Results 121–140 of 7635 for speaker:Sammy Wilson

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: Does the Minister accept that HMRC officials helped to service the Morse review, and restricted its grounds and parameters? The original of that review has not been disclosed, and we do not know how it was changed in the meantime. There are great doubts about whether or not the Morse review was ever an independent review, and ever came to conclusions that would have dealt with the issues and...

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I beg to move, That this House is deeply concerned that HMRC has confirmed the suicides of 10 people facing the Loan Charge and that, despite the Morse Review, thousands face unaffordable demands, with the risk of further suicides; notes that HMRC has also confirmed 24 cases of serious harm, including 13 suicide attempts; believes that many people who used schemes were victims of mis-selling,...

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I hope that the point I was making about Tony Lloyd was picked up. I want to pass on the condolences of our party to his family, and I pay tribute to the work he did as shadow Minister for Northern Ireland. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting the debate. It is a timely debate and I know that the many thousands of people across the United...

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: That is a point I want to come to. We are seeing that once again Ministers are turning a blind eye, and these lessons should be learned. Apart from two examples of Ministers that I can think of, one of whom—a former Minister—is present, Ministers turned a blind eye for years. We then had the result, but it was not until an ITV programme brought this matter to the nation as a whole that...

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: When I read the letter that the Minister sent to the joint chairs of the all-party group, he started by once again reminding us that “As you are aware, disguised remuneration schemes are contrived tax avoidance arrangements that seek to avoid Income Tax and National Insurance contributions”. It is almost like a warning: “Don’t be taking up these cases, because these are bad people...

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: Indeed, it is, and I will come to the issue of HMRC chasing the individuals, rather than the promoters.

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: Let me just make this point: it seems that HMRC is going after those whom it regards as easy targets. The promoters of the scheme have not paid one penny, despite the fact that they have made hundreds of millions of pounds from the schemes, have mis-sold them and have disappeared when there is any attempt to get at them. The promoters are not being pursued and, indeed, HMRC has admitted that...

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: The answer is easy: the victims are easy targets. They are the ones who are easy to chase. The promoters of the schemes have all kinds of means of defence. Many disappeared when they realised that they may well be pursued. This is the baffling thing, and maybe the Minister can explain it: if these schemes are designed as contrived ways of avoiding tax, why is HMRC not pursuing even some of...

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I intend to come on to that point. The parallels, as I say, are frightening. I ask myself this question and the Minister should be asking it of himself, too. In one, two, four, five or 10 years’ time, will we see the same embarrassment and see Ministers who parroted the Department’s line being asked the question, “Why did you not raise the alarm at the time? Why were the explanations...

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I am glad the hon. Gentleman agrees with everything I have said today. I think he has even dressed to show that agreement, with his red, white and blue outfit, and I appreciate that very much. Maybe he has become a Unionist as well—even for a day, that would be something of a miracle. Let us look at the role of HMRC and the approach it has taken. It has been rightly pointed out that there...

Loan Charge (18 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: That brings me to the very last point— I promise it is my last, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will simply list the points and other people can take them up and expand them later on. There are a number of issues the Minister must consider. First, while I have no evidence of this, we have been told that HMRC officials, just as Post Office officials were, are on commission for the money that they...

Northern Ireland: The Union (17 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: Every devious, deceitful and dishonest tactic is being used to try to bribe, bully and beat Unionists into accepting the Windsor framework and the Northern Ireland protocol, despite the impact it has on our citizenship and on the Union. It seems that the latest recruit is the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, the right hon. and learned Member for South Swindon (Sir Robert...

Energy Security and Net Zero: Oil and Gas Sector (16 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I welcome the fact that, belatedly, the Government have accepted that, despite their net-zero policies, the oil and gas industry is important for the future in the United Kingdom. Does the Minister recognise that to benefit from the oil and gas in the North sea that will be released by the new licensing regime, we need to have refinery capacity? There has been little, if any, investment in...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill: Clause 1 - Prohibition of export of livestock for slaughter (15 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I simply want to use the opportunity of Third Reading to emphasise the point I made on Second Reading and in Committee, as we come to the conclusion of the debate on this Bill. As a citizen of the United Kingdom, I represent people who believe that being a member of the United Kingdom means that the laws that apply should apply to them as well as to everybody else. I find it obnoxious that a...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill: Clause 1 - Prohibition of export of livestock for slaughter (15 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right that Northern Ireland is regarded as a place that has to be treated differently. As I said earlier, the irony is that there have not been any live exports from GB to outside GB since 2020. The Bill leaves out the part of the United Kingdom where animal welfare concerns should be highest, because, at present, we are the area of the United Kingdom that exports...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill: Clause 1 - Prohibition of export of livestock for slaughter (15 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: While the Minister is receiving accolades from the Members behind him for the work that he has done on animal welfare, may I express, on behalf of people in Northern Ireland, the disappointment that is felt about the fact that a Conservative and Unionist Government have not applied the same law to the place where most live animal exports come from? The Minister has not extended the animal...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill: Clause 1 - Prohibition of export of livestock for slaughter (15 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: The right hon. Gentleman said that the closure of the land bridge will make it less commercial for animals to be exported that way. I had a response from an agriculture Minister in Northern Ireland talking about the export of animals from Northern Ireland via Dublin and then on to Rosslare and Le Havre. He said: “Analysis by my officials has shown that calves exported from Northern Ireland...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill: Clause 1 - Prohibition of export of livestock for slaughter (15 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: Of course, my party tabled amendments to the Bill that cannot be discussed and decided on because of the House’s earlier decision about the instruction to include Northern Ireland in the scope of the Bill. We will support many of the amendments that have been tabled, because we believe that the scope of the Bill should be as wide as possible and that while it mentions specific animals,...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill: Clause 1 - Prohibition of export of livestock for slaughter (15 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, which I hope the Minister will listen to, because otherwise—despite all the amendments that have been tabled and that, if pushed to a vote, we will support—the problem will still exist, it will not have been addressed and the protection of animals that the Bill is designed to provide will not be fulfilled.


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