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Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Peter Dowd: It is a pleasure to serve under your stewardship, Mr Gray. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell) for securing this debate. It is important to put the issue of business rates into context with regard to the amount of money they raise in receipts. In 2018-19, the rates will raise £30.5 billion, the sixth highest tax receipt in the country. That is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Support for Businesses and Entrepreneurs (22 May 2018)

Peter Dowd: I associate myself with the Chancellor’s remarks about the Manchester bombing. For the Chancellor to make up his own small business tax policies on the hoof is one thing; making them up for the Labour party is a fantasy. The Government have ruled out a customs union with the European Union worth £16 trillion for an alternative customs union with British overseas territories worth...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Support for Businesses and Entrepreneurs (22 May 2018)

Peter Dowd: For the Chancellor’s information, he can easily find our policies on www.labour.org. When the Chancellor met David Cameron last October to give a thumbs-up emoji to Mr Cameron’s UK-China investment fund, presumably to help businesses and entrepreneurs, was he aware that the fund is to be domiciled in the Republic of Ireland? If so, did he think to ask the former Prime Minister...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Peter Dowd: Call me old-fashioned, but what is wrong with the House having papers, presentations and economic analyses on the Government’s post-Brexit preferred customs arrangements, including a customs partnership and maximum facilitation? What is wrong with that? What we have is a Government who are waiting, like Mr Micawber, for something to turn up. That is what it is. The hon. Member for...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Peter Dowd: That is a fair assessment from my right hon. Friend. As Members have mentioned already, we have been told by the Brexit Secretary that: “Faced with intractable problems with political pressure for a solution, the government reaches for a headline grabbing high-tech ‘solution’. Rather than spend the resources, time and thought necessary to get a real answer, they naively...

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

Peter Dowd: It is a privilege to serve under your stewardship, Mr Rosindell. I congratulate the hon. Member for Havant (Alan Mak) on securing this debate and bringing the issue to the House to chew over—it is very important. The contributions from the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr Seely), the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) and the hon. Member for Ayr, Carrick and...

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

Peter Dowd: I agree with the right hon. Gentleman, and his point feeds into the whole question of devolution within nations. Whether we like it or not, there is centralisation down here in Whitehall and Westminster. That is not a criticism, as it happens in all parties. In the past, I have called it—forgive the phrase, Mr Rosindell—the anal retention down here. It is not particularly helpful...

Economic and Fiscal Outlook (30 Apr 2018)

Peter Dowd: Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, a prerequisite of the UK’s participation in the EU has been regular submissions of the Government’s assessment of the UK’s medium-term economic and budgetary position. I think the Chief Secretary to the Treasury will appreciate that one of the advantages of leaving the EU—for once, everyone on the Conservative Benches will...

Economic and Fiscal Outlook (30 Apr 2018)

Peter Dowd: I would rather not respond to a rather crude comment, which is quite frankly almost as crude as the Government’s economic policy. Number 3 is profligacy. The right hon. Lady talked about it, but here is a bit of profligacy: since coming to power, the Conservative Government have added more than £700 billion to the national debt. There was no mention of that. The UK’s...

Economic and Fiscal Outlook (30 Apr 2018)

Peter Dowd: I suggest that the hon. Gentleman reads the Labour party’s “Funding Britain’s Future”—our Grey Book. I will send him a signed copy for him to look at, and it will show that what he has said is arrant nonsense. Under the Conservatives, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has become a pale imitation of its former self, with staff and resource levels cut by 17%...

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Peter Dowd: The debate has been enlightening and I have welcomed the chance to listen to all the Members across the Chamber. I should like to thank the 12 cross-party Chairs of the Committees and the Liaison Committee for enabling us to explore this motion today, particularly my right hon. Friend the Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), who set the scene. I would also like to...

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Peter Dowd: I would like to, but I do not have the time. Clause 31 of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, which gives the Government the power to enter into a customs union, was published in November 2017, as was mentioned by the hon. Member for Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman). However, within weeks, the PM was ruling out a customs union, but it remained in the Bill on First and Second Readings and...

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

Peter Dowd: On 6 April, the Treasury bizarrely used a “thumbs up” emoji in a tweet celebrating the worst decade of productivity figures since 1817. I will help the Chancellor with the arithmetic—that is 201 years ago. I know that he has a new-found Tiggerish optimism, but is not his Department’s tweet, even with his misplaced exuberance, more like self-delusion for which local...

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

Peter Dowd: The only productivity figures worse than the UK’s are the Chancellor’s—that is not an insult, but a statement of the blindingly obvious. Is he aware that a recent TUC assessment indicated that, in effect, the UK economy is on a negative trajectory? GDP growth is weak—on an annual basis, it is the weakest it has been for five years—and hours worked have declined....

[Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (27 Mar 2018)

Peter Dowd: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl. I thank the hon. Member for Harborough (Neil O’Brien) for securing this debate on this important topic. I am in agreement with much of what has been said: I am not sure whether I should be worried about that or the other side of the Chamber should be. As for the hon. Member for Witney (Robert Courts), I am more than happy...

[Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (27 Mar 2018)

Peter Dowd: I think the debate is to be had. That is the point. In the spirit of co-operation the debate has been started today and I have tried to put in my tuppence worth, as have other hon. Members. With that in mind, I ask the Minister what discussions the Chancellor has had with EU counterparts about an EU-wide initiative to tax tech companies’ revenues. How will the EU’s initiative...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Peter Dowd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for mentioning my constituency earlier. I would like to mention his if he does not mind. Roger Blaney, the leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, was speaking in response to a report that ranked the district near the foot of the social mobility league table. He put Newark and Sherwood “323rd out of 324 local authority areas based on factors such as...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Peter Dowd: Does the Minister agree with Councillor Blaney that his constituency is the “Cinderella of regional funding”? What is he doing about that?

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Peter Dowd: Does the hon. Lady agree with the leader of Chelmsford council, Councillor Roy Whitehead, who said that the Government cuts to education were short-sighted?

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Peter Dowd: We heard the right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood)—


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