Results 81–100 of 477 for speaker:Mr Nigel Beard

Public Expenditure (21 Dec 1999)

Mr Nigel Beard: Yes, it is far more possible than what is happening now. There may be some grey areas as to what is capital or whether it is being consumed currently, but the vast bulk of projects can be accounted for in terms of capital. That would be a great improvement. The instinct of people in looking for a cross-fertilisation of the best of private and public is right. Without a new approach to public...

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: The Financial Services Authority (27 Jan 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the flaw in the argument that he and his colleagues are advancing, is that they are making an analogy between a normal commercial company and the Financial Services Authority? If a chairman and a chief executive of the FSA had to consider a major investigation, there would be every incentive for investigators at all levels to try to drive a wedge between...

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: The Financial Services Authority (27 Jan 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: Having had the responsibility in the Treasury under the previous Government that he mentioned, can the hon. Gentleman say why it was appropriate to have regulators for all the public utilities—single people regulating in similar circumstances to the head of the FSA—with no equivalent chairman, whereas when it comes to a general responsibility for the City there is suddenly perceived to be...

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: The Financial Services Authority (27 Jan 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: The Financial Services Authority (27 Jan 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: Where in the Bill are the powers of the board circumscribed in the way that the hon. Gentleman has set out?

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: Reports by Director General of Fair Trading (27 Jan 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: The clauses that so aggravate the right hon. Gentleman are there to provide for a watchdog over the Financial Services Authority, so that nothing it does unnecessarily impedes competition. That seems to be entirely reasonable. It divides the role on competition between the FSA and the Director General of Fair Trading. I do not understand why the right hon. Gentleman sees such dire...

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: Reports by Director General of Fair Trading (27 Jan 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: Such arguments have been rehearsed before. On each occasion, the case made against including competitiveness as an objective of the Bill is that under the Competition Act 1998 there exists the Competition Commission. To give authority for regulating competition to the FSA in respect of financial matters would mean two organisations regulating one sector of the economy, which could lead to...

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: Reports by Director General of Fair Trading (27 Jan 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: The right hon. and learned Gentleman has introduced the international dimension to the debate. Will he say what would happen to the FSA if it went into international negotiations to establish an international regulatory arrangement, if it had at the centre of its objectives the maintenance of competition and promotion of United Kingdom competitiveness? Those with which it was negotiating...

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: Judicial Review (1 Feb 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: The hon. Gentleman is following the same line that was pursued by many of his hon. Friends—to open up legislation to progressive legal interference; to lower the point at which there is the possibility of such interference; and to pile on consultation and review. The danger is that such proposals seem to be a wrecking tactic—to sink the Bill because there will be no possibility that the...

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: Reviews (1 Feb 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the greatest threat to the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the FSA is the number of reviews that the Opposition would impose on it?

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: Reviews (1 Feb 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill (8 Feb 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: rose—

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: Market Abuse. (9 Feb 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: Proof of intent has been debated several times and is being covered again now. Several cases of market abuse were notable because they were difficult to prove and people got away with it. Would not it be extremely difficult to prove market abuse if intent were introduced as the basis of proof and would not an awful lot of people still get away with it? The Bill eases the process of...

Orders of the Day — Financial Services and Markets Bill: Repeals (9 Feb 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: For the four of us on these Benches who have seen the Bill through all its stages from the Burns committee, tonight has something of an end of term feeling. I am sure that all four of us would wish to associate ourselves with the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for Huddersfield (Mr. Sheerman) on the constructive way in which the committee dealt with the matter and its value through all...

Defence White Paper (22 Feb 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. Does he subscribe to the view that, because we cannot do everything, we should do nothing?

Defence White Paper (28 Feb 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: There has in the past been a stereotyped view of the defence community as pickled in the values of 40 or 50 years earlier, introspective, and so ignorant of changing circumstances and suspicious of new ideas. Whatever the truth in the past, that stereotype is far from true about our Army, Navy and Air Force today. They are part of the mainstream of life in Britain and probably the most...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Rough Sleepers (7 Mar 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: What progress has been made in reducing the number of rough sleepers. [112175]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Rough Sleepers (7 Mar 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank the Minister for that welcome reply. What support services are being provided to encourage former rough sleepers to stay in permanent accommodation rather than take to the streets again?

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does not the hon. Gentleman recognise that at the heart of the Prime Minister's statement was the concept of medical audit, which is an attempt to overcome the gross disparities in treatment and cost in different regions, which have grown up over many years? Why, over so many years, did the previous Administration, whom the hon. Gentleman supported, tolerate such gross disparities?

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Mar 2000)

Mr Nigel Beard: If the new Labour Government had started spending in 1997 to remedy the state of decline and neglect of our public services, they would have compounded the huge deficit in public finances that they inherited. Today, the Government would not have been discussing the future of the International Monetary Fund: the IMF would have been discussing the future of the Government. When the first...


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