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Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: My constituents will be very disappointed by the Minister’s response, because he did not respond to the specific questions I raised. We have a broken business rates system. The fact that the system takes only £30 billion but requires £9 billion of relief is in itself evidence that it is broken and in need of urgent repair. In the light of the many cases that hon. Members have...

Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: I beg to move, That this House has considered a review of the business rates system. Thank you, Mr Gray, for being in the Chair for this important and timely debate. Almost every day, we learn of a chain of retail stores or local businesses closing their doors, resulting in job losses, people’s lives being thrown into turmoil and empty premises along our high streets. The Centre for...

Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, because it is the small retailers that are really struggling to survive, and it is an issue of survival in the current age. Of course, it is business rates that are at the heart of the decision by businesses as to whether to remain open or close. Other organisations have been brought to my attention that are even worse affected than those with the 600%...

Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: The point my hon. Friend raises is the point of this debate. The reality is that we are talking often about independent business in which families have invested, maybe for generations, building it up and building a reputation, only to find that the competition from online sales and out-of-town stores is challenging. In addition, such businesses then have the weight and burden of business...

Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. When people try to improve their community, and not just the business itself, it increases the rateable value. Business rates are built on that premise. In York, a company installed air conditioning. That might seem an obvious thing for a business to do, but doing so increased the rateable value by £275. That business now sees air conditioning as...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Local Government: Elections (13 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is the Government's policy that EU Citizens currently living in the UK will have the right to (a) stand in and (b) vote in local elections after 29 March 2019.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: There is clearly a crisis on our high street, so will the Minister ensure that business rates are fully addressed in this year’s Budget?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pubs Code Adjudicator: Standards (11 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the mean average wait is for cases to be (a) accepted for arbitration and (b) concluded by the Office of the Pub Code Adjudicator.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: The best form of flood defence is upper catchment management, yet the £45 million provided in York is going towards downstream emergency measures. It was not incorporated in the national strategic review, so what are the Minister’s plans to start investing in upland management?

Northern Rail Services: Greater Manchester — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: Can the Minister set out exactly who he means by “the rail industry”? Clearly, we are talking about Network Rail, which is culpable for some of the issues, as well as the Department for Transport and the operators themselves.

Northern Rail Services: Greater Manchester — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: Will the Minister set out a timetable for that? I think passengers have a real interest in knowing what timetable that scrutiny will cover.

Northern Rail Services: Greater Manchester — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair this afternoon, Mr Howarth. I appreciate that many of your constituents in Knowsley have been frustrated in the past couple of weeks, whether travelling in the region or across the country. We heard about the issue in Monday’s urgent statement, of course. It was unprecedented: for 90 minutes 65 MPs of all parties relayed to the House the pain...

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: Will the Secretary of State provide some more detail about how the Government are going to reform business rates, because we know the retail sector is crying out for reform of the system and he has not set out any details? I would really appreciate those now.

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: I really appreciate my hon. Friend giving way on such an important issue as business rates. Can she fathom why the Government, when they announced 15 months ago that they were going to review business rates, have not done anything to progress this issue?

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: Does my hon. Friend recognise that the retail sector suffers from offshore landlords charging exorbitant prices for property, forcing businesses off our high streets?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Adoption Support Fund (6 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people have made a claim to the Adoption Support Fund; and what the average award has been for a successful claim in each of the last three years.

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: I have made it very clear that we need to ensure that we have done absolutely everything possible to preserve the site. As I said, I was looking forward to the Minister’s speech to convince me that that is the case.

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. I thank the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart) for opening the debate in such a fascinating way and drawing us into so much of the history, which he clearly has such a passion for. His sharing that was a privilege for all of us. He was absolutely right to remind us of the importance of our past and the still...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Rachael Maskell: I will get to that point shortly. I want to talk about the other opportunities we must explore to ensure a modal shift. That is at the heart of the Labour party’s transport policy: we do not believe the future should be taken as it is now. We need to get people on to public transport, whether for leisure or business.


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