Results 121–140 of 1214 for speaker:Nigel Mills

Planning (Grade 1 Agricultural Land Protection): Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (11 May 2011)

Nigel Mills: We are inviting the Minister to say whether she agrees that, as I believe, no form of consolidated tax base will ever be acceptable. It is vital to our competitiveness that we can attract business here with a more competitive way of calculating the tax base, so any proposals under which we would not have that competitive edge must be bad for our nation. It is all right saying that this is a...

Planning (Grade 1 Agricultural Land Protection): Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (11 May 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is a privilege to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Stone (Mr Cash), although I shall not follow his lead by addressing European law in forensic detail. In these debates, we run the risk of getting lost in the detail of legal technicalities and forgetting to look at why the whole idea before us is bad for Britain and bad for Europe. Although I understand why the Government have put...

Localism Bill (Ways and Means): New Clause 15 — Applications for planning permission: local finance considerations (17 May 2011)

Nigel Mills: My right hon. Friend gives many words of encouragement to those of us who have tabled amendments. Does he have any such warm words for neighbourhoods that happen to be in a coal mining area and face the threat of open-cast mining applications? They would like to be able to include that matter in their neighbourhood plans.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (7 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: Does the Minister agree with my constituent Susan Garrity that licensed treatments for multiple sclerosis such as Sativex should be accessible to all people, wherever they live?

Business, Innovation and Skills: Bank Lending (Small Businesses) (9 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: What recent assessment he has made of the level of lending by banks to small businesses.

Business, Innovation and Skills: Bank Lending (Small Businesses) (9 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: Many small businesses in my constituency complain that when they ask banks about funding, they are told not to bother applying because it would only attract interest in their existing facilities and that those may well be withdrawn instead. What can the Government do to stop banks doing that and then claiming that they cannot meet the targets they have agreed to because of a lack of applications?

Business of the House (16 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: Will the Leader of the House find time for a statement by the Secretary of State for Transport explaining this morning’s decision to award the contract for Thameslink trains to Siemens, which will manufacture them in Germany, rather than to Bombardier, which would have manufactured them in Derby? I think that the whole House would like to understand how we reached the position of having to...

Business of the House: Regulatory and Banking Reform (16 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: Although I warmly welcome the long-term direction that the Government are taking, may I press the Minister a little further on the short-term problem of the regulators’ demands for banks to improve their balance sheets? That is leading to deleveraging, which is starving businesses of the funds that they need to provide the growth that we need. Is there any way in which we can force—or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Crossrail (23 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: When it comes to providing toilets, and indeed the whole rolling stock, will the Minister assure me that there will be a level playing field so that there is a fair chance that rolling stock can be constructed in Derby in the UK, rather than in Germany as in the announcement last week?

Business of the House (23 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: This morning, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that he was looking into the impact of the European Union procurement regulations and how France and Germany manage to procure their trains from their own domestic manufacturers, yet we seem to be unable to do so. Given the great interest that there will be in such a review, may we have a statement or a debate so that the Secretary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (30 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: My right hon. Friend might be aware of the problem of heavily soiled films used on farms being exported to China as clean waste, rather than being put into the recycling process in this country. What action can she take to stop these illegal exports?

Business of the House (30 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on the importance of the food and drink manufacturing sector to the UK economy, which would enable Members to explain the importance of the sector locally and allow me personally to trumpet the quality and value for money of Thorntons products?

Business of the House: Police Detention (30 Jun 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am sure that we all appreciate that these legal judgments can be complicated and that their full implications can take some time to work through, but does my right hon. Friend agree that there is a bit of concern about how long this took to reach Ministers? Is there perhaps scope for reviewing the interaction between his officials and ACPO to see whether a better process can be put in place...

Finance (No. 3) Bill: New Clause 12 — Report on capital allowances (4 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Finance (No. 3) Bill: New Clause 12 — Report on capital allowances (4 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: The aim of new clauses 12 and 14 is to encourage the Government to move a little faster in simplifying our corporation tax system, which is far too complex to meet modern needs. On a day on which we have celebrated the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan, it is appropriate to start with a quote from that great tax reformer. He said in 1985: “Later in this session of Congress, we’ll be...

Finance (No. 3) Bill: New Clause 12 — Report on capital allowances (4 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I can think of many things on which businesses lobby their MP, but the details of the tax system are a little way down that list. We would find that businesses take a different view of whether they benefit from the current regime. However, as we continually reduce the rate, this will become of greater interest to more and more businesses. Yes, businesses come to me and say, “The general tax...

Finance (No. 3) Bill: New Clause 12 — Report on capital allowances (4 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I wish to clarify something. My aim in new clause 12 was not to do what the right hon. Gentleman fears will happen, but to do the opposite. I was aiming to ask the OTS to consider simplifying or replacing the capital allowances regime with one that would match the tax relief more closely to the life of the assets being invested in. My concern was that an 18% reducing balance was giving tax...

Finance (No. 3) Bill: New Clause 12 — Report on capital allowances (4 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: My purpose in moving the new clause was to encourage the Government down the route of tax simplification, which I hope I have achieved tonight. Therefore, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the clause. Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

[Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] — Police Forces (5 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I congratulate the hon. Member for Erith and Thamesmead (Teresa Pearce) on securing this important debate. She was right about many things, in particular that the police struggle to speak for themselves—they are one of those services that cannot strike—so it is right for Members to have police debates, when we can speak up for them. I have the pleasure of being on the police...


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