Results 41–60 of 1400 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

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I think we should do something in this area. It is an unacceptable practice, and a good employer would not resort to it. But on quantum, the poll in the ACAS document shows that less than 3% of HR professionals reported this. The figures quoted by the hon. Gentleman are across the entire working population. Most employers are not making redundancies or downsizing. So the quantum is far lower...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: Two hundred and twenty-five HR professionals.

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Gentleman highlights a shameful example, and he is right to do so. As the road to hell is paved with good intentions, particularly in terms of legislation, I am interested in his intentions with this Bill. I have watched him talk about the Bill on television a couple of times, and I think he said on Sky yesterday that it does not outlaw fire and rehire but ensures that the right...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on a technical point?

Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: The shadow Chancellor did present a short-term solution: a sixfold increase in the digital services tax. Does my hon. Friend agree that when we implemented the digital services tax, Amazon added that 2% straight on to the prices of the merchants on its site? Does he accept that if there were an increase, it would be passed directly to consumers?

Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: It is a pleasure to speak after the hon. Member for Sefton Central (Bill Esterson), and I agree with him that this conversation should be had with the engagement of business in order to find a solution. I have tried to do that over the last few years when we have debated this issue time and again. Of course, I have been in business for a number of years—three decades—and the No. 1 thing...

Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: As my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) has just said, it was not laughter; it was astonishment. I have been in business for 30 years. Not every businessperson I meet votes Conservative, but the vast majority do, and I have not heard anybody say what the hon. Member for Glenrothes (Peter Grant) has just said—that the Conservative party is no longer the party of...

Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: rose—

Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I am afraid I cannot, but I am interested in whether the hon. Lady will come on to her own proposals for reforming business rates, which she announced at her party conference. I welcome at least a first stab at some reform, but I have a question. She would use the digital services tax, but as I understand it, the multinational agreement on the issue means that that tax will no longer be...

Supporting Small Business (19 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way again. She is being very generous. If I heard her correctly, she is going to scrap business rates in the next Parliament. Business rates bring in about £30 billion a year. How will she make up that shortfall? What will be the replacement system to bring in that £30 billion a year?

Health and Social Care: NHS Capacity (19 Oct 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: Further to the last question on NHS dentistry from the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), we are in a difficult situation across North Yorkshire, where there is no NHS dentist availability across the whole of Thirsk and Malton. It will take the NHS two years to recommission the service in Helmsley—the closed practice in Helmsley—and the Thirsk...

Subsidy Control Bill (22 Sep 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate and to listen to the various arguments on both sides of the House. I am a committed free marketeer and have been in business for most of my life, and I do not think that I have ever accepted a Government subsidy—other than perhaps last year under the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme. I would be interested if the Minister could reflect on...

Subsidy Control Bill (22 Sep 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: I know that is the hon. Member’s question, but I think it is the wrong question. For me, the key question is whether the subsidy is going to spend taxpayers’ money well. We can claim success not just by giving more money away than was wasted, but when the taxpayers’ money that is used proves fruitful. We should not be disappointed that we have had one of the lower subsidy levels of the...

Subsidy Control Bill (22 Sep 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Lady may have identified this herself already, but freeports, for example, allow businesses to relocate and benefit from different taxation regimes. Such businesses are treated more beneficially in how they operate and in their cost of operation. Does she accept that freeports do exactly what she is setting out?

Subsidy Control Bill (22 Sep 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: This is the United Kingdom Parliament.

Subsidy Control Bill (22 Sep 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: Has the hon. Gentleman bothered to read the National Audit Office report, which specifically says that Ministers had no involvement in any procurement decision? Will he put that properly on the record? All he is doing by making those points is trashing the name of the whole of politics, not just that of the Conservatives. It is a complete nonsense, and he should admit it.

Subsidy Control Bill (22 Sep 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: My hon. Friend makes some strong points, and I absolutely agree with those about transparency. One objection to lowering the threshold to a few hundred pounds rather than £0.5 million might be the burden of red tape attached, but, as I understand it, the costs for having a database that includes pretty much every subsidy—about £20,000 per annum—are minimal.

Subsidy Control Bill (22 Sep 2021)

Kevin Hollinrake: The right hon. Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Liz Saville Roberts) mentioned ideology. One ideology that I hope will always hold firm on this side of the House is that of not wasting taxpayers’ cash. Is the Minister comfortable with the situation in which local authorities and devolved Administrations could grant subsidies of hundreds of thousands of pounds without having to publicly...


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