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Results 81–100 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

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we could have made our town centres much more user-friendly and retail-friendly than they are? I recognise that out-of-town centres are demand driven, but we could have made the retail offer better in our town centres and we have failed to do so.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I commend the Opposition on bringing forward this motion. This is a timely debate and I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute. I wish to make two points, but first please allow me to say that in the last Parliament, in ancient history, I chaired a commission on the whole business of strategies for successful town centres. My foreword started by saying: “Our town and city centres...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I understand the point about out-of-town shopping centres, and I will come to that, but neither party in government has anything to crow about in this direction. I urge this Government to be more positive. Turning this into a party political battle does not help when we analyse the real causes, but I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s question. I wish to make two simple points, the first...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I cannot make the point I made about businesses being driven out of town centres because of high rates without accepting the hon. Gentleman’s point, and I am happy to do so. Small business rate relief is still made a mystery to many local businesses in our town centres. We have not given it the push it needs and deserves, and many of the opportunities remain unclaimed by small businesses. I...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I always agree with my hon. Friend and I am grateful for his support in this area of policy. Having said that out-of-town development has been immensely harmful, not least in the imbalance of valuation of rate, I shall come on to the damage done by local government. Councils have been the major enemy of our town centres for 30 years. That applies to Labour councils, Liberal councils and...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] — Zero-hours Contracts: High Streets (16 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: Does my hon. Friend agree that, although pubs are very important to our town centres and communities, they do not need to stay open until 4 o’clock in the morning to serve that purpose?

Adult Literacy and Numeracy (10 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: The Minister knows I am keen on using community assets in a much more imaginative way. How might we do that in this context, particularly with libraries, which are very underfunded, as the shadow Minister stated? How might we improve that situation and have a more involved local community push in this respect?

Adult Literacy and Numeracy (10 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I believe that our libraries can offer much more training than they are at present. I urge the Minister to look at the connection between education and libraries, particularly with regard to technology. I am one of the people who are bemused by it. It is right to point out that this is a generational issue, but I think we could do much more in our localities through our libraries if only...

Adult Literacy and Numeracy (10 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, who I will refer to as my hon. Friend, because he is a friend. I am delighted that he is speaking so passionately from such an informed background—it is very helpful. I wonder whether we have enough of a joined-up approach to adult illiteracy and innumeracy. I also wonder whether we use our libraries enough, and whether the Minister ought to be thinking...

Adult Literacy and Numeracy (10 Oct 2013)

Brian Binley: I apologise for being late, Mr Speaker. When I was a relatively young man, I took great advantage of, and was very well served by, the Workers Education Association. I was a secondary modern schoolboy who left at 15, and the WEA had the important effect of broadening my horizons. Will the hon. Lady help us by telling us whether that organisation is still doing that good work? If so, are we...

Medical Innovation (No. 2): Clause 36 — Duty to Provide Membership Audit Certificate (11 Sep 2013)

Brian Binley: I am slightly confused by the right hon. Gentleman’s remarks, given what we have heard from many leading trade unionists about the possibility of strikes over the next six months. Does he not recognise that that poses a sizeable danger to the country’s economy, or is he telling me that the strikes will not happen because what the trade union leaders are saying is a sham?

Medical Innovation (No. 2): Clause 36 — Duty to Provide Membership Audit Certificate (11 Sep 2013)

Brian Binley: Having left school at 15 and been a member of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, before going on to found two businesses, I can tell the hon. Lady that small businesses always need to look after their employees, because they rely on them so heavily. If a business gets a good employee, it needs to keep hold of them, so there is a lot more care in the workplace than she is...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day] — Paid Directorships and Consultancies (MPs): Managing Risk in the NHS (17 Jul 2013)

Brian Binley: It is generally accepted that there were some serious management breakdowns. The Secretary of State at the time was the chief executive of the organisation. In my business, I would want to know what was happening. Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that he should have known what was happening?

European Union (Referendum) Bill (5 Jul 2013)

Brian Binley: I had the good fortune a long time ago of working as a bag carrier for Edward Heath in his private office. At that time, we talked about political union being the very essence of what this adventure was about. Does my hon. Friend agree with that?

European Union (Referendum) Bill (5 Jul 2013)

Brian Binley: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Referendum) Bill (5 Jul 2013)

Brian Binley: Does my hon. Friend agree that those who perpetuate the myth of the single market, arguing that the UK will lose 3 million jobs if we come out, fail to take account of the fact that there is a £70 billion surplus, and no business in Europe will cease to trade with this country whether we are in the single market or not?

European Union (Referendum) Bill (5 Jul 2013)

Brian Binley: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill (26 Jun 2013)

Brian Binley: Life can deal some heavy blows, but not usually from so kind a Deputy Speaker. I will discard most of what I was going to say about capacity to meet your requirements, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will simply say that connectivity is vital. Capacity is highly limited, and one need only talk to my constituents in Northampton to know how much capacity impacts on performance. They are pretty sick of...

High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill (26 Jun 2013)

Brian Binley: I welcome the point about making more use of the high-speed track. Why, then, is my hon. Friend not campaigning vigorously for a station in Brackley, which would be of enormous benefit to her constituents?

High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill (26 Jun 2013)

Brian Binley: Will my hon. Friend give way?


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