Results 1–20 of 233 for speaker:Martin Whitfield

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: This weekend sees the conclusion of the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight. On Tuesday, I had the great privilege of hosting a “Taste of East Lothian” event, which was enjoyed by Members from all parties and, indeed, people throughout the parliamentary estate. May we have a debate in Government time on the importance of the Scottish food and drink industry, particularly for small...

Written Answers — Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Forms (11 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken was HMRC to produce proof of employment history for applicants using form HMRC 07/18; what performance targets have been set for HMRC for the production of that evidence; and how many and what proportion of applications did not meet those targets.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood). This House finds itself, 18 months after article 50 was triggered, with the Government having no credible Brexit plan, no viable solution for avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland, and apparently no majority in Parliament for the Chequers proposals. This debate comes on the same day as an e-petition debate in...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: I apologise: my understanding was that the hon. Gentleman spoke about a meaningful vote for the people as a third option, if there was no agreement here. I am grateful for the clarification. The majority of people in East Lothian and I believe that the original decision to leave Europe was wrong, but there is a variety of solutions, from a no deal, WTO, hard Brexit through the Chequers...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: My Front Bench has six tests that will give us exactly the same relationship that we have with the European Union, and that is a defendable position.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: The six tests intend to keep us in a close relationship with exactly the same benefits that we exercise now. If the decision making damages our United Kingdom and the future of our young people, our leaders today will not be forgiven. Scott Sutherland says: “I sincerely hope it will not come to that.” If it should, I suggest there is a case for a people’s vote.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: In the right hon. Gentleman’s vision of the future, how does he see the nature of the devolved Governments here? There was clearly a very different relationship before we went into the EU. What influence does he see them having on the trade deals that the Government seek?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Scotland (10 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165149, on Social Security Benefits: Scotland, how many claimants have outstanding benefit overpayment debts that are to be devolved to Scotland which are attributable to (a) overpayment and (b) fraud debts.

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Given the problems the Government confronted in section 11 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act, does the Secretary of State agree it is a little disappointing that the negotiations with the devolved parties are not encompassed and enshrined in this White Paper?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (David Morris), who has perhaps taught us that the Union is more complicated than rocket science. What is our Union based on? Is it based on history, reality, identity, economics, cultural friendship or kinship—or is it based on all of those? It is more than the Acts of Union of 1536 and 1707, which led to the...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the powers being devolved from here to the Governments in Holyrood and Cardiff should be devolved further down to local authorities and the areas distinct to them?

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (23 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: I am glad that the Minister intends to write to the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) to answer his question, but can he confirm, as he was unable to answer today, that no precedent played any part in the decision made in this case?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Scotland (23 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2018 to Question 156480, on Social Security Benefits: Scotland, how many claimants the total value of outstanding benefit overpayment in Scotland is attributable to.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Will the Minister confirm support for the Civil Nuclear Police Federation in its meeting this summer with his Cabinet colleagues over the proposals to reduce retirement and pension ages for armed officers from 67 to 68 down to 60 to match those of the police?

Backbench Business: Banking Sector Failures — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (12 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: I thank the Backbench Business Committee again for facilitating this debate. To pick up on the point about the anger that is felt across both sides of the House, the relatively small number of speakers in the debate in no way reflects the deep, passionate anger, annoyance and empathy that MPs feel for their constituents who have been victims. It is incredibly telling, and it is with huge...

Backbench Business: Banking Sector Failures — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (12 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: On that point, does the Minister accept that there is an inherent conflict of interest in the situation whereby we have a bank, what I will call a limited company, and individual shareholders? We have the bank instructing the professionals who then deal with the company, and that less than virtuous circle leads to an almost inherent conflict of interest for professional groups: the lawyers,...

Backbench Business: Banking Sector Failures — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (12 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: I take the opportunity to pay tribute to my immediate predecessor, who worked with the APPG on the forerunner to this report. I am sure that this is the case, but does the Scottish National party agree on the need for a financial transactions tribunal along the lines of employment tribunals, which carry so much public confidence?

Backbench Business: Banking Sector Failures — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (12 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Just to confirm, there is discussion about extending the authority and powers of the Financial Ombudsman Service, but even then 30,000 SMEs would still fall outside of it. A tribunal would even out the battleground between them and the banks.

Backbench Business: Banking Sector Failures — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (12 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: It is interesting that when we discuss entrepreneurs in this country, we frequently talk about their inability to develop from an SME into a large company. We put that down to selling the idea abroad, but actually today’s debate and the effects of the finance show that perhaps there is another reason why they are unable to do that, which has nothing to do with their ability or...

Backbench Business: Banking Sector Failures — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (12 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: The hon. Gentleman is being generous with his time. The fact that the contracts the banks entered into with customers were so complex and so cleverly—I use that word carefully—worded that they misled individuals about the powers the bank had over them plays into the APPG’s cry for a much simpler, more straightforward and more honest contractual relationship between banks and...


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