Debates between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow

There have been 13 exchanges between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow

1 Thu 2nd March 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2 interactions (38 words)
2 Mon 6th February 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Education
2 interactions (29 words)
3 Wed 14th October 2015 Charter for Budget Responsibility
HM Treasury
2 interactions (546 words)
4 Tue 22nd October 2019 European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill
Cabinet Office
4 interactions (185 words)
5 Mon 21st May 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Work and Pensions
3 interactions (127 words)
6 Mon 16th April 2018 Syria
Cabinet Office
2 interactions (85 words)
7 Mon 26th March 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Work and Pensions
2 interactions (66 words)
8 Thu 1st March 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Transport
3 interactions (85 words)
9 Thu 11th January 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for International Trade
2 interactions (79 words)
10 Wed 22nd November 2017 Budget Resolutions
HM Treasury
4 interactions (1,025 words)
11 Tue 24th October 2017 Universal Credit Roll-out
Department for Work and Pensions
2 interactions (79 words)
12 Wed 11th October 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
2 interactions (65 words)
13 Wed 28th June 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Northern Ireland Office
2 interactions (20 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Thursday 2nd March 2017

(3 years, 12 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin
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West Sussex is home to our finest food and drink, including the superb Sussex Charmer, produced by our exceptional Rudgwick cheesemakers. What further opportunities does the Minister foresee to promote high-quality, well-branded food of local provenance?

Mr Speaker
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Very exciting!

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Monday 6th February 2017

(4 years ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Education
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Short questions and short answers, please.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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T4. As part of the fair funding consultation, will the Secretary of State consider establishing a minimum level of funding per school? (908579)

Charter for Budget Responsibility

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Wednesday 14th October 2015

(5 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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HM Treasury
Mr Speaker
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Order. In the light of the level of interest in the debate, a four-minute limit on Back-Bench speeches will apply with immediate effect.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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It was good to hear the shadow Chancellor refer to his economic advisers. I believe that I heard one of them on the radio this morning. He said that economic policy can be messy. Well, he has got that right, if nothing else. He then said that economic policy can take some time to develop. Before entering this place, I spent 25 years working with investors, and I spent some time in the Treasury. Economic policy may take some time to develop, but rarely is the adage “first impressions count” more true than when setting out one’s economic stall to the markets. The message that the shadow Chancellor has sent out over the past two weeks is one of irresolution. Two weeks ago he was in favour of the charter, but tonight he is against it. It is fine to start a debate, but it will perplex international investors if he is on both sides of that debate at the same time.

The messages that we send out to those who invest in this country matter. A lack of confidence in the UK economy would affect all other facets. It could affect inward investment. It could cause a sterling crisis. It could increase the interest that we are paying on our debt. I do not believe the MPC fudge will work or hold water. No wonder the president of the CBI has stated: “Firms”—the very same firms that, as the Chancellor mentioned, are delivering the highest rate of employment ever in this country—

“have been unwavering in their support for the Chancellor’s deficit reduction plans and will welcome the clarity that the new fiscal rules provide.”

However, this is not just about the firms that invest and the investors that provide the wherewithal; it is about the message that we are sending to the people who send us here. They elected a Government on a platform of sorting out our national debt. We have made great strides in reducing the increase in the national debt, but it still stands at over £15,000 per man, woman and child. The current level of debt interest is costing us £1 billion a week. On an annual basis, we are spending half as much to service our national debt as we are to fund the NHS. The scary thing is that that is on a weighted average gilt rate of 2%—a full 3% below where the OBR thought we could be by this stage. I will allow hon. Members to work out the maths for themselves.

To have no concrete plan to reduce our national debt in the good times will mean one thing—a willingness to increase our national debt still further. As the Chancellor said, Conservative Members know that no Government can abolish boom and bust. We recognise that monetary and fiscal policy must be managed to give the Government the maximum ability to support the vulnerable in the down times. The flexibility that we have through the fiscal charter is meaningful, and essential for the UK. Part of that, crucially, is to reduce our national debt—an ambition that should be shared by Members on both sides of this House.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

(2nd reading: House of Commons)
(Programme motion: House of Commons)
Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Tuesday 22nd October 2019

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Cabinet Office
Mr Speaker
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22 Oct 2019, 7:49 p.m.

