Results 1–20 of 449 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Robert Jenrick

Economies of the UK Islands — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Robert Jenrick: It is appropriate that you are in the Chair, Mr Rosindell, as you are Parliament’s greatest champion of a different type of island: our overseas territories and Crown dependencies. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Havant (Alan Mak) for raising this important issue and for enabling a range of Members from across the House, representing all parts of the United Kingdom, to...

Economies of the UK Islands — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I thank my hon. Friend for his constructive approach. I suggest that he engage with the CMA if he wishes to take anything forward. Schools do not fall directly within my remit at the Treasury, but in advance of the debate I reviewed the performance of Isle of Wight schools. I appreciate that in some cases there are some long-standing difficulties. The new national funding formula will help to...

Economies of the UK Islands — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Robert Jenrick: In a moment if possible, but I am conscious of time. I encourage all Members present to take advantage of that fund, where applicable, feeding into it and putting in their applications as soon as possible. From the Treasury’s perspective, I shall continue to work with my colleagues at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as we proceed to consider what the next stage...

Independent Financial Advisers: Regulation (24 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I begin by thanking my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) for securing this important debate. I also thank you, Mr Gray, for chairing it. I am aware that this debate has been prompted by the constituency cases that my hon. Friend has highlighted today—those of Helen and Mr Mohun-Smith. As my hon. Friend will no doubt appreciate, I cannot comment on the...

Independent Financial Advisers: Regulation (24 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I am surprised by both the points that my hon. Friend has just raised. He and I both worked in professions before coming to this House—I worked as a lawyer, and he worked as an estate agent—and it is surprising that, in the profession of financial adviser, those practices are permitted. I hope that answering such questions will be part of the scope of the FCA’s inquiry and...

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments: Patient Transport Volunteer Drivers (23 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: As I was saying, I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is correct and that there are individuals who travel more than 10,000 miles a year. We have to recognise that, by definition, these are the most active and the most public-spirited members of the public. They are giving up enormous amounts of time; they are almost professional volunteers, given the amount of time they are willing to give up....

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments: Patient Transport Volunteer Drivers (23 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I am happy to agree with my hon. Friend. There is a range of schemes across the country, particularly in the rural areas that most of the hon. Members here tonight represent. They include volunteer driver schemes and community bus schemes, as well as schemes run by the whole range of charities supporting hospitals and healthcare across the country. Returning to the question of those...

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments: Patient Transport Volunteer Drivers (23 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I thank the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Jamie Stone) for raising an important issue about which I know that he feels strongly—as do others, which is evidenced by the fact that so many Members have stayed in the Chamber to listen and contribute to the debate. Like me, the hon. Gentleman represents a rural area where the distances that constituents must travel...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Small and Medium-sized Cities: Infrastructure (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: In this Parliament, investment, including in infrastructure, will be at its highest sustained level since the 1970s, and our cities large and small are an important part of that strategy. We recently launched the £1.7 billion Transforming Cities fund to upgrade infrastructure, in addition to £345 million of funding for local road projects in England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Small and Medium-sized Cities: Infrastructure (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I quite agree: Stoke-on-Trent is exactly the kind of city that we designed the Transforming Cities fund to benefit. From the meeting we had, I know that my hon. Friend sees opportunity in Stoke—in Stoke station, at junction 15 on the M6 and in the proposal for a ceramics park. With the dynamic Conservative leadership in Stoke at the moment, we look forward to receiving that application.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Small and Medium-sized Cities: Infrastructure (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: The independent Infrastructure and Projects Authority has said that by the end of this Parliament, central Government funding for infrastructure will be greater in the north than in the south. The hon. Gentleman is speaking to the wrong Minister if he thinks that we do not care about the north. This son of a Liverpudlian and a Mancunian, born in Wolverhampton and representing North...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Small and Medium-sized Cities: Infrastructure (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: My hon. Friend raises an important point. The Government’s strategy is not limited to cities. The Transforming Cities programme is for our smaller and larger cities, but we are also interested in coastal towns and communities. I recently met a number of parliamentary colleagues representing those communities, and I would be happy to meet my hon. Friend to talk about how the Treasury...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Small and Medium-sized Cities: Infrastructure (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I entirely agree. That is why we are working with Mayors such as the Mayor of Tees Valley, who is producing a development corporation and has new powers of planning reform and so on to drive forward the economy of that part of the north-east. We are very happy to talk to other hon. Members who would like to take forward similar proposals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Productivity (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: The Government are working across Departments to help to prepare businesses and working people to seize the opportunities that technology will bring. At the Budget we announced, among other measures, a trebling of fully qualified computer science teachers, the creation of a T-level in digital skills and the retraining partnership that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor has spoken about.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Productivity (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: My hon. Friend makes an important point. We are trying to roll out our changes in apprenticeships, T-levels and other matters as quickly as possible across the country. We commissioned the Juergen Maier “Made Smarter” review to increase the adoption of digital technology in businesses—particularly small and medium-sized enterprises—and we will follow up on that in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Productivity (17 Apr 2018)

Robert Jenrick: The hon. Lady raises an important point. We are working closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced a call for evidence on single-use plastics in the spring statement. We intend to make proposals in due course.

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I thank all right hon. and hon. Members for their contributions today. We have heard a succession of Opposition Members espousing doom and gloom. There was one honourable exception— the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). In that cocktail was mixed a dose of collective amnesia about the legacy of the last Labour Government. The shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Oxford East...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I am surprised that the hon. Lady cannot bring herself to welcome what I have just described, even in her own constituency, where jobs and employment are booming—

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I will come to the hon. Lady’s point. It is not just important to us to create a country of working people; it is our mission to create a nation of well-paid people in secure and fulfilling careers. We are doing that by tackling the root causes of our low national productivity as no Government have done before. We are seeing some positive signs. Inflation is falling—it fell from...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I am proud of the fact that more people are in work. When I go back to my constituency, Newark in the north midlands, where unemployment is currently at 1%, I am proud of our record and that more families are enjoying the key ingredients of economic security: a job and a reliable wage.


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