Results 101–120 of 2486 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Graham Stuart

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate. I stood here a month ago and said that now was the time for the rural voice to be heard. A month on, I am pleased to say that the rural voice has spoken and has been heeded, at least to some extent. I pay tribute to the way in which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has conducted the consultation, making time for colleagues in all parts...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: I expect that my right hon. Friend and I will always be on the same side on such matters. He is right in what he says. One of the most important aspects of the settlement—the promise to look again fully at the needs of local government—is not actually in the settlement, and it is long overdue. As my right hon. Friend has just said, when the facts change, sometimes my opinions do,...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: Some of the hon. Lady’s colleagues deny that the people in rural areas are older, on average, than those in urban areas. They shouted “Rubbish!” just moments ago when I asserted that, even though the shadow Minister acknowledged it in his speech in January. People are, on average, older in rural areas, and the hon. Lady is clearly unaware of—or, like too many of her...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend, who has been a champion of the rural interest, along with so many other colleagues, in arguing for a fair settlement. In the rural fair share campaign, which has always been a cross-party campaign, we have been clear that we want something that is fair to all. The reason I have been so confrontational with Labour colleagues is that I am starting to hear the...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend is right about the fundamental needs reassessment and he is right to congratulate the Secretary of State, but does he share my disappointment that, repeatedly in January, the Opposition spokesman refused to sign up to closing the gap?

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: The hon. Gentleman is making a powerful speech, but I think that it is factually incorrect. As he will know, rural areas tend to have the oldest populations, yet when this Prime Minister came to power, there was a 50% premium going to urban councils with much younger populations. Whatever the future might have held for them, they were not old then and they did not have the need. Rural areas...

Police Grant Report (England and Wales): Local Government Finance (England) (10 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: My right hon. Friend maintains a soft and genuine manner, which I admire, but I am made furious by the interventions by Labour Members, because when in power they skewed the whole system. They could not find a way to put the money into Labour areas without coming up with a falsehood. They put density into the formula at four times the weighting of sparsity, when there was no evidence...

Local Government Finance (8 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: I join colleagues in thanking the Secretary of State for the manner in which he carried out the consultation. Further to the remarks of the Scottish National party representative, the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss), who suggested that rural areas were richer than urban areas, the opposite is true: average earnings are higher in urban than in rural areas, and council tax is...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Tax Avoidance and Multinational Companies (3 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: The shadow Chancellor said that he would set out his ideas, and I had hoped that he would talk about a more revolutionary change to the methods of taxation. With the massed ranks of corporate lawyers put up against national tax jurisdictions, it is an uneven battle, so perhaps we need some more radical thinking altogether.

Financial Conduct Authority (1 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: I wonder whether there has been a reduction in small companies. Heavy regulation often favours larger organisations, so it cuts out the entrepreneurial and small business in a market town in my constituency above a shop, while it favours the large companies, which then gouge the public for higher fees. Does my hon. Friend agree?

Financial Conduct Authority (1 Feb 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend is making a strong case for the role of the FCA in terms of systemic, high-level regulation, but does he think it is fit for purpose in protecting consumers, entrepreneurs and individuals who, from that high level, might not look so important?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Fuels: Renewable Sources (28 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: What recent assessment his Department has made of when the UK will meet its target in the EU renewable energy directive of 10% of its transport fuels coming from renewable sources.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Fuels: Renewable Sources (28 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: There has been a £400 million investment in the Vivergo Fuels plant in my constituency, supporting 4,000 jobs. Does he agree that the most cost-effective way of meeting our transport emissions targets is to increase the share of bioethanol in our petrol?

Childcare Bill [Lords] Bill: New Clause 2 — Attainment and development of children (25 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the greatest achievements of the last five years has been the reduction in the number of workless households? Research shows the scarring, long-term negative effect that research they have on children. This is another step to build on the already strong foundations we have put in place to make sure that fewer children are brought up in workless...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Quality in Careers Standard (25 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: If she will make it her policy to require all schools to work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance recognised by the quality in careers standard.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Quality in Careers Standard (25 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: It was great to hear at the weekend that the Secretary of State was going to act to give further education colleges and apprenticeship providers access to our schools, but the central challenge in the careers space is the lack of incentives for schools to play with when they have so many high incentives in relation to exams. Will the Secretary of State change Government guidance to introduce...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Will the Minister deal with one of the practical points made by my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh)? Those who wish to teach in this extremist way will effortlessly elude any regulation system that we set up. We will therefore have an expensive and burdensome system that captures so many organisations, but does not capture the very organisations that we need to...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) referred earlier to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Charedi Talmud Torah Tashbar school in Stamford Hill, which apparently operated illegally for 40 years. The Department for Education, Ofsted, local authorities and others need to enforce the existing law before they are capable of extending it elsewhere. Let us enforce the existing law...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Out-of-school Education Settings (20 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Stick to the point. Stop this political partisan stuff.


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