Results 141–160 of 2912 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Gwynne

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: Will the hon. Lady to let me answer the Minister’s intervention before I take another? I am grateful to hear that from the Minister, and we will hold the Government to account to ensure that that intervention takes place. As he knows, we are all here to ensure that improvements happen, and if he has given a commitment from the Dispatch Box that he will use his ministerial position to ensure...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for that intervention, because, of course, it was not just the Government who did that. I do not know whether she was a remainer or a leaver, but it would be remiss of the House, whatever our views on Brexit, not to acknowledge the involvement of the European Commission in funding some of the roll-out of this infrastructure and technology. It has come not just...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: I am afraid that I have upset the hon. Gentleman by mentioning the word “Europe”.

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I am not saying that everything was perfect with that scheme, or with the European Community and European Union. I was merely pointing out in response to the intervention from the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid Kent (Helen Whately) that it would be remiss of us to suggest that all the funding came from central Government when it came from a variety...

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I get the sense that you would like us to finish sooner rather than later. We have had a packed debate, and it has been great to listen to the 48 Back-Bench Members, including my hon. Friends the Members for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell), for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle), for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham), for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), for Sheffield South East...

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: The hon. and learned Lady shows a lack of understanding of precisely what is happening in local government. The fact that one in 10 are fearful of the financial future does not mean that 90% are satisfied. I suspect that she will regret making that intervention, because she will know that councils of all political persuasions up and down the country are struggling to make ends meet, and they...

Confidence and Supply Arrangement: Points of Order (27 Jun 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Yesterday, I raised the lack of clarity from the Communities Secretary on the Government’s plans to introduce local retention of business rates to replace the revenue support grant to local authorities. In reply, the Secretary of State indicated that today’s Queen’s Speech debate may be an opportunity to raise the matter. Has the Secretary of State given...

Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety: Points of Order (26 Jun 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The Queen’s Speech last week failed to include the much expected local government finance Bill, the omission of which has called into question the switch to local retention of business rates replacing the revenue support grant, causing financial uncertainty and concern to many local councils. Has the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: The ministerial code clearly states that former Ministers require advice from the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments prior to announcing any new business appointments. ACOBA is unable to report on its advice retrospectively after a new post has been made public. Can the Minister explain why he gave different advice to the House during his response to the urgent question on Monday?...

Advisory Committee on Business Appointments/Ministerial Code (20 Mar 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: (Urgent Question) To ask the Prime Minister if she will make a statement on the operation of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and the ministerial code in the light of the appointment of the right hon. Member for Tatton (Mr Osborne) to the editorship of the London Evening Standard.

Advisory Committee on Business Appointments/Ministerial Code (20 Mar 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: Thank you for granting the urgent question, Mr Speaker. I will seek to adhere to your wish for me not to refer to a particular right hon. or hon. Member, but to deal with the underlying issue. As we saw in the media over the weekend, this is a matter of great concern. My question was addressed to the Prime Minister, and not—with respect—to the Minister. I appreciate his commitment to...

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: United Kingdom Statistics Authority (7 Mar 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: Before I turn to the nomination of Sir David Norgrove as chair of the UK Statistics Authority, I should like to echo the Minister’s tribute to the outgoing chair, Sir Andrew Dilnot. In so doing, I want to acknowledge two important contributions. First, the outgoing chair, Sir Andrew Dilnot, has, as noted by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee in its report...

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: United Kingdom Statistics Authority (7 Mar 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. We are talking about the misuse of statistics and data not just within the parliamentary forum, but in elections. He mentioned the EU referendum, in which the origin and robustness of the statistic about health spending post Brexit, in particular, were quite questionable. I share his view on that. In respect of Sir David’s professional...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Public Procurement Guidelines (8 Feb 2017)

Andrew Gwynne: Ministers have talked a great deal about linking apprenticeships to public procurement contracts, which is a sensible use of public funds to meet both the skills agenda and to help narrow inequality in society. However, the Government’s own Social Mobility Commission confirmed last week that only 10% of new apprenticeships are taken up by those from low-income families. Given the Cabinet...

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: Actually, the situation is worse than the hon. Lady describes, because for perfectly good reasons, all 10 local councils want to use the plan as an opportunity to increase their council tax base. That means that it will predominantly be executive homes that are developed. Is the real risk not that we end up crashing the housing market in Greater Manchester because we have an over-supply of...

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: Before he moves on, will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman, but is he as concerned as me that there does not appear to be any joined-up thinking between different parts of the combined authority? We are currently in a consultation on the spatial framework, which is identifying whole tracts of land for future development, yet we have just finished a consultation on Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040,...

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: The hon. Gentleman is making an important point about the value of the green belt to people living in Stockport and Tameside. He will know that much of our green belt is also recreational space for those two boroughs. Is he as concerned as I am that some of the sites that have been identified in the spatial framework are within the Tame valley? One site is at Hyde Hall farm in Denton, and...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: House of Lords (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Gwynne: We have heard a great many words from the Minister. Why can he not understand that it is simply untenable to have a bloated revising Chamber with substantially more Members than this elected Chamber? This comes at a time when, as we have heard, he is ploughing ahead with his plans to reduce the size of this place. He might not think that reform of the House of Lords is a priority, but their...


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