Results 1–20 of 69 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:James Davies

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Great Repeal Bill (26 Apr 2017)

James Davies: My right hon. Friend will be aware that the setting of business rates in Wales is now devolved. Does he share my concern that the small business rate relief scheme in Wales is less generous than the one in England?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Private Sector (19 Apr 2017)

James Davies: What discussions he has had with Scottish businesses on opportunities for the private sector after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Private Sector (19 Apr 2017)

James Davies: What steps is my right hon. Friend taking to support international trade and investment in the devolved nations?

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

James Davies: It is a pleasure to be called to speak in support of this Finance Bill. As a whole, it is a Bill that prioritises economic stability, and there is much to welcome in it. My constituents will be pleased at the further increase in income tax thresholds. I want to talk about the soft drinks industry levy, which appears in part 3, clauses 71 to 107. This was announced in the Budget a year ago,...

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

James Davies: It is true that the Health Committee—myself included—has called for additional measures, but the plan as it stands is certainly a step in the right direction. I will come to further points in due course. One in five children starting primary school is overweight. By the end of primary school, it is one in three—quite a striking figure. The inequality between communities is also...

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

James Davies: Indeed. I strongly believe that the measures outlined in the Bill go some way to tackling that situation. Perhaps the main health effect of obesity among children is tooth decay. It is the main source of hospital admissions for five to nine-year-olds, with some 26,000 admissions, probably in England alone, and 179,000 teeth—if not more—extracted among the age group each year. Some 25% of...

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

James Davies: That is a very good point. A point has also been made about the flexibility to include information on labels such as the number of teaspoons of sugar in a product, which we are currently unable to do. A wide range of benefits could arise, which is interesting. The soft drinks industry levy has a key role. Soft drinks are the biggest source of dietary sugar for children, but they contain...

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

James Davies: I will indeed. I will come on to the positive impact that the potential introduction of the levy has had on the general debate on sugar and obesity. Coming back to the idea of cross-subsidy in terms of the cost of drinks, we, as a Government, should keep an open mind as to whether that needs to be regulated. The levy excludes fruit, vegetables and milk as a form of added sugar. It also...

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

James Davies: My hon. Friend makes a good point. This is about how people live their lives in the foods and drinks they choose to consume and the way they look at their diet in general. I would like to address a couple of criticisms raised by some. First, is this policy an example of the nanny state? I would argue that we use the tax system to influence behaviour and always have done. The Government have a...

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

James Davies: Yes. The levy is a bold and brave move, but it is only a small part of the efforts we need to make to tackle this problem. Unless we tackle it from a multitude of directions with a number of different strategies, we will not make progress. There is no one silver bullet. We need to monitor and evaluate the impact of a levy over the coming year and beyond. I understand that secondary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2017)

James Davies: Will my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary outline what his priorities have been during the UK’s 62nd presidency of the UN Security Council this month?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Infrastructure Investment: North Wales (8 Mar 2017)

James Davies: Is the Minister aware of significant concerns among local authorities covering north Wales, west Cheshire, east Cheshire, Warrington and other areas abut the inadequacy of the current proposals for the HS2 station at Crewe, in terms of both line routeing and platform and junction arrangements? Will he undertake to represent those concerns at the highest level to ensure that a fit-for-purpose...

Beer Duty — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (7 Mar 2017)

James Davies: I congratulate my hon. Friend on introducing the debate. He rightly points to the vast number of jobs that the industry supports, many of which are in peripheral areas of the country such as our constituencies. Does he agree that action on beer duty, which is up to 10 times that of the duty paid in our neighbouring continental countries, is a vital step?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Commonwealth (21 Feb 2017)

James Davies: What steps his Department is taking to strengthen UK relations with other Commonwealth countries.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Commonwealth (21 Feb 2017)

James Davies: Can the Minister tell me how he believes the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers meeting, to which he referred, can be used as an opportunity to promote the Commonwealth as a trading network?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Infrastructure Developments (25 Jan 2017)

James Davies: The Minister will be aware of the campaign by the Daily Post newspaper to improve mobile phone notspots. What is he doing to help to improve mobile phone services for voice and data in north Wales?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Drug Addiction (24 Jan 2017)

James Davies: Does my hon. Friend agree that, if we are to reduce reoffending, it is vital to get prisoners off drugs and give them the skills they will need to find work in their local community on release?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2017)

James Davies: The Government will be aware that north Wales has among the lowest productivity rates in the UK, at about 73% of the UK average. With that in mind, what plans do they have to work with the six north Wales councils, the Mersey Dee alliance and the Cheshire and Warrington local enterprise partnership to deliver a local growth deal?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jan 2017)

James Davies: Building a country that works for everyone means doing even more to tackle the economic and social deprivation that has come to afflict pockets of seaside towns such as Rhyl in my constituency. Will my right hon. Friend therefore support Growth Track 360, a locally developed plan to invest in rail infrastructure to help unlock the true potential of the north Wales and Mersey-Dee economic...

Mental Health and NHS Performance (9 Jan 2017)

James Davies: The House of Commons Library has calculated that the real-terms increase in health-related spending between 2010 and 2016 was 9.4% in England, yet it was zero in Wales. Not only are A&E waiting times consistently longer in Wales than in England, but waiting times for routine procedures can be as much as two and a half times longer in Wales. I regularly see constituents in tears who are...

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