Results 1–20 of 330 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 Cartlidge

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

James Cartlidge: I will definitely take only four minutes, Mr Rosindell. I congratulate the hon. Member for High Peak (Ruth George) on obtaining what is a key debate. I do not doubt that she has had feedback; I have had similar feedback in South Suffolk, where we have excellent provision. It is difficult for me to avoid receiving representations, particularly from Yorley Barn, a beautifully located nursery...

Prisons Policy/HMP Long Lartin (12 Oct 2017)

James Cartlidge: Of course it is of concern that an event like this should take place at a high-security prison. However, if there is one conclusion we can draw, surely it is that the method of dealing with such events that is available to the Minister through the Tornado team is effective when tested, which, in itself, should give the public some reassurance.

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

James Cartlidge: Is the hon. Lady seriously suggesting that, under a Labour Government, HMRC would never negotiate with a company over its tax bill?

Higher Education Funding (11 Oct 2017)

James Cartlidge: I very much welcome the increase in the threshold, but in all this focus on finance is there a danger that we forget the whole purpose of going to university, which is to obtain a high-quality education? Will my hon. Friend assure me that whatever reforms he undertakes will not undermine the ability of universities to provide the highest-quality education possible, but that, on the contrary,...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

James Cartlidge: I thought I would take a leaf out of the shadow Chancellor’s book by bringing a red book into the Chamber to wave around in his style. It is a copy of “The Middle Way”, by Harold Macmillan, written in 1938. I brought it here because I think that what is significant about the Bill is not any of the individual measures, which we all accept are very technical—they are...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

James Cartlidge: That was a charming intervention by the hon. Lady—is that the best she can do? I am talking about our current economic context, which is why we have introduced this Finance Bill, and I was coming on to say that its measures could be seen by some as an attack on large corporations. The measure on dividends—I have to say that I still receive dividends—will be unpopular with...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

James Cartlidge: On U-turns and our national debt, will the hon. Gentleman clarify whether it is still Labour policy to spend £100 billion clearing all outstanding student debt?

Exiting the European Union: Leaving without a Deal (7 Sep 2017)

James Cartlidge: The potential of not having a deal raises the issue again of a transition, and the Secretary of State said earlier he thought that there were very good prospects on that point. Given that the purpose of a transition is to give certainty to business, is not the only logical timeframe for a transition one that runs from when we leave to when a new comprehensive deal is signed?

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Heywood and Middleton (Liz McInnes), not only for that moving speech, but for showing a lot of fight on behalf of the victims in those terrible cases. I pay tribute to her campaign for justice, which I hope she continues with; we will all support her in that endeavour. I wish to raise the case of a constituent, Mr Chris Francis of Constable Road in...

Grenfell Tower (20 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: I thank my right hon. Friend for his detailed statement. This fire is a terrible tragedy that will have a huge impact on many aspects of future Government policy. I have always been a passionate believer in the important role of urban regeneration in a holistic housing policy. Will he confirm that, for schemes that are brought forward in future and in our wider housing policy, we have to...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: It is a pleasure to be called to speak in this debate and a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist). I congratulate her on her maiden speech, which was very moving and powerful, particularly in relation to suicide. We all share her sentiment and hope to see greater progress on that. It is a terrible tragedy that so many still choose to take their own lives. Having...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: I am afraid and suspect that that is true. I think that it is also the case that the higher interest rate enabled the Government to increase the low threshold under Labour to the higher threshold of £21,000 under us. On the subject of the cap—this goes back to my intervention on my right hon. Friend the Member for Harlow—if we are able to raise the threshold at which people...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: I am always interested in female uplift. The striking thing is that, regardless of whether they are a man or a woman, university is an incredible opportunity for individuals to improve their standing and their circumstances and to get a career, so that they can afford a home and to raise a family. That is the upside. To me, the most important thing is the quality of the degrees. I worry that...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: My right hon. Friend is making an excellent argument, but does it not focus his attention on the repayment threshold? In a sense, a higher threshold enforces the very point he is making. If people get the higher salary, fair enough; they repay their loan. If not, they do not repay it anyway.

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: May I pursue the logic of that point? Is it not the case that if these fee increases do not take place, we will effectively be cutting spending on universities? Should we not be fighting cuts and opposing Labour’s plan to cut spending on higher education?

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: On the subject of being weak and wobbly, will the hon. Lady confirm whether it is still Labour policy to pay off all £100 billion of the outstanding student debt—yes or no?

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: On a point of order—

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: The point of order is that the Leader of the Opposition said to the NME—

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Debt (18 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: What progress is being made on reducing the national debt.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Debt (18 Jul 2017)

James Cartlidge: Those figures are welcome, but will my right hon. Friend confirm that were the Government to pursue a policy of wiping all outstanding student debt, that would cost in excess of £100 billion and cause the national debt to surge? Will he also confirm that the biggest beneficiaries by far would be the top-earning graduates in the country?


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