Results 141–160 of 4112 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Matthew Hancock

Bill Presented: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (13 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: Before the election, when the then Home Secretary was asked whether he could promise that police numbers would not be cut under Labour, he replied "No." Is not that and this nonsense about the Olympics budget why nobody is listening to the right hon. Gentleman as shadow Home Secretary?

Bill Presented: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (13 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: I do not mind being held to account for sorting out the nation's finances. The right hon. Gentleman should answer the question. He said that my intervention was erroneous. When the previous Home Secretary was asked whether he could guarantee to protect police budgets from being cut, did he not say, "No"?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Severe Winter Weather (20 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: Will the Secretary of State join me in commending the nation's army of gritters who were out overnight-in Suffolk, that involved temperatures down to minus 12°C-to keep our roads open? Will he also answer a question that was put to me by several constituents? Can he continue his steadfast and solid leadership of the past few days, rather than responding to the histrionic opportunism...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Budget Deficit (CSR) (21 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: What assessment has the Chief Secretary made of the impact of the CSR on business confidence, and especially the ability to take on new people? For instance, the Dalton's peanut factory in my constituency is taking on more people because of the confidence in the stability plans set out by the Government.

General Matters (21 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: The Brandon bypass was mentioned in my predecessor's maiden speech in 1992 as an urgent priority for the link between Suffolk and Norfolk. Although some progress has been made since, no ground has been dug. Does my hon. Friend agree that this is an awful long time to wait?

General Matters (21 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Lady says that it is a matter of persuasion. After listening to her speech, I have also changed my mind. I am extremely persuaded and know what I shall ask for for Christmas.

General Matters (21 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: It is a pleasure to speak after such erudite speeches from both sides of the House. I will speak on a matter that is specific to Suffolk and Newmarket, and that affects the racing industry across the country. Charles II was the first to make Newmarket the headquarters of the horse racing industry, and it is now its global headquarters. I will speak briefly about Newmarket's position as the...

General Matters (21 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: I am glad that my hon. Friend raised that important point. Sorting out the pictures from racing and where the money from those pictures goes to is an important part of having a sustainable future for racing. There is an issue with the sale not only of the pictures, but of the product upon which so many bets are laid. We must consider the future of the transfer of value from the product. In...

General Matters (21 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: I, too, warmly congratulate Tony McCoy on his victory in the sports personality of the year award, and of course on his grand national win this year. Does my hon. Friend agree that that sports personality of the year victory shows just how highly the nation values racing, and therefore the urgency and importance of the Government's decision?

General Matters (21 Dec 2010)

Matthew Hancock: Has my hon. Friend seen the Public Accounts Committee and National Audit Office reports into CAFCASS, showing that the extremely moving examples that he has highlighted today are not isolated cases but part of a wider problem in the family court system?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Bank Bonuses (11 Jan 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Has the Chancellor noted that in The Guardian this morning, when given the opportunity to support the idea of continuing the bank payroll tax, the right hon. Member for Edinburgh South West (Mr Darling), whom I cannot see in the Chamber, refused to back the opportunistic policy of the Leader of the Opposition?

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Horse Racing Levy (20 Jan 2011)

Matthew Hancock: I beg to move, That this House notes that the horseracing industry supports employment of 100,000 people in Britain and that the racing industry contributes £3.5 billion to the UK economy each year; celebrates the contribution the industry makes to the cultural and sporting landscape of Britain; recognises Newmarket's role as the global headquarters of racing; but further notes that the...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Horse Racing Levy (20 Jan 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Well, it is not only the triumph of hope over expectation but the glamour of the winners' enclosure and the thrill of the race. Without the chance for owners to win prize money, racing's finances are on tenterhooks. Prize money is at the core of racing's economy-it is the chlorophyll in the ecosystem, or some have called it the lubricant of the wheels of racing. It attracts people in and...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Horse Racing Levy (20 Jan 2011)

Matthew Hancock: That is an extremely important point. The amount in the prize pot is falling, but the number of races is expanding, and it is doing so at the behest of the gambling industry, which understandably wants continuous racing throughout the year. Those two dynamics make the consequences for the racing industry even worse, because the amount of prize money that owners get for coming second or third...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Horse Racing Levy (20 Jan 2011)

Matthew Hancock: That is an extremely important point. I was speaking to a successful and wise trainer yesterday, who told me that trainers will often not send horses to race in Scotland unless another horse goes on the lorry. Of course, that takes out runners, which does not help the gambling industry-it is a circular process. I received a phone call yesterday from a Mr Staddon, who owns five horses. He took...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Horse Racing Levy (20 Jan 2011)

Matthew Hancock: The right hon. Gentleman is an astute Member of the House, as I have learned in my short time here, and he nicely anticipates what I am about to say. Before I address that point, the second question is: why has that decline in the levy happened? There are four holes in the levy through which contributions are leaking: offshore operators, betting exchanges, thresholds and overseas racing. They...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Horse Racing Levy (20 Jan 2011)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend makes an important point, but his phraseology lets slip the error in the argument. The betting industry gives no money to racing; it pays money to racing. I want a system in which that is sustainable. Of course, people who watch a sport should pay towards it. How much of the money made from media rights gets to the front line of racing is an important question, and I hope that...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Horse Racing Levy (20 Jan 2011)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend makes her case with the passion to which we have become accustomed. The third hole in the levy is that outdated threshold rules exempt approximately two thirds of betting shops from paying the full rate. Thresholds were brought in to protect small independent bookmakers, but because the threshold applies to the shop and not to the company, we have a proliferation of corporate...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Horse Racing Levy (20 Jan 2011)

Matthew Hancock: Job losses in the racing industry, if it does not have a secure future, would far outweigh job losses that my hon. Friend mentions. What is more, large corporate betting shops are often split up to have two shops below the levy. It was introduced to protect independent bookies, and we would all welcome it if they were to be protected under a future scheme. But protecting small shops that are...


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