Results 3101–3120 of 3176 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Policing ( 4 Nov 2015)

Huw Merriman: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to speak in this important debate on policing. Prior to my election to this place, I served as a district councillor for eight years and interacted regularly with Sussex police in that role. Back in 2010, when Sussex police announced plans to make efficiency savings of £50 million over the following four years, many in my...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Policing ( 4 Nov 2015)

Huw Merriman: On savings, according to the chief constable of Sussex, the last savings term delivered not only efficiency but reductions in crime—for example, by merging arrest units with detection units. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is a question not just of how much money is spent, but of how well it is spent?

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions(Rate Ceilings) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (27 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: To turn the question from the hon. Member for Middlesbrough on its head, does the Treasury keep estimates of how the stability that this gives business will benefit the economy?

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions(Rate Ceilings) Bill: Examination of Witness (27 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: This question is linked to previous questions on the fund. Perhaps using your expertise, would you tell us what steps have been taken to ensure that the fund’s 16.7% threshold is maintained?

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions(Rate Ceilings) Bill: Examination of Witness (27 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: May I further ask whether you agree with the Government Actuary that a subsidy from the Treasury will be required this year? If you do agree, do you have a view on how big this would need to be?

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions(Rate Ceilings) Bill: Examination of Witness (27 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: In a way, you have just touched on this, but to be absolutely clear, how much money from the fund do you think will be required to maintain it above the threshold for the remainder of the Parliament? I know that is perhaps a little more into the future.

Standing Orders (Public Business) (22 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his courtesy in giving way. I understood that the Labour party supported devolution, but all I have heard is a line-by-line review—no veto, therefore no devolution for English voters.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (20 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: I have the greatest concern for anyone who loses out and finds that these measures have an impact on their household budget. I came into this place not to reduce incomes but to see them increase. However, in making good our manifesto commitment, savings in Government spending were always going to have to be made, with a proportion of our population unfortunately being affected by the need to...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (20 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: I will not give way just now. In 1998, the amount spent by the Labour Government on tax credits was £6 billion. That figure rocketed to £30 billion by 2010. Three of our largest supermarket chains have employees who claim tax credits to the tune of almost £800 million. I contend that it is not for Government or taxpayers as a whole to contribute a portion of pay, but for employers to pay...

[Andrew Percy in the Chair] — Immigration (19 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the debate, Mr Walker, and welcome the public engagement that has caused it to be held. It is right that we discuss matters on which significant numbers of constituents have expressed concerns to the House, and that we have the opportunity to allay the concerns and fears that have clearly manifested themselves in the language used in the...

[Andrew Percy in the Chair] — Immigration (19 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: I agree. It should not be British jobs for British workers, but jobs for all workers. I was brought up on the idea that people have to compete and work hard. Somebody who is looking to employ would expect that from a worker, and they would look at it before looking at their nationality. None the less, I want to support our native employment market. I encourage those people to take a leaf out...

Women and Equalities: Redcar Steelworks (15 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: I wish to convey my sympathies to the community in Redcar following this devastating news, but I would mention that the steel price has almost halved in the last year, China now produces 50% of steel, whereas in 2000 that figure was 15%, and the number of jobs has reduced under successive Governments. Is not the key thing now, on a cross-party basis, to deliver this retraining and bring more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Crime Commissioners (12 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: What assessment she has made of the effectiveness of police and crime commissioners.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Crime Commissioners (12 Oct 2015)

Huw Merriman: Rother District Council is one of only 17 remaining local authorities that have not decriminalised on-street parking offences, meaning that the Sussex police and crime commissioner is required to provide police resources to ticket cars that stay longer than two hours in a bay. Will the Minister consider freeing up police resources by requiring those remaining local authorities that enforce in...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 8 - Annual investment allowance (17 Sep 2015)

Huw Merriman: That said, taking into account fluctuations over the years and the fact that it was a two-year stimulus, does the hon. Lady agree that the key part to the provision is that it is permanent, thus allowing businesses to plan in the way she advocates should be the way forward?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill (15 Sep 2015)

Huw Merriman: I warmly support the provisions in the Bill to enshrine the level of contributions for national insurance. This measure, together with the commitment made earlier this year not to raise income tax, was an essential part of my party’s general election manifesto, and I am pleased to see the legislative effect being enacted. I am passionate about my Government’s pledge to give people the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill (15 Sep 2015)

Huw Merriman: Not at all. Perhaps I can come on to deal with that by considering the macro levers the Government will have over this term, which will give a real boost to the economy, and other matters where it might be right to leave things open. I was talking about the need to create jobs, which is what is essential here. Jobs change lives, creating hope, aspiration and well-being for all of our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill (15 Sep 2015)

Huw Merriman: I absolutely agree with that. I recall that five years ago there were howls of derision when the Government announced that they would seek to create one new job in the private sector for every one public sector job lost. At the end of the five-year period I believe that the actual figure was five for every one. We had great success, and it shows that we are the Government who can manage the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill (15 Sep 2015)

Huw Merriman: I fully agree with that point and I think I can link it to the one made previously by the SNP. This Government have a commitment ultimately to reduce the deficit and run a surplus by 2020, and that requires some changes and some levelling in taxes. The key thing is to look at which taxes we use: which taxes will have to increase to pay back some of the debt and which ones can be cut, because...


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