the global managing partner of McKinsey and the policy chairman of the City of London...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I feel I have heard quite a lot from the Conservative party, so if the hon. Gentleman will forgive me, I shall proceed. Today’s proceedings, along with the ways and means discussion last week, have been characterised by deeply held concerns about the state of our economy. There have been many fine and noteworthy contributions in what has been a wide-ranging debate, taking us from...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I will not give way; I have listened to the Conservative party for more than eight hours. The first contribution to which I pay tribute is the maiden speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Walton (Dan Carden). It was at times funny and moving, and it captured the character of his constituency extremely well, but it also had a serious and thoughtful message about the changing...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: We say that all the time. We always welcome it, but we just wish it was possible for the debate to include a consideration of the situation in a huge number of households where people are in work, as child poverty rates are rising and households are in poverty. Why does the Conservative party say nothing about that phenomenon, which is a huge part of life in Britain today?

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Given that Conservative MPs want to spend a considerable amount of time on this matter—indeed, they appear to have decided to filibuster their own Finance Bill—and given that the quote from the Leader of the Opposition has been used, let me finish that quote, word for word. He said: “I don’t have the simple answer for it at this stage—I don’t think anybody...

Taxable Benefits (6 Sep 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Manchester.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Private Sector Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Private investment thrives on stability, but we have a Cabinet in a state of anarchy when it comes to the terms of our exit from the European Union. Do the Government agree with Labour Members that an early announcement on transitional arrangements is therefore essential? If the Minister does agree with that, will he tell us the Government’s position on the latest date such arrangements...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Israel and Palestinian Talks (5 Jul 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I very much welcome the hon. Gentleman’s tone. I am a supporter of the state of Israel, and I am also desperate for some real progress to be made towards a Palestinian state and towards showing dignity and respect for the Palestinian people. I agree with earlier comments that debates such as this can get quite polarised and binary in the House of Commons. I believe we all wish to see...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: It is with honour, and humility, that I rise to respond to the Queen’s Speech today as the three-times-elected Member of Parliament for the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency. I would like to record my sincerest thanks to all those who showed their faith in me, and to the steadfast people of Greater Manchester for their solidarity and defiance in the face of the terror attack we...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: I have a genuine inquiry for the hon. Gentleman. If we were to retain membership of the single market and the customs union, what, in his view, would be different about that arrangement in comparison with being a member of the European Union?

Early Parliamentary General Election (19 Apr 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (18 Apr 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: It is a pleasure to close today’s debate on the Finance (No. 2) Bill, even if other events have possibly overshadowed today’s important parliamentary business. In fact, I understand that there are reports circulating this evening that the Crown Prosecution Service is about to charge 30 senior Conservatives with election expenses fraud, so I am afraid it is possible that we may be...


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