Results 1–20 of 28 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ben Bradley

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: Does my hon. Friend agree that part of the reason why we now face a capacity issue and need to deliver HS2 is that the frailties of the nationalised rail service caused the shutdown of so much of the capacity throughout the country?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Apprenticeship Levy: SMEs (30 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises to take advantage of the apprenticeship levy.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Apprenticeship Levy: SMEs (30 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: I welcome my hon. Friend to his role on the Front Bench. I have previously had conversations with my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening) in her former role as Education Secretary about finding new ways to support SMEs in my constituency to get involved in education, particularly through apprenticeships, which are important for my constituency as so few people there go...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: I am again a bit disappointed to hear wildly misleading statements from those on the Opposition Benches, including the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Drew Hendry), about medical isotopes, which are nothing to do with this Bill.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: I thank my hon. Friend, who will know much more than me about SNP Members and their outlook on life. Our relationship with Euratom is a subject for negotiation. The Government have been clear that they will seek continuity, and they obviously want standards to remain as high as possible. How that connects directly with Euratom is not for this Bill; it is for negotiation directly with the EU....

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: I am sure the Minister will agree that we need to support the industry and that we need to do what the industry asks. My point is nothing other than that. My point is that we cannot make that decision in this Bill. It is for the negotiation to decide at a later date. New clause 1 neglects to recognise that an implementation period is subject to negotiation and must be agreed directly with the...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: I do not know the hon. Gentleman’s background, but I guess it probably is not business. We cannot fix the plan for withdrawal and implementation in stone now. The Labour party wants to build into the Bill a clause saying that the Bill is contingency only. Our relationship with Euratom is subject to negotiation. No one has written anything off. We want a positive relationship, but we...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: The hon. Gentleman says that he wants continuity and certainty, but can he not understand the difficulty involved in writing into the Bill the outcome of negotiations that have not yet happened? How can Parliament effectively write into law that we are going to have a transitional period when the negotiations have not yet happened?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: What plans the Government have to ensure that the UK legal system continues to operate effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: Legal Systems (23 Jan 2018)

Ben Bradley: Will the Minister update the House on plans in relation to foreign criminals in UK prisons and on whether, after we leave the EU, we might be able to return those who break our laws to their country of origin, rather the UK taxpayer footing the bill for their stay at Her Majesty’s pleasure?

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

Ben Bradley: It is a pleasure to follow the heartfelt advice of the hon. Member for Makerfield (Yvonne Fovargue). It is clear that the world of personal finance can be hard to navigate. Without consolidated guidance, anybody could run into difficulties. That is why I welcome the Bill and the certainty it will provide, replacing a complex array of support services for different areas with a simple process...

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Ben Bradley: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I thank the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith) for securing this important debate. I ask hon. Members to bear with me, because while I will probably reach the same conclusion as others, my rhetoric might be slightly different. Like many hon. Members, a number of my constituents who are beneficiaries of the...

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Ben Bradley: I have also met the trustees. Does the hon. Gentleman accept what they have said—that the guarantee is the most important part of the agreement, and that they would not wish to give any movement on that guarantee within the scheme for any price?

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

Ben Bradley: Frankly, before last Wednesday, I expected to be a bit grumpy about the Budget. I was concerned that there would be no offer for younger people and that my constituents would lose out again, as they have so many times in previous Budgets. Imagine my surprise, therefore, when I was greeted by the Chancellor’s fair, inclusive and progressive Budget last week. As I have repeatedly said in...

Business of the House (2 Nov 2017)

Ben Bradley: I am currently researching coalfield communities such as my constituency of Mansfield and a strategy to rejuvenate their economies and infrastructure. These communities are among the most deprived in the country, and are characterised by low wages and lack of economic regeneration over decades. May we have a debate to share Members’ experiences of coalfield development and regeneration...

Social Care: Supported Housing (25 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: Constantly under Labour Governments we heard stories of families claiming £100,000-plus in housing benefit. In welcoming the Government’s announcement today on supported housing, does the hon. Gentleman accept that there was clearly a need to change the way we dealt with housing benefit?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: In 2010, the coalition Government inherited a broken welfare system that was over-complicated and encouraged a lifestyle of benefit dependency, with more and more families on benefits for successive generations, particularly in constituencies such as mine, where people have felt abandoned for decades. Many families who wanted to work and do the right thing were worse off and discouraged from...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: It is, perhaps, less pleasurable than it should be to follow so many of my colleagues, because it means that no one on the Opposition Benches is bothering to speak, which is very disappointing. [Hon. Members: “There are some Scottish National party Members here.”] You guys are very committed: well done. It is absolutely understandable that there is concern about the approach that...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: I entirely agree. It is vital for us to be able to safeguard our national interests and the skills that we have in great numbers, so that we can support the industry and continue to go from strength to strength in the UK, regardless of what the Germans tell us we should be doing. The Joint European Torus programme in Oxfordshire is a key example of the positive support that we have received....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: Antisocial behaviour and so-called low-level crime are a blight on Mansfield’s town centre, limiting investment and regeneration. Opposition Members are always keen to talk about budgets, which we know have risen, but it is not enough to throw money at a problem without having a plan. Will the Minister therefore tell me what proposals might come forward to try new methods of policing...

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