Results 1–20 of 527 for speaker:Chris White

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (14 Mar 2017)

Chris White: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman). We work together in many areas, including as co-chairs of the all-party group on manufacturing. He displayed his typical passion in his speech this afternoon. My view is that we must be forward looking in our approach and embrace an increasingly dynamic economy. If we tie that in with our industrial strategy, we have...

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Proposed Merger: Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill (6 Mar 2017)

Chris White: Car sales are projected to rise from somewhere in the region of 74 million today to 100 million in 2030, helped not least by the launch of the fourth-generation Range Rover, the Velar, which my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department for Transport, saw with me last week. The hon. Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham) made a good point about the infrastructure being in the...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Chris White: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr Wright). I want to put it on record that he is an excellent Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, although he seems to be a bit more of a “glass half empty” man, particularly in this debate. He supports many of the measures in the productivity plan and the industrial strategy, and members of the...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Chris White: We are sometimes in danger of thinking that Germany is so far ahead and advanced that we should try to do our own thing. Germany has a number of ideas that we can borrow and from which we can learn a great deal, meaning that we can advance significantly in manufacturing.

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Chris White: I agree with my right hon. Friend about our automotive plants. However, I will not criticise Network Rail today because it has just announced that it will be installing lifts in my local railway stations, on which I congratulate it most profusely. The Catapult network is a good example of what can be achieved through innovation. Some £15 of benefit is returned for every £1 of investment,...

The Government’S Productivity Plan (28 Feb 2017)

Chris White: I most certainly agree with my hon. Friend. We should be looking to the productivity plan and the industrial strategy, which address issues such as infrastructure. The West Midlands combined authority and our local enterprise partnerships should come together to think about how we address issues such as our transport infrastructure far more effectively. By allowing for strong economic growth,...

Intellectual Property: British Economy — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Chris White: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. He talked about the transition and legislation, but does he also share my support for the inclusion of intellectual property in the industrial strategy, given that key sectors rely on it, such as the creative industries which are so well placed to contribute significantly to economic growth?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Infrastructure Development (28 Feb 2017)

Chris White: What steps he is taking to support regional infrastructure development.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Infrastructure Development (28 Feb 2017)

Chris White: As the UK automotive sector continues to embrace new technologies, ensuring the necessary energy supplies are in place is of increasing importance. What support can the Government give to the midlands, so that our region can lead the transformation of the sector, not least with electric vehicles?

Backbench Business: Disabled People: Publicly Accessible Amenities — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (23 Feb 2017)

Chris White: I congratulate the hon. Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron) on securing this important debate—I apologise if I got my pronunciation completely wrong there. It is absolutely right that we consider how we as a society can be as inclusive as possible. Too often, people with disabilities are left in uncomfortable, inconvenient and distressing circumstances because...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

Chris White: My constituency voted to remain by a large margin, and I voted to remain, so coming to the conclusion that I should support this Bill this evening has been very difficult. In 2015, I stood for election on a manifesto that promised a referendum. Soon after, I voted in favour of a Bill to put that referendum before the British people. In December, I voted for a motion calling on the Government...

Maintained Nursery Schools Funding — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (1 Feb 2017)

Chris White: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this important debate. Warwick Nursery School and Whitnash Nursery School in my constituency will face a funding decrease under the proposals. Does she agree that the Government should revisit those proposals, so that such nurseries are not placed under a disadvantage or, worse still, forced to close?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business: Technology (31 Jan 2017)

Chris White: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 3.36 of the Autumn Statement 2016, if his Department will support firms specialising (a) in video and mobile game development and (b) on artificial intelligence, data analytics and virtual reality.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Taxation: Research (27 Jan 2017)

Chris White: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2016, whether his Department has set a timetable to review the current tax system for research and development support.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Business: Research (27 Jan 2017)

Chris White: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2016, which business sectors his Department is encouraging to raise their research and development investment.

Statutory Pubs Code and Pubs Code Adjudicator (26 Jan 2017)

Chris White: Following the speeches of the hon. Member for Leeds North West (Greg Mulholland) and the Chair of the Select Committee, a number of criticisms have been made of the Pubs Code Adjudicator. Does the hon. Gentleman think that he should be called before the Select Committee again?

Statutory Pubs Code and Pubs Code Adjudicator (26 Jan 2017)

Chris White: As the hon. Gentleman mentioned, I have seen some of these things at first hand, and it has been an unsatisfactory experience. I would like to share with the House the following quote from a pubco: “Moving to a Market Rent Only commercial free of tie lease agreement, means larger upfront payments and the loss of our award-winning, business-friendly services and support, aside from business...

Business of the House (26 Jan 2017)

Chris White: Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting representatives of Age UK Warwickshire and hearing about the excellent work that they carry out in my constituency. In the light of increasing life expectancy and the incidence of conditions such as dementia on the rise, may we have a debate on how we can better support such organisations and on the benefits of closer co-operation between such bodies...

Backbench Business: Midlands Engine — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Chris White: Once again, I thank you for your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I am grateful for the Minister’s response to the debate, and am also grateful for all the Members who were able to contribute. I agree with the Minister—one thing we share is our passion for the midlands. How we reach a consensus on a direction for the midlands will play a key role in how the strategy develops. I cannot end this...

Backbench Business: Midlands Engine — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (24 Jan 2017)

Chris White: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Midlands Engine. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting this debate. Some 105 Members represent the midlands region. We may not have all of them here this morning, but we are represented by quality if not quantity. The midlands is a major contributor to our national...


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