Results 1–20 of 174 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:James Cleverly

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,...

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

James Cleverly: Above the £30,000 threshold, there are tax treatments. Through the Bill, the Government are seeking to make the treatment of the figure above £30,000 most important and straightforward—[Interruption.] I absolutely welcome that.

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

James Cleverly: Yes, but at the moment it is £30,000, and that is what it says here—[Interruption.]

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

James Cleverly: I am happy to take interventions, but I have never been a particularly good lip reader, so the Opposition will have to help me out on that one. The Opposition suggested that somehow there would be some terrible Government sleight of hand to try to diddle people out of their money at a point at which they have lost their job, but has been made absolutely clear by the Minister and in the speech...

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

James Cleverly: The hon. Gentleman will be unsurprised to hear that I do not agree with him. The Bill is where the proposal is and the passage of the Bill has been timetabled in the way that it has. The idea that we delay changing the tax treatments of severance payments to a point in time when no one in British society is in the process of losing their job is farcical, as I am sure that, on reflection, he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2017)

James Cleverly: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2017)

James Cleverly: The vast majority of private sector employment in my constituency of Braintree is in small to medium-sized enterprises. What steps are the Government taking to make it easier for SMEs to bid for and successfully win Government contracts?

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

James Cleverly: I am sure that Members on both sides will confirm that listening to senior Danish politicians is a very good idea. Would my right hon. Friend recommend that the leaders of the other 27 EU countries listen to the wise counsel of the Danish Foreign Minister, who suggests that they stop playing games and now move on to negotiating our future trade arrangements?


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