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All 19 results for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Duncan Baker

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (21 Jan 2020)

Duncan Baker: I come from the rural constituency of North Norfolk, where farmers form one of the most important sectors. Does the Secretary of State agree that the Agriculture Bill brings an excellent opportunity to tackle climate change head-on and that, as an industry, the farming community has an important part to play in helping with our environment?

Business of the House (23 Jan 2020)

Duncan Baker: The Conservative party, I have absolutely no doubt, is the party of jobs, employment and opportunities. But it is the high street that provides hundreds of thousands of jobs, and it is under enormous challenge from the internet. I worked in business in North Norfolk. Will the Leader of the House grant time for a debate, so that we can level up the competitiveness of traditional...

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill: Incorporation of EU legislation governing the CAP direct payment schemes (28 Jan 2020)

Duncan Baker: Does my hon. Friend agree that these proposals show how the Government are leading the fight on climate change while also protecting our precious farming community? Not only will this Bill safeguard our payments for the next year, but the whole thrust of the Agriculture Bill is to allow our farmers to farm in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way that rewards them for protecting and...

Health and Social Care (16 Jan 2020)

Duncan Baker: I thank the Secretary of State for giving way and for visiting me on my campaign to become the newly elected Member for North Norfolk. On patient safety, the wonderful constituency of North Norfolk has the oldest constituency demographic in the entire country and the worst ambulance response times in the beautiful picturesque town of Wells. We recently learnt that the nearest hospital, the...

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill (12 Feb 2020)

Duncan Baker: This Government are putting their money where their mouth is and doing exactly what they said they would do to deal with this urgent and specific problem, and I want to thank everybody who has helped put this Bill together. Following the attack in Streatham, the Government committed to introducing emergency legislation to ensure that terrorist offenders, including those currently serving,...

Government Support for Business (26 Feb 2020)

Duncan Baker: The high street is a passion of mine, given that I worked in retail in my home of North Norfolk before becoming an MP, and the high street is dying at an alarming rate. That is not new, but the decline is continuing year after year, and I see little in the way of a long-term strategy to deal with it. Although I welcome the changes to business rates and the Government’s £3.6 billion towns...

Local Government Finance (5 Feb 2020)

Duncan Baker: The best piece of advice I was given on delivering my maiden speech was, “Don’t worry”—easier said than done, I guess—“treat it like a love letter”—I have not written one of those for a few years—“only that it is back to your constituents.” My wife told me—I should be careful about what I say because she is watching—that I did not have a romantic bone in my body, so...

Health and Social Care: Cromer Hospital (10 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: What steps his Department is taking to improve health facilities at Cromer Hospital.

Health and Social Care: Cromer Hospital (10 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: I thank the Minister for that answer. North Norfolk is one of the oldest constituencies by demographics. It is very rural and a very long way from the Norfolk and Norwich hospital. What I am looking for is an enhanced urgent treatment centre with mental health facilities. That would really help my constituency and, not only that, it would take pressure off the Norfolk and Norwich hospital....

Education: Topical Questions (2 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the apprenticeship levy has been a fantastic success for many young people across the country—not least for constituents of mine in North Norfolk? What can he do to help more small and medium-sized businesses take up the levy, to ensure that more young people can unlock their potential?

Budget Resolutions (16 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: First, I pay tribute to the Government for the immense steps that they are taking to tackle coronavirus. Clearly the Budget makes an enormous contribution to help those who have been hugely affected by what is the most serious situation that the country has faced in a generation. My thoughts are with everybody who is fighting to protect all of us. Before I came into the House, I was a...

Tax Avoidance and Evasion (25 Feb 2020)

Duncan Baker: Clearly, there is a lot of cross-party support on this topic. Benjamin Franklin once said: “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In this country, there is no doubt about it; we have one of the best tax collection systems in the world. It has been said a lot already, but the tax gap is now less than 6%. What we have not said enough is that it is falling...

Post Office and Horizon Software — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (5 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Telford (Lucy Allan) for bringing this debate forward. I declare that I was a sub-postmaster for two post offices before I became an MP. I have resigned as a director of the company that runs those post offices. I have no interests anymore and none of the staff I employed were affected by this issue. My only interest is that of my constituents who are...

Post Office and Horizon Software — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (5 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: To date, my constituent has had no money back, like many others. They have had no indication of when the money is coming back and we are sceptical about how much they will get back. Financial compensation is just one issue. The mental strain and loss of earnings should also be taken extremely seriously. There is the humiliation of walking down the street and being accused of stealing, having...

Horizon Settlement: Future Governance of Post Office Ltd (19 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: It has also come to light that the people who were fixing the system from behind the scenes, as the right hon. Gentleman mentioned, and who could go in and balance the tills as it were, were incentivised and paid to be speedy and quickly fix the issues, which made a lot of these cases even worse, so that balances that were already poor got even worse.

Horizon Settlement: Future Governance of Post Office Ltd (19 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: Does this not underline the simple fact in all of this, that the Post Office’s only consideration in all of this was to protect itself at the cost of the total injustice that so many people faced?

Horizon Settlement: Future Governance of Post Office Ltd (19 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: When I spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on 5 March, I said that I had a declaration of interest to make. May I declare that I was once a postmaster? In 2015, I was somewhat of a pin-up for the Post Office when I won postmaster of the year at the retail Oscars. Really, I could not sell a stamp; it is the team who should take all the honour. I resigned as a director of the company that ran...

Treasury: Taxation of Online Sales (24 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: What steps he is taking to review the taxation of online sales to support the high street.

Treasury: Taxation of Online Sales (24 Mar 2020)

Duncan Baker: Clearly, we are living through unprecedented times, and I want to say thank you to all the Treasury team for the incredible work they are doing—working throughout the night—to help businesses up and down the country. Many sectors will be hugely impacted by coronavirus, not least my home of North Norfolk. We are now seeing shops being shut on the high street—quite rightly so—and I just...


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