Results 1–20 of 316 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kirsty Blackman

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I beg to ask leave to withdraw amendment 13. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Clause 15 ordered to stand part of the Bill. New Clause 1

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I would very much appreciate it if the Treasury would commit to publishing that information and details of the sectors in which the money has been invested. If it does that, we will all be much happier, across the House.

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I beg to move amendment 13, page 22, line 21, leave out “on or after 6 April 2017” and insert “on or after the date on which the Chancellor of the Exchequer lays before the House of Commons a report of the review undertaken under section 809VP of ITA 2007”. This amendment would provide that the changes in Clause 15 do not have effect until after...

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I appreciate having the opportunity to speak in this second part of the debate on the Finance Bill today. The matter in hand now has been discussed a number of times over the past few months, specifically around business investment relief. Some aspects of it were discussed while tackling the Ways and Means resolutions and on Second Reading. We are still not clear what impact this will have;...

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: Is that through business investment relief or from non-doms in general? We asked for those figures before, at the last stage of this discussion, and they were not forthcoming from the Front Bench. It would be nice to have those figures in writing from the ministerial team. The hon. Member for Walsall North (Eddie Hughes) talked about why we should trust the Tories and what he would tell his...

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: My complaint was about the fact that people are being allowed to not pay tax on stuff they are doing in this country. My complaint is that the background note provided by the Treasury does not mention anything to do with £1.6 billion and that the overview of tax legislation put forward in December last year does not mention £1.6 billion. Despite our asking the Government for that...

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I am very glad that those figures are there, but sadly, when we asked about them in September during our discussion on the Bill, after their production, they were not mentioned. I appreciate that they are being brought up now—that is great—but they were not brought up then. As I said, I do not want to take up much of the Committee’s time discussing this matter. We have asked...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: The Minister is concerned that some people might be exploiting a loophole, but as a result he has decided to disadvantage everybody who is subject to termination as a result of injury to feelings, rather than giving them the benefit of the doubt, which seems pretty unfair to me.

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I absolutely agree and I think that the tax gap is probably significantly larger than the Government are suggesting. On that note, small countries are very good at having a very small tax gap—a wee plug for Scottish independence there. We have a couple of other specific concerns about termination payments. We are still not clear about people who have faced termination as a result of...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I am guessing that the hon. Gentleman is unaware—perhaps he is not—that “injury to feelings” is a legal term. It is used within that profession, and it is recognised and understood. Therefore, it is completely reasonable to include it in an amendment.

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: It is good to be back in the House after a bit of a recess and to be here again talking about the Finance Bill. It is our second such Bill this year—our second of three—so we are here for the long haul. I want to discuss termination payments and the relevant amendments tabled by the Scottish National party and Labour. The Government have been clear that they are just closing a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Sep 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: At the last census, there were 3,000 Aberdonians who said that they were born in Nigeria. Recently, the UN human rights office reported concerns about threats to the Igbo people in northern Nigeria. The Foreign Secretary recently visited the country. Will the Prime Minister tell me what her Government are doing to encourage the communities there to live in peace?

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: The hon. Gentleman has been talking for three minutes, but I do not think that he has mentioned the Finance Bill yet. Are we going to have a discussion about it at some point?

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: As I said earlier, median household disposable income has not increased; in fact, it is lower than before the financial crash. We have had 10 years of no increases in real household disposable income. The hon. Gentleman cannot say that just because people’s tax has reduced, their disposable income has increased. That is not how it works.

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman has seen the Finance Secretary’s announcement today about the Barclay review, but it would be a good idea for him to have a look at it, particularly the part about property rates for new empty properties.

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: Is not the problem that young people do not have enough money to save, rather than not enough different methods of saving? There is a lack of money in the system. Wages are not rising and inflation is increasing, and young people cannot afford to save because they are spending too much on rent and they are in precarious jobs.

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in the debate on behalf of the Scottish National party. The SNP submitted a reasoned amendment to the Finance Bill because we believe that it is a wholly inadequate response to the economic challenges faced by Scotland and the UK. Our reasoned amendment is on the Order Paper, but it has not been taken, and I have noted that.

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I thank you for that, Madam Deputy Speaker. I just wanted to briefly mention that we did table the amendment, but I will not debate it. You will be happy to know that it is not part of the substance of my speech. As the hon. Member for Bootle (Peter Dowd) mentioned, the House gave a Second Reading to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill last night. That Bill, the Government tell us, is...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: It frankly does not matter what the inflation figures there were. What matters is that people here are feeling the squeeze, that people here are finding that things are more expensive, and that people here are finding that their wages have not gone up. That is the concern; that is what we are discussing here. On the subject of investing, our programme for government in Scotland involves...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I agree with my colleague. Given the uncertainty that businesses are facing and their concerns, now is the time to make those decisions and to try to raise the confidence of businesses. This is a real issue, and one that the Government have dodged. When we debated the Ways and Means resolutions, I mentioned the proposals on museums and galleries, which are in clause 21. I raised the fact that...


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