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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

John Penrose: The Chief Secretary is being very generous in giving way. May I pick up her point about eligibility and breadth? Have the Government any views or information on the persistence of the change in behaviour that they are trying to create? In other words, if they can create a saving culture among low-paid workers, how long will their assistance need to continue before that culture is ingrained...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

John Penrose: Does my hon. Friend agree that if interest is not offered on those accounts, the following lesson or habit is likely to result? People will become subsidy farmers searching for bonuses from the taxman, rather than search for economic returns on their savings, so we will not necessarily succeed in creating a savings culture. Does he agree, too, that further to his earlier point about the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

John Penrose: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the reason for Ministers being unable to provide the answers that he seeks is that so many powers will be dealt with by regulation that the detailed design of the accounts is unclear? The cost to the banks of running them is difficult to project, and they do not know whether they want to be involved because of that uncertainty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

John Penrose: Like everyone else, I am delighted to support the principle of this legislation. We have heard a series of speeches today echoing the principle that it is absolutely the right thing for Britain at this time to broaden the savings habit and culture, to try to establish a culture of putting something by for a rainy day or for retirement and to spread that culture more widely throughout all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

John Penrose: As it is outside the scope of the Bill, I shall gloss over that one, but it perhaps illustrates a wider principle that this is part of a long and glorious tradition of the Conservative party proposing ideas that are rubbished as absolutely useless by the Labour Government, who after a decent period of time proceed to swipe the idea and relaunch it, suitably renamed—and here we are today. It...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

John Penrose: Would it not be absolutely marvellous if that happened? We will watch with great care. Let me point out in passing that the decline in the savings rate is not something that everyone has noticed just recently. It has been going on for some time, and Conservative Members have been identifying its dangers and calling for it to stop for a great many years. On 18 November 2002, my right hon. and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

John Penrose: If the hon. Gentleman will forgive me, I will forgo the opportunity to make such a major spending commitment on the hoof. However, I was going to suggest an alternative way of dealing with the problem. First, let me finish the point that I was trying to make. The conclusion that people who have saved will reach, which is that they have not benefited anything like how they hoped to do from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Payment Policies (5 Feb 2009)

John Penrose: Does the Minister accept that the Government's efforts to promote prompt payment by large corporations will be severely undermined if they cannot put their own house in order? Will he therefore promise to investigate reports that many NHS trusts are failing to pay their contractors and suppliers within 30 days—far beyond the 14 days that the Government have promised?

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — Carers (26 Feb 2009)

John Penrose: My hon. Friend is making a series of excellent points. Does he share my great disappointment in the Government's reaction to the Committee's proposal to give carers the right to request flexible working as soon as they start a job, instead of having to wait for 26 weeks? In their response, the Government said that they were opposed to introducing that right from day one, because the 26-week...

Supplementary Estimates 2008-09 — Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Economic Situation (9 Mar 2009)

John Penrose: Today's debate has centred on two crucial issues: the accountability of the BERR ministerial team to this House of Parliament, and the Government's ability to deliver and implement the various promises and initiatives that they have announced. The debate was ably and lucidly kicked off by the Chairman of the Select Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Peter Luff), who...

Supplementary Estimates 2008-09 — Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Economic Situation (9 Mar 2009)

John Penrose: I am struggling to work out how that intervention is directly relevant to the BERR estimates. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would like to take up the point with me later. My hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Worcestershire presented the various options that might be pursued to improve the accountability of Lord Mandelson and other House of Lords Ministers to the House of Commons. He mentioned the...

Supplementary Estimates 2008-09 — Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Economic Situation (9 Mar 2009)

John Penrose: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. The Chair of the Select Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Worcestershire, made the same point, saying he thought Whitehall would work better if there were a tension between the Departments and each set of Ministers were putting across their view—not trying to reconcile internally, but batting for their own team properly. The problem of...

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill (16 Mar 2009)

John Penrose: I am sure that the hon. Lady would want to be accurate. To be clear, the Conservative party has just published a report on banking regulation and believes that a great deal of reform is needed, including much tougher regulation, to prevent systemic risk in banking. Elsewhere in the economy, which is being held back by an awful lot of heavy-handed red tape, we agree with light-touch...

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Bill (16 Mar 2009)

John Penrose: This has been a short debate. That may be simply because this is a relatively uncontroversial Bill, but I am saddened to note that the Minister has sat in pretty much solitary splendour on the Labour Benches. No Labour Back Benchers have spoken, although one or two are present and their presence has been much appreciated. It strikes me as incredible that at a time of some of the worst...

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

John Penrose: It is always a pleasure to follow the Minister, who took such pains to be careful and reasonable in his exposition of the Government's position and took time to try to anticipate many of the questions that will be raised in this debate. It is vital that any modern economy such as Britain's has an efficient and effectively functioning insolvency process, if only because at a time of pretty...

Legislative Reform (19 Mar 2009)

John Penrose: Before the Minister moves on from that point, can he indicate whether the timetable mentioned to the Chairman of the Select Committee for the order to be introduced during April is realistic, or whether he expects the process to take longer, and if so, how much longer?

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Honey Bee Health (29 Apr 2009)

John Penrose: It is extremely good to see a respectable sprinkling of MPs who want to talk about honey bee health at 9.30 on a Wednesday morning. It is several months since we last met to discuss this topic in a debate organised by the hon. Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson), and we were all pleased that he managed to do that. A lot has happened since then, and it is important to record what has...

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Honey Bee Health (29 Apr 2009)

John Penrose: With trepidation, I give way to the hon. Gentleman.

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Honey Bee Health (29 Apr 2009)

John Penrose: I knew that I should not have given way. To finish my point, I propose that we have an informal version of a parliamentary swear box, and anybody who makes a pun will have to put a pound in it. I suggest that we put the proceeds in the capable hands of the British Beekeepers Association, whose representatives are in the Public Gallery watching us. At the end of the debate, they can put the...

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Honey Bee Health (29 Apr 2009)

John Penrose: I completely agree. In fact, that issue will make up a substantial part of the second section of my contribution, so perhaps the hon. Gentleman will bear with me and hold that thought. If I do not cover any of his points in quite the way that he would like, perhaps he can top up my contribution later. We have had the welcome announcement of £10 million for pollinator research, plus the extra...


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