Results 1–20 of 398 for speaker:Chris Loder

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Natural England: Dorset Wildlife Trust (20 May 2024)

Chris Loder: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much Natural England paid the Dorset Wildlife Trust for land in the last three years.

Written Answers — Treasury: VAT Exemptions (20 May 2024)

Chris Loder: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses are VAT exempt in each region of the UK.

Written Answers — Treasury: VAT Exemptions (20 May 2024)

Chris Loder: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses do not meet the VAT threshold in (a) the UK and (b) in each region of the UK.

Written Answers — Treasury: VAT Exemptions (20 May 2024)

Chris Loder: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses (a) do not meet the VAT threshold and (b) have profits over £45,000 in (i) the UK and (ii) in each region of the UK.

Treasury: Green Book ( 7 May 2024)

Chris Loder: Whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of its guidance entitled “The Green Book.”

Treasury: Green Book ( 7 May 2024)

Chris Loder: I represent a rural constituency in Dorset in the south-west of England. My right hon. Friend will know that it is important to me and my colleagues in the region that the Government give due consideration to the south-west when it comes to allocating funds and investment opportunities to it. Typically, the Green Book has not adequately allocated funds in favour of Dorset and neighbouring...

Hospice Funding (22 Apr 2024)

Chris Loder: It is a pleasure to contribute to the debate. I note that Dorset is well represented, as my constituency neighbour and hon. Friend the Member for South Dorset (Richard Drax) is also here. There are few charities more cherished by people in West Dorset than Weldmar Hospicecare. The Weldmar hospice in Dorchester must be one of the most—if not the most—respected and cherished hospices in...

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Energy: Social Tariffs (19 Mar 2024)

Chris Loder: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of launching a consultation on the introduction of a social energy tariff.

Defence Acquisition Reform (28 Feb 2024)

Chris Loder: My hon. Friend will know full well that I am a huge advocate of Leonardo Helicopters in the neighbouring Yeovil constituency, which is the home of British helicopters as the only end-to-end helicopter supply chain manufacturer in the United Kingdom. I welcome today’s statement, and I very much welcome his statement earlier in the week about the New Medium Helicopter procurement, but could...

Local Government Finance ( 7 Feb 2024)

Chris Loder: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way. I appreciate the point she makes and agree with much of what she says. I just wanted to briefly say—

Local Government Finance ( 7 Feb 2024)

Chris Loder: It is a pleasure to contribute to this debate, which for me is the highlight of the parliamentary calendar. Relentlessly, year after year, I have contributed to the debate with great fondness. Last year, I remember vividly the Under-Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, my hon. Friend and next-door neighbour the Member for North Dorset (Simon Hoare), advocating, from...

Local Government Finance ( 7 Feb 2024)

Chris Loder: I thank the hon. Lady very much for her intervention. She and I are frequently in Westminster Hall debating these matters with great passion and vigour. I know that she feels as strongly as I do about these matters, but it will probably come as no surprise to her to hear that I do not agree with her conclusion. Previous Conservative administrations who ran Somerset Council left a considerable...

Local Government Finance ( 7 Feb 2024)

Chris Loder: I have not quite finished replying to the hon. Lady’s previous intervention. I would like further to put into context the contrast between the finances of Somerset and Dorset. Last year, we in Dorset received just £700,000 in revenue support grants; Somerset received £8 million. Our social care grant last year was £22 million; in Somerset, it was £39 million. The high needs block...

Local Government Finance ( 7 Feb 2024)

Chris Loder: The reality is that the Liberal Democrats are not delivering on the Conservative legacy. That is clear for all to see, especially those who live in Yeovil and Taunton. It will hurt people financially, as they will see hundreds of pounds extra on their council tax because of having a Liberal Democrat administration rather than a Conservative one. My constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend the...

Local Government Finance ( 7 Feb 2024)

Chris Loder: The hon. Gentleman mentions audited accounts. Does he have an opinion on the audit of Plymouth City Council’s accounts? I was delighted to go to Plymouth on Friday, and debated the matter with the Labour leader of the council. It is clear that the Labour council’s accounts have not been able to be audited, because there is a question mark over £70 million being moved from capital spend...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Paula Vennells (15 Jan 2024)

Chris Loder: To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what role Paula Vennells had in advising the Commissioners after 2019; and which committees she attended.

Three and Vodafone: Potential Merger (14 Dec 2023)

Chris Loder: I think my right hon. Friend is agreeing that some of Ofcom’s assumptions on coverage are a little questionable. Given that the universal service obligation is based on those assumptions, can he help us to push hard to get that resolved? It is negatively affecting so many people in rural areas, who are being told on a map that they are getting a reasonably good signal, but in reality are not.

Three and Vodafone: Potential Merger (14 Dec 2023)

Chris Loder: It is a pleasure to be called in this debate. How pleased I am to follow the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Liam Byrne). I offer my belated congratulations on his appointment to the Business and Trade Committee and endorse his comments on the security nature of the potential effects on this country. However, my remarks will be channelled more to understanding the potential...

Three and Vodafone: Potential Merger (14 Dec 2023)

Chris Loder: I thank the hon. Member for his kind intervention. He almost takes the words out of my mouth, as I go on to the next part of my speech. The case that is being put, as I understand it from the brief received from both Vodafone and Three, is that the merger will support increasing amounts of investment. They go on to say further that the merger will generate £700 million of savings. When we...

Three and Vodafone: Potential Merger (14 Dec 2023)

Chris Loder: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his kind intervention. The right hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill made a lot of those points, along with my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest East (Sir Julian Lewis), and I agreed with them earlier in my speech. This area needs much greater scrutiny. I remember not long after first coming to this House a few years ago, we had considerable...


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