Results 1–20 of 198 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Rachel Maclean

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman) and the other contributors. I will keep my remarks short as many of my points I wish to make have already been made by colleagues. I want to bust the myth that we on the Conservative Benches are friends of nefarious bankers and bad people trying to swindle money out of the honest taxpayer. Nothing could be...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I am not making an accusation at all. I apologise if I have misrepresented the hon. Gentleman. I merely wish to make the point that I believe that banks must make a fair contribution, and that the Bill will enable them to do so. Through measures that we have introduced since we have been in government, £160 billion has been raised for the Exchequer.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend is right. The spectre of the Laffer curve raises its head yet again, but it is a fact that lowering the tax rate increases the tax take. That is a fact that we have observed time and time again, and it has benefited our economy.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I am sorry, but I cannot take any more interventions, because time is short. I hope that, when he winds up the debate, the Minister will touch on the important issues of cryptocurrencies and bitcoin which, I believe, are not currently covered by regulation. I think we would all like to be assured that the Treasury is ensuring that no loopholes can develop that might allow tax evasion and...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I can see that Madam Deputy Speaker is quite cross that we have moved off the point, so I return to the point that I do not support the new clause because I believe what the Government have put forward is already tackling the issues of tax avoidance and evasion, and those measures will ultimately benefit our economy and our constituents.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I am delighted that my hon. Friend, from his position of expertise, is reminding us of what a great record we have of collecting tax, rightly—tax that pays for schools, hospitals and police services up and down the country, as well as in Redditch, of course, which I care about the most. Does he agree that we have collected £12.5 billion more than if we had left the tax gap in the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: It is clear that we all take this matter extremely seriously. Earlier I intervened on the hon. Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler), who spoke from the Opposition Front Bench. She said that the Government have no teeth to act when companies do not publish the data. It is my understanding that the Government do have teeth to act. We have something called the Equality and Human Rights...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I appreciate that we are all concerned with driving equality across the country, but the Government clearly differ from the Opposition on how to achieve that. I am proud to be part of a Government who are one of the most progressive we have seen. Our record speaks for itself. It is not about slogans and words; it is about real progress and real change in people’s lives. That is what the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I return to the point that we are already publishing the analysis. The Treasury is working on looking at the impact of the policies across a whole range of levels. My main argument is that we need to look at what the Government have already delivered. As I said to my hon. Friend the Member for Faversham and Mid Kent (Helen Whately), more women are in work under this Government. That is real...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. As she says, the national living wage helps people from all sectors of society, including those with protected characteristics. Our record on these policies speaks for itself.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The hon. Lady is a passionate advocate for addressing the gender pay gap. I will come to the issues she raises shortly.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend really reinforces my point, which is that it is about putting pounds in the pockets of people up and down the country. That is what this Government have done, informed by fairness from the day that we came into office.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: I care passionately about addressing the gender pay gap. I chair the all-party parliamentary group for women in Parliament, which does cross-party work on this issue. There is a wider remit that Members on both side of the House take extremely seriously, especially in this—the Vote 100 year. The gender pay gap has been addressed by this progressive Conservative Government, who want to...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend is making a great point about our record on job creation. Does she also recognise that it is this Government who have overseen the greatest expansion of women in work since records began?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of certain provisions of this Act (21 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: The hon. Lady says that the Government have not made a clear commitment. Does she not agree that compelling companies in our country to publish gender pay gap information—the first time any Government have done that—is a very clear signal that is already making real change for women working in those companies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2018)

Rachel Maclean: In the light of the recent Vote 100 celebrations in this House and the launch of our Equalitea party in Redditch, supported by women and girls of all ages, will my right hon. Friend assure me that his international agendas are also supporting women and girls?

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.


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