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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Oct 2017)

James Cleverly: Earlier this year, I opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing training facility at Braintree’s further education college. On Friday, I opened a new training centre for Contracts Support Services, a family-run business. Now that unemployment is at a record low and employment at a record high, will the Government commit to supporting both public and private sector trainers to increase...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

James Cleverly: I rise to support the Bill, unsurprisingly, because as colleagues well know, the decision to leave the European Union also meant, by extension, a decision to leave Euratom. This issue has been debated on the Floor of the House, but that is the position of both the UK Government and the EU27. The Government have therefore made it clear that they intend to honour their commitment to the...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

James Cleverly: No, I will not give way, because a number of Members still wish to speak. I apologise; I would normally give way, but I am about to conclude because I know we are short of time. The Bill will give the Office for Nuclear Regulation additional powers. It will give the Government the opportunity to use limited powers to amend the Nuclear Safeguards and Electricity (Finance) Act 1978, the Nuclear...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

James Cleverly: I chose not to bring this up when the Opposition Front-Bench spokesman was speaking, but the Bill has nothing to do with nuclear safety. It is about nuclear safeguarding. The words are similar, but they have a fundamentally different meaning.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

James Cleverly: Those were the days.

International Trade: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

James Cleverly: The all-party parliamentary group on trade out of poverty, which I chair, is initiating an investigation into the role that the Commonwealth can play to help developing nations to trade out of poverty. We hope that that agenda will be taken up at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April. We have a potential leadership role, so will the Secretary of State communicate with the...

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

James Cleverly: I thank the hon. Lady for informing me of that. I am more than happy to look in more detail at that definition, because I do not have it at my fingertips, but putting it in the Bill would present to unscrupulous employers something that looks like an invitation to use this as a back-door route to avoid the tax that should rightly be paid upon severance. It would be unwise for that to go...

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

James Cleverly: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. There is little direct financial benefit to the company—

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

James Cleverly: Although, as I am reminded, there is an NI implication. Again, I have heard a number of anecdotes about conversations with departing employees from not the most honourable of companies in which things have been said such as, “If this complaint were to gently disappear, I am sure we can squeeze a little more money into your severance payment, using this route or that one.” This is...

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

James Cleverly: “The narrative”—those were the word used by the Opposition Front-Bench spokesman in response to the Minister. We should remind ourselves that the narrative is that we are discussing employment-related tax treatments against a backdrop of a significant increase in employment and a significant decrease in unemployment. That goes to the heart of this whole debate. Employment is...

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

James Cleverly: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I will respond to her point in a few moments, but it is a very important one and we must not overlook it. We have had a jobs boom over the past few years, in stark contrast to many other developed economies around the world and across Europe, which has struggled. In particular, in the UK, which is dominated by small and medium-sized enterprises and, indeed,...


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