Results 141–160 of 447 for speaker:Abena Oppong-Asare

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 68 - Statements for business customers (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: The clause sets out the requirement for the PPT statement on certain invoices. The only point I want to make is to urge the Treasury and HMRC to work with businesses to ensure that they understand the requirement and implement it with the least burden possible.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 51 - Plastic packaging components intended for export (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: As we are now getting into some of the more technical details of the plastic packaging tax, I shall keep my remarks brief. Clause 52 makes a number of sensible exemptions from the tax, including for packaging of medicines or other medical products. We welcome this exemption, of course, but it would be good to have reassurance from the Minister that the list of exemptions will be kept as short...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 54 - The register (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Again, I have relatively little to say on the clauses, which in this case relate to registration. I do note that firms do not have to register or pay the tax if they manufacture or import less than 10 tonnes of plastic packaging. Is the Minister concerned that that is quite a sharp threshold, whereby producing just over 10 tonnes could bring a firm into the scope of the tax? Has the Treasury...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 54 - The register (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I appreciate that the Government are looking into this to ensure that businesses are ready, but I would like a bit more clarification on what they are doing to monitor that businesses are registered.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 47 - Chargeable plastic packaging components (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Plastic packaging tax (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Sir Gary—for the second time this week for me. I begin my discussion of the plastic packaging tax by saying that we welcome the new tax in principle. As members of the Committee can see, we have tabled a number of amendments to the clauses in this part of the Bill. We hope to encourage the Government to make improvements where they are needed....

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 47 - Chargeable plastic packaging components (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I beg to move amendment 20, in clause 47, page 26, line 4, at end insert— “(6) Before making regulations under subsection (5), the Commissioners must consult— (a) industry representatives, (b) environmental NGOs, and (c) any other relevant individuals or organisations.”

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 47 - Chargeable plastic packaging components (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I rise to speak to amendment 20 and new clause 12, as well as to the Government clauses. Clause 47 sets out the plastic packaging tax that will be charged on plastic packaging in which less than 30% of the plastic is recycled. Again, we are concerned that the Government’s ambition is too low. The UK plastic cap is already targeting an average of 30% recycled content across all plastic...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Centene (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that Centene upholds NHS standards of healthcare in the GP practices it operates in England.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 87 - Temporary Period For Reduced Rates On Residential Property (20 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: This has been a good debate, and I too thank Members on both sides of the House for their contributions. Members on both sides have spoken on behalf of their constituents about the impact of the stamp duty holiday, the challenges of buying a home and the need for more action to make affordable housing a reality. As I said in my opening contribution, the Opposition simply do not believe that...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 87 - Temporary Period For Reduced Rates On Residential Property (20 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I beg to move amendment 81, in page 49, leave out lines 14 to 27. This amendment would mean that the Stamp Duty Land Tax (Temporary Relief) Act 2020 no longer applies to additional dwellings.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 87 - Temporary Period For Reduced Rates On Residential Property (20 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to speak for the Opposition on this group of amendments and new clauses relating to stamp duty. I rise to speak on those in my name and those of my right hon. and hon. Friends. Amendment 81 will prevent the extension of stamp duty holiday from being used for second homes, buy-to-lets and investment properties. New clause 26 would require the Government to review the...

Elected Women Representatives: Online Abuse — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (20 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Paisley. I thank the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) for securing the debate. When I gave my maiden speech in the House, I made a promise to my constituents that when I saw injustice, I would turn anger into action. What is the point of our being here today if that is not our aim? I do that to the best of my ability. When I...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 109 - Designation of freeport tax sites (19 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to speak for the Opposition on the clauses relating to freeports. I will speak to new clause 25 in my name and the names of my hon. and right hon. Friends. Before I turn to the detail of our new clauses in this group, I would like to say a little about Labour’s position on freeports and regional economic policy more generally. Labour wants to see good new jobs created in...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 109 - Designation of freeport tax sites (19 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I thank the Minister. I will approach that later in my speech, so I thank him for already guessing what I was going to say. We really need some honesty and transparency from the Government on this. The estimates of the job creation benefits of freeports made by their advocates so far have been flimsy to say the least. We also need a proper assessment of the risk of job displacement. If...

Black Maternal Healthcare and Mortality — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (19 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Gary. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) for bringing this e-petition debate on black maternity healthcare and mortality before the House. I also thank Tinuke and Clo, the founders of the Five X More campaign, who have been fighting to get this issue taken seriously. Other Members have...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold: Ground Rent (19 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any exclusions will apply to the proposed changes to enable leaseholders to have the right to extend their lease by a maximum of 990 years at zero ground rent.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold: Ground Rent (19 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish an estimate of costs to leaseholders other than legal fees of extending their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero ground rent.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: St Vincent and the Grenadines: Volcanoes (19 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what (a) financial, (b) logistical and (c) military support the Government is providing to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in response to the recent volcanic eruptions in that nation.

Backbench Business: Covronavirus, Disability and Access to Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (15 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. I thank the right hon. Member for Romsey and Southampton North (Caroline Nokes) and her Committee for producing such an important report and for securing this debate. I welcome the Committee’s approach to looking at the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010....


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