Results 1–20 of 189 for speaker:Robert Courts in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Household Debt (16 Jan 2018)

Robert Courts: Will the Minister confirm that the lowest paid have had a real-terms pay increase of 7% since 2015, showing that this Government’s policies are targeted to help the lowest paid?

Space Industry Bill [Lords] (15 Jan 2018)

Robert Courts: The Minister has just referred to the skills that will be supported by the Bill. Does he agree that it presents a real opportunity to inspire the next generation, so that those growing up across Oxfordshire can look to ensure that this country really excels in an area in which it already takes a lead?

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Robert Courts: I thank the Minister for his statement and commend Oxfordshire County Council for the swift work it has undertaken today, particularly to ensure that schoolchildren have been fed all over Oxfordshire. Will he please offer some reassurance to the 400 staff employed at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital with regard to their jobs and to my constituents concerned about the continuity of...

National Security Capability Review (15 Jan 2018)

Robert Courts: On Friday I visited Nos. 10 and 101 squadrons at Brize Norton in my constituency, and I could see how hard they were working. This morning my constituents were out providing tanking support for the Typhoons that were investigating the latest Russian reconnaissance. Does my right hon. Friend agree that now is the time when we need to match spending with the size of the threat, rather than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (15 Jan 2018)

Robert Courts: I welcome my hon. Friend the Member for Aberconwy (Guto Bebb) to his ministerial role. Will he begin by considering boosting exports by pairing the national shipbuilding strategy with the national aerospace strategy?

Warwick District Council: New Offices (10 Jan 2018)

Robert Courts: Perhaps the council is seeking to move to offices that are smaller, cheaper and more efficient, which will enable it to provide the public services that the hon. Gentleman’s constituents and mine want.

Warwick District Council: New Offices (10 Jan 2018)

Robert Courts: The hon. Gentleman spoke about a challenging fiscal environment. The proposal, to which he has referred to fairly, is intended to save £300,000 per year, but surely that is precisely why it should be pursued—it will enable more money to be spent on the services that people want.

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I join the chorus of well-deserved congratulations and thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for Worthing West (Sir Peter Bottomley) and the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) for securing this debate, and for all their work with the all-party parliamentary group. I entirely echo the comments of my hon. Friend...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: The residents of West Oxfordshire have welcomed the recent announcement by the district council and Gigaclear on the roll-out of broadband. Will the Minister join me in pressing for real progress in 2018 not only on broadband, but on mobile signals, with which so many villages suffer problems, including in my constituency?

Petition - Congestion on the A40 Between Witney and Oxford (20 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: I rise to present a petition calling for action to be taken on congestion on the A40. The petition states: The petition of residents of Witney and West Oxfordshire, Declares that current high levels of traffic congestion on the A40 between Witney and Oxford have become unsustainable and the residents of Witney and West Oxfordshire require a permanent solution; further that the Government...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: I am very grateful to my right hon. Friend for making that point. His constituency is very similar to mine in that respect. I welcome this measure and I anticipate that my constituents will as well. Those brief comments are the only ones I wish to make. I very much welcome this measure because it is in the interests of west Oxfordshire, in particular Brize Norton. It helps to bring forward...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: It is a great pleasure to speak in this debate. I only wish to make some very brief comments because I have already spoken this evening and I am conscious of the fact that other Members wish to speak. I will make a few comments about the armed forces exemption that we have just been discussing, because it has particular relevance to my constituency, where a great amount of the Royal Air Force...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: It is a great honour to speak in the debate on this very important matter, and particularly to follow the hon. Member for Bristol South (Karin Smyth). She made some very interesting points, and I am glad that she supports many of the technical education measures that the Government are bringing in. I entirely agree with her that this is one of the great challenges the country faces, and I...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: I simply do not accept that point, with the greatest of respect to the hon. Gentleman. It is quite clear that the reduction in corporation tax, which I am glad he has mentioned, has led to an increase in revenues over that period. It is accepted that GDP is expected to increase by 1.3% in the long run. The receipts have increased by 50% since the Government have been reducing the corporation...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: I thank the hon. Gentleman for those excellent points, which reinforce the point I am making. Of course there has to be taxation, but we must strike a balance with the level of taxation. I know it is paradoxical, but sometimes when tax is reduced, there is an increase in the amount of tax that is taken because it sponsors the amount of work that business is able to do. When business is able...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Robert Courts: It is exactly the same principle with personal taxation. My hon. Friend makes an absolutely outstanding point. He is quite right and we must not forget that the principle is the same for personal taxation as it is for corporation taxation. Not only is the tax yield increasing, it is also borne by those who earn the most. It is indeed progressive and, I would hope, something all Members could...


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