Results 1–20 of 29 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Neil O'Brien

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Neil O'Brien: We need to balance two things. On the one hand, we need to restore affordability and the dream of home ownership. In this country, house price inflation has been higher than that of any other OECD country over recent decades. Home ownership among young people is collapsing and the proportion of their income that private renters spend on rent is more than three times higher than it was in the...

Housing, Planning and the Green Belt (6 Feb 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I strongly agree with that. Too often, the different systems—from section 106 to the new homes bonus—do not allow the people who are most negatively affected by a development to see the gains from that development. We clearly need to reduce the demand for new housing as a speculative investment or an investment asset. Unless we do that as well as increasing supply, we will never...

Backbench Business: Town and Village Plans (30 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: Neighbourhood planning is a hugely important reform. In my constituency, I have seen the way that it brings people together. We have neighbourhood plans in five parishes: Foxton, Great Glen, Kibworth, Lubenham and North Kilworth. I congratulate all the people who have selflessly given their time to make them happen and who have taken part in those referendums. To make neighbourhood planning...

Leaving the Eu: Implementation (29 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: Like my constituents, I support Brexit, but does the Minister agree that, given that we have been in the EU for 40 years, it is essential to have an implementation period so that we can deliver the huge prize of a smooth and orderly Brexit?

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: One of the important things that the Bill does is regulate nuisance cold calling. It is sometimes tempting to dismiss it as merely a nuisance, but it is more than that for some vulnerable people. A constituent has emailed me to say: “All my friends and family have signed up to the TPS, but are still bombarded by these parasites. Our friend who suffers from dementia seems to get several...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Stalking Protection Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston) on introducing this important Bill and on her passionate championing of this important cause. One reason I support the Bill is that a family in my constituency were cruelly robbed of their daughter by a stalker. Alice Ruggles was murdered in 2016 by Trimaan Dhillon, who was sentenced to life imprisonment last year. Alice had...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Stalking Protection Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: Yes, I do; the hon. Lady makes an extremely important point. As I was saying, the crucial thing is not just having this important new tool, which the Bill will create, but using it as a further catalyst to changes in the way the police handle something that, as my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk) pointed out, was not even a crime until 2012. In particular, I hope that the...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I welcome this important Bill and the hon. Lady’s tenacious work on the issue. When I was a private renter, I was offered houses with wires hanging out of the walls, electric cookers hanging off the walls and even, in one case, dog mess on the carpet. This is a superb Bill. May I welcome her comments on the excellent balance it achieves between new rights for tenants, which my...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes (18 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I welcome this important debate and congratulate the hon. Member for Norwich South (Clive Lewis) on securing it. I am conscious of following a very powerful speech. I think Members on all sides of the House will be horrified and sickened by the contents of the RBS memo, and I congratulate members of the Treasury Committee on putting it in the public domain. Gloating and cruel, it is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: In Market Harborough, I and local charities will be holding a meeting to discuss how we can fight the problem of loneliness in our community. At the national level, what is the Prime Minister doing to implement the important recommendations of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: The current funding formula for local government is opaque, historic and disadvantages Leicestershire. Does the Minister agree that it would be attractive to move to a transparent formula based on the real drivers of costs?

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

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NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Neil O'Brien: I welcome the new Minister to his place, and I hope that he will be as successful in this job as he was in his last one—[Interruption.] He was very successful. As he is listing investments, I hope that he will not forget the £1 billion investment that we are making in the midland main line.

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...

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...


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