Results 1–20 of 169 for speaker:Robert Courts

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on support for farmers after the UK leaves the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: On a similar note to the question from my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton), west Oxfordshire has a successful agricultural economy, particularly, for example, in poultry farming. Businesses in my constituency are looking forward to the opportunities that will open up as we leave the European Union, but what assurances can the Minister give to those who have...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: Does the Minister share my passion for environmental protection, and does he agree that our leaving the European Union gives us the opportunity to go further and faster?

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: Will the Minister confirm that the trust has been in discussions with NHS Improvement with regards to reducing its deficit for some time and that the forecast of double the deficit is an unacceptably poor standard of financial leadership at a time when other trusts have made great successes in improving patient care and finding successors?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: It is an honour to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Redditch (Rachel Maclean), whose impassioned speech took in so many detailed points with respect to the Opposition Front-Bench team. It was a forensic dissection of their economic policy from which they will struggle to recover for months and years. This is a Budget and Finance Bill that the people of Witney and West Oxfordshire will...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: My hon. Friend makes an extremely good point that we have not heard often enough. We should absolutely keep making the point that although we hear talk of a progressive tax system from the Opposition, we see action from the Government. The 1% of highest earners now pay 28% of tax. That proportion is higher than it ever was under Labour. That is a record to be proud of. It is real progressive,...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: That is a horrifying suggestion. I am not surprised that that is the attitude of the Liberal Democrats in Scotland, because it is one that we see in many parts of this House—from those who do not understand that when we raise taxation on the lowest paid, it means that those people have less money in their pockets, which reduces their ability to make the decisions that they need to make...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: The hon. Gentleman makes a very, very good point. As chairman of the all-party group for small and micro business, that is something that is very close to my heart and the hearts of those for whom I endeavour to speak in Parliament. That matter has been a concern. I know that the hon. Gentleman has campaigned on it, as have I and many others. The simplification of the VAT regime and the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is a Government who are cracking down on and taking serious, practical and effective measures against tax evasion. What we hear from the Opposition are measures that will drive businesses and investment abroad. They will not invest in the businesses that we need to help grow the economy and grow jobs. What we see from the Government is effective...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It is quite important that we have sensible measures in place to ensure that more money is raised for our public services.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: I will not give way, as I wish to make some progress in the short time that I have available to me. I have highlighted the positive attributes and achievements of this Government. There is a range of Budget measures that I am particularly pleased to see, including: the establishment of the National Productivity Investment Fund; the increase in the national living wage; and the rise in the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: My hon. Friend is making many excellent points. Does she agree that there is a link between the point she has just made about broadband and what she is saying about long travelling distances? The quicker the broadband speed, the shorter the distance anyone will have to go to work, because instead of having to go to an office, they might just have to go from their kitchen to their living room.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court System: Modernisation (5 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: What steps he is taking to modernise the court system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (4 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: What assessment has the Minister made of whether owners of buildings with cladding that may not meet building regulations have been meeting their responsibilities or whether they have been seeking to pass the costs for this essential work on to leaseholders?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: I recently hosted a meeting with the China-Britain Council to explore opportunities for developing markets. What discussions are taking place between the Department for International Trade and DFID to ensure that trade joins aid as a way to help the developing world?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Low-paid Workers: Wage Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: Will the Chancellor confirm that, according to last month’s Office for National Statistics figures, median disposable income is £600 higher than in the previous year and £1,000 higher than before the 2008 crash? Does he agree that it is the policies of this Government, with their jobs miracle, that have made that possible?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: It is a great pleasure to follow so many hon. Members. They have spoken on a range of topics, one or two of which I will pick out. Contrary to what we keep hearing from the Opposition, the economic picture is very rosy. We have a growing economy and record inward investment. The deficit has come down by three quarters since 2010, and debt will be falling as of next year. There has been an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Service Families (27 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: One of the most important things for deployed servicemen is to know that their families back home are in safe, secure and high-quality accommodation. The need for the redevelopment of the REEMA sites in Carterton, outside RAF Brize Norton in my constituency, is now acute. Will the Minister please tell me what hope the future accommodation will provide to those servicemen living in my constituency?

Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917 — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (23 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: I will certainly do that, Sir Henry. I am very grateful indeed to every hon. Member who has come along and made a contribution today. I wanted to have a wide-ranging debate that looked at every aspect of the Air Force, from its foundation 100 years ago, through history, to today and indeed to the future. I think we have done so, and I am grateful to everybody who has made such wide-ranging...

Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917 — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (23 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: Where else? It very much marked one of the most moving things: old adversaries becoming friends. As the Minister said, the Air Force has a real soft-power role in making that very clear. He also talked about manned and unmanned aircraft, which is very much the debate of the future. My admiration for my hon. Friend the Member for Moray (Douglas Ross) is unbounded after he managed to raise...

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