Results 81–100 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') (speaker:Kevin Hollinrake OR speaker:Kevin Hollinrake OR speaker:Kevin Hollinrake)

Backbench Business: Second Homes and Holiday Lets: Rural Communities — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (6 Jan 2022)

Kevin Hollinrake: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma, and I thank the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron) for having secured this important debate. It was good to hear him speak in favour of free markets: that is not something we always hear from his party, so it was very welcome. However, I agree with him that we are in a broken market. I must draw the House’s...

Backbench Business: Second Homes and Holiday Lets: Rural Communities — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (6 Jan 2022)

Kevin Hollinrake: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on having secured this important debate. He has mentioned that his local authority has brought forward some affordable housing—I cannot remember the number he said—but that it was all rented. The Government have created a new scheme, the first homes scheme, to allow discounted properties to be purchased as affordable homes. Is the hon. Gentleman pursuing...

Covid-19: Government Support for Business (16 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I welcome the fact that the Minister and the Chancellor are meeting those in the hospitality sector this afternoon. There is no doubt that they are suffering because of some of the mixed messages we have heard in the past few days. The obvious places to help them would be by looking at VAT again, potentially reducing it back to the 5% rate until the end of March, and at the recovery loan...

Transport: East-west Rail Connections: North England (16 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: What steps he is taking to help improve east-west rail connections in the north of England.

Transport: East-west Rail Connections: North England (16 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. The integrated rail plan contains many good things, but a significant improvement would be an improved direct connection between Bradford and Manchester. There are ways to do it without significantly increasing the overall £96 billion budget. Will my hon. Friend meet me to discuss the opportunities?

Transport: Topical Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Transport: Topical Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: The dualling of the A64 was first mooted in The Yorkshire Post in 1905, since when it has been promised and cancelled several times, despite being much needed. Its delivery would massively reduce the journey time between York, Malton, Pickering, Scarborough and Filey. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on plans to dual the A64?

Greenwashing in Finance — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (14 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I beg to move, That this House has considered tackling greenwashing in finance. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Kensington (Felicity Buchan), who has passed responsibility for this debate to me as she is unable to attend. Subject to the House’s confirmation this evening, I am happy to say that I will replace her...

Post Office Historical Shortfall Scheme (14 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: The Minister makes a fair point, but so does the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones). The scheme excludes those who took part in the group litigation. That is entirely unfair and unjust. Lee Castleton, who is not one of my constituents but somebody I have tried to help through a third party, got £28,000 in compensation but he lost more than £400,000. That is simply unfair and...

Post Office Historical Shortfall Scheme (14 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: If the estimate is £300 million and there are 2,300 applications, that is £130,000 each. Lee Castleton got £28,000. The constituent of the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) got £20,000. That just cannot be right.

Post Office Historical Shortfall Scheme (14 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for securing the debate. What he says is absolutely right, and the scheme almost entirely mirrors what we did with Lloyds bank. We asked the bank to mark its own homework in opening a compensation scheme, which proved to be a complete travesty. It has to be completely redone, at a cost of hundreds of millions of pounds to Lloyds, and it has obviously caused...

Subsidy Control Bill: New Clause 1 - Exemption: agriculture (13 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: Does the hon. Lady not agree that the problem with amendment 16—the net zero amendment —is judging what is consistent with the net zero commitments? I have a Westminster Hall debate tomorrow —at 4 o’clock if anybody has nothing better to do and wants to tune in. On greenwashing, for example, it is incredibly difficult to ascertain what complies with net zero when there is so much...

Subsidy Control Bill: New Clause 1 - Exemption: agriculture (13 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I rise to speak briefly in support of the amendments tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Weston-super-Mare (John Penrose). I will particularly address amendments 1 and 8, which are about something brutally simple: scrutiny and transparency. The Government are rightly approaching this through their obligation to meet the competition requirements of the European Union. For that purpose,...

Subsidy Control Bill: New Clause 1 - Exemption: agriculture (13 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: My hon. Friend makes a strong point about armchair auditors in particular. As soon as the US published all loans of $150,000 under the paycheck protection program—its version of the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme—$30 billion was paid straight back to the US Treasury on the basis that companies did not want that visibility. It was not that money was taken...

Subsidy Control Bill: New Clause 1 - Exemption: agriculture (13 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Lady makes some very fair points, but to be fair to the Government there are requirements under clause 37(6) for the business to keep records of the subsidies received and report them. That is probably in many ways more practical. That subsidy might be given to all kinds of different subsidiaries of that particular enterprise and therefore, even if she wanted local authorities to...

Subsidy Control Bill: New Clause 1 - Exemption: agriculture (13 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: Clause 37(6) states: “The enterprise must keep a written record detailing— (a) that it has received a subsidy, and (b) the date on which it was given, and (c) the gross value amount of the assistance.” That to me indicates that it must keep a full record of what it has received.

Subsidy Control Bill: New Clause 1 - Exemption: agriculture (13 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: The Secretary of State is not necessarily an interested party, which is why he needs to be named in here; he might not be affected. The hon. Lady’s point about being directly or indirectly affected is covered under clause 70(7), which says that an interested party means “a person whose interests may be affected”. That could be directly or indirectly, surely.

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I was surprised to learn that child benefit ceases at the age of 16 for somebody starting an apprenticeship. That is clearly a disincentive for some parents to recommend that their children follow that route. Will my right hon. Friend look at this policy and consider making changes?

Antimicrobial Resistance (7 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I thank my hon. Friend the Minister. As I said earlier, she has always been a passionate champion of this subject, long before she was an excellent Health Minister. AMR is quite an esoteric issue. Most hon. Members, as we can tell from the attendance, are not particularly concerned about or aware of the problem. I was only made aware of the issue because a charity in my constituency,...

Antimicrobial Resistance (7 Dec 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Gentleman is making a very good speech, and he makes a good point about the pig sector. I am sure he will be aware that the reduction in antibiotic use in the pig sector has not affected yields at all, which demonstrates that things can be done more sustainably, and can be better for the environment, without affecting the economics of farming.


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