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Results 121–140 of 600 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Julian Knight

Finance (No. 3) Bill: Basic rate limit and personal allowance (19 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: My hon. Friend is correct. The very recent change will benefit basic rate taxpayers to the tune of £120 a year—a direct tax cut for millions of hard-working Britons—and that is to be welcomed.

Finance (No. 3) Bill: Basic rate limit and personal allowance (19 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: I thank my hon. Friend for that short intervention. She makes a really good point, and it is almost the next point that I was going to make. The personal allowance will have nearly doubled in just eight short years. That is against a backdrop of trying to get the public finances under control from a debt of £152 billion a year—11% of GDP—which is an astronomical level outside wartime. It...

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for letting me speak a bit earlier than I expected. It is a great pleasure to be called so early and I will not abuse that generosity by speaking for too long, because I know that many colleagues want to speak in the debate. I just wish to cover a few areas that have come up in the debate and the Budget more generally: first, the higher rate tax thresholds, which...

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention—that is absolutely true. If someone is unemployed for 18 months, they are often unemployed for the very long term—for the rest of their life, in some instances. It ruins lives, shortens lives and makes those lives more miserable. The way in which we have approached corporation tax is absolutely correct. On small business rate relief, my hon....

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: Has the right hon. Gentleman thought about the effect of fiscal drag on productivity? The fact is that, as more people get into the higher-rate tax bracket, the less productive they may become, which lowers tax receipts and lowers productivity in the economy.

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: Does my right hon. Friend also recognise that the idea that people on the higher rate of tax are somehow storing their money away in the Cayman Islands is an absolute nonsense. These are hard-working people—often people such as locum GPs and deputy headmasters. Normal working people are being caught in this tax trap.

Finance (No. 3) Bill (12 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: Germany has started to row back and introduce “clean diesel”.

Police Pension Liabilities (6 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: It is reasonable to make extra provision, but can something also be done about the Labour West Midlands police and crime commissioner sitting on £100 million in reserves?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (6 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: Thank you, Mr Speaker. This morning, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association released research demonstrating that all 270 new-generation diesel vehicles tested to date are below the emissions threshold on the road. In the light of this, will the Treasury team meet me and other colleagues to discuss how we can construct a road tax system that promotes clean diesel over old diesel and...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (5 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: I am delighted to say that Solihull has one of the highest proportions of home ownership in the country. However, there is still real pent-up demand, particularly among the young. Will the Minister tell me what progress the Department has made on the midlands voluntary right-to-buy pilot?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: It is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden). I had the dubious pleasure of reporting on nearly 20 Budgets and countless pre-Budget reports in my time as a journalist. Gordon Brown used to stand at the Dispatch Box with his clunking fist and talk about golden rules, fiscal balance and investing for the long term, and the horror show was...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: I think that my hon. Friend is talking about productivity. Does he recognise that if we are to ensure that we have sound public finances in the future and that the debt-to-GDP ratio falls, we will need to increase our nation’s productivity, which means investing in the regions so that we bring up our national wealth?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Julian Knight: I look forward to welcoming my right hon. Friend to Solihull on Friday. Has he seen the report in today’s Times that there has been a surge of activity in UK house building over the last three months, with the greatest number of new homes signed off since the global crash? Is the truth not that Britain is building again, and just because of this Government’s policies?

Physician Associates (Regulation) Bill (26 Oct 2018)

Julian Knight: I heartily congratulate my hon. Friend on introducing the Bill. As she says, this important industry is growing in prominence. One of the most interesting things about the Bill is that it will provide greater protection against those who wilfully and falsely pretend to be physician associates. Will my hon. Friend talk more widely about that?

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill (26 Oct 2018)

Julian Knight: Does my hon. Friend agree that sometimes in that situation, relatives could make a decision that they later regret, because in the emotion of the moment, they might not make the decision to say, “Let’s go ahead and make the donation”?

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill (26 Oct 2018)

Julian Knight: It is a great pleasure to follow my good and hon. Friend the Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster), who made a typically thoughtful, telling and long contribution. The question of organ donation, as with so many debates about what the Government can tell us to do with our bodies, can be contentious. There are deeply held beliefs on both sides of the debate. A move towards a system of presumed...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill: Report on civil partnership (26 Oct 2018)

Julian Knight: I rise briefly to add my support to this Bill. It is a fantastic piece of legislation in all respects, and I want to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), who has been tenacious in his pursuit of this change for a long time. Like all pieces of really good legislation, the question always is, “Why hasn’t this happened before?” It seems so...

Exiting the European Union: Citizens’ Rights (25 Oct 2018)

Julian Knight: What steps the Government are taking to secure citizenship rights for (a) UK citizens residing in the EU and (b) EU citizens residing in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Citizens’ Rights (25 Oct 2018)

Julian Knight: My question has been prompted by a particular case at my surgery involving a German couple who have been here for many years and contributed hugely to my town of Solihull. They have been concerned by scare stories and by EU intransigence on this issue, and they would like me to ask the Secretary of State whether he can clearly confirm that, after Brexit, EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals...

Civil Liability Bill [Lords]: Uplift in exceptional circumstances (23 Oct 2018)

Julian Knight: Will the Minister give way?


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