Results 1–20 of 108 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Craig Mackinlay

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: The amount of investment that has come to the UK from non-doms is £1.6 billion since 2012. I hope that is of some assistance to the hon. Lady.

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I know you have just taken the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker, and I am afraid that we have not have heard too much good news this afternoon, so I want to bring that good news to Members. We have closed the tax gap. We are raising more tax than ever before by closing down some of the more ambitious and egregious tax systems that Labour did nothing about over the 13 years that it was in power. We...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: We will be having a debate about that tomorrow, I believe. The fact is that we had a £150 billion per year deficit when we came into power with our then Lib Dem partners in 2010, and we have got that down to just a little over £50 billion a year. A GDP borrowing requirement of 10% in 2010 is now down to 3%. I certainly hope that as we grow this economy we will be able to look at...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: There is an uprating coming into place to allow the floor to increase from £1 million in due course. There used not to be a lifetime allowance, but it started at £1.8 million some years ago and has come down to £1 million. The flexibility of SIPPs and the success of auto-enrolment are essential if we are to rebalance our savings rates, which have been fairly poor in comparison...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

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Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I declare an interest: I am a practising chartered accountant, when I have the time. My right hon. Friend said that lower rates can produce more revenue. Is that not exactly what has happened since 2010 with our reduction in corporation tax rates, which is paying the dividend of a greater return for the Treasury?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I shall raise just one issue in the short time available: the living marine resource that under international law is bestowed on the United Kingdom. The great repeal Bill has changed its name to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, the second half of which, which brings virtually all the EU’s acquis into domestic legislation, causes me a few concerns. The reason for most of that is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I agree with my hon. Friend entirely, but today is not the day for those arguments. Arguments about technical matters—how things will be changed in the House, and whether that will be done using statutory instruments and the exercise of ministerial powers—are for Committee and subsequent stages of the Bill. The broad thrust of my argument on Second Reading is that this Bill is the...

G20 (10 Jul 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: We heard positive words from the President of the United States at the G20 summit—and more this morning from the Prime Minister of Australia—on the opportunities for rapid and comprehensive trade deals between their countries and the UK. Does my right hon. Friend agree that new trade deals with old friends and new, which will be realisable only outside the customs union, will add...

European Council (26 Jun 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: May I pay tribute to the Prime Minister for confirming, once more, that the Conservatives will fulfil the delivery of the referendum result of control of our laws, borders and money? Will she give due assurance that any pressure to allow the European Court of Justice any role on immigration or the future indefinite leave to remain status of EU citizens in this country will be flatly opposed?

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the very reasonable underlying tone of her letter to President Tusk. As she will know, this is a day for which I have campaigned for some 26 years. Does she agree that the dividends of the restoration of democracy to our institutions, the ending of huge fiscal transfers to the European Union and the potential for international new trade deals are prizes...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (30 Jan 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: The House will be rather pleased that I will focus purely on the Bill, which I very much welcome and have no hesitation in supporting. It may be helpful briefly to explain the framework and history of master trusts. Such pension plans were historically designed primarily for single employers, or a group of related sponsoring employers with an in-built paternalistic and altruistic nature of...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming (24 Jan 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: There are many aspects of Brexit that we have not fully explored, and farming and the common agricultural policy is one of them. Some 15 million sheep, 9.8 million pigs and 2.6 million cattle were raised and slaughtered in the UK last year. There is always that perceived conflict between cheap food and decent animal husbandry, and I do not think it need be so; both can go hand in hand. For...

New Partnership with the EU (17 Jan 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I am sure that the Secretary of State shares my enthusiasm for the clarity in the Prime Minister’s speech today, on her vision for a global Britain and freedom from the customs union and the constraints of single market membership, but how will he impart that same enthusiasm to our EU friends and partners as we approach this future in order that they might realise it is as good for them...

State Pension Age: Women (30 Nov 2016)

Craig Mackinlay: The Work and Pensions Committee, of which I am a member, worked on this issue at length earlier this year, and the SNP-commissioned report by Landman Economics draws upon much of our work—indeed, copies much of it. I certainly hope that the SNP did not pay too much for its report. It is clear that there was a gross inequality in the old system, which had been untouched for some 70...

State Pension Age: Women (30 Nov 2016)

Craig Mackinlay: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Given the state of the nation’s finances in 2010 and that 70-year-old inequality, something had to be done. WASPI women find themselves in a difficult situation, having started out in a more traditional era of British life. Back then, women were more likely to be at home. If in work, they were unlikely to have been on a well-paid career path....

State Pension Age: Women (30 Nov 2016)

Craig Mackinlay: I fully understand the hon. Gentleman’s point, and I will cover some of those issues as I progress. On the contract that many Members say was there, there was no contract for the Government to implement the triple lock, which has done more to alleviate poverty in older age than any other measure before it. There was no contract about the implementation of the new state pension, which...

State Pension Age: Women (30 Nov 2016)

Craig Mackinlay: I already have given way twice, and I do not have much time. I have an option 6 to offer to Members today, which I even offer to Landman Economics for free. It has to be understood that later-age employment is difficult. Employers are not always as enlightened as they could be in recognising the value of older employees. I am grateful to colleagues here who have taken on older employees. I...

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Craig Mackinlay: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton) for bringing forward the Bill. It is a very simple Bill, which many of us will find quite refreshing for a Friday. It is really a Bill to repair things, following the passage of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. I thank my hon. Friend for introducing it, because it has given me an opportunity to get...

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Craig Mackinlay: I thank my hon. Friend for the support he would have given my Bill, had we reached it, but we have not. Let us therefore consider very carefully the Bill to amend the Local Audit and Accountability Act. Very soon after it became law, the Government recognised that the terminology of “persons interested” should be expanded, and that is what the Bill is trying to achieve. We would...

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