Results 81–100 of 1306 for speaker:Nick Ainger

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: New Clause 1 (18 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: The hon. Lady has already said that there is reluctance among people of certain age groups either to engage in the political process or to believe that they should fill in the form. We all know that there is a certain amount of apathy.

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: New Clause 1 (18 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: The introduction of the individual identifier means that those people, whom we want to encourage to participate in the political process, have denied themselves that. I accept that point.

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: New Clause 1 (18 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: We must have systems that encourage people who are not registering but who were registering before, as in Northern Ireland at the moment. That is the point.

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Schedule 2 (13 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: Amendment No. 136 is also probing. Earlier, the Minister moved Government amendment No. 126, which proposed that information on the investigatory powers of the commission be included in the annual report. Paragraph 27 of the proposed new schedule implies that from time to time reports will be produced on the use of the civil sanctions that the commission has imposed. Does that mean that...

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Schedule 2 (13 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: Amendment No. 1 might seem to be a complete contradiction of the argument that I was advocating earlier when we were trying to prevent a move towards criminal sanctions rather than civil sanctions. However, it seems that the process under schedule 2 means that an individual who believes himself to be innocent of a charge brought by the Electoral Commission has to go through a long and...

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Schedule 2 (13 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: I accept my hon. Friend’s point. The purpose of the amendment is to deal with delay. We know of examples of hon. Members still awaiting resolution of serious issues, and whose careers have been blighted as a result of a significant delay. This is not the place to discuss that, but it is clear that, because of a long, drawn-out process, justice might not have been done in certain cases. I...

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Clause 3 (13 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: Having heard the Minister’s explanations and his assurances about proportionality, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Clause 3 (13 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: I beg to move amendment No. 133, in page 2, line 31, column 2, leave out from beginning to end of line 37 and insert ‘A fine of £1,000.’.

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Clause 3 (13 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: I join other members of the Committee in welcoming you to our deliberations, Mr. Atkinson. I am sure that the Minister will be pleased to know that we are about to discuss a probing amendment. It provides an opportunity to deal with the theme that runs through the Bill: the move from civil to criminal sanctions. The penalties under section 147 of the Political Parties, Elections and...

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Schedule 1 (11 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Schedule 1 (11 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: My right hon. Friend refers to the thresholds that are required and to a warrant that might be granted by a justice of the peace. Is he satisfied that the threshold is high enough? Should we be considering a judge in a court issuing an order, rather than a JP in a magistrates court issuing a warrant?

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Clause 1 (11 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: As I have indicated to my right hon. Friend, I am still a little puzzled. The good news is that the commission is producing guidance; that is absolutely essential. We might have to return to this issue, but I shall not press the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Clause 1 (11 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: I beg to move amendment No. 2, in clause 1, page 1, line 10, leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Clause 1 (11 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: May I say, Mr. Cook, how pleased I am to be serving under your chairmanship again? The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that the Electoral Commission publish clear guidance for political parties, donors and those regulated by the 2000 Act. I note that Government amendment No. 125 uses the word “shall” in relation to other guidance that is to be published by the commission. I am...

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill: Clause 1 (11 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: I am still a little puzzled. The Minister and the Electoral Commission tell us that they are producing the guidance, so why is the requirement so onerous? If it is producing the guidance, it does not seem to be too onerous for it to do so. We being told that putting “shall” instead of “may” and creating a duty would somehow be asking far too much, and would take up far too...

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill (4 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: Sir Hayden, you will be well aware that it is not only funding that is important to political parties; it is also membership and volunteers, because at the end of the day, they are the people who go out and do the work. On Second Reading, a number of Members raised the issue of the new powers that would be given to the Electoral Commission, particularly those involving entering people’s...

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill (4 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: What safeguards would you recommend to the Committee, bearing in mind your support for the contentions that we must keep that great cohort of volunteers enthusiastic and not make them increasingly concerned that they may face criminal charges?

Public Bill Committee: Political Parties and Elections Bill (4 Nov 2008)

Nick Ainger: Thank you. I believe that draft guidance should be presented to Public Bill Committees so that it can be examined during the scrutiny process. Do you agree that in both this area and the area covering the triggering mechanism, draft guidance should be produced by the Electoral Commission as quickly as possible so that this Committee can look at it?

Business of the House (30 Oct 2008)

Nick Ainger: My right hon. and learned Friend will be aware that many millions of households are very worried about high energy costs, particularly with winter coming. She will also be aware that the Prime Minister has called on the oil companies to pass on the falls in crude oil prices to their customers as quickly as possible. Many people in rural areas are dependent upon liquefied petroleum gas and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Repossessions (30 Oct 2008)

Nick Ainger: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the current crisis stems from the fact that there is no trust or confidence between banks? They are not lending money to each other, so the wholesale markets have collapsed. The main reason for that is their exposure to substantial debt. As well as recapitalising the banks and underwriting their lending, is it not about time we insisted that they declare...


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