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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 703: debated on Friday 19 November 2021

Ministerial Corrections

Friday 19 November 2021

Treasury

Finance (No. 2) Bill

The following is an extract from the Second Reading debate on the Finance (No. 2) Bill on 16 November 2021.

The Minister mentioned fairness a few times, and also the challenges facing the country. Why have her Government decided to give banks a reduction in the surcharge taxes they pay, which will cost the taxpayer £1 billion a year, when increasing numbers of our constituents are going hungry because of the failure to support them in the challenges they have faced over the last 18 months?

I am grateful for the opportunity to answer that question, because the hon. Lady talked about a reduction in the amount banks are paying but that is not accurate: the banks will actually be paying a higher rate than previously. The hon. Lady might have noted that I referenced in my speech the fact that corporation tax was going up to 25%, and banks will be paying a higher rate than everybody else, who will be paying 25%; the banks will now be paying 28%, not the 27% they are currently paying. We are also ensuring that we have a competitive operating environment for these banks, because the banking sector not only contributes to the economy but employs 1 million people.

[Official Report, 16 November 2021, Vol. 703, c. 496.]

Letter of correction from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury:

An error has been identified in my response to the hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Rushanara Ali).

The correct information should have been:

We are also ensuring that we have a competitive operating environment for these banks, because the banking sector not only contributes to the economy but employs almost half a million people.

Transport

Integrated Rail Plan: North and Midlands

The following is an extract from the statement on 18 November 2021.

Today’s announcement will be a bitter blow to my constituents and the local economy in York, not least because we all know, and the Secretary of State knows, that the trans-Pennine route upgrade will not have the necessary capacity to deliver the rail speeds and connectivity that we need. Will he publish the capacity of that route so that we can understand how my constituents can move west in a timely way?

Yes, I will. The capacity figures are in the document itself. I do not want the hon. Lady to go away from this Chamber and inadvertently mislead her constituents. Journey times from York to Manchester, which are 55 minutes today, will be 28 minutes. There will be a dramatic improvement, and it would be extraordinary if she described that as bad news.

[Official Report, 18 November 2021, Vol. 703, c. 749.]

Letter of correction from the Secretary of State for Transport:

An error has been identified in my response to the hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell).

The correct information should have been:

Yes, I will. The capacity figures are in the document itself. I do not want the hon. Lady to go away from this Chamber and inadvertently mislead her constituents. Journey times from York to Manchester, which are 83 minutes today, will be reduced by 28 minutes to 55 minutes. There will be a dramatic improvement, and it would be extraordinary if she described that as bad news.

Education

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords]

The following are extracts from the Second Reading debate on the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords] on 15 November 2021.

We want the skills system to become more responsive to the needs and knowledge of employers, creating dialogue between skills providers and industry. That is why the Bill establishes the employer representative bodies and local skills improvement plans.

[Official Report, 15 November 2021, Vol. 703, c. 424.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Education, the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart):

An error has been identified in my speech.

The correct information should have been:

We want the skills system to become more responsive to the needs and knowledge of employers, creating dialogue between skills providers and industry. That is why the Bill establishes the role of employer representative bodies in developing local skills improvement plans.

The hon. Member for Birmingham, Hall Green (Tahir Ali) spoke—I refer to him because my father-in-law was from Birmingham, Hall Green— powerfully and movingly about his experience and his son’s. I have no doubt that he and his son would have been able to do a BTEC in engineering, flourished through it and been able to enjoy some of the great advantages I have seen when I have visited colleges in south Essex, Walsall and south London, where students are studying T-levels and thriving.

[Official Report, 15 November 2021, Vol. 703, c. 425.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Education, the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart):

A further error has been identified in my speech.

The correct information should have been:

I have no doubt that he and his son would have been able to do a T-level in engineering, flourished through it and been able to enjoy some of the great advantages I have seen when I have visited colleges in south Essex, Walsall and south London, where students are studying T-levels and thriving.