Results 941–960 of 989 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Bill Presented — Devolution (London) Bill: Clause 43 — Insurance premium tax: standard rate (8 Sep 2015)

Huw Merriman: There seems to be the assumption that the entire increase will be passed on—perhaps in part it will—but I visited one of the country’s largest insurers in my constituency and it did not seem to have cause to pass on the increase. Perhaps the hon. Lady should reflect on that and see that passing on such costs may not be automatic. It may be that a reduction in corporation tax means that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Syria: Refugees and Counter-terrorism (7 Sep 2015)

Huw Merriman: I welcome the compassion and safe harbour afforded by this Government to Syrian refugees. I also welcome the Prime Minister’s statement on the isolated military action taken by this Government. Does he agree that while the UK remains at risk from dissident terrorists, our constituents would not forgive us if we failed in our ultimate duty to keep them safe, no matter how difficult the...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I applaud the content of the Finance Bill, and I am keen to explore certain clauses within it. Before I do so, may I applaud Labour Members for agreeing with the annual investment allowance and rise in the tax allowance? There may not have been as many Labour speakers as one would expect, but those who spoke have been considered in their tone towards the Bill. However, as someone from a...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: No, I will not give way. I will make some progress, if I may, and refer to my predecessor, Mr Greg Barker, who organised the husky trip that was lamented by the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Catherine West). Clauses 1 and 2, on the income tax and VAT locks, and clauses 3 and 4, the personal allowance and national minimum wage provisions, demonstrate that making work pay means...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: My constituents will be delighted that after the terror that this Government took over from, we are seeing earnings and incomes get back to their pre-recession levels. They are already there for those at pension age, of whom there are many in my constituency, and are getting there for those in other age groups. My goodness, if this Government had not taken the difficult decisions that the...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: No, I will make some progress, if I may. I was bemused by the Opposition’s attempts to lay claim to the policy of tax locks. Perhaps by losing the election and allowing this Government to gain a majority and introduce these clauses, they have brought the policy about. This is a one nation Government that seek to help people into work and, in so doing, give them hope, aspiration and pride....

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I will say that this Government, by creating millions of jobs, will give that individual the opportunity to get into work. If I were on the Labour or SNP Benches, I would say, “We will keep you on subsidies, keep you in your place and not give you hope, aspiration and a better opportunity for your life.”

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: No, I will not give way. I will make progress. The first four clauses demonstrate that the Government are on the side of the worker, not the abstainer. Clauses 7 and 8 relate to corporation tax and the annual investment allowance. I welcome the measures to reduce corporation tax to 19% by 2017 and 18% by 2020. In my constituency of Bexhill and Battle, the Government and East Sussex County...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Finance Bill (21 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: Is it not the case that raising the tax threshold to £12,500 may help not only those in the City who are paid very low rates, but the very people that the hon. Lady is talking about outside the square mile?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (21 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: Will my right hon. Friend continue to encourage Opposition Members to support our Budget proposals, noting that the legislation for a budget surplus comes before the House later this year?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (14 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (14 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I welcome the announcement on Iran. What confidence does the Minister have that a nuclear agreement with Iran will be subject to a rigorous inspection regime?

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — amendment of the law (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: Does the hon. Lady not agree that segregating retail banks from investment banks makes it less likely that if the investment bank collapses, it will contaminate the commercial bank? I declare an interest, having worked on the unwinding of the Lehman Brothers estate.

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — amendment of the law (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I warmly support the Budget that the Chancellor delivered today. I hope that the House will permit me to consider how the Budget will impact on my constituents in Bexhill and Battle. Indeed, I contend that my constituency contains many of the attributes and challenges that other hon. Members find in their localities. I will reflect on three key areas that were addressed by the Budget. The...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — amendment of the law (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I thank my hon. Friend for making that point. It applies to my constituency, too, which is just further south than his. It has to be right that those who work should not feel disadvantaged and as though there is no incentive to work. The cap of £26,000 has been a great success. Indeed, the Labour party has adopted that policy, too. I support the withdrawal of housing benefit from 18 to...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — amendment of the law (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: Indeed. I was therefore delighted that the Chancellor may perhaps have watched my speech on the television, and I certainly welcome his commitment to reduce corporation tax to 19% in 2017, and to 18% in 2020. With that cut in corporation tax and the increase of the employment allowance to £3,000, funding should be in place to ensure that the new living wage of £7.20 in 2016 and £9 by 2020...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — amendment of the law (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: That brings me to a point raised by the hon. Member for Eltham (Clive Efford). The Government aim to encourage people to buy their social housing. Once they do that, resources will be freed up to build more housing stock. It will also cause house prices to come down, making it easier for all to rent and buy, so, no, I do not agree with that statistic. I am passionate about giving those from...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Southern Railway (Performance) (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: Given that the debate is about punctuality and timekeeping, I shall come well within the four minutes; otherwise, I will hand out my own compensation forms, albeit that, using Southern’s own ratio, I shall pay out only at six minutes plus. I am also a daily commuter on Southern—I have been for the last nine years, and I continue to be one as an MP. I use the Uckfield line, which is in the...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Southern Railway (Performance) (8 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I happily do so. I note the reference to the “misery line”; perhaps I have become immune through being a daily commuter for 10 years, but I tend to look on the brighter side. Things are sometimes incredibly difficult and frustrating, but for the vast majority of the time they work well. It is important to encourage people to see things that way; otherwise, there is a danger that we will...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (Working Families) (7 Jul 2015)

Huw Merriman: I, too, will take no interventions, following that example. I thank those Members who came in earlier, intervened and then walked straight out again, eating into the time available for my speech in the process. In opposing the motion, I wish to explore three areas mentioned in—or, in fact, omitted from—the proposal. The first relates to in-work tax credits, what they were designed to...


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