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Results 21–40 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

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: Of course I understand both the experience and knowledge with which my right hon. Friend speaks, but at the end of the day we do have a duty—it is why children and grandchildren have been mentioned so much in this debate—to think about what they will inherit. Does he recognise that, and how does he see that duty being undertaken by this Parliament?

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: I deliberately mentioned black holes because they have an event horizon. Once an object crosses that event horizon, it is stretched out of existence. Part of the reason why I want us to have a review is to know where that event horizon is. That would be one of its important purposes. Is my right hon. Friend eschewing the other aspects that we talked about—better debt collection, better loan...

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: I pay tribute to my colleague the Chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, the hon. Member for West Bromwich West (Mr Bailey), not just for the report, but in recognition of all the years during which we have worked together on the Committee, with me as his would-be vice-Chairman. I believe that I speak as the longest-serving member of the Committee: I have been a member...

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: I was talking about patronage on the Front Bench.

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: No, not patriotism; I meant patronage, and I am glad that my right hon. Friend has pointed that out. I will now continue to speak according to the terms of the motion, Mr Deputy Speaker, which I am sure will delight you. My colleague—indeed, I shall use the term “hon. Friend”—the Chairman of the Committee said that he would concentrate on wider issues than that of the money itself. I...

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: I welcome the hon. Gentleman’s remarks. I shall say a little more about my views on the point he raises as my speech unfolds, but I will say now that every small business man in the land—I do not mean small in stature; I mean small in the sense of the size of the business—will know that if he lends money that he will not get back, he will have a cash flow problem that will create real...

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: I will allude to that problem, which I hope will be corrected when this place discusses—if it has the courage to do so, and I pray it does—devolution and the Barnett formula, because there is no doubt that Scottish students who attend Scottish universities get a much more helpful and lucrative deal than Scottish citizens who attend English universities. This is a matter not of English or...

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: I am most grateful for the right hon. Gentleman’s remarks, and I add that this situation should cause real alarm to not only every Member of this House, irrespective of their position or party, but to every parent, business man and citizen in the land. At some stage their children and grandchildren will have to meet this charge if we do nothing about it now. I do not take the accounting...

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: I fear that they are enjoying my contribution immensely, but your job is another matter. Any business would be seeking to tighten credit controls and to find ways of increasing productivity in the areas of service provision, and would talk to its bank about contingency arrangements that might be in put in place and how that might be done. We are simply appealing about that aspect, because in...

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: That is absolutely correct, and it underlines the need for a proper review and perhaps the need to rebalance things. We should have not an across-the-piece £9,000 level of payment, but a rebalancing of the loans in association with what is required. This is a more complicated business than we first thought, and we need a review to take into account those factors to ensure that we have enough...

Bill Presented — Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Backbench Business — Higher Education Funding (8 Jan 2015)

Brian Binley: Many of us feel that the contributions being demanded are often too great, but I would not want to overstate that to the point at which we begin to believe that no student will ever be able to buy their own house. That is more than a slight exaggeration and it needs to be corrected.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Brian Binley: My hon. Friend and I have battled on the same side on this issue for a number of years. In fact, I have been battling on this issue for most of the time I have been in this place. Does he, like me, hope that we will hear something more positive from the Government this evening than we have heard to date? The Labour Government and this Government have prevaricated consistently on the issue of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: London Borough of Tower Hamlets (4 Nov 2014)

Brian Binley: Forty years ago our electoral systems and controls were the envy of the world. They have deteriorated dramatically in the past 15 years and this report highlights that fact. This is not only a question for Tower Hamlets, but it features largely in Tower Hamlets. Will the Minister speak to the Electoral Commission to see whether we can have a proper review of electoral systems to ensure this...

Business of the House Commission: Pension Schemes Bill (2 Sep 2014)

Brian Binley: I am listening with interest, as I always do, to the experienced right hon. Gentleman. I understand many of the points he is making, and, as a pensioner myself, I have some sympathy with them. However, I wonder whether he has sympathy with me, in that when he paints a picture of all that has gone wrong, would he include in that picture the work done by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer...

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Brian Binley: rose—

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Brian Binley: I bring the quiet voice of the other party of the coalition. I congratulate the hon. Member, and my friend, for North Ayrshire and Arran (Katy Clark), on securing the debate. I also thank the Backbench Business Committee. This is a timely debate, one that those on the Front Bench would do very well to listen to. There were some deep concerns when we supported this measure and I am sad to say...

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Brian Binley: I thank the Front Bench spokesman for that rather pernickety interjection. I will now continue. Of course it has not been privatised—only 70% of its shares have been sold off. We all recognise that point. We know where we are, so there are more serious questions that I would wish the Front Bench spokesman to address, quite frankly. Let us hope we can move on to them. Fair competition has...

Bill Presented — Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (16 Jul 2014)

Brian Binley: I have already said that I founded two companies, which now employ 300 people. Labour Members have to recognise that one of the problems is that their policy on literacy and numeracy education in schools has been a total disaster, with many young people seeking jobs who cannot properly express themselves and certainly cannot add up properly. Does my hon. Friend think that that is one of the...

Bill Presented — Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (16 Jul 2014)

Brian Binley: I wholeheartedly welcome the Bill. I have been an advocate in this place of small business since I came here, having founded two small businesses that have grown to employ almost 300 people. That underlines the power of small businesses in our business sector. I am vice-chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee and am proud of the work we have done, particularly in advocating...


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