Results 41–60 of 1100 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kevin Hollinrake

Public Interest Disclosure (Protection) Bill (25 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. As I said in my earlier intervention, it is not just about the relatively small issues that the whistleblowers highlight. It is about the wider cultural issue. It shows the mismatch of power between the whistleblower, these big, powerful organisations and their customers, which we know we need to tackle, but we would not know that without people like Sally...

Public Interest Disclosure (Protection) Bill (25 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: I pledge my support on a cross-party basis, and I am delighted to associate my name with the Bill. The hon. Member talks about valuing whistleblowers. Does she agree that we should value them not only for the risk they take and the individual issues they raise, but for the wider cultural issues they raise within a system—particularly, as she says, in financial services—which allows this...

Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy Bill (25 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: An obsession.

Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy Bill (25 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy Bill (25 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: The debate is not about the wish to raise standards—we all want to raise standards—but the method of doing so. I return time and again to the Financial Conduct Authority and its complainant body, the FOS—the Financial Ombudsman Service—which represent a collective cost to the taxpayer of £837 million a year. Who would say that the financial services industry was well regulated,...

Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy Bill (25 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: My hon. Friend mentioned that the regulator is keen on the Bill. Should we not be a little concerned and cautious when regulators seek to give themselves statutory powers? We should bear it in mind, for example, that the Financial Conduct Authority has an annual budget these days of £597 million. Regulators are always keen to seek more statutory powers. As has been said earlier, the costs of...

Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy Bill (25 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on bringing forward the Bill, which I understand has a fair chance of success. Clause 6(4) allows the regulator to prohibit a person from carrying out forensic science activities. Where that person is employed in-house at a police force, as he describes it, what would happen to the employment status of that individual?

Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy Bill (25 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point, and I do not object to the clause. I welcome the fact that, unlike under most regulators, individuals will be held to account, not just the organisation. My question is: where an individual who is employed by a police force is held to account, might disciplinary proceedings be taken against that individual, for example?

End of Eviction Moratorium (23 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. It is absolutely right that we should be fair to tenants affected by the covid crisis, and the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron), who secured the urgent question, is right to say that we might consider giving the courts discretion over the nature of arrears. But it also has to be...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 1 - Purpose of Part 1 (22 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: Will my hon. Friend give way?

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 1 - Purpose of Part 1 (22 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: Earlier, my hon. Friend mentioned the Sewel convention. Could he set out exactly what influence it has on legislation that is made in Brussels?

Transport: Topical Questions (17 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: I declare my interest as an electric vehicle driver. The charging network across Thirsk and Malton is pretty woeful. Many of the connection types are different, the chargers are slow and even the new BP Chargemaster ones for contactless payment cards often do not work. What more can we do to prevent the charging network from becoming a deterrent to the take-up of electric vehicles?

Child Cruelty Offences: Sentencing (11 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: My hon. Friend is speaking so movingly about this case. I add my support for Tony and his family, and for my hon. Friend’s campaign and for doing anything to bring about the changes that he wants. Would he support a wider look at sentencing for offences against children, which often seem to be unduly lenient in some of the most egregious cases?

Child Cruelty Offences: Sentencing (11 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: I do not understand the argument that, because of the lack of certainty around guilt, a sentence should be capped. Clearly the court can make a decision where there is doubt and can make a judgment on the length of the sentence accordingly. That capability should be left to the judge. Surely my hon. Friend is simply trying to give the judge more discretion to give a longer sentence in the...

Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) (No. 2) Bill (11 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Gentleman is outlining some circumstances that he is right to address, but there is another side of the coin. In our business, we have often advertised a job and had a number of applicants, some of whom, despite being unsuccessful, have then contacted us—not through their father or another contact—to ask whether they can do some work experience to understand more what the job is...

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) Bill (11 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: It is great to follow my hon. Friend the Member for St Austell and Newquay (Steve Double); he always speaks with great passion, insight and common sense. I am delighted to be called in this heavily subscribed debate—though it is perhaps slightly less so than it was a few minutes ago. As the hon. Member for Cardiff North (Anna McMorrin) knows, I support the principle behind the Bill and...

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) Bill (11 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: The Minister refers to the roundtable we held on mutual banks. One of the astounding figures in that roundtable was the SME lending by mutual banks in other countries throughout the financial crisis. In Japan, there was no reduction in lending to SMEs. In Germany, there was a 20% increase. In Switzerland, there was a 30% increase over that five-year period. In the UK, there was a 25% decrease...

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) Bill (11 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: Does the Minister agree that the issue with mini bonds, and particularly with London Capital and Finance, was the misunderstanding around what was regulated? In that case, the product itself was not regulated, but the marketing of it was. That was very confusing for consumers, many of whom thought they were buying regulated products when they were not. Would it not be more straightforward to...

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) Bill (11 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: My hon. Friend is putting forward a good case for credit unions. Is he aware that credit unions in the UK have collective assets of around £4 billion, compared with mutual banks and co-operatives in the United States that have £4.7 trillion—a thousand times as much? We need to invest more in credit unions and co-operatives and make it easier for them to establish and grow in the UK. Does...

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) Bill (11 Sep 2020)

Kevin Hollinrake: My hon. Friend outlines some of the benefits of co-operatives. Is he aware that in many countries the banking sector is largely provided through co-operatives, including Germany and the USA, and that those banks provide much more sustainable long-term thinking and patient capital to help small and medium-sized enterprises through financial crises? If the Government decide to lead us down that...


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