Results 1–20 of 189 for speaker:Rachel Maclean

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Dover (Charlie Elphicke). I shall make an extremely short contribution on behalf of the people of Redditch, which is quite a unique place. It is a semi-urban area in the middle of a rural county, Worcestershire. It shares many of the characteristics of neighbouring Birmingham, yet it is in a rural area. I wish to make the point...

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Local Government Finance (7 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The hon. Gentleman is talking about a very important challenge that we face as a nation. Will he confirm that the Labour party would double council tax to deal with this crisis, as other members of it have suggested? Our voters would need to know that.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (6 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: For six years, the people of Redditch have endured a painful consultation on their hospital, the Alex, which has dragged on and on. As a result, they have lost maternity and children’s emergency services, even though nobody wanted that when they were consulted. People have taken the pain, but when will they get the gain? When will they see the urgent care centre? When will the £29...

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I am sure my right hon. Friend will share my concern about yesterday’s sad news in Redditch that our local Marks & Spencer is closing. I am delighted that the employees will find alternative jobs, but nevertheless it is sad because Marks & Spencer is the last food shop in our town centre, and it is sadly needed. Can we have a debate on how we can work together with our local...

Capita (1 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The hon. Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves), in the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, has rightly raised concerns about the failure of regulation from the Financial Reporting Council and KPMG. Does the Minister agree that the answer to this dilemma is not to nationalise those companies, but to make sure that those bodies do their job for the taxpayer and the public...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Let me begin, Mr Deputy Speaker, by associating myself with what has been said by Members in all parts of the House. We are so glad to see you back in your place. I thank the Minister for coming to the House and agreeing to publish the statements. I think that, on the whole, transparency is a good thing. I also join in the praise that has been given to the civil servants. In my experience,...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The hon. Gentleman is right that businesses create forecasts, but they also understand and accept that in any forecast and in any market there is uncertainty and they have to develop contingency plans—alternative plans in order to make their business successful. If he were doing business with the United States under Donald Trump and wanted to export, does the hon. Gentleman think there...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I thank my right hon. Friend for that intervention. Absolutely: when we have spoken to businesses in the Select Committee hearings, of course they want certainty, but the point I am making is that it cannot be provided, whether it is Brexit or not, in any economic situation to the extent that some people seem to want.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I agree that there are various areas where uncertainty can exist, but there is legal uncertainty when a business enters any new market or develops any new product. That always exists and businesses need to take that into account. The debate today seems to be about the need to provide certainty for businesses. It would be very desirable to provide certainty, but it cannot ever be done in quite...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The hon. Lady is absolutely right, and I think the Government and the Minister have agreed to publish this, so businesses can look at it and form their own view. However, I am certain that every single business I know—small growing businesses—will look at that but not take it as being handed down on tablets of stone. They will seek a range of outcomes and make their plans based on...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: rose—

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

Rachel Maclean: I hope the House will forgive me for raising this issue again, but because he has visited the college and I have not done so, will he tell me what progress he saw on the initiative for getting more women into the train and engineering industry while he was there?

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

Rachel Maclean: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate, and I commit my support for the Bill’s Second Reading. I have listened with interest to the entire debate, and I want to thank all those Members who have talked about the changes that need to be made. As a former resident of Birmingham, and someone who now lives close to it, I endorse what colleagues have said about...

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

Rachel Maclean: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, because she reminds me of the significant amount—about £100 billion, I think—that Governments, including the previous Labour Government, have put forward. We have not built any new railways in this country since Victorian times, so it is really important that we are committing this funding now and in the future to build our...

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

Rachel Maclean: I thank my hon. Friend her intervention. I am sure that many of her constituents, like mine, have to travel to the nearest big city or town to get to work or leisure destinations. The project will help to free up capacity on those secondary lines. The project will make an important contribution to our global competitiveness as a nation. Thanks to the Government’s economic programme and...

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

Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend is a great champion of engineering and I have been inspired by what she has done in her constituency. HS2 will definitely provide a boost for engineering careers. The hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Drew Hendry) rightly said that we do not mention careers for women in engineering enough, and I want to go at least some way towards rectifying that. I...

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

Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend makes an extremely good point. We can all encourage employers to be role models and women to speak out. Businesses that value such careers should pay people decent salaries so that they do not all go off to work in the City. That is what this country needs. We need a dynamic economy that works for everyone.

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

Rachel Maclean: I thank my right hon. Friend for his work. He is a champion of women not only in engineering, but in all other spheres, and I hope that the Minister will take up that suggestion. Redditch’s small businesses are hoping to take advantage of some of the contracts that are being awarded through HS2, both now and in the future. For example, Arrowvale Electronics makes world-leading equipment...

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

Rachel Maclean: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. I confess that I am not sure that I entirely followed its logic, but I think I get the point he is trying to make. There will be opportunities for small businesses, even if not directly—I am thinking of first contractors and even the supply chain further down, because many of these contracts involve a multitude of contractors. It is important...


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