13/05/14 Finance (No. 2) Bill

Mr. Ian Mearns (Gateshead): I do not claim to be an expert on fracking, but I do know that when Lord Howell described the “desolate” North-East as an appropriate place for fracking, he could not have been more wrong. Both geographically and geologically, the North-East is regarded as a low-yield area. I think that he […]

12/05/14 Free schools: Sweden

Commons Hansard 12 May 2014 Free schools: Sweden Mr. Ian Mearns (Gateshead): When the Secretary of State came to office, he often quoted Sweden as a great example to follow because of their free schools programme. Now that Sweden is in flight from free schools, what lessons is he learning from that experience? Michael Gove: […]

08/05/14 Finance (No. 2) Bill

Mr. Ian Mearns (Gateshead): It is not the case that any Labour Member does not trust people to manage their own money, but when money is concerned, the sharks are always circling. The problem is that many sensible people have been caught up by con merchants posing as financial advisers or those who look after […]

06/05/14 Finance (No. 2) Bill

Mr. Ian Mearns (Gateshead): Will the Minister let us know, in the light of HMRC’s estimates, how many companies are established with the sole purpose of being a subsidiary to a greater corporate entity to take advantage of tax avoidance schemes that relate to the clause? Does HMRC have a good estimate of how many […]

01/05/14 Finance (No. 2) Bill

Mr. Ian Mearns (Gateshead): I have been working with small and medium-sized enterprises in my constituency and the surrounding area through the Industry and Parliament Trust programme. The concerns that my hon. Friend has outlined have been entirely reflected by companies, particularly those in the small and medium-sized bracket. The North-East of England is peculiar […]