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

Alex Burghart: I imagine that they are; they have every right to be very concerned—nay, furious—about it. Several clauses in the Finance Bill have been misrepresented. They put more money in people’s pockets and make more money available to businesses, not for the sake of some blind ideological exercise, but because Conservatives know that growth matters most to our economy. We would all like to have...

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

Alex Burghart: I would certainly take up the hon. Gentleman’s offer to talk about Cicero, but I am sure that I would be ruled out of order.

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

Alex Burghart: Cicero, as the hon. Gentleman knows, was one of the great minds of the Roman senate, and I can say with full certainty what he would have made of new clause 1. He would have said that it was a waste of time. We can rely on the Treasury to keep us informed of all the ins and outs of Government policy. We do not need additional laws and additional bureaucracy to achieve that. I know that the...

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

Alex Burghart: As ever, my hon. Friend puts it extremely well. “Wise after the event” might be one of the Labour party’s mottos. I am pleased to welcome, in clauses 41 and 42, further improvements to stamp duty to help more people to get on the housing ladder and buy the homes that they so richly deserve. Those measures will put more money into the system and encourage the building of more homes, to...

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

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend quotes Cicero far better than I ever could, and I regret only that she did not do so in the original Latin—we can hope for such things next time.

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

Alex Burghart: I have no doubt that a cut in stamp duty will help homebuyers across the country, in his constituency and in mine. I am lucky to represent a constituency in Essex, near London. Our area has much to recommend it, but the price of housing is high. We are going through a programme of home building, reflecting the Government’s broader ambitions. I know from knocking on doors and speaking to...

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

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend is too modest; I know not only that it was an excellent reform brought about under a Conservative Administration, where we went from the LEGO building-block approach to stamp duty that he described to something much smoother and more pristine, but that he was working in the Treasury at the time and was instrumental in bringing about that excellent reform. It has made stamp duty...

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

Alex Burghart: I fully respect the hon. Lady’s position on welfare—I often think it is a gift to the Government that she does not serve on the Front Bench—but it is slightly absurd to suggest that people are not better off in work. They are better off in work. We would all like people to earn more money in work, but to suggest, as Opposition Members often do, that work is no benefit is ludicrous. Work...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Crossrail: Mayor of London (22 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: What recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on progress on delivering Crossrail.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Crossrail: Mayor of London (22 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: There have been reports in the media that Transport for London’s finances are in trouble. Crossrail reaches out into my constituency, with stations at Brentwood and Shenfield. Is the Minister concerned by these reports, and will this affect the delivery of Crossrail?

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farming: Funding Schemes (29 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: What steps he is taking to deliver equitable funding schemes for farmers throughout the UK.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farming: Funding Schemes (29 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: I very much welcome the news that we will have fairer funding across all four parts of the UK after we leave the EU. Will the Minister reassure me that this fairer funding will take account of each country’s individual circumstances, particularly the environment, their agriculture and their socioeconomic needs?

Exiting the European Union: No Deal Contingency Plans (6 Dec 2018)

Alex Burghart: What steps the Government are taking to prepare contingency plans for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Exiting the European Union: No Deal Contingency Plans (6 Dec 2018)

Alex Burghart: I welcome the Secretary of State, along with my great friend the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Kwasi Kwarteng), who takes his rightful place on the Government Front Bench. Will the Minister set out specific examples of what the Government have done in their no deal preparations? Does he agree that the actions he has outlined are far...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Children’s Services (11 Dec 2018)

Alex Burghart: Me and my colleagues on the all-party parliamentary group for children were delighted by the extra money that was found for children’s services in the Budget. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is important that we continue to distribute extra funds fairly across all regions of the UK?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (13 Dec 2018)

Alex Burghart: What steps his Department is taking to support public libraries.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (13 Dec 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank the Minister for that answer. There is considerable concern in Shenfield in my constituency that the local library will close, and residents have already put together 1,000 signatures. What steps is the Department taking to ensure the future of local libraries?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Work Profession (17 Dec 2018)

Alex Burghart: What progress his Department has made on strengthening the social work profession.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Work Profession (17 Dec 2018)

Alex Burghart: Initiatives such as Step Up to Social Work and Frontline have done a very good job in bringing high-qualities graduates into the profession, but what is the Department doing to encourage better continuing professional development for those who are already in the workforce?

Uk-EU Negotiations: Digital Economy (17 Dec 2018)

Alex Burghart: It is a pleasure to be called to speak in this important debate, and to be part of a debate in which several thoughtful points have been made from hon. Members of all parties. We should be proud of the legislation that we are introducing. As the Minister said, it is the first time that something like this has been attempted anywhere in the world. Although we could undoubtedly go further, this...


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