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Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Thank you for that clarification, Madam Deputy Speaker. I shall turn directly to new clause 1. I do not support the new clause, because it seeks to introduce a transition period to delay the UK’s departure from Euratom. When the proposal was tabled in Committee as new clause 2, we engaged in detailed scrutiny. I applaud the forensic questioning by the hon. Members for Southampton, Test...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: As the hon. Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) will know, Dr Golshan said in evidence to the Select Committee: “My current project plan is that we establish a regime that intends to meet UK international obligations when we leave”. That is achievable. She said that there were challenges, but not that they were insurmountable. She added that she intended to “build upon...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I accept that there was a vast amount of legal argument on our membership, or not, of Euratom. Indeed, it is not a simple point. However, we have now triggered our leaving Euratom. The treaties are uniquely joined, so it is a fact that we have left Euratom and will no longer be members. As we go forward with negotiations, putting the word “contingent” into the Bill would create...

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

Rachel Maclean: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson). I rise to support the Bill. It is a key part of our Conservative philosophy to back responsible financial management, and the Bill contains measures to help individuals manage their finances responsibly, which is something we all support. It is important to acknowledge the great strides this...

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

Rachel Maclean: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. She made some excellent points in her speech, and I hope the Minister will consider them. Getting this right so that we treat the most vulnerable in our society well is at the heart of what this Government are doing, and we need to go further in this Bill, as well as through other measures. I urge the Minister to work closely with the Secretary of...

Private Sector Pensions (22 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: What action is my right hon. Friend taking in working with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to look at the conduct of the directors of Carillion in this regard? Specifically, following on from the point raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin), what can be done now to recover any of this money for the people affected?

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

Rachel Maclean: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the effect of Government investment in education on pupil outcomes since 2010.

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

Rachel Maclean: Thanks to the incredible hard work of staff, children and parents in Redditch, 92% of our secondary schools are currently rated outstanding. Receiving a great education in maths is critical to equipping children in Redditch for future jobs in the economy. What financial support is the Treasury giving to enable our children in Redditch to have that education?

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is evident that some of the largest graduate employers in the country are paying men and women different rates when they start in the workplace, and we know that the gender pay gap only widens as women progress through the workplace and reach the exalted ages of myself and some others. What more can the Government do to tackle this insidious issue?

Disability Confident Scheme — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson), who has given such a passionate account of his own personal experience. I have taken a lot from that and have been inspired to consider doing something similar in my constituency in Redditch. We have heard excellent contributions from all parties. The debate is very important and I am pleased we are...

NHS Winter Crisis (10 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The stories are indeed heartbreaking, and no one wants that for their constituents or their relatives. Will the shadow Secretary of State therefore recognise and welcome the investment that the Government have made in the units for elderly and frail people? As I have seen in my hospital, the Alex, that investment has made a massive difference. It is too early to tell whether that will solve...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that HMRC has been given all the funding it has asked for to be ready for Brexit? Doe he recognise that the Treasury has set aside a total £3 billion, that £400 million has gone to HMRC, that the negotiations are under way and that it will be given what it asks for to be ready on Brexit day?

NHS Winter Crisis (8 Jan 2018)

Rachel Maclean: May I thank all the staff at the Alex Hospital in Redditch for doing an amazing job this winter? The hospital and the trust have been in special measures. I thank the Minister for his interest in my hospital and for the additional Government funding to address winter pressures. It is making a difference, with encouraging early signs in the elderly and frail unit in particular.

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Rachel Maclean: I also congratulate my right hon. Friend the Minister on his statement and on his work, a lot of which is completely unseen by our constituents. My constituents in Redditch want to feel safe and secure at all times. We often see the high-profile plots—when those plots go tragically to plan, we all see the evil that is done on our streets—and we sometimes hear of the plots that are...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend touches on the critical point that, even as we leave the European Union, we must seek to cement our deep and special partnership on all these matters—and with our friends in the United States, too—because it is clear that these are the relationships that are keeping all our constituents safe, day in, day out. We cannot imagine what it must be like to work in the...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Rachel Maclean: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and I will return to the subject of my remarks, Madam Deputy Speaker. I also want to put on record the importance of education in our schools. We have heard Members from both sides of the House mention the work our schools do in talking to young people about terrorism and the sorts of extremist threats we are seeing in our communities. At this...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Rachel Maclean: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. She rightly celebrates that human spirit that is inside all of us. Sometimes it can take a tragic, awful, terrifying event to see the best of our human spirit shine forth. When I see that, I find it incredibly inspiring, and we should celebrate and recognise it. It is also relevant to mention, as my hon. Friend the Member for Broxbourne (Mr...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Rachel Maclean: The hon. Gentleman says that he will support the policy if it is accompanied by measures to increase supply. That is exactly what the Chancellor has introduced in the Budget, so will the hon. Gentleman support the measure, or is he against cutting stamp duty for first-time buyers?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend is talking about Scotland, but is he aware that, in the whole UK, while we reduced corporation tax from 28% to 19%, the amount collected has increased from £37 billion to £50 billion during the period 2010 to 2017. Will he comment on that as well?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Rachel Maclean: The hon. Gentleman is discussing the strictures and exhortations of my right hon. Friend the Member for Wokingham (John Redwood), who was then an Opposition Back Bencher. Surely the hon. Gentleman must recognise that it was the Labour party, in government, that deregulated the banks and took power away from the Bank of England. Whatever my right hon. Friend may or may not have said—he...


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