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Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Healey: The Chancellor said today in the media that the economy is fundamentally strong, but he said in the Budget statement yesterday that the economy is weakening and getting worse. That is the hard truth that confronts and challenges all of us. This has been a serious debate, with 31 speakers, after a Budget that confirmed that these are serious times for the country. We have had growth downgraded...

Online Gambling - Motion to Take Note (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Wigley: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Richardson, for reasons that will shortly be evident. I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Browne of Belmont, for introducing this most timely of debates. In my childhood in non-conformist rural Wales, gambling of all sorts was a sin, as the noble Lord, Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, will no doubt recall. People were expected,...

Universal Credit (23 Nov 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: I thank the Secretary of State for giving me early sight of his statement. There was little surprise when the Government announced reforms to their embattled universal credit programme in the Budget yesterday following months of Labour campaigning, a unanimous defeat on the Opposition-day motion and discontent across the whole House about the rising debt, arrears and even evictions that the...

Business of the House (23 Nov 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: Personally, I am delighted that the Government are embracing the opportunities of future technology and the high-skilled jobs of the future. I regret that the hon. Lady seeks to downplay the importance of new technologies in creating a bright future for the United Kingdom. The hon. Lady asks about the debate on the restoration and renewal of the Palace. I encourage all hon. Members to please...

Women and Equalities: BAME Women (23 Nov 2017)

Justine Greening: All Departments carefully consider the equalities impact of individual policy decisions on those who share protected characteristics, including gender and race, in line with the Government’s strong commitment to equality issues. From April 2018, the national living wage will increase by 4.4%. Past increases have disproportionately benefited women and those from BAME backgrounds, as well...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (23 Nov 2017)

Justine Greening: In the fact-free environment in which the Opposition live, it is easy to ignore what respected commentators such as the Institute for Fiscal Studies say about that analysis. It has said that, “what is possible falls a long way short of a full gender impact assessment.” The IFS makes that point because the analysis of the Budget considers tax and welfare but does not and cannot...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (23 Nov 2017)

Damian Hinds: The Minimum Income Floor is expected to encourage those reporting very low self-employed income to increase their earnings. Some people will respond to this by increasing their earnings from self-employment, others will look for other employment to increase their income and it is applied equally across all sectors of self-employment. The Minimum Income Floor is modelled using the Policy...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Autumn Budget 2017: Equality (23 Nov 2017)

Nick Gibb: All departments, including the Treasury, carefully consider the equality impacts of individual policy decisions taken on those with protected characteristics - in line with both its legal obligations and its strong commitment to equality issues. When working on policy, including measures announced at the Autumn Budget 2017, ministers are advised of the impact a decision has on protected...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Cuts) (23 Nov 2017)

Richard Leonard: It is not just the firefighters whom this Government is failing. After seven years of Tory austerity and a decade of mediocrity and indifference from the SNP, the results are falling wages, shrinking public services, rising poverty and widening inequality. Local government budgets have been decimated, and a quarter of a million children are living in poverty. Hundreds of thousands of...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Karin Smyth: I would like to start by again reminding the House that the Bristol economy is a net contributor to the Treasury of £10 billion annually. Once again, I ask, what do we get for it? I have looked in the Red Book for the south-west, and it is not there—there are a few paltry comments. Once again, we are short-changed by this Government. I have heard about high employment levels, but...

Ways and Means - Financial Statementways and Means (22 Nov 2017)

Philip Hammond: I shall first report to the House on the economic forecasts of the independent Office for Budget Responsibility. This is the bit with the “long, economicky words”. Once again, I thank Robert Chote and his team for their hard work over the last few weeks. I believe passionately that the best way to improve the lives of people across the length and breadth of this country is to help...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: The Labour Market and the Economy (22 Nov 2017)

Margot James: The Government is pleased to accept all of the rate recommendations as set out in the Low Pay Commission’s autumn report 2017. The Low Pay Commission is an internationally renowned independent and expert body which conducts extensive analysis and stakeholder research in order to make its minimum wage rate recommendations. The Low Pay Commission has recommended that: The National...

Scottish Parliament: Fife College (Meetings) (22 Nov 2017)

Shirley-Anne Somerville: The Scottish Government regularly meets Fife College on a number of matters in the general course of business. My most recent meeting with the college was on 7 November, to mark the college’s status as an accredited living wage employer during living wage week.

Scottish Parliament: Suicide Prevention (21 Nov 2017)

Monica Lennon: Suicide prevention is a critically important issue, and Scottish Labour welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the debate. The motion before us is absolutely right to state that “every suicide is a tragedy”. On behalf of my colleagues, I extend our sympathy to everyone who has been bereaved as a result of suicide. Uncomfortable though it is, this serious issue deserves debate...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: That is grounds for huge concern, because these trade negotiators will be up against expert teams that have been carrying out such negotiations for many years, and this is not just about the EU deal. If it is the British Government’s intention, as one of their first options, to take on the United States in trade negotiations, I would advise them to take the advice of the experts who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire and Rescue Service: Remuneration (20 Nov 2017)

Chris Williamson: May I correct the Minister, because Home Office figures show that fire deaths are actually up 17% in the past 12 months? He will also be aware that funding for local authorities has been slashed. Firefighters risk their lives every day to keep us safe and they have seen a real-terms cut in their pay every year for the past seven years. They cannot spend warm words from the Minister. The...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Social Services: Minimum Wage (17 Nov 2017)

Bill Esterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2017 to Question 111014, on social services: living wage, what representations he has received from representatives of social care providers on compliance with the law on the national minimum wage.

Public Accounts Commission: Child Maintenance Service (16 Nov 2017)

Angela Crawley: It is perhaps not surprising that while Brexit dominates most political debate, issues of huge importance sometimes slip through the scrutiny of this place, and I believe that the Child Maintenance Service falls into that category. After several months of working through the formalities of this House, I am delighted finally to have the opportunity to raise my concerns and highlight in the...

Older Persons: Human Rights and Care - Motion to Take Note (16 Nov 2017)

Baroness Thornton: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating my noble friend Lord Foulkes on bringing this debate to your Lordships’ House today and on introducing it with his usual verve and clarity. We have had a great debate, which has, of course, shed light on the range and challenge facing us all as we get older. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Balfe, for welcoming me back to the Front Bench....

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