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Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I was simply saying that, when we have a massive lack of labour—for picking fruit, for example—and thousands of people unemployed, we have to ask ourselves what is wrong in the benefit system that we are not getting people to fill those positions. That is not calling for corporal punishment; it is a perfectly fair thing to ask for.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Stephen Lloyd), because he gives a certain nuanced view on the coalition. In my view, the Government should seek to reduce the benefits bill. It is not a badge of honour if a Government preside over ever-spiralling welfare bills, and I am proud that we have brought them under control, but I accept entirely that welfare reform has...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. However, the number of workless households in the United Kingdom is at an all-time low, and there is no single greater indication that poverty is being beaten than a reduction in the number of workless households. We have made incredible progress. This is not a Dickensian Christmas; it is the Christmas when we have reached the lowest level of...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: The hon. Gentleman speaks as if he wanted to abolish food banks. They are run by a charity that is helping people in need, and I have no problem with that. I accept that even in the wealthiest districts of the wealthiest countries in the world there will be people who are struggling for one reason or another, and it is good that there is that sort of provision. The duty of the Government is...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: My hon. Friend has made a good point. As I said earlier, the issue of the compression of wages in certain parts of the economy is a global phenomenon. It has been seen in the United States, in particular. Let me end by raising an important issue that I have not heard a single Opposition Member mention in all our debates on this subject. The purpose of welfare reform is not to pay out more in...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I think that the benefits system remains extremely generous. The difficulty for the Government is that they inherited a system in which millions of people have been taken through tax credit and made unnecessarily dependent on benefits. It is incredibly difficult to wean people off that dependency, and you do not do it by paying out more and more in benefits; all that you do is get the country...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: This is all fine, but the key stats are in the public domain. The purpose of universal credit is to help people into work. We have record employment and record low unemployment. Those are the stats that matter. Does the hon. Lady celebrate them?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: The EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, has today tweeted that when we leave, our existing free trade agreements will not be rolled over. That is obviously a significant point, so further to the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle (John Stevenson), does that not add weight at least to considering those trade models whereby we can negotiate our own trade deals...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Surely the key point my hon. Friend is making is that, whereas the Labour party is seeking to defend the status quo, Conservative Members are the radicals and the reformers.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: rose—

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Is the hon. Gentleman seriously suggesting that the crime rate relates in some way to how we allocate constituency boundaries?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: rose—

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: We have a responsibility to reduce the cost of politics. If it is not in our powers to control the costs of the other place, we should still seek to reduce the cost of this place.

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

James Cartlidge: I agree with the point of my hon. Friend the Member for Dudley South (Mike Wood). The WASPI campaigners are very passionate and tenacious, and one obviously sympathises with those who, having saved all their lives, feel they were not given adequate notice. Obviously there is a legitimate grievance there, but the point is that, as parliamentarians, if we decide to go through a Division Lobby...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

James Cartlidge: Of course there are measures that we can consider. My point is that unless we can identify specific lines of tax or expenditure to pay for them, the money will simply be borrowed and paid back by future generations.

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

James Cartlidge: I should be delighted.

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

James Cartlidge: I think the hon. Lady is missing the point. I am not saying that to my WASPI campaigners. I am not full of righteous anger, so high on my high horse that my ears pop, like the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford). If we are to go out on a limb to that degree, we must have a credible policy. We must be able to say, “This is how we are going to pay for it.”


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