Results 181–200 of 4949 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Angela Eagle

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: The Government should certainly be leaving no stone unturned in encouraging UK steel to tender for any contract, especially as they boast about changing the procurement rules—in my experience, one has to do a lot more than that to make a real difference.

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: Okay, but just because I am intrigued about the hon. Gentleman’s rugby-playing days.

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: I am just getting the idea of a mixed rugby team out of my mind so that I can address the hon. Gentleman’s point. I think that it rather makes the point that the Government need to do more than just change technical criteria. They need to take a root-and-branch look at what is actually happening in our steel industry, and an industrial strategy would assist them in doing that. We need...

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: My hon. Friend makes a perfectly fair point. The Government should leave no stone unturned in order to maximise the chances of British steel companies bidding for these contracts successfully.

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: My hon. Friend has anticipated a point that I plan to make later in my speech. I certainly hope that there will be some good news on the catapult centre in the Budget, because we would certainly support that.

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: One of the first things we have to do is stop the tsunami of unfairly traded and dumped Chinese steel, which is preventing fair trade and competition in the market at the moment. The Opposition have had to drag this Government kicking and screaming to the House on no fewer than 12 occasions since 2014 to try to force them to turn their warm, sympathetic words on steel, which we all recognise...

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: Far be it from me to suggest that the Government should operate outside EU state aid rules; I simply do not think that they are being sufficiently inventive or creative with the rules as they are at the moment. Had they been more interested, perhaps we would not have had to drag them to the House 14 times to keep the pressure on.

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: Again, I agree. In this moment, we all have to do the most we can to preserve a future for the UK steel industry. Our motion calls on the Government to take tougher action to secure a level playing field for our industry by working in partnership with our European neighbours. As part of the largest economic bloc in the world, Britain is in a much stronger position to stand up to those who...

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: I am coming to that later in my remarks, but my hon. Friend is exactly right: all energy-intensive industries are affected, and ceramics is one of them. If they are accurate, I welcome the media reports from today’s European Union Competitiveness Council, which appears to have agreed that the Commission should accelerate anti-dumping action. I look forward to much more detail from the...

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: I was trying to make it very clear that we are talking about unfair trade—dumping. We are not talking about fair trade.

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: My hon. Friend is exactly right: we have to distinguish between free trade, fair trade and unfair trade, and what we face with Chinese steel imports is clearly unfair. Dumping is unfair, and it is threatening the very existence of the UK steel industry. Everyone in the House knows that once steel facilities have gone, they cannot easily be put back. We have to protect our industry’s...

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: We need to have an industrial strategy, and we have to ensure that imports into this country are appropriately priced and fairly traded.

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: My hon. Friend is exactly right. I could not agree more about the strategic importance of foundation industries, of which steel is a key one.

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: Exactly. My hon. Friend supports his constituents, and he knows exactly what is at stake if the Government fail to protect the fundamentals of this foundation industry.

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: This is the last time, but will hon. Members then please let me get on with my speech?

Uk Steel Industry (29 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: The hon. Gentleman has pointed out that, in some places in Europe, there may exist an industrial strategy, and we could do with one in this country. Far from fighting for the UK’s interests, as they would have us believe they are doing, the Government are actually a leading part of a group of EU countries that have moved to block reform of the lesser duty rule. Let us look at the record...

Enterprise Bill [Lords] (2 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Minister is spending time talking about provisions that no one but her has seen, because they are not in the Bill. How can that be in order?

Enterprise Bill [Lords] (2 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: I compliment the Business Secretary on one thing at least, and that is the title of this Bill. Just listen to how it sounds when you say it aloud, Madam Deputy Speaker: the Enterprise Bill. It sounds important, dynamic, even exciting. To me, that is the title of a Bill that should be heralding a huge change in how we do business in this country. In time, it ought to be one of those Acts of...

Enterprise Bill [Lords] (2 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: I am now rather embarrassed that I gave way to the hon. Gentleman. Hon. Members should make no mistake: our economy faces huge challenges. We have a current account deficit made up primarily of the country’s deficit of imports in relation to exports. That now stands at 5.1% of GDP, which is higher than at any point in peacetime since 1830. We also have an export target that the...

Enterprise Bill [Lords] (2 Feb 2016)

Angela Eagle: The hon. Gentleman mentions the apprenticeship levy, but it will have to be paid by the public sector, which is being squeezed very hard by Government cuts, so there is no explanation of where the money will come from—if the hon. Gentleman has one, he can stand up and give it to the House now. [Interruption.] Well, the Bill amends the Industrial Development Act 1982 in an entirely...


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