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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: It is an honour to speak in this debate and to follow the hon. Member for Colne Valley (Thelma Walker). One of the most striking things about the Chancellor’s Budget speech was the moment in history that it reflected. As the Committee will know, in 2010 the Government—the coalition Government, as then was—inherited the largest peacetime deficit in our history, yet the Chancellor was...

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

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. I believe that the answer to his question is none, but I stand to be corrected. Alongside the Budget, we heard the remarkable news last week that wage growth is at its highest level for a decade. That welcome return to growth benefits people in my constituency and around the country. In addition, we have the best employment figures in my lifetime....

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: My hon. Friend is giving an important speech. Does he agree that in this context it is extremely important that we have embarked on the biggest programme of house building since the 1950s?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (19 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: I am delighted to welcome the new Secretary of State to her place, and I thank the old Secretary of State—[Hon. Members: “Former!”] My apologies—I thank the former Secretary of State for all she did, not least in acquiring the additional money for universal credit. I am delighted to say that we now have record disability employment in this country. Will the Minister confirm that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 14 November.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: Yesterday saw the best wage growth figures in a decade and the best employment figures in my lifetime. Does the Prime Minister agree with me that that can only be delivered by the free market economics that unite this side of the House, and not by the bankrupt socialism opposite?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisons: Drones (13 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: What steps the Government are taking to tackle the use of drones over prisons.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisons: Drones (13 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: I thank the Minister for that advice. Drones are undermining the effectiveness of a number of our prisons. Does he agree that on top of what he suggests, we should be working with the manufacturers of drones, to ensure that they are helping to keep criminals under control?

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Centenary of the Armistice (6 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker), and indeed all hon. Members on both sides of the House, in what has been an extraordinarily powerful and emotional debate. I have not been able to think of anyone other than my great-grandmother this afternoon. She was born in 1895, and she lived with me and my parents until she died when I was nine, in 1987. She was a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Support for the High Street (6 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: What fiscal steps he is taking to support the high street.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Support for the High Street (6 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: Businesses in my constituency are giddy with excitement at this huge reduction in business rates. Will my right hon. Friend confirm what proportion of businesses on the high street are going to benefit from this?

Bill Presented: Bullying and Harassment: Cox Report (5 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: Given my hon. Friend’s extensive experience in business, what does she think the House should do about historical allegations? What lessons can be learned from the private sector?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homeless Families: Accommodation Outside Home Borough (5 Nov 2018)

Alex Burghart: The Housing First initiative has clear potential to prevent homelessness. What is the Department doing to monitor the effectiveness of pilots in Manchester and other cities, and what are its plans for taking the evidence forward?

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

Alex Burghart: Before I come to my main speech, I wish to refer to some comments made by my hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot (Leo Docherty) about Marxism and sausages. During my hon. Friend’s speech, the hon. Member for Bootle (Peter Dowd), of whom I am perpetually fond, shouted from a sedentary position, “How were the sausages in Soviet Russia?” Let me tell him that they were awful—awful....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Fire Services: Collaboration (29 Oct 2018)

Alex Burghart: What steps his Department is taking to encourage greater collaboration between the police and fire services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Fire Services: Collaboration (29 Oct 2018)

Alex Burghart: As the Minister will know, Essex is a pioneer in this area, where Roger Hirst, our police and crime commissioner, has brought fire services in. Will the Minister consider allowing the pooling of capital budgets to enable better joined-up working of back offices?

Employment and Support Allowance Underpayments (18 Oct 2018)

Alex Burghart: I welcome the Minister’s apology and the comments she has made about system learning—that is extremely important. How long does she envisage it will take before everyone affected is repaid the money they are owed?


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