Results 1–20 of 24 for speaker:Neil O'Brien

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Shared Ownership (14 Dec 2017)

Neil O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is adequate private investment in shared ownership accommodation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (28 Nov 2017)

Neil O'Brien: Small businesses in my constituency suffer from late payments from their larger clients. Some firms have been forced to accept discounts of up to 10% just to get paid within 90 days. The Government have introduced welcome measures to make large firms behave more transparently on payments, but does the Chancellor stand ready to take further action to stop big firms using small businesses as a...

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Neil O'Brien: I, too, thank the hon. Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) for securing this important debate, and my hon. Friend the Member for South Ribble (Seema Kennedy). I will be as brief as possible, Mr Paisley. Many hon. Members present will have had the experience of knocking on doors and finding someone who wants to carry on talking to us because we are the only person they have seen for a long...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Neil O'Brien: My hon. Friend just asked about Labour’s plans for an offshore companies property levy. Does he agree with the Institute for Fiscal Studies that such a levy is likely to raise zero pounds?

Puppy Smuggling (1 Nov 2017)

Neil O'Brien: First, I congratulate my hon. Friend the Minister on the Government’s brave and right decision to increase sentences for animal cruelty, which will certainly help to deal with the scourge of puppy smuggling. Secondly, may I encourage him to use the opportunities of Brexit to bring about reform of the 2012 legislation, to which he has just referred, so that we can clamp down more firmly...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Small Businesses: Billing (20 Oct 2017)

Neil O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to tackle incidents of late payments to small and medium-sized enterprises by larger businesses.

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Neil O'Brien: The shadow Minister said that the measures in the Bill are part of a wider pattern of Government behaviour. Indeed they are: they follow in the footsteps of the 75 different measures we have already taken to clamp down on tax avoidance and the £160 billion we have already raised for our public services by doing so. They follow in the footsteps of the changes we have made to capital gains...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Neil O'Brien: I shall make some progress. Realistically, we cannot will the end of reducing tax avoidance without willing the means. The idea that, every time the Treasury needs to make a small change to a definition to clamp down on a new form of avoidance, we should have to come back with not just new statutory instruments but new primary legislation would really put sand in the wheels of the war on tax...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Neil O'Brien: I am just about to conclude. The measures in clause 5 are good, and they are part of a wider pattern of behaviour: a war on tax avoidance that we have waged in order to get more money for schools, hospitals and police in my constituency and others. They are part of a wider economic policy that has delivered not just record employment—the highest since 1975—and record tax cuts for...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Dyslexia (13 Sep 2017)

Neil O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps are being taken to ensure that teaching schools have staff who are qualified to train others to teach dyslexic pupils.

Petition - Glenfield Children’S Heart Unit (12 Sep 2017)

Neil O'Brien: On 28 September, NHS England will decide on the future of the Glenfield children’s heart surgery unit in the east midlands, which is currently at Glenfield Hospital. It is a very high-performing unit, with some of the best outcomes in the entire country, and I have been privileged to see its amazing staff at work. Without it, the east midlands would be the only region in the country...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Neil O'Brien: The Bill is an excellent bit of work by Treasury Ministers and officials. It is easy for politicians to say airily that we must clamp down on tax avoidance, but it is testament to the incredible amount of complex and technical work that goes into making that a reality that you now have in front of you, Mr Speaker, a Bill that is pretty much big enough for you to put your feet up on. Several...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Wards: Children (12 Sep 2017)

Neil O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure equal access to overnight rooms or bed-space next to their child for parents saying overnight with their child in a paediatric ward and parents staying overnight with their baby in a neonatal unit.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Wards: Children (12 Sep 2017)

Neil O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neonatal units have the recommended amount of overnight parent accommodation to meet the standards outlined in the toolkit for high quality neonatal services; and what resources are provided to NHS trusts to increase the provision of overnight parent accommodation in places where that standard is not met.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Centres: Medical Equipment (12 Sep 2017)

Neil O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the provision of hoists in health centres to help transfer patients to examination beds.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Employment: Childbirth (12 Sep 2017)

Neil O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for publication of ACAS guidelines for employers whose employees have a baby born premature or sick; and what plans his Department has to ensure that those guidelines are (a) implemented and (b) evaluated.

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Neil O'Brien: I warmly welcome the statement from the Secretary of State, which will benefit all schools in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston. I further welcome the fact that the funding is coming from efficiencies within the Department, rather than unfunded borrowing. There has been an excellent announcement that she will invest an extra £500 million a year in technical education. Will she confirm that...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Government Securities (14 Jul 2017)

Neil O'Brien: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list by country where stocks of gilts are held by overseas investors and foreign central banks; and how much and what proportion of such stocks are held in different countries.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Government Securities (14 Jul 2017)

Neil O'Brien: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list by country flows of interest payments on UK central Government debt held by overseas investors and foreign central banks.

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (12 Jul 2017)

Neil O'Brien: Earlier this year, the brilliant new St Luke’s Hospital opened in my constituency, but the old cottage hospital that it replaced contains an important and unique war memorial. Does the First Secretary agree with me that, however the NHS redevelops that site, it is vital that the war memorial is preserved in a fitting way so that future generations can remember the sacrifices of those...


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