Results 181–200 of 2258 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Burden

[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] — London Black Cabs (15 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and without wanting to stray from the focus of the debate, I hope to say one or two words about that in a while. He was also right in his earlier intervention about the need for consistency in regulation across the piece, which has to be founded on principles. My right hon. Friend the Member for Tooting made the point, quite correctly, that we have a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: The right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood) said earlier that when unions and employers work together, results are achieved. That being the case, why does the Secretary of State want to overrule agreements made freely between unions and public sector employees about the appropriate amount of time that should be spent on union duties?

Business of the House (10 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: Will the Leader of the House ask the Prime Minister to come to the House next week to report back on his meetings this week with Prime Minister Netanyahu? When the Prime Minister does so, will he specifically address the questions he has asked Prime Minister Netanyahu and the responses he has received from him pursuant to recommendations 2 and 5 of the United Nations Human Rights Council...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: I beg to move, That this House has considered funding for West Midlands Police. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Crausby. I am grateful to have secured this debate. I begin by expressing my thanks to the officers and staff of West Midlands police, who do an extraordinary job under immense pressure. As the largest force outside London, West Midlands police are the people...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is right: West Midlands police really has been hit disproportionately. For example, compare West Midlands police with Surrey police, which has seen its total income fall by 12%. As my hon. Friend said, West Midlands police has already lost 23%, despite recorded crime having risen in the west midlands and fallen in Surrey. The cap on council tax rises, along with the huge costs...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: The right hon. Gentleman is quite right—that is what I touched on earlier. The fact that we start with a lower council tax base means that we are more reliant on the central Government grant, so it is much harder to mitigate or to compensate for the effect of flat-rate cuts. I will come to crime levels, particularly the levels for different kinds of crimes, in a minute.

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: My right hon. Friend is quite right about that. I will mention some of the specific demands on West Midlands police in a little while, but he is absolutely right to draw attention to counter-terrorism work. In addition to the issue of council tax, the west midlands is also hit doubly hard by how formula damping works. In brutal terms, such damping prevents the region from receiving the...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend is right on both points. First, the impact of formula damping is a problem. Everyone seems to recognise that, but then nothing is done about it, so I hope that the Minister will reassure us on that. Secondly—I hope that the Minister will say something about this as well—the current consultation is also important, because some of the scenarios could hit the west...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: I will say two things in response to the right hon. Gentleman. First, tackling the question of the precept and the relative level of the council tax base is a long-term issue. It raises fundamental questions about how much it is legitimate to raise locally, as opposed to being dependent on central Government grants, when funding local government and other local services. That brings with it...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: That is saying perhaps a little more bluntly what I meant when I said that we are where we are. The Government must listen to the implications of their own policies. My hon. Friend mentioned referendums. Let us say that we in the west midlands decided that, as the Government will not change their mind, despite our low council tax precept and so on, we should have a referendum. Where would...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: I hope that it was clear from what I said at the outset that if a region has higher needs and a lower capacity to meet those needs locally, an important part of which is the level of the council tax precept, the Government should not ignore that problem. The formula should take account of that kind of thing, and the support should reflect the region’s needs and its lower capacity to...

West Midlands Police (Funding) — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (9 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: My hon. Friend makes a good point about the costs of referendums. I am concerned that the Government’s proposals fail to take into account the multiple and complex demands on policing in the UK’s second largest city and the wider west midlands region. My constituency of Birmingham, Northfield, part of the Birmingham south local police unit, has recently seen a wave of high-profile...

Bill Presented — Devolution (London) Bill: Refugee Crisis in Europe (8 Sep 2015)

Richard Burden: The Home Secretary is clearly right about Britain’s record, both on reaching 0.7% and on the camps in Syria and surrounding areas. However, she will know that there is still a crisis of funding in those areas. The World Food Programme, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and others are talking about the strains on their resources to deal not only with the Syrian crisis, but with...

Severn Bridges (Tolls) — [Mr James gray in the Chair] (21 Jul 2015)

Richard Burden: I think that the Minister may inadvertently have misunderstood my hon. Friend’s question. She was not asking him when the Government will make their final decision; we understand that that will take some time. She was asking for a timetable or road map of the process whereby decisions will be made. Who will be talked to at which stage? Which agenda items will be discussed at which...

Severn Bridges (Tolls) — [Mr James gray in the Chair] (21 Jul 2015)

Richard Burden: I add my congratulations to those that have been given to my hon. Friend the Member for Newport East (Jessica Morden) on securing this important debate and on her years of tireless campaigning on the issue. The same is true of other hon. Members, some of whom we have heard from today, including the Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T. C. Davies), who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy (20 Jul 2015)

Richard Burden: When the Defence Secretary sits down at the end of the statement, will he reflect on whether some of his answers have been a little too casual in addressing the serious concerns that have been expressed about the use of embedded forces without the Government first volunteering that information? The House wants the Government to be straight with it, and to be proactive in doing so. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Low-emission Vehicles (16 Jul 2015)

Richard Burden: Figures published this week show the scale of the air quality challenge that faces London, in addition to the carbon dioxide challenge that faces us all, and other towns and cities have similar challenges ahead. Why, in the Budget, did the Chancellor impose a financial penalty on hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, putting them in the same band as cars with far higher emissions? Is it not...

UN Independent Commission of Inquiry (Gaza) — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (8 Jul 2015)

Richard Burden: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) on making a balanced introduction to the debate. Because of the time constraints, I will not respond to the speeches of the hon. Members for Hendon (Dr Offord) and for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) other than to say this: it might be worth it for them to listen to...

Superfast Broadband — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (24 Jun 2015)

Richard Burden: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate. I should like to press him on urban “not spots”. Often, the most isolated areas actually have good broadband coverage where the commercial contracts have worked, but little bits are left, often in residential areas, and we cannot even get the commercial firms to be transparent about where those areas are, let alone do what...

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Richard Burden: I congratulate the hon. Member for Sherwood (Mark Spencer) on securing this debate. The Minister will understand that feeling on this issue runs deep across both the east and west midlands. The feeling is cross-party, and it will not go away. It is vital that something happens on regional broadcasting in the Government’s negotiations on charter renewal; it must not be something that is...


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