I note what the hon. Lady says. The position is, as I have explained. As colleagues will understand, senior figures in this place anticipate different scenarios and it is not uncommon for them to communicate those to the Chair. The Leader of the House did me the courtesy of informing me in advance of what the Government’s attitude would be in the event of a particular result. He has not departed from that view, so I am telling the House what the Government’s current intention is, about which colleagues will hear more in the business statement. That is very much a matter for the Government, and I am not trying to choke off what the hon. Lady wants; I am simply telling her that we are where we are, as things stand.

Colleagues, the orderly thing to do at this point is simply to proceed with what would be the choreography—I think I have a sense of how it is going to proceed—with, in the first instance, the money resolution, to be moved formally.

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22 Oct 2019, 7:50 p.m.

The Ways and Means resolution—to be moved formally.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin
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22 Oct 2019, 7:50 p.m.

Not moved.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Monday 21st May 2018

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
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21 May 2018, 3:07 p.m.

Well, the question was about Windsor, but the answer was broad and expansive in its scope. The hon. Member for Horsham (Jeremy Quin)—as befits a former constituency chairman of mine—is a keen young fellow, and I think that we should hear from him.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin
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21 May 2018, 3:07 p.m.

Young? You flatter me, Mr Speaker. I already had my excuse: I was going to say that we were all taking a close interest in the Windsor constituency at present. My particular interest, in relation to Windsor pensioners, is in the fact that they are being held back by a lack of knowledge about their pension provision. Does my hon. Friend agree that a properly constituted pensions dashboard would encourage pensioners to take their own fate in their hands, and would encourage accountability?

Syria

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Monday 16th April 2018

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Cabinet Office
Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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On a point of order, Mr Speaker. May I ask you to clarify whether, at the conclusion of the debate, there is a difference of view within the House, it is in order for the House to divide in the normal manner even if we are beyond the moment of interruption?

Mr Speaker
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16 Apr 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Yes, because if the matter can be debated, the matter can also be resolved by a Division of the House. I hope that is helpful to the hon. Gentleman and, indeed, to all Members.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Monday 26th March 2018

(2 years, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Work and Pensions
Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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26 Mar 2018, 2:44 p.m.

I commend my right hon. Friend for the roll-out of universal credit. How does that compare with the debacle that was the implementation of tax credits under a previous Government?

Mr Speaker
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Order. No dilation is required. A pithy encapsulation of what the Secretary of State regards as her personal triumph is one thing, but a lengthy denigration of the policies of the previous Government would be another.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Thursday 1st March 2018

(2 years, 12 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for Transport
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1 Mar 2018, 9:49 a.m.

I am not entirely sure what the impact of the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise is on Horsham, but doubtless the hon. Gentleman is about to explain to us with the lucidity for which he is renowned in all parts of the House.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin
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1 Mar 2018, 9:49 a.m.

I am absolutely going to. In respect of the proposed alternatives to the current east coast franchise, has the Secretary of State seen President Macron’s recent remarks about the nationalised French railways, and has he any remarks to make on them?

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Thursday 11th January 2018

(3 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for International Trade
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11 Jan 2018, 9:55 a.m.

These texts are always delivered by Ministers in mellifluous tones, but they are often far too long. I know that there are people who scribble them for Ministers, but Ministers have a responsibility to recognise the virtues of the blue pencil.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin
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11 Jan 2018, 9:55 a.m.

But I also recognise the wisdom of the Minister’s answer, Mr Speaker, and I am grateful for it. I share his aspirations. Will he please remind the House what he will do to give those aspirations legislative effect?

Budget Resolutions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Wednesday 22nd November 2017

(3 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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HM Treasury
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22 Nov 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Order. May I just advise the House of the situation in which we find ourselves? One hon. Member has most courteously agreed to speak on another day. Other colleagues, I know, are fully seized of the importance of their speaking today, and possibly very fully in view of the many important points that they have to make. I completely understand that, but the fact is that eight people wish to speak, and if they are to do so by 7 o’clock they can do the arithmetic for themselves. That is the reality of the matter. It is no good people complaining at the Whip when the Whip reports unwelcome news. People have to recognise the responsibility they have, and if there are lots of interventions the time left is shorter. It is as simple as that—end of subject.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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22 Nov 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Thank you for calling me to speak, Mr Speaker. I will try to curtail my remarks with that in mind. I know that many Members want to contribute to this debate.

It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Leicester West (Liz Kendall). Rather like the comment of my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg) about the hon. Member for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie), I may not agree with what the hon. Lady says, but she speaks with passion and verve and I understand her direction of travel. I do not want to embarrass her or her colleague, but I contrast that with what the Leader of the Opposition said earlier, which reminded me of a modern artist—a lot of noise and colour, but no discernible theme.

