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Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: On behalf of the Scottish National party, I will start by talking about all those affected by the collapse of Carillion, not just those directly employed by it but those who have pensions, having previously been employed by it, those who are subcontractors or are employed by subcontractors and those who are receiving services provided by Carillion that have been stopped overnight and now are...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: As I have said, the Scottish Government have not awarded any contracts to Carillion since the first profit warning. Yes, the SNP has raised the matter twice in the House. Given that the contracts that have been awarded since the profit warning have not been awarded in Scotland, it is amazing that the SNP is standing up for Members’ constituents throughout the United Kingdom. Let me say...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I agree. As a local authority councillor, I worked under the best value regime looking at contracts and tenders. I judged them, not just on the best price, but on best value and the quality of service provided, and whether the companies would be able to deliver what they said they would when they tendered for a contract. Something has gone wrong in the system. I do not know if that is because...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I understand that some subcontracts have not been automatically rescinded as result of the process that is under way, so organisations such as county councils and so on cannot provide a new contract. I would appreciate it if the Minister looked into that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Jan 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: Outside a customs union with the EU, many UK businesses would face, in the Brexit Secretary’s own words, “complex and punitive ‘rules of origin’ tariffs”. Given the Prime Minister’s aim for frictionless trade post-Brexit, will she confirm whether she intends to pursue a customs union with the EU?

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Electoral Commission (23 Jan 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I am one of the new members of the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, as well as of the Speaker’s Committee for IPSA. It has been really illuminating to be part of those bodies and, in particular, to look at the rigorous appointment procedures that are gone through in advance of somebody being recommended to the House. I am honestly quite baffled by some of the...

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

Kirsty Blackman: Personal debt is the biggest worry for many people I meet. The figures released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies today show that a third of those on the lowest incomes are in net debt. This debt is persistent; it is a spiral that people get stuck in for years. What are the UK Government doing to improve the financial position of households with the lowest incomes?

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

Kirsty Blackman: Over a third of people aged under 45 live in households with a financial wealth of less than zero. For too many people there is not enough money at the end of each month or each week. From next year individuals earning less than £26,000 in England will pay more income tax than they would if they lived in Scotland; how can the Minister justify that?

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

Kirsty Blackman: Does my colleague agree that Opposition Front Benchers are not supporting a jobs-first Brexit? If they wanted a jobs-first Brexit, they would keep us in the single market and the customs union.

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

Kirsty Blackman: May I pursue the issue of tariff-rate quotas? Is it not the case that, even if countries receive the same amount in total—if they were previously able to distribute 100 tonnes of goods, and in future they could distribute 70 to the EU and 30 to the UK—they might challenge that on the basis that if the UK market collapses, they will not be able to transfer that amount to another...

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

Kirsty Blackman: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, which I will call the customs Bill for ease during my speech. I am particularly delighted that we are considering it at the same time as the Finance Bill—that is excellent. I am not sure whether Hansard can capture my sarcasm there. Is the Minister as concerned as I am about the issues that so many...

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

Kirsty Blackman: Because the UK Government decided that we are leaving the customs union and we will therefore need our own customs procedures, it is sensible, given that it was an entirely EU competence, for the UK to create its own customs framework. However, if the UK Government had done what we suggested and remained part of the customs union, the Bill would not be necessary. Although the Law Society of...

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

Kirsty Blackman: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend, who speaks for us on international trade. She is right about trade remedies and I will come on to that specific point later. Although the Bill is general, it is also wide ranging. I want to consider some of the issues relating to HMRC that the Minister mentioned earlier. The new CDS software is set to replace CHIEF—customs handling of import and...

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

Kirsty Blackman: UK businesses have several questions about the capacity of HMRC to deal with the volume of customs declarations, and many businesses will have to make customs declarations for the first time. Businesses are already concerned about the loss of the HMRC hotline that they could previously access. One business contacted HMRC with a query and received a reply seven months later. Seven months is...

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

Kirsty Blackman: I picked South Korea and car manufacturing because the percentage is particularly high. However, many other areas of trade and exports have percentage requirements. Because we have not needed rules of origin for products from the UK—we have been able to add all the EU content—it has not been a consideration for businesses. They have been able to export if they can prove that a...

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

Kirsty Blackman: I appreciate that information. There are so many technical issues that will have a major impact on jobs and manufacturing in UK. When I have asked the Government about this, the answers I received were pretty fluffy. I have asked about cumulation—mainly outside the Chamber—as it is a major issue that the UK Government have not taken seriously enough. It has been raised especially...

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

Kirsty Blackman: I think that we should remain in the customs union and the single market, because then we would not have any of these issues. I appreciate that the Minister says that the Government are looking at this, but I am trying to make it clear how important this matter is, and I hope that I have been able to do that in my discussion of cumulation.

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

Kirsty Blackman: There are EU FTAs with many countries and we trade through them. Because the EU has such a large market, it is able to strike much better free trade agreements than the UK Government will be able to strike for their much smaller market. That is just the reality. On the capacity of HMRC, I also want to talk about the issue of authorised economic operators, which was mentioned a lot in the...

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

Kirsty Blackman: On the subject of the negotiations that the UK is having with countries with which it currently has free trade arrangements because it is part of the EU, and on the rules of origin issue, what discussions has the Minister had about cumulation and about whether the EU will accept UK-EU cumulation, or whether we will be required to have parts made only in the UK?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Analysis of Effectiveness of Provisions of this Act on Tax Avoidance and Evasion (19 Dec 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: The discussion that we had earlier on today and that we are having now in relation to tax avoidance really goes to the heart of the question: what kind of country do the Government want to be in charge of. It was clear from the earlier debate that the Government do not want to be in charge of a country that is open and upfront about tax changes and the impacts that they will have. They also...

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