Results 1–20 of 306 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Kinnock

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is making a point that gets to the heart of the purpose of the Bill, as stated by the Government: this is a technical transfer exercise—it is technically transferring the acquis communautaire into British law to facilitate Brexit. Does not the decision not to transpose the charter of fundamental rights make a mockery of that claim? Although the right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EEA (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: What assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the European Economic Area on the economy and the service industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EEA (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: The Chancellor has said that he wants a jobs-first Brexit. Given that 80% of the British economy is in the services sector, and given that the EEA-based model of Brexit is the only one that gives maximum access for our services industries, does the Minister agree that an EEA-based Brexit is the only viable option for our country?

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: This whole sorry tale is a textbook example of the privatisation of profit and the socialisation of risk. Companies such as Carillion have been taking taxpayers for a ride to the tune of billions of pounds of profit. Is not today the day when the case for a windfall tax on these sorts of companies became unanswerable?

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: While the TRA will clearly play a very important role, does my hon. Friend agree that it cannot take a balanced decision unless it includes a wide range of stakeholders, such as the trade union movement, producers and representatives of the devolved Governments?

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Bill Grant), even though large parts of his speech were based on magical thinking. I rise to address schedules 4 and 5, which propose the introduction of a new post-Brexit trade defence regime. Trade remedies enable countries to defend themselves against underpriced and state-subsidised goods, so they play a pivotal...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: I am sure my hon. Friend will have seen the letter in the Financial Times from the chief executive officers of the British steel, paper, ceramics, minerals and chemicals associations, along with their trade union counterparts, which puts this very well: they are deeply critical of the Bill, saying it does not do anything like what is required on trade defence and making it absolutely clear...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Stephen Kinnock: The Financial Secretary of course knows how close we came to the collapse of the British steel industry, thanks to the dumping of Chinese steel, but even though schedules 4 and 5 of the Bill refer to incredibly onerous public interest and economic interest tests, there is absolutely no detail of how so many of the practical aspects will work. Why do the Government seem to be set on leaving...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: I raise to support amendment 43. Hon. Members will know that this year marks the 150th anniversary of Walter Bagehot’s “The English Constitution”. At the heart of Bagehot’s masterpiece is the definition of the expressive function of this place, meaning that it is our duty as parliamentarians to express the mind of the people on all matters that come before it....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: It is important to note the difference between EFTA and the customs union, which is mainly that EFTA countries are able to strike trade deals with third countries. For example, Iceland has a bilateral trade deal with China.

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: I congratulate all hon. Members present on an excellent debate. We should remind ourselves of the purpose of the industrial strategy. It is about rebalancing the British economy, from services to manufacturing, from consumption to production, from debt to surplus. None of those aims will be achieved unless we have a thriving and productive steel industry, and for that to happen we need a...

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: On that point, does my hon. Friend agree that, given that the Hendry review was completed almost a year ago, it is almost impossible to understand why we are still waiting for the Government’s answer on the recommendations in that review, which are vital to the south Wales economy, not least the steel industry?

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: I beg to move, That this House has considered the steel sector deal. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry, and I thank the House for granting the debate. Hon. Members will recall that there was a period of time when we had debates about the future of the British steel industry almost weekly. Since then, the media circus has moved on, and with it the Government’s...

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: My right hon. Friend is right. That was an important milestone, but there have been so many false dawns, and warm words matched by frozen actions.

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: My hon. Friend makes an important point. I think that in the minds of some Ministers, and others in the House, steel is seen as metal bashing and an almost primitive industry; but in fact it is at the cutting edge of many innovations that we desperately need to drive our economy forward. If we are serious about getting a broad-based manufacturing renaissance it must start with investment in...

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: I agree with my hon. Friend. The sector deal has been submitted under the umbrella of UK Steel and EEF, but with the full participation and support of Tata Steel, British Steel, Liberty Steel, Celsa Steel and a number of other key players in the sector. The steel industry really speaks with one voice on this. Without a cost-competitive energy environment, steel companies cannot invest in the...

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman. As I will come on to explain, the sector proposal is the litmus test for the Government. We have had years and years of warm words, but this really is the moment to see whether the Government are serious about providing the support they say they want to provide. Steel enables transport, construction, manufacturing, energy and consumer...

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister for her intervention. Conversations, visits and meetings are excellent, but the fact remains that the sector deal was submitted on 7 September, and a meeting was not granted with the steel industry until the very end of November. As the clock is ticking, the decisions about investment next year are drying up. It would be great to see rhetoric matched with reality. An...

European Council (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Kinnock: Referring to the transition period, the conclusions of the European Council make the position clear. It says: “In order to ensure a level playing field based on the same rules applying throughout the Single Market, changes to the acquis adopted by EU institutions and bodies will have to apply both in the United Kingdom and the EU.” Will the Prime Minister please confirm,...


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