Results 1–20 of 26 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bim Afolami

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

Bim Afolami: Will the Secretary of State reassure my constituents that although there is an obvious need to build more houses, green-belt restrictions have not been loosened and the green belt will still be protected in my very rural constituency?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Bim Afolami: I have been listening to the debate for some time, and it is worth reminding the House of the Treasury document published as a result of a report done by a senior civil servant, Sir Michael Barber, on the public value framework. It indicated that the way in which we get value in our public services is not simply the input of money, but what is delivered. As we talk about all these millions...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Bim Afolami: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Saffron Walden (Mrs Badenoch) for her intervention. I would add to her point by saying that the EIS funnels private capital that might otherwise be sitting in housing assets or on a bank balance sheet into our most early-stage, innovative and risky creative businesses. That is the magic of the EIS. Such tax reliefs and...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Bim Afolami: I commend my hon. Friend on his speech. In relation to the more productive ways in which he thinks Government funds could be spent, will he elucidate further on what aspects of the Budget he feels could be upgraded or extended?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (14 Nov 2017)

Bim Afolami: I am sure that the Secretary of State will welcome the fact that cancer survival rates are at a record high, but will he explain how the Government are going to fund the latest technology, so that we can continue to stay ahead of this terrible disease?

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: I felt that, as I was going to speak this afternoon, I should listen to speeches by colleagues in the House.

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: I know that is a controversial view that many have. In particular, I listened very carefully to the speech by the hon. Member for Bootle (Peter Dowd) from the Opposition Front Bench.

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: I am. The hon. Gentleman made some interesting remarks, but I am going to pick him up on one phrase, which we should think about and bear in mind as we look not only at the implications of new clause 1 but at the Bill as a whole. He said that the British public are no fools. As I listened to him expound on that, I thought to myself, “The British public in the public gallery and the many...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: Not only do I agree with my right hon. Friend about footballers, but I think that most people—among the millions watching this debate, as I have said—will recognise, because they see and enjoy the top quality premier league football in this country, the impact that top foreign players make. It is not just footballers but music stars, artists, creatives, writers, financiers,...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: Yes, I did have the huge pleasure of serving on the Finance Bill Committee and it was fascinating. The Finance Bill is undoubtedly a whopper; it is huge. There is a good case—I am sure the Minister will come to this in his remarks—for saying that we need to think more actively about ways to make measures shorter and more easily digestible for hon. Members. I say that without...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: I agree with my hon. Friend. Being in government is a complicated matter, and Rome was not built in a day. This Bill can continue the work that Treasury Ministers have already begun on how we address the difficulty involved in making things fairer and simpler while also making sure that we have the right incentives for businesses to come to our country, and grappling with that in the context...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: I hugely respect my hon. Friend. It is worth mentioning for the benefit of those who do not know it that he was a top tax lawyer, so he knows the value that complexity brings to tax lawyers in the City of London. On his point about the EU, I am no expert on these matters and defer to the Minister and other Members, but my view is that we must be more realistic and accept that a lot of things...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: I accept that point. Members present appear to be reaching consensus that the Government should always be thinking of how to balance the need for fairness and simplicity with closing loopholes so that people do not take advantage of the fair laws in this country. Many Members have discussed in the speeches made so far—I told you, Mr Speaker, that I was listening—the importance of...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: My hon. Friend is expert in these matters and knows about them in immense detail, having served in the European Parliament. When both serving on the Finance Bill Committee and during this debate, I have been struck by the keenness of this Government to be fair at the same time as promoting competitiveness. Fairness and competitiveness together are what make Britain the best place in the world...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: I thank my hon. Friend for the powerful and eloquent speech he is making, particularly from his own experience as a soldier in the British Army. Does he feel that the increased flexibility brought about by the Bill is one key step in maintaining the high levels of recruitment into our armed forces that I am sure Members on both sides of the House want to see?

Monarch Airlines (9 Oct 2017)

Bim Afolami: Will the Secretary of State give further details of what the Government are doing to assist former employees of Monarch Airlines who have lost their jobs as a result of the airline’s collapse?

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Bim Afolami: It is a pleasure to follow so many important, thoughtful and eloquent speeches from both sides of the House. I will refer to some of them, but start by considering where the British economy is today and by recognising, as my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart) has just made clear, that a lot of our discussions in this debate on productivity, on trying to increase...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Bim Afolami: What is my hon. Friend’s view of the fact that many economists, notably the American economist Tyler Cowen, have recently discussed how innovation has been slowing down not just in Britain but in America and across the developed world? Not disregarding his point about taxation, I think that points to something more fundamental about western economies and how the economic system is working.

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Bim Afolami: The words will ring in my ears: filibuster never, inform the nation always. That is a lesson for us all.

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Bim Afolami: Of course, Mr Deputy Speaker. Thank you very much for that kind reminder. This Bill matters. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey), the former Minister, mentioned, it is not necessarily the most thrilling Bill. It is relatively short, with six clauses; as a former lawyer, I can appreciate that brevity is often harder than writing something very long, so I admire the...


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