Prosperity and fairness

Mike Wood: What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the unduly lenient sentence scheme.

 

Jeremy Wright The Attorney-General

Mike Wood: Does the Minister recognise that the basic test of fairness for the families is that they all need access to representation and that that representation needs to be at the same level as that of other parties in the inquest?

 

Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Yes, and it is important

Mike Wood: When the Chancellor cut corporation tax in the Budget, he reduced the losses that banks could offset against corporation tax liabilities. Will he consider extending that to ensure that while we have the lowest possible rates, everyone pays their fair share of corporation tax?

 

George Osborne (Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Secretary of State)

Mike Wood:  I am proud to be a governor at Halesbury School, which has become a specialist autism school where more than a third of pupils have autism, many undiagnosed when they join the school. I am grateful to the deputy head, Amanda Appleby-Payne, for the insight she offered ahead of this debate.

Let me start with amendments 5 and 6, tabled by
the right hon. Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy), which would either remove or raise the compensation cap. Although I fully understand his reasons for asking that the level of the cap be considered, I am unable to support either amendment. As I have stated at earlier stages in the legislative process, we simply cannot continue to have a situation in which the public purse is subject to unlimited liability.

Mike Wood: Companies such as Simworx in my constituency are extremely successful at selling products around the world that are based on their intellectual property developed in the UK. Does the shadow Chancellor think the profits from that intellectual property should be taxed in the country where those products are sold, or here in Britain?

 

John Martin McDonnell Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

Mike Wood: Dudley Council is banning dogs from the parts of Himley Park that are most easily accessible to people with visual and other disabilities. May we have a debate on facilities to allow guide dog owners and puppy-walkers to exercise their dogs properly?

 

Chris Grayling Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

Mike Wood: What steps the Government is taking to give parents a greater say in access to holiday and wrap-around care.

 

Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Mike Wood: The latest Office for National Statistics figures show that disposable household income was rising more quickly in the West Midlands than anywhere else in the country. Will the Chancellor consider creating further local enterprise zones such as Waterfront Business Park in Dudley South to help create further local growth, opportunities and prosperity for my constituents?

 

George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Secretary of State

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