Results 1–20 of 504 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Peter Dowd: The NHS is in crisis due to the tight-fisted approach the Chancellor takes to the public finances—unless a big corporation, a railway company or a failing construction firm needs a handout or a bail-out. During any discussions he has had with the Health Secretary, has he raised the issue of the funding crisis? If so, what solution has he arrived at to fund it properly, or will he be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Peter Dowd: That was an insouciant attitude, if ever there was one. The Chancellor’s local media report that the A&E department in St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey in his constituency had the highest number of 12-hour waits for patients in Surrey at the start of last year. What imaginative explanation does he have for his constituents, if not the whole House, as to why they, like many...

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

Peter Dowd: I beg to move an amendment, to leave out from “That” to the end of the Question and add: “That this House recognises that the UK will need considered and effective arrangements to ensure a customs and tariff regime, including the potential of a customs union with the European Union, is in place before the UK’s exit, in order to guarantee frictionless movement of goods...

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

Peter Dowd: This Government have guaranteed absolutely nothing whatsoever. Time after time, they hide behind the veil of negotiation. Before addressing the Bill’s specific failures in meeting the Government’s objectives, I will raise the issue of the powers created by this Bill that enable Ministers to do whatever they want. The leave campaign’s central message, the one repeated time...

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

Peter Dowd: The hon. Gentleman would have a point, but the Government’s record so far is to try to duck every question we ask of them. They constantly hide behind the negotiations.

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

Peter Dowd: Lots of people want to speak, so I will move on and come back in a minute. We now have a Government who are prepared to change the law to give themselves a majority on Public Bill Committees—that is where we are. They are prepared to ignore votes of the House on Opposition day motions, and they are now prepared to undertake the greatest centralisation of powers that Parliament has seen...

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

Peter Dowd: We will get as much scrutiny as possible on this Bill. Having completely failed to create a strong and stable Government at the last election, the Prime Minister seems to be ignoring the will of the electorate and grabbing power by any means necessary. That is particularly the case with this Bill, where Ministers are being handed powers to set import and export duties, preferential rates and...

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

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend makes a good point that we need to have absolute scrutiny of the Government’s proposals. We know what the Government would do with the powers contained in this Bill. They would tear up protections for British producers and consumers, throw workers’ rights on to the bonfire and create a free-market offshore tax haven—a miserable pound-shop economy. The...

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

Peter Dowd: I am happy to have a conversation with my hon. Friend outside the Chamber, but this is about the Government’s policy, not ours. HMRC resourcing is another issue that we have to address. Everyone in this House agrees that we must avoid the nightmare scenario of gridlock at UK ports, with lorry queues stretching as far as the eye can see, yet the Government continue to do Brexit on the...

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

Peter Dowd: There is no one in training and the staff on the ground take a completely different view from the hon. Lady. The Bill outlines the trade remedies the Government will enforce against the dumping of unfairly priced goods. At the moment, these remedies are provided by the EU, but on leaving, the UK will have to enact and manage its own trade remedies. These measures are spread across this Bill...

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

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend is absolutely right on that point. What is concerning is the fact that UK manufacturers and key industries have not been consulted on the trade remedies in the Bill. Perhaps the Minister can explain why, if the Prime Minister is happy to meet representatives from Toyota to agree a deal and the Environment Secretary is in regular contact with the National Farmers Union on future...

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

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend is absolutely right on that point, and on that issue the Government just are not listening—it is as simple as that. As I was saying, I have no doubt that if the Minister had consulted, he would have been told by industry professionals in no uncertain terms to tear up this Bill and start again. It offers no legal certainty for UK manufacturers. Schedule 4, in particular,...

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

Peter Dowd: My hon. Friend knows that that matter has been debated on many occasions, and I am not going to go there. The trade remedies outlined in the Bill are woeful and will not protect UK manufacturing and jobs. Similarly, the Government have failed to provide any clear indication alongside the Bill that they will properly fund and staff HMRC to make sure it can effectively manage our customs and...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I am not quite sure that the hon. Gentleman is correct about that, because the Institute for Fiscal Studies states: “Cuts to corporation tax rates announced between 2010 and 2016 are estimated to reduce revenues by at least £16.5 billion a year in the short to medium run.” Even the Treasury’s own figures show that the cost has been significant.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: Given those sensible taxation levels and rates, will the hon. Gentleman explain why productivity is the lowest of all our competitors, inflation is higher than our competitors, wage stagnation is almost becoming endemic, investment is slower, and economic growth is on the floor? If having these so-called lower rates of tax is such a fantastic opportunity for businesses, how come we are still...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: Will the hon. Gentleman simply acknowledge that in August 2007 the Conservatives had a policy of significantly more deregulation, including of the banks, and that was ratified by the Tory shadow Cabinet at the time?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: We have talked about the rewriting of history. The Shadow Cabinet at the time—we are talking about what happened at the time—said: “We need to make it more difficult for ministers to regulate, and we need to give the critics of regulation more opportunity to make their case against specific new proposals.” The Conservatives’ direction of travel at that time was...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that using state money to keep banks open in local communities amounts to Marxism?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I thank my hon. Friend for his advice, which I will take. In 2017, we are still feeling the effects and economic consequences of the actions of the banks. Every day we are told by the Government that there is no money to invest and that austerity must continue, yet the Government have gone out of their way to undermine any remuneration from the banks that caused this sorry state of affairs in...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Peter Dowd: I suggest that the hon. Gentleman goes back and reads Hansard when it is printed to see exactly what I said. Once we can see the true costs of the Government’s policies, we can grasp the extent of the choices they have been making and how they have favoured a small, wealthy group over the many citizens of this country time and again. Let us look at the example of children’s...


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