Results 181–200 of 1321 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Percy

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (28 Nov 2016)

Andrew Percy: We have only announced regional allocations, so it is not correct to say at this point that the South East LEP will receive £55 million. The final figures will be announced in the coming weeks, and the initial funding allocations given to LEPs for discussion may change somewhat.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (England) (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: We all want to see our high streets succeed and thrive and that is why we have introduced the biggest cut in business rates, worth £6.7 billion. We have launched the high street pledge, we have introduced digital high street pilots, and we are celebrating our high streets through the Great British High Street award, the finalists of which we announced last week.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (England) (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: I know from my constituency how important the high street is in attracting people in. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for the work he is doing in his constituency. We saw an increase in footfall in August of 1.1%. We are working closely across government with our colleagues in DCMS on funds such as the Discover England Fund and, of course, the Coastal Communities Fund, which is funding a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (England) (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: Of course, the business rate cut is helping 600,000 of the smallest businesses, which do not pay any business rates at all. It is fiscally neutral, and three quarters of businesses will see a cut. I would have thought that that would be something the hon. Gentleman would welcome.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (England) (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: I congratulate my hon. Friend on this excellent competition. I look forward to hearing the results, and pay tribute to all the work she is doing. Independent retailers are central to the success of many of our high streets and I pay tribute to the work they do. They of course will benefit from the small business rate cut that we have announced.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (England) (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: Again, the business rate cut is of significant value to many of our pubs. A huge number of tourists coming to the UK list a visit to a great British pub among their desires for their trip. That is why we made the changes we did to beer duty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Teesside Investment (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: The Government are clear that there are huge opportunities on Teesside, which was why the Secretary of State met Tees Valley leaders last week. That is also why we are committed to implementing the groundbreaking devolution deal. We have made the transfer of the first £15 million. In addition, we will be providing Tees Valley with £37.7 million this year from our local growth fund.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Teesside Investment (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: We are already implementing some of those recommendations. Many, of course, were down to local implementation. Just last week, we issued the indemnity allowing the site inspections to be undertaken. Once the inspections have been completed, we expect the MDC, which we wish to establish in the middle of next year, to come forward with proposals on resources. The national teaching service pilot...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Coastal Communities (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: It is a pleasure to see my hon. Friend in his place. We are all proud of our coastal communities. I say that as a Member representing a coastal community myself. We have already invested £125 million in coastal communities across the United Kingdom through the coastal community fund, £92 million of which was invested in England. We want to go even further, and we have identified at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Coastal Communities (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for his advocacy on behalf of the trust. It should seek guidance and support from its funding officer and its capital adviser who has been assigned to it by the Big Lottery Fund, which administers the coastal communities fund on our behalf. Advice is also available to it on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: Of course I agree with my hon. Friend’s compliments to the Government on this and wish Ilfracombe all the best. It has made it through to the final 40, and we will be making an announcement on the final fund early next year, so congratulations again.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: I am sorry, but that is complete and utter nonsense, and I have to say that if Opposition Members are really interested in the northern powerhouse, they should stop talking it down at every single opportunity and trashing it. We have delivered through the northern powerhouse a record number of enterprise zones and billions of pounds of investment in public transport projects across the north,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: I met my hon. Friend recently to discuss issues across south Wiltshire. We are assessing the local growth fund bids at the moment—this will be a massive investment in regeneration across the country—and we will have an announcement on that particular proposal shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2016)

Andrew Percy: I will of course be spreading my Christmas shopping across large parts of my constituency, but I would be delighted to visit my hon. Friend’s constituency. She raises an important point, which is that as we get towards Christmas people should try their best to shop local.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Deprived Communities: Infrastructure Investment (18 Jul 2016)

Andrew Percy: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I share the House’s surprise. This Government remain committed to investment in growth and infrastructure across all parts of the United Kingdom. As the former Prime Minister made clear, while the UK remains a member of the EU, current EU funding arrangements continue unchanged. It will be for the Government under the new Prime Minister to begin our negotiations...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Deprived Communities: Infrastructure Investment (18 Jul 2016)

Andrew Percy: As I said a moment ago, as long as we are a member of the European Union, the funding regime remains as it is. We are working across Government to get the certainty we want; all of us share that ambition for when we do begin the process of exiting. I would say to the hon. Lady that major investment by this Government is not just limited to the funding that comes through the European Union. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Deprived Communities: Infrastructure Investment (18 Jul 2016)

Andrew Percy: I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman took such an interest in my campaigning on the referendum in Brigg and Goole. We have made it absolutely clear that while EU funds have delivered some important support for growth and jobs, that has been only a small part of the much larger investment by this Government. It will be for the Government—in time, when we exit the European Union—to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Deprived Communities: Infrastructure Investment (18 Jul 2016)

Andrew Percy: I thank the former Minister for his question. I can confirm, on the point he makes about compulsory purchase, that the changes he wants were in the Queen’s Speech and will be in the Bill. He is of course absolutely right that we want certainty and to deliver on our infrastructure pledges as quickly and as swiftly as possible. I am more than happy to work with him, as a former Minister,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Deprived Communities: Infrastructure Investment (18 Jul 2016)

Andrew Percy: I know of the work my hon. Friend has been doing in St Austell and Newquay on this issue. He is a doughty fighter for his constituents. I am happy to meet him this week to discuss just that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Deprived Communities: Infrastructure Investment (18 Jul 2016)

Andrew Percy: I thank the shadow Minister for his kind words. If he had seen the new Prime Minister speak outside No. 10 when she took office, he would know that she is clear that delivering economic development across the United Kingdom outside London is a key priority. That is exactly what we have done through our devolution process, the local growth fund initiative, £12 billion of funding, and...


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