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Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: In line 11 on page 4 of “Funding Britain’s Future”, Labour shows exactly how it would fund lifting the pay cap. Can the Minister be as explicit and comprehensive as Labour has been on this matter?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: It is a pleasure to serve under your stewardship, Mr Stringer. Let me welcome Mr Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, who is sitting at the back of the room. His blood must be boiling at the complete lack of interest from the Conservative party in this debate. As a trade unionist for many years and someone who worked in the public sector, either in local government or in the NHS, I say...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend is spot on. Yesterday I was at Tesco in Litherland collecting for food banks. I would like to thank every single one of those people—we have all been there—who gave a tin of soup, a tin of beans, some fruit, some cornflakes, washing liquid, all sorts of things for those people. Thanks to those people for the 1.1 million food parcels going through.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: Any public sector worker, whether somebody in the military, a nurse, a refuse worker, a teacher or social worker, the five-odd million of them all deserve the pay rise. If the hon. Member’s constituents in GCHQ need a pay rise, I will support them—will he? I am not sure he will. Meanwhile, nurses, firefighters and border guards will face losing more than £2,500. The cap is...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: Trying to find a Conservative who practically believes that—you are more likely to find, if you will excuse the expression, rocking horse dung, quite frankly. There is more chance of finding that.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend, as ever, has hit the nail right on the head. It is all talk and no action.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: The voice of the lonely. That is what I would say: the voice of the lonely. The IPPR and Unison have both provided research that demonstrates that lifting the cap would bring higher tax receipts and lower welfare payments. That has been suggested and indicated by other Members, and they are absolutely right. It would bring real money into the economy. We know that. Why do the Tories not...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: As the Chancellor gave his Budget speech last week, there was a collective groan across the country not just at the bad jokes, but at the content of the most uneventful Budget speech of recent times. There was no game-changing investment announcement and no lasting solutions for the growing difficulties facing our country. The Chancellor’s speech personified this Government: out of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Economic Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: No wonder the hon. Member for Mid Norfolk (George Freeman) referred to a leadership academy; three quarters of the Cabinet are queuing up to get into it. What impact does the Chancellor think a £1 billion, two-year grant—equivalent, let us say, to the one he gave to Northern Ireland—would have on regional economic growth in, for example, the constituency of my hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Economic Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: I will give the Chancellor another opportunity to answer a similar question in relation to improving regional productivity. What would be the impact in, let us say, the south-west region, in the constituency of his hon. Friend the Member for St Austell and Newquay (Steve Double), if the Chancellor provided for that area a £1 billion, two-year grant commensurate with that for Northern...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: At last, we have the Ways and Means motion before the House. The enigmatic—some might say pretty puzzling—part of it all is that it does not have much to say practically about taxation, cross-borders or trade. That is somewhat perplexing given that the title of the Bill is the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill. The only word in the title that in any way reflects this subject is...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend hits the nail on the head. That has been the line that this Government have taken. Power stops at Westminster and it does not go beyond. It is, quite frankly, a sham. The Government cannot even bring themselves to include in this Ways and Means motion any reference whatever to parliamentary scrutiny; they do not like that. At every opportunity, even if the Government have...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: The right hon. Gentleman misses the point. This is part of the whole pattern and process by which this Government accrue and accrue powers. Government Members do not seem to grasp that concept, but the fact is that the Government continue to pull powers to themselves and do not devolve them to any of the other nations.

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: I will tell the right hon. Lady what we are in favour of: parliamentary scrutiny. It was John Bright who reportedly coined the phrase “the Mother of Parliaments”, which is completely alien to Conservative Members and, obviously, to the right hon. Lady. I suspect that he, along with many other Radical and Conservative parliamentarians, would be turning in his grave at the idea that...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: The fact of the matter is that we are not closing off options, which the Government seem to have a pathological obsession with doing. I hope that, between now and Second Reading, the Government will consider the importance of comprehensive parliamentary oversight and pay attention to the concerns of this House in relation to this whole question.

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: I will try to take that on board as a suggestion rather than a direction, Mr Speaker. The Minister identified what he thinks should be done, but I will tell him what should be done. In our “Tax Transparency and Enforcement Programme” document, Labour calls for an immediate public inquiry into avoidance, greater scrutiny of MPs, the creation of a specialist tax enforcement unit,...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend makes an important point. Transparency is at the heart of all this. I experienced a bizarre situation last week when I was on “Newsnight” with the chairman of the Cayman Islands stock exchange. What an insouciant attitude that man had to tax avoidance. He actually said that there had not been any wrongdoing—maybe not—and called for the journalists to be...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: I am going to take Mr Speaker’s suggestion and push on, because it will become an admonition otherwise. I will then take some interventions. I hope that Members across the House will join me in condemning the irresponsible and offensive comments of the chairman of the Cayman Islands stock exchange. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the journalists involved for their hard work and...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend the Member for St Helens South and Whiston (Ms Rimmer) says, “Move on.” and I think she is absolutely right. I will reaffirm the point that was made in Labour’s tax programme document: we have to push on with this debate. It does no good for the Government to talk about the past; we want to talk about the here and now and the future.

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Peter Dowd: I will give way to the hon. Member for South Suffolk (James Cartlidge).


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