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Results 181–200 of 900 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

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Brian Binley: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell, newly come as you are. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for St Albans (Mrs Main) on obtaining the debate and on her speech. As many contributors have said, this is a vital debate. I hope that many of her comments will be recognised by the Minister and acted upon, because action is needed. I pay tribute to those hon....

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Brian Binley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that contribution, which I am sure the Minister has noted. My particular favourite is to ensure that High Speed 2 comes into being and is taken further, to Manchester and Leeds, because there is no doubt that transport systems cannot operate efficiently under the current pressures. That is one reason why we have the problems that we do, and it is one reason why...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Brian Binley: We are on the other end of your line, mate, and I can tell you that the service is not as good as you argue. Otherwise, all my constituents would not be as up in arms and as dissatisfied as they are. My hon. Friend knows very well that we use quite a bit of the same line, and I do not believe that two towns so close together can have such differing views on the quality of rail transport in...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Brian Binley: Of course, that is right, but because Network Rail is a monopoly in some respects, it needs the Government and the regulator to be its friend and ensure that it operates competitively, but we know from McNulty that does not. McNulty has also said that there is a subsidy of 31p per passenger kilometre at present, so there is 30% more cost and 31% subsidy. What would happen if those costs were...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Brian Binley: The hon. Gentleman talks some truth. I have never known a business man say that he wants an end product, only to ignore the supplier and say, “I’m not bothered about what you tell me is the efficient way to do it. This is how we are going to do it, because we know best.” But we do not know best—that is the reason why I would get a supplier in the first place.

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Brian Binley: I do not know about that, but I have been interested in running efficient businesses all my life and I know that this is not efficient. That is what I am bothered about, and that is why I say to the Government that it is their job to make sure that it is efficient. If there are bad practices of this kind, it is the Government’s job to change things. The Minister represents all the...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Brian Binley: I do not quite have the same memories as the hon. Gentleman of British Rail, but I shall let that go and take up a more positive point, about the role of the regulator. We have got that totally wrong. It is ineffective. Is not that where we need action to help David Higgins?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Prospects for Growth (2 Feb 2012)

Brian Binley: As confidence in growth continues to diminish among members of the small business community, does the Secretary of State share my view that the Chancellor should use more than one tool to get the economy moving? Many people think that he has lost the tool box. What influence is the Secretary of State bringing to bear on behalf of small businesses to nudge the Chancellor into creating greater...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: Will the Minister give way now?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: I am most grateful to the Minister for giving way. I remind him that I asked the Secretary of State whether he would uphold the undertaking given by the previous Government that they would act on recommendations from the Select Committee if they were meaningful and in its report. Will the Minister confirm that the Secretary of State said that he would uphold that undertaking? Does he accept...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: Is it not true, however, that there is no regulation, because the voluntary code is supposed to be put into practice in its entirety? The argument that a statutory code means more regulation simply suggests that the voluntary code is not being followed.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: I thank my friend and colleague the hon. Member for West Bromwich West (Mr Bailey), the Chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee for his contribution. It has been an honour to serve as vice-Chairman under his guidance and I welcome the debate. Mr Deputy Speaker, as you in particular will know, since 2004 there have been four Committee inquiries on this subject; I have had...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: That is absolutely correct. I am talking about pubcos and I exclude family businesses that own fewer than 500 pubs. The big owners of pubs and their unsustainable financial structures are the real problem. Let me make it clear: this is not about family-owned brewery companies, who do a very good job indeed. I am talking about big pub companies whose model is unsustainable; it is based on...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: They borrowed against the value of the properties, and rental income is very relevant. That is absolutely correct. Therein lies the unsustainability of the model, when we bear in mind that the breweries built up their estate over a 200-year period. Sadly, tenants are the victims of that unsustainable structure. In many cases they face prices higher than those on the open market, exorbitant...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Brian Binley: I agree, and I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making that point. We need an opportunity for an independent, open rent review within the terms of the tenancy. Those who choose to stay tied need to have the option of selling a guest beer. We need to give tenants more freedom to decide the style and structure of their business. Those things are not available within the pubcos at present....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Dec 2011)

Brian Binley: The Prime Minister will be aware that capacity levels on the west coast main line are intolerable and getting worse. Does he share the concerns of rail users that delays to High Speed 2 will only make their journeys more unpleasant? Will he provide the assurance that they seek about the future that he promised them?

Charities Bill [Lords]: Prevention of Nuclear Proliferation (13 Dec 2011)

Brian Binley: Does my hon. Friend recognise that we have approached the Iranians bearing gifts in that we proscribed the MEK as a way of mollifying them and encouraging them to be our friend? None of our overtures over the past 12 years has worked. Does my hon. Friend recognise that a consistent but strong voice is now the only way to proceed, and that the last thing we want is military intervention?


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