Results 1–20 of 71 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Simon Clarke

Exiting the European Union: Implementation Period (15 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: What recent assessment he has made of the potential merits for the economies of the UK and the EU of an implementation period after the UK leaves the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Implementation Period (15 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer and for his visit to Teesport earlier this year, which was much appreciated. Two thirds of people in my constituency voted for Brexit. Can my right hon. Friend reassure them that any implementation period will indeed be time-limited and handled in a way that will provide for a smooth exit for business?

Universal Credit (13 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: As a fellow north-easterner who also has a great deal of poverty in his constituency, perhaps I might be allowed to speak in this debate. I will be blunt. I am tired of the Opposition playing games with this issue, not just today but over the preceding weeks and months. Let us be very clear: by 2022, 50,000 more children will have free school meals than is the case today. Nobody—not one...

Universal Credit (13 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: My hon. Friend made a very powerful speech on this theme earlier. I think what she says is true. In fact, there is a pretty sparse attendance on the Opposition Benches, given that this was meant to be an open goal. This was absolutely all about clips for the TV news, Facebook pages and Twitter—“The heartless Tories ripping food out of the hands of kids.” Well, that is not...

Universal Credit (13 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: A few moments ago, the hon. Gentleman denigrated Brexit, yet his own area of Bury voted to leave the EU. How would that have helped with the politics of disenfranchising people and making them turn towards extremes?

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: Youth unemployment in my constituency has fallen by 55% under the Conservatives, which is fantastic news. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the last thing young people in Teesside need is a reckless borrowing binge to reverse that progress?

United States Tariffs: Steel and Aluminium (12 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: I thank the Secretary of State for referencing Skinningrove in his answer to the hon. Member for Redcar (Anna Turley), because, as he rightly says, there would be a serious threat to that plant as it produces very high-grade steel. Will he commit to all the necessary support for Skinningrove, especially given that the core products produced there for Caterpillar, an American firm, are not...

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: The attacks on Mr Litvinenko and Colonel Skripal had one thing in common: they were designed not just to kill, but to kill in a particularly terrifying and horrible way. With that dreadful threat in mind, will the Prime Minister ensure that our national defence is in sufficient shape to meet that Russian threat in terms of composition, location and funding?

Hate Crime (12 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: The rising tide of creeping Islamophobia and anti-Jewish sentiment should concern us all. How is improving the recording of this hate crime helping us to track what is going on in our society and how we can tackle it?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: I am grateful for the opportunity to make a few brief remarks in a debate that has been, perhaps, the most consensual in which I have participated since my election last summer. I pay tribute to the Minister, and also to my hon. Friend the Member for Weston-super-Mare (John Penrose), who has done so much to ensure that the Bill is indeed a reality. It is certainly needed. In a winter in...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Simon Clarke: With respect, I dispute the hon. Lady’s claim that we are in accord on energy policy. The Opposition’s stated policy is to proceed with wholesale nationalisation, which Government Members strongly disagree with. Does she not accept that renationalising National Grid and the energy sector would be antithetical to driving down prices, which is what we all want?

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Simon Clarke: May I associate myself with what the Minister has said and with what the Prime Minister said at Prime Minister’s questions about the inconceivable nature of the EU’s proposals to date? Does he agree that the evidence given by the permanent secretary of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to the Public Accounts Committee that a two-tier system, including a trusted trader scheme...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Feb 2018)

Simon Clarke: Unemployment has fallen faster in the north-east than anywhere else in our country, which is tremendous news. The next step to put rocket boosters under the economy on Teesside would be to create a free port at Teesport. Will my right hon. Friend look seriously at this idea, which has great support from the Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, and from local business leaders?

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (22 Feb 2018)

Simon Clarke: Some 89% of those who take time out of work to fulfil caring responsibilities are women, and employers, as my right hon. Friend has identified, have a huge role to play in helping women to return to work when they wish to. Can she set out more detail about the plans to publish guidance on best practice for private sector employers?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review of relief for first-time buyers (21 Feb 2018)

Simon Clarke: Housing stress is a major driver of homelessness, the causes of which are very complex. Does the hon. Lady accept that the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 is major step in unlocking the resource that is required and in getting people to focus, crucially, on getting into a home, as the first step towards making a more lasting move forward in their lives?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review of relief for first-time buyers (21 Feb 2018)

Simon Clarke: The hon. Lady gave us a tour de force in the Public Bill Committee, but on the narrow point about the proposed changes’ impact on prices, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson, said that although there may be an increase in the price faced by first-time buyers, “this does not mean first-time buyers are worse off as a result. They are in general better off....

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disabled People (5 Feb 2018)

Simon Clarke: Does the Minister agree that it is important that we are absolutely scrupulous in our presentation of the facts about universal credit? As the Secretary of State referred to earlier, I wrote to the UK Statistics Authority to query the shadow Secretary of State’s claim that “40,000 children will wake up in poverty on Christmas Day because the Tories refuse to pause” the...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union: Free Trade Agreements (1 Feb 2018)

Simon Clarke: What assessment he has made of the effect of remaining in the EU customs union on the ability of the UK to seek free trade agreements with non-EU countries.

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union: Free Trade Agreements (1 Feb 2018)

Simon Clarke: One of the most exciting opportunities that will become available when we leave the customs union is that of establishing a free port at Teesport, as the Secretary of State and the Minister saw for themselves last week. Will the Minister confirm that the Government will give serious consideration to this excellent idea, which will put rocket boosters under my local economy?

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