Results 1–20 of 393 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Rebecca Long-Bailey

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Taylor Review (12 Dec 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: Recent reports uncovered the fact that people driving on behalf of Amazon were forced to deliver up to 200 parcels a day while earning less than the minimum wage. With impossible schedules that left little to no time for breaks and no access to paid holidays or sick pay, many drivers experienced conditions that could be described as Dickensian. As yet another high-profile employment case...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Taylor Review (12 Dec 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: The Government keep hiding behind their forthcoming response to the Taylor review, but Sir David Metcalf, the Government’s director of labour market enforcement, stated this year that even the Government’s existing powers have not been used to protect workers, despite numerous official statements that the Government have taken abuse by employers seriously. Only last week, the...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I am surprised by the Secretary of State’s comments, which are usually quite measured, and he seems to be struggling with reality today. However, let us talk about the Budget. A substantial section of the Chancellor’s speech on Wednesday focused on the productivity crisis, and rightly so. Labour analysis has shown that we have to go back to 1820, when George IV ascended the throne...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: Frankly, I expect better from the hon. Lady; she usually makes very measured contributions. If she lets me continue, I will explain a little about what happened. Perhaps she will make different comments if she asks another question later. It made perfect sense to use that economic turning point as an opportunity to invest in the development of our industrial base and to address the deep...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: Again, we have a Conservative Member who struggles with reality. I urge him to speak to workers in his constituency and ask them about the quality of said employment. I speak to workers in my constituency, and they are struggling in an era of casualised, low-paid, insecure work. Our productivity was certainly impeded, but the picture worsens still when we focus on the recent productivity and...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: The hon. Gentleman should refer to comments made by the shadow Chancellor. It is not as straightforward as putting a figure on interest repayments. Each investment is dealt with on the basis of the level of return to the Government, so each infrastructure project, for example, needs to be assessed on its own merits. The hon. Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk) should know that. He is a...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I could not agree more. That is very articulately put. It is not as if the Government were not warned of the problems of austerity by my right hon. Friend the shadow Chancellor. Indeed, the International Monetary Fund warned the Government that: “episodes of fiscal consolidation have been followed, on average, by drops rather than by expansions in output… The increase in...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: The hon. Lady misses the point. The UK has been below the OECD average of 2.4% of GDP for years, and we are way behind global leaders such as South Korea, Japan, Finland and Sweden, which all spend at least 3% of GDP on R and D. If we are to be in any way capable of competing on a world stage, we have to up our game. If the Government really want us to be at the forefront of the fourth...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his extremely long comment. He made some valid and interesting points, and we can all agree that the Government’s shambolic handling of Brexit undermines our industrial strategy going forward. Labour’s industrial strategy, on the other hand, is committed to achieving 3% of GDP spent on research and development by 2030 and reviewing Government...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I thank my hon. Friend and neighbour for her contribution, and she is correct in what she says. I do not think we saw anything in the industrial strategy that goes any way towards rebalancing the regional divides in investment spending in R and D. Critically, a Labour Government would also ensure that the UK maintains our leading research role by seeking to stay part of Horizon 2020 and its...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I am going to make some progress. The strategy identifies infrastructure as the third foundation of productivity and outlines £31 billion of investment through the national productivity investment fund, with some ring-fenced for the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicles and boosting digital infrastructure. As I outlined yesterday, TUC analysis shows that that £31 billion...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I applaud the hon. Gentleman’s attempts at crowbarring that in there. I was talking about access to SME finance, so I will carry on.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I thank my hon. Friend for her comments. The Government’s proposals on unlocking access to finance for business lack ambition and fail to recognise the impediments many businesses face when attempting to access finance. Indeed, Craig Berry, a member of the Industrial Strategy Commission, has said: “the plan for unlocking private investment is under-cooked and, frankly,...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I will make some progress. Key to improving productivity and living standards is not just supporting those sectors we know we have strengths in and the ability to generate high returns, but using our endeavours to transform what have been traditionally viewed as low productivity sectors and make sure that they become the leading sectors of the future. Briefly, while we are on employment, let...

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I am pleased that the White Paper seems to acknowledge many of the fundamental problems faced by our economy, and give credit to the Secretary of State for adopting one of Labour’s policies to set national missions or “challenges”, as he likes to call them. But as I delve into the finer details of the paper, the aims of which may be well intentioned, it appears to be little...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: Last week, the Secretary of State repeatedly refused to confirm, when pressed by the Select Committee, that the energy price cap would be in place by next winter. Media reports have also suggested that the Government have already told energy investors that the draft legislation will be ditched if they feel the big six power firms are doing enough to tackle high bills. I therefore ask the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I am afraid that answer simply created even more ambiguity, so let us try a different topic. The Government scheme to deal with the social care back payment announced on 1 November has been cited as “inadequate” by many care businesses and organisations, as it does not address the fact that many providers simply cannot afford to pay due to funding cuts, and some workers will not...

Smart Meters Bill (24 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: The Secretary of State has articulately outlined the provisions of the Bill, so I will not detain the House for too long on its detail. Essentially, the Bill has two purposes: first, to extend the powers the Government have to implement and direct the roll-out of smart meters from 2018 to 2023; and, secondly, to establish a special administration regime for the national smart meter...

Smart Meters Bill (24 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: The hon. Lady makes an interesting point. I am sure that those who have had the meters installed are perfectly happy with them. However, my point is that there does not seem to be sufficient public awareness. Given the scale of installations required, a big push from the Government and energy suppliers will be needed to achieve that objective.

Smart Meters Bill (24 Oct 2017)

Rebecca Long-Bailey: My hon. Friend makes a fantastic point. Perhaps the Minister can confirm how the Government plan to expand public awareness about this. Beyond the availability and the benefits of smart meters, it is imperative to explain the benefits of the data they collect, as well as how consumers can access and use those data to bring their energy bills down. We have already heard comments about data. I...


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