Results 1–20 of 382 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Peter Dowd

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I like the logic of the hon. Lady’s analogy about giving people a tax cut and giving them a pay rise. Does she therefore agree with me that, by her logic, giving the bankers a cut in their levy is the biggest pay rise in this Budget?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I referred earlier to “Freeing Britain to Compete”, and I have the reference here on my iPad. It said that we claimed “that this regulation is all necessary. They seem to believe that without it banks could steal our money, bakers would put nails in our bread…and builders would construct houses that fell down when the wind blew.” Does the hon. Lady agree that...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: It is a shame that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury is not in her place at the Dispatch Box. Notwithstanding the fact that the Financial Secretary is fantastic at doing his job, we should have the Chief Secretary here today. In my opinion, it is disrespectful to the House that she is not here. I think she is most probably looking for Shergar, frankly. I wish to use my remarks to convey a...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: Let us have a general election and we will deliver on those promises. On Brexit, there is no abating the deep divisions between warring Cabinet Ministers. Within a few hours of the ink drying on the joint statement between the Prime Minister and the European Commission and the agreement to move on to trade talks, we had the Environment Secretary contradicting the Prime Minister and briefing...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: With the greatest respect, I am not the hon. Gentleman’s research assistant. I refer him to Labour’s proposals in “Funding Britain’s Future”. I know that he can read, so I suggest that he should go and have a look at that document. The Brexiteers in the Cabinet continue to undermine any attempts to progress the talks and compromise with our European partners. We...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: The answer to the last question is no, they do not. The Budget proved yet again that the Government are completely unable and unwilling to recognise the challenges that the country faces. The Chancellor and the Prime Minister are instead more concerned about sorting out the Democratic Unionist party and the fringes of the Tory party.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: The hon. Gentleman can ask as many questions as he likes—[Interruption.] And the hon. Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp) can say “Yes or no?” But the Conservative party is in a state of chaos, it is as simple as that. After seven years, the verdict on Tory austerity is clear for all to see. Economic growth stands at its lowest point since the Conservatives came to...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend is prescient, and I will come to the point that he makes in a minute. Let us continue with a few more statistics, because it is worth our while to look at them. The Minister referred to productivity rates, and UK productivity rates have fallen far behind those of the French, the Americans and the Germans. The OBR’s decision to revise down UK productivity rates for every...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: The Chancellor did not know what the unemployment figure was the other day. Let us put it like this: no matter how many people are in work, the bottom line is that it is not right that they should have low and stagnant wages, poor terms and conditions, zero-hours contracts or insecure work. The Government should be dealing not just with the employment rate, but with terms, conditions and wages.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. The Government have reached the stage where they blame anyone they can. The gaffe-prone Chancellor has blamed disabled people for bringing down the productivity rate. He is so out of touch that such comments are water off a duck’s back to him. As the Minister said, this is the third Finance Bill of the year. All three of them have failed to...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: The hon. Member for Aldershot (Leo Docherty) might not like the answer that I gave to his question, but I have referred him to the documentation. If the hon. Lady is incapable of going to the internet and looking up the facts and figures, it is not for me to do that for her. The bottom line is that there is nothing in the Bill for public sector workers, who head into the new year with their...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: No; I am going to make some progress. Public sector wages are now at their lowest level as against private sector pay for 20 years. Nor is there anything to address the botched roll-out of universal credit, which will cause real suffering to families this Christmas. Similarly, the Bill contains no measures to redress the disproportionate effect of austerity on women, and particularly on black...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: It is not a question of rewriting history. We do not support Bills that continue austerity year in, year out. The Government got rid of the bankers’ bonus tax, which brought in significantly more money than the bank levy. My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) referred to the bank levy earlier. I happen to have some figures here, which I will share with him...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman, but then I must make some progress.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I am not quite sure whether the hon. Gentleman is actually listening to anything I say. I am not going to repeat what I have said. If we continue to have spurious interventions like that one, it prompts the question: what is the point? [Interruption.] It is the third or fourth such intervention. The bottom line is simple: the bank levy will take £4.7 billion less in tax revenue, and this...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I will not give way. In addition to the funding crisis in the NHS, social care and the police, which my hon. Friend the shadow Policing Minister has highlighted so effectively, there is a developing and significant funding crisis in children’s services, which face a £2 billion funding gap by 2020. Last year, 72,000 children were taken into care, while the number of serious child...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I will come back to each hon. Gentleman in a moment. All of this is directly linked to the Government’s cuts to local authority budgets, which has meant a 40% reduction in resources for early intervention to support children and families. Central Government funding has also been cut by 55% over the past seven years, representing a cost of about £1.7 billion. The message from the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: The hon. Gentleman is right. The only people to whom the Government seem to pay attention are the DUP and right-wing Tories. The bottom line is that, since 2010, HMRC’s staffing levels have been reduced by 17%. The Bill creates even more powers for revenue and customs officers, with even more work, but very little if any resource to go with it.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I say to my hon. Friend that—to use an old phrase—he should not hold his breath. The Government need to wake up and face the cold, hard reality that the Exchequer is losing billions every year and letting multinationals, which do not pay their fair share, off the hook because HMRC simply does not have the resources.


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