Results 1–20 of 612 for speaker:James Cartlidge

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

James Cartlidge: Will the Minister give way?

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

James Cartlidge: What the hon. Gentleman talks about as a transition is not really a transition; it is an extension of existing membership, and there is no point in trying to deny that. EFTA can be a transition in this sense—that we go into it, as others have said, as a safe harbour. However, he seems to be ruling out the idea that, once we are in EFTA, there would ever be any further change, when it...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

James Cartlidge: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I will follow my hon. Friend the Member for East Renfrewshire (Paul Masterton) in being as brief as I can. To my hon. Friend the Minister, I say that I, like most of my hon. Friends, want the Prime Minister to achieve a successful, bespoke deal, but the clock is ticking. To put it bluntly, levels of agreement are not optimal on the...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

James Cartlidge: Yes, the principle is there. The powers are there in black and white and they can be used unilaterally. There is simply no way to dispute that. To return to the hypotheticals, from a Brexiteer point of view, we would want something that gives us visible signs of power back on day one. We would be out of fisheries, which is why Fishing for Leave supports membership of EFTA—it knows that...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

James Cartlidge: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. Did he see the recent coverage in The Daily Telegraph noting that South Korea, and possibly other nations with which we have trade deals through the EU, would be looking to use our exit to potentially renegotiate the terms? Does he agree that, were we in EFTA, it would surely be in our favour that EFTA has trade deals with those countries, which...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

James Cartlidge: It is a pleasure, as always, to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster). It is fair to say that we are, in a regular capacity, the tail-enders. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on introducing this Bill. When I first heard about the proposal on civil partnerships, I must admit that I had one concern, about which I...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

James Cartlidge: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. She mentioned discrimination. In 2016 a heterosexual couple presented a case to the High Court, claiming that the present law discriminated against them. The case was dismissed because the judge ruled that they were not subject to humiliation or derogatory treatment as a result of their status. Surely the point is that the system discriminates de...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

James Cartlidge: Some may argue that in effect, the idea of commitment would potentially be undermined, but does my hon. Friend agree that probably in reality, people who might opt for civil partnership might otherwise not have made any commitment?

Petition - Sudbury Bypass (31 Jan 2018)

James Cartlidge: Thank you, Mr Speaker. This petition is about the restoration and renewal of the road infrastructure of Sudbury. As it happens, we had a suspect package in a bank in Sudbury, which caused the closure of the road through the centre of the town and massive gridlock, resulting in my receiving a huge number of social media messages saying that it is a perfect day to introduce a petition for a...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Low-paid Workers (30 Jan 2018)

James Cartlidge: What steps he is taking to ensure that low-paid workers are remunerated appropriately.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Low-paid Workers (30 Jan 2018)

James Cartlidge: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer and welcome him to his deserved new position. I very much welcome the national living wage as a way of boosting the wages of our lowest-paid workers. Does he share my surprise that there are those who criticise its generosity, given that the only international comparator is The Economist’s Big Mac index, under which we have the most generous...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

James Cartlidge: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

James Cartlidge: May I add my comments to those welcoming you back to the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker? I want to return to the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk), who reminded us of the potential human cost of such collapses. That is why we should all be concerned about them. However, so far, the Government have handled the situation well and—touch wood—it appears as...

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

James Cartlidge: rose—

Carillion and Public Sector Outsourcing (24 Jan 2018)

James Cartlidge: It is very kind of the hon. Gentleman to tell me what my question should be about, but I was going to ask him whether it is his policy to take all the contracts in-house.

Policing (19 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Of course, the money to pay for more police has to come from somewhere. I am happy to accept the principle that communities choosing to have more resource should pay more towards it, but the proviso must clearly be that they definitively see more warranted officers. Does my hon. Friend accept that in counties such as Suffolk, communities are clear that they want such officers to have a more...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I would say three things. First, the hon. Gentleman talked earlier about the shadow Chancellor, but I have to go back and quote the City Minister at the time—Ed Balls—who said in 2006: “nothing should be done to put at risk a light-touch, risk-based regulatory regime”.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I am happy to have that debate. I will tell the hon. Gentleman what I said. I started a mortgage broking company in 2004—we have expanded since then, and I should declare that I still have interests in that business. I wrote an article for The Guardian in 2004 about the next general election. [Interruption.] Just a closet Marxist. At the time, the big issue being talked about was public...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good point, and I will come back to that once I have set out the context of my remarks. The key point is this: there are some concerns, but in a growing economy, consumer debt will tend to rise, so we have to separate out that which is perfectly acceptable and that which may give cause for concern. I will come back to that point, but it is very fair. In respect...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I entirely disagree. The absolute root cause of it all was not saving enough and having a bad culture of over-reliance on debt. I well remember that back in ’98 and ’99 when Francis Maude was the shadow Chancellor, he kept saying, with regard to the low savings ratio, “We are storing up problems for the future.” At every Budget, no matter how high Labour was in the...


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