Every Member on both sides of the House wants good public services. They want them to be well supported and to deliver for our constituents. Like the hon. Member for Belfast South (Emma Little Pengelly) and others, I welcome the slight fiscal loosening over the next two to three years as recognition of the needs of our public sector. I am not going to prejudge independent pay reviews but—who knows?—perhaps that will give extra leeway in that direction as well. That is right and appropriate, but it is also right that it is executed in the context of a broader, macro-plan for bringing our national debt under control.

According to my back-of-an-envelope forecasts, we will reduce our deficit to its 2001 level, when the Labour party was in government. That was the last year in which it had very sensibly allowed its fiscal envelope to be dictated by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke). From next year, our total debt as a percentage of GDP will begin to decline—a signal point in our resolving the fiscal hole of historic proportions that we inherited. Reducing that deficit is not glamorous or popular, but it is necessary. It is necessary to build up resilience to future shocks; for our annual interest payments, which are about 50% of what we spend every year on the NHS; and on the grounds of simple fairness to future generations.

To maintain that progress of debt reduction and to sustain our investment in the public services that we all cherish, the Chancellor is absolutely right to focus on our productivity puzzle. I respect the OBR’s economic forecasts, which have been referred to frequently this afternoon. Personally I feel more optimistic as to the pace of growth. They are forecasts: they go up and they go down. That is in the nature of forecasting. As the OBR itself says:

“The outlook for potential…productivity is the most important, yet most uncertain, element of”

productivity output growth. The OBR is, of course, right on both counts. That is why I applaud the Chancellor’s robust stance on embracing the new technologies, harnessing the UK’s lead in innovation and building up our productivity growth.

We have an excellent record on employment, both in my Horsham constituency and nationally, with 1,000 jobs a day being created since 2010. Our challenge as a country—it is also a challenge globally, but it is particularly acute in the UK—is to ensure that those employees receive the investment, education, infrastructure and support that will allow us to drive our productivity and enhance further economic growth.

I welcome those measures in the Budget that are directly aimed at long-term improvements in our productivity, including targeting the new technologies, a further £2.3 billion for R and D, and a further enhancement to the R and D tax credit, helping to lift R and D investment to our target of 2.4% of GDP. As someone who sees the UK as a liberal country open to the world, I am delighted by the approach laid out in the Red Book for attracting and retaining the best scientific talent from anywhere in the world to work and flourish here in the UK.

On education, to which the hon. Member for Leicester West referred, I warmly welcome the new approaches. Horsham boasts excellent schools that place huge importance on STEM subjects, and voluntary organisations such as HackHorsham provide extra resources to young people who want to embrace those new technologies.

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22 Nov 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Order. I interrupt my former constituency chairman to say that I know the hon. Gentleman extremely well and he speaks in his mellifluous tone with great eloquence. He is capable of doing so at any length, short or long, but I know that, being a courteous fellow, he will want to have regard to the simmering temperature of the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas), who is to follow him, and other colleagues who also wish to contribute. Therefore, I think I speak with some confidence in saying that his peroration is nigh.

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I take the hint, Mr Speaker, and I promise I will be brief. Education—I welcome it, and I certainly welcome the infrastructure spend on transport and housing. This is a wide Budget with a lot to commend it; it addresses the problems of the past while setting out the foundations for the future. I am sorry that I am not able to entertain the House at any greater length, but it is perfectly fair that others should have their shout. With that, I commend the Budget.

Universal Credit Roll-out

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Tuesday 24th October 2017

(3 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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24 Oct 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Order. The hon. Lady’s eloquence is equalled only by her length. Interventions must be brief.

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24 Oct 2017, 3:44 p.m.

The hon. Lady is always eloquent, and I take seriously the issue she has raised. I urge her to draw that to the attention of Ministers. I cannot handle specific issues in her constituency, but as I conclude I can describe the generality of employment under this Government. We previously debated universal credit on the day on which the new employment figures came out.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Wednesday 11th October 2017

(3 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Cabinet Office
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I call Jeremy Quin. [Hon. Members: “ Hear, hear!”] Order. I am so glad that the hon. Gentleman, who until recently was my constituent, is quite so popular.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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T5. I, too, am delighted to hear it. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the race disparity audit provides invaluable data to not only the Government, but charities, in focusing their resources for maximum impact? [900941]

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and John Bercow
Wednesday 28th June 2017

(3 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Northern Ireland Office
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The Minister has never been more popular.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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7. What recent progress has been made on developing Northern Ireland's economy. [900008]