Results 161–180 of 4945 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: We all have a great deal of respect for the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke). The Chancellor of the Exchequer will know that the Exchequer Secretary deals with taxes on vices, not on Google. I did my job in taxing vices when I was in the Treasury. The Chancellor will be judged on results. He has been in office for six years. Given that France is demanding 10 times...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I think the Chancellor has just agreed with Len McCluskey. The former Work and Pensions Secretary said this week that the Chancellor’s Brexit report should not be believed by anyone, and he branded the Chancellor “Pinocchio”, with his nose just getting longer and longer with every fib. Meanwhile, the general secretary of the TUC said that the Treasury report gives us...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: I am glad that the Chancellor agrees with Frances O’Grady, but it is a pity that he cannot get half his Back Benchers, and most of his own party, to agree with him. Given that the former Work and Pensions Secretary has just called the Prime Minister “disingenuous”, and that the former Tory Mayor of London has called him “demented”, I would not talk about Labour...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Last week, the former would-be leader, Michael Portillo, said of the Queen’s Speech: “After 23 years of careful thought about what they would like to do in power, and the answer is nothing…There is nothing they want to do with office or power…The government has nothing to do, nothing to say and thinks nothing.” Even this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: With 29 days to go until the most important decision this country has faced in a generation, we have before us a Government in utter chaos—split down the middle and at war with themselves. The stakes could not be higher, yet the Government are adrift at the mercy of their own rebel Back Benchers, unable to get their agenda through Parliament. Instead of providing the leadership the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (3 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: Two Select Committees of this House are now preparing to examine the collapse of BHS into administration last week, putting at risk 11,000 jobs. Sir Philip Green bought the company for £200 million, took hundreds of millions of pounds out of it in dividend payments for his own family and then sold it for £1 to a bankrupt with no retail experience. What does the Business Secretary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (3 May 2016)

Angela Eagle: That is good news and I certainly welcome the steps that the Business Secretary has taken. During Sir Philip Green’s stewardship of BHS, the pension fund went from a surplus to a black hole of £571 million. What options do the Government and the pensions regulator now have to ensure that Sir Philip Green pays his fair share of that huge liability? Does the Secretary of State agree...

BHS (25 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: I thank the Minister for her statement and for giving me early sight of it. Eleven thousand BHS staff will be desperately worried about their jobs today. BHS is a venerable British company, which has been a feature of our high streets for almost a century. I am sure Members on all sides of the House will hope that administrators will be successful in their attempts to sell BHS as a going...

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: I beg to move, That this House has considered Tata Steel’s decision to sell its UK steel operations; and action the Government is taking to secure the future of the UK steel industry. Mr Speaker, may I place on the record my thanks to you for granting this debate under Standing Order No. 24? Such debates are rare, but the situation facing the steel industry cannot be categorised as...

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: I will give way, but I must say that I will not give way as generously as I normally do, because this is a three-hour debate and it is really important that Members from steelmaking communities have their say.

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: We will judge the Government by their actions and their achievements rather than their words. The complete absence of either a manufacturing strategy or an industrial strategy has hampered the Government’s ability to think strategically about what is needed, and never has it been more urgent that the Business Secretary does so. This is urgent because on 29 March Tata announced it...

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: It is regrettable that there was not a recall of Parliament, but we are where we are, and we have this debate now, thanks to you, Mr Speaker. It is imperative to underline the fundamental importance of this industry for our economy and our country. Steel is a foundation industry. While it might make up just 1% of total manufacturing output, that output is crucial. I believe that our...

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I hope that the Secretary of State is taking note. The loss of our steel industry would worsen our already record-breaking trade deficit, which is now the worst since 1948. The value of the goods and services we import now exceeds the value of those that we export by £32.7 billion. The loss of steel and our current exports of steel combined with the...

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: What needs to be done is what is necessary to preserve, restructure and ensure the survival of our steel industry for the future. That is the Government’s job. We will be as supportive as we can—I shall set out some parameters later in my speech—but this is about the Government getting their act in order. The Opposition are holding the Government to account for their...

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: I hope that we will have the chance to hear about concrete action from the Government in this debate. I was talking about the costs to the community of letting steel fail. The costs to manufacturing and the economy are high, but the costs to the workers and their communities would be much higher. We very much welcome the recent commitment from the Business Secretary to do everything he can...

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: My hon. Friend makes a telling point, and I hope that the Government will connect those two things in their procurement efforts, so that we can make a real difference to the potential customer base for UK steel at this very difficult time.

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: I agree with my hon. Friend, and when we see the Chancellor travelling around China and asking the Chinese to bid for all these contracts, it is hard to avoid realising what is happening. Business rates represent a far higher cost for UK steel producers. There had been reports that the Government were planning to exempt plant and machinery from business rates, which EEF has described as a...

Tata and the Uk Steel Industry (11 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: I seek leave to propose that the House should debate a specific and important matter that should have our urgent attention, namely that the House has considered Tata Steel’s decision to sell its UK operations, and any action that the Government are taking to secure the future of the British steel industry. On 29 March, Tata announced that it would sell its entire British strip product...

Uk Steel Industry (11 Apr 2016)

Angela Eagle: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement and for giving me advance sight of it. I also welcome the good news today on the sale of the long products division at Scunthorpe after nine months of negotiations. I note that the Business Secretary is claiming this as a Government success. In fact, it is down to the hard work of the steel unions and the plant management, one of whom has said:...


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