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Results 2241–2245 of 2245 for speaker:Peter Ainsworth

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: In that case, I am surprised at Labour Members' attitude tonight. I am pleased to say that the confusion displayed by Opposition Members did not extend to their colleagues in another place. As has been pointed out, the noble Baroness Turner supported the principle at the heart of the Bill and made it clear that she did not regard it as a blueprint for privatisation. I am sorry to find that...

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: I am talking not about history but about what is happening today. I was most impressed by what the National Audit Office had to say today about its work. It gave specific examples of the real-costs benefits which are accruing from its work. I applaud its efforts and wish it well. There is a new spirit of accountability abroad in our public departments. Opposition Members continue to deride...

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: I should be delighted to spend a great deal of time discussing the new spirit of accountability in Wandsworth council, on which I served for six years, where it is applied to enormously beneficial effect. The Benefits Agency has been dealt with by hon. Members at great length. It is becoming increasingly clear that Opposition Members have no serious commitment to improving the quality of...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Urban Development Bill (3 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: Reference has been made to the complexity of the Bill. I am forced to say that the speech of the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Mr. Soley) has not made it any simpler for me, at least. I am sure that it will be a popular Bill, since its guiding spirit is the desire, long associated with Conservative Members —but, frankly, for less time with Opposition Members— that people should be enabled...

Prayers: Action for the Countryside (26 Jun 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: I am delighted to support the motion, and I thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make my maiden speech. The debate concerns issue of great interest not only to those who work and live in the countryside but to those who visit it. It touches on issues of some profundity, because the well-being, appearance and size of the countryside have been entrusted to our generation—as to...


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