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Results 1–20 of 800 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Brian Binley

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: It was noticeable that the Minister claimed support from business, particularly in London, but pretty much all the bodies representing business have said that the rate is an extra tax, and another cash cow for local government. They are totally opposed to it. How does he equate that with the statement that he just made?

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Does my hon. Friend recognise that in certain parts of the country ground rents are being advertised at £1 per square foot simply so that the rates will be paid by the new tenant and not by the owner of the empty property?

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I follow an interesting speech by the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Paul Farrelly), in which he made remarks about a person whom I know, and knew reasonably well in the past. I was concerned that such remarks should be made, and I seek your guidance at the outset, Madam Deputy Speaker. It seems to me that a person ought to be given the right to put the record straight if they feel...

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I am most grateful for your guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I am grateful for that clarification, and I shall take it into account, as I am sure you would expect me to, Madam Deputy Speaker. I move on to business rate supplements, which are the subject of the debate. We have heard a lot about Crossrail, but I shall leave that issue alone. I spent two and a half years on the whole thing, and I am very doubtful whether it will ever get off the ground....

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I am delighted to offer the sedentary speaker a reply—we would guarantee loans—

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Of course, I accept your guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker, but you will recognise how provoked I was. Business has faced £66 billion of regulatory costs since the Government came to power. There are 800,000 people on the public sector payroll; only the wealth-producing sector has to support that. I am worried that we have seen little concern about that from Labour Members. All we have heard...

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Of course I will, but I am sure that you understand, Madam Deputy Speaker, that the background of the economic climate is a vital part of the debate.

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Absolutely right. We face a massive additional tax—or potential for it—in the business supplementary rate, which is the subject of the Bill, but it must be judged against the background of the business climate. You are right, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I have argued that enough, but it is important to make the point. Where did the idea for a supplementary business rate come from? It will...

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: You are absolutely right and I thank you again for your guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker. But the very fact that local government estimates are no better than Government estimates is why local business needs to be involved at every point. Local business knows that often estimates cannot be trusted. That is why we cannot set the level at a third of a given project, as is proposed, because there...

Business Rate Supplements Bill (12 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Oh!

[Mr. John Cummings in the Chair] (13 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) for obtaining this debate, which is very well timed and presents a valuable opportunity to hon. Members who are affected by the sustainable communities project. I pay tribute to the Minister, who was good enough to visit Northampton. He showed a great interest and willingness to listen and to learn. We are lucky to have such a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Businesses (Financial Support) (14 Jan 2009)

Brian Binley: Small businesses have heard many fine words from this Government with regard to credit but have seen very little action, and frankly they are beginning to distrust whether anything will ever happen to help them. Will the Minister therefore tell us, in some detail, how he will assess and monitor the schemes, and how he will regularly report back to the House and the sector, to restore a little...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: I have been disappointed in the debate. It is important, but I have heard too much party political point scoring and, as my hon. Friend the Member for Esher and Walton (Mr. Taylor) said, too much about fabric and structure and too little about the quality of provision. The latter is what genuinely counts. I have heard little from a business perspective, or from the perspective of those who...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: I was about to deal with that point, and I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has prompted me. In a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce, more than 80 per cent. of British companies spend £100 or more per employee and 50 per cent. spend £250 or more per employee on training. More than 75 per cent. spend time identifying staff training needs, and more than 60 per cent. evaluate the...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: I would rather not, because time is limited and other hon. Members want to speak. British business is ready, willing and able to receive help with training and it wants to be involved. The problem is that all too often we do not talk to British business about training. We do not do outreach work; nor do we take training packages into the workplace in anywhere near the numbers needed. We do...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education (3 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: A quarter of all council tax is now used to pay for local authority pensions. A former chief executive of Northamptonshire county council left his job 18 months ago at the age of 52 with a lump sum payment of £291,000 and a £97,000 a year index-linked pension, which is costing the county £600,000. Nice work if you can get it! When will the Government have the courage to tackle this...

Business of the House (12 Feb 2009)

Brian Binley: I was pleased to hear the Leader of the House intimate that she was considering a debate on pensions. Will she extend that to consideration of the public sector pensions problem, which is becoming an intolerable burden on the nation, especially for local government, where a quarter of all locally raised council tax is now used to support pension funds? Will she include that particular matter...


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