Results 1–20 of 186 for speaker:Bim Afolami

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Innovation (14 Nov 2018)

Bim Afolami: What steps he is taking to encourage technological innovation in tackling social challenges and delivering public services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rogue Bailiffs (13 Nov 2018)

Bim Afolami: What was the outcome of the review of the implementation of the bailiff reforms?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Mobility (12 Nov 2018)

Bim Afolami: The Secretary of State will be fully aware that the high-needs budget affects certain areas more than others. In Hertfordshire in particular there is concern among many teachers and parents that the system just is not working well enough for them. What comfort can he give to my parents and teachers who feel that the provision for children with special needs is not working well enough at the...

Universal Credit: Prevention of Ill Health: Government Vision (5 Nov 2018)

Bim Afolami: I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement. Will he outline what his views are for community pharmacy as part of the strategy of prevention?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Bim Afolami: It is a pleasure to speak in the debate. First, I would like to address the measures in the Budget that relate to the digital economy, including the digital services tax. I declare an interest: I was a former corporate lawyer —I was even more fun when I was doing that. Someone who deals with international transactions and contracts learns that international tax treaties are very...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Bim Afolami: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I was coming to tax cuts because, particularly in relation to the high streets, they are a classic piece of positive Conservative economics that will increase demand and help consumer spending, and thereby help the high street. I commend the Chancellor and the Treasury team for putting the policy forward in the Budget. On tax cuts more broadly, if...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Bim Afolami: Could my hon. Friend illuminate the House by saying what he fears would happen to small businesses such as the ones in Aldershot that he mentioned if they were subject to the programme of huge tax rises and nationalisation proposed by Labour?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Bim Afolami: Will the hon. Gentleman clarify what the Opposition would regard as “the very wealthiest”?

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (23 Oct 2018)

Bim Afolami: That is obviously factually accurate, but we need to ensure that we deal with the cause of these problems. As I have said, the Bill does not deal with everything, but it does deal with at least part of the problem. That, in and of itself, is a valuable thing.

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (23 Oct 2018)

Bim Afolami: It is partly that, but the important point is that no single piece of legislation in this House can deal with every single problem. We can identify a particular problem and deal with it in a particular piece of legislation.

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (23 Oct 2018)

Bim Afolami: I agree with my hon. Friend. I reiterate that the point of this legislation is to bring down insurance premiums for ordinary people by, I think, between 35% and 40%. I look to the Minister to check whether that is right.

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (23 Oct 2018)

Bim Afolami: I take the hon. Lady’s point. The industry has pledged to pass this on. My understanding is that premiums fell by an average of roughly £50 a year in 2012. When we talk about averages, we must bear in mind that if premiums were to fall by an average of, say, £35 under this legislation, the figure in some instances would be much greater—especially for young drivers, for...

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (23 Oct 2018)

Bim Afolami: I have done something a bit novel: I have listened to what has been said in the debate, and my remarks will focus on that. I did not come here with a prepared speech; I came here and listened to the contributions from both sides. I would like to start by responding to the hon. Member for Lewisham West and Penge (Ellie Reeves) and taking up a couple of points that she made. The first relates...

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (23 Oct 2018)

Bim Afolami: That is an interesting point. I have served on many Committees, as we all have, and some have huge amounts of engagement from lots of Members while others have less. But this House is not just this Chamber; it is also all the Committee Rooms. Negative statutory instruments provide a way for significant amounts of secondary legislation—I do not know how many pieces of legislation;...

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Restriction on increase in small claims limit for relevant personal injuries (23 Oct 2018)

Bim Afolami: I do not want to leave the House, or the hon. Lady, with the impression that I believe that statutory instruments are undemocratic. They are democratic, and they are a form of how we do things in this House. I was unaware of the case that she mentioned. The broader point is that getting primary legislation through, particularly in a hung Parliament such as this, will always be...

October EU Council: Death of Jamal Khashoggi (22 Oct 2018)

Bim Afolami: I listened to the Foreign Secretary’s statement with care. Could he explain further to the House how collaboration with France and Germany has worked in this instance? It shows that despite the fact that we are going through quite tortuous negotiations to do with leaving the European Union, on issues of common cause, such as the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, we can find friendship and...


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