Results 281–300 of 1215 for speaker:Nigel Mills

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

Nigel Mills: Having a broader debate to raise people’s understanding that a diet cola is much healthier that a full-sugar cola for most people is helpful. I am not sure how much of an impact debates in this place or taxes on producers will have on people’s consumer decisions when they are in the supermarket, as those are probably based on price, promotion and their personal preferences or historical...

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

Nigel Mills: Yes, and I was coming to that point about the smaller businesses. I suspect that businesses that are submitting VAT returns have already gathered all their sales data and invoice data, and will have to gather all their payroll data for their PAYE reports, and so most of the stuff they need to do this reporting has already been gathered and looked at coherently. Small businesses may do that...

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

Nigel Mills: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that we have to think about how to do the annual adjustments—they have to be made only once—if we move to a quarterly system. A lot of very small businesses are already on simplified accounting methods in any case, so perhaps those issues will not apply to that extent. The Minister reminded me that the Government have been trying to expand on those...

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

Nigel Mills: I absolutely agree: it is important that we continue to send the signal that Britain is a great place to do business and to invest. We want as much international investment here as we can get, so it is absolutely right to have a headline corporation tax rate that is as low as we can have it. I welcome the fact that we are going to get it down to 17%. The previous Chancellor hinted that he...

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

Nigel Mills: I think I would have had to have attended several of the hon. Gentleman’s lectures to understand better how the German economy works, but that is not something I have ever studied. We could probably talk about euro rates and the history of investment in skills and so on, but I suspect it is not all down to corporation tax.

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

Nigel Mills: Yes, and Ireland has found that that corporation tax rate has been successful in helping to attract investment. I noticed that throughout all Ireland’s financial crises and its desperate need for tax revenue, that rate was one thing on which it was not prepared to move, which is a sign of how successful it thinks it has been.

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

Nigel Mills: I agree with those sentiments. If we are going to get into a debate about the German economic model, though, I should probably step out of the middle of it because it is not an area I have ever looked at. There is a clause in the Bill on the Northern Ireland corporation tax and how we will make the lower rate there work. This is probably my chance to sneak in a remark, Mr Deputy Speaker: I...

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

Nigel Mills: I do agree: it is regrettable that the inability to form an Executive means that it looks like a power that was long campaigned for will not be used on the timetable it should be. We have seen how important it is for the Northern Ireland economy to have a rate that matches that of the Republic of Ireland so that it can compete on attracting investment. Many issues will get lost in the...

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

Nigel Mills: I was nearly finished, but the hon. Gentleman invites me into a debate on the tax gap. I do not have the numbers to hand, but it is important to understand what makes up the tax gap. Tax avoidance by large corporates is actually a relatively small part of it. From memory, the largest part is due to people who operate in the black market and do not pay VAT or declare their tax. Another large...

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

Nigel Mills: Yes, I happily welcome that review. That has become an emerging issue that we need to tackle. It will probably blow up in the national insurance debate. I welcome the measures in this Bill, which propose that where the public sector engages with individuals who try to incorporate themselves, those individuals will not get the tax advantages. That has to be right. We need to find a way of...

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

Nigel Mills: I fully accept the need to tackle the tax gap, but if the advantages for the very smallest businesses are as my hon. Friend has described them, would she be willing to consider allowing such businesses to opt into the system, rather than making it compulsory for those with very low levels of turnover? Might they be allowed to see how the system works over a period of, perhaps, five years?

Northern Ireland: Political Developments (28 Mar 2017)

Nigel Mills: Can the Secretary of State confirm that the solution to this latest impasse is not more money from Westminster?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2017)

Nigel Mills: The aerospace sector is of great importance in Derbyshire. What steps are the Government taking to promote the UK’s excellence in this sector around the world?

Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (15 Mar 2017)

Nigel Mills: I thank the Chancellor for his change of mind today. I urge him to carry on with some parts of the proposal, namely considering how we can ensure that the very highest earners, who tend to be self-employed, pay the right amount of tax, including partners in limited liability partnerships, who have the advantages of limited liability and of not paying national insurance.

Exiting the European Union: Common Travel Area: Republic of Ireland (9 Mar 2017)

Nigel Mills: What steps he is taking to maintain the Common Travel Area with the Republic of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Common Travel Area: Republic of Ireland (9 Mar 2017)

Nigel Mills: I thank the Minister for that answer. Does he believe that the EU recognises the serious impact that trying to force Ireland to reimpose a hard border would have not only on the tens of thousands of people who cross the border every day for work or healthcare or to study, but on the peace process, in which the EU has been heavily involved?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (9 Mar 2017)

Nigel Mills: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (9 Mar 2017)

Nigel Mills: Can the Secretary of State update the House on what response he has had from across Europe to the Government’s recent Brexit White Paper?

Amendment of the Law (8 Mar 2017)

Nigel Mills: Like the hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson), I welcome the overall message and direction of the Budget. I would not be so cruel as to say it was a boring Budget; perhaps we could say it was a sensible and cautious Budget. When, between Budgets, we think about what an ideal Budget would look like, most of us think it should basically be a sensible evolution of previous policies, and...

Housing Benefits (18 to 21-Year-Olds) (7 Mar 2017)

Nigel Mills: Will the Minister explain how the policy will apply to young people on apprenticeships, who may be earning below the national living wage?


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