Results 1–20 of 477 for speaker:Mr Nigel Beard

Petitions — Rail Services (South-East London) (23 Mar 2005)

Mr Nigel Beard: I wish to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Bexleyheath, Crayford and surrounding areas of south-east London. The Strategic Rail Authority has put out to tender the integrated Kent franchise rail network. Consultation took place in January 2004, after which the SRA proposed a balance of services to London Victoria, London Bridge and Cannon Street from Bexleyheath. However, a...

Law Society (Complaints) (21 Mar 2005)

Mr Nigel Beard: I welcome Sir David Clementi's final report on legal services in England and Wales and I was pleased to hear of the Lord Chancellor's speech today at the legal services reform conference where he announced the future establishment of a legal services board and an office for legal complaints. Such a large reform and liberalisation of legal services cannot happen overnight and I therefore...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Mar 2005)

Mr Nigel Beard: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 2nd March.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Mar 2005)

Mr Nigel Beard: The greatest assets this country has are the skills and talents of its people, but many women are excluded from using their abilities in work because of the difficulties of combining a job with having children. How will the Government help to overcome those obstacles?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Feb 2005)

Mr Nigel Beard: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the Metropolitan police in Bexley on becoming one of the two safest London boroughs over the past 12 months? Residential burglary and motor vehicle crime are down by 18 per cent. and the number of special constables recruited is higher there than in the rest of London put together. Will he also—

Future Infantry Structure (16 Dec 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the changes made to the shape of the Army, which match the new challenges facing defence forces in the 21st century and improve the scope for people who serve in the Army to have a stable home life.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Growth and Stability Pact (16 Dec 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: What are the likely consequences of the European Union continuing effectively without any fiscal rules if the stability and growth pact is not reformed?

Long-term Savings (9 Dec 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: The value of the stock market has fallen by about £150 billion and the tax to which the hon. Gentleman refers is £5 billion a year, which amounts to only £35 billion over five years. Which does he think has had the greater influence on savings: the £160 billion fall in the value of stocks or the £35 billion in tax?

Long-term Savings (9 Dec 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: I did not suggest for a moment that commissions were generally wrong, but in the case in question the commission comes up-front. Thereafter the adviser can wash his hands of the client. Moreover, most clients consult a financial adviser on one instance, such as when they buy a house, a car or a pension. Such clients are unlikely to buy another pension in two or three years' time. The market...

Long-term Savings (9 Dec 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: The argument against regulating products is that it would stifle innovation and, to a degree, competitiveness, and there is some justification for it. I was talking about having the Sandler products as a standard and base for the industry, but leaving the industry free to innovate beyond that with products that are more risky that could be marketed to people who are better able to understand them.

Long-term Savings (9 Dec 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: There is no doubting the decline of public confidence in long-term savings. The bear market in equities since 2000 has played a major part in that, both in reducing the value of people's savings and in exposing the weaknesses of financial services that had predicated many products and practices on an ever-rising market. The resulting casualties are numerous and widespread. Half of all...

Orders of the Day — Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill (8 Dec 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: The merger of Customs and Excise with the Inland Revenue was proposed by the previous Treasury Committee and has been welcomed by the current one. On the face of it, as the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr. Tyrie) touched on, it is a peculiar coupling. Customs and Excise has an image of speed boats and James Bond activity in remote inlets of the coast, whereas the Inland Revenue has the Bob...

Economic Affairs (1 Dec 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: The Bank of England gave evidence to the Treasury Committee yesterday and did not concur in any way with the predictions that the hon. Gentleman is making. It gave no indication that it believed that boom and bust was about to occur.

Environment, Transport and Local and Devolved Government Affairs (25 Nov 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: On 15 November the Adjournment debate was set against the background of Crossrail, which had in east London one branch going to Stratford, and on the south of the river a branch going from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet. My hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department for Transport yesterday announced that the line would terminate at Abbey Wood and would no longer go on to Ebbsfleet. The only...

Thames Gateway (15 Nov 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: The House has heard a great deal this evening with which I agree. The potential of the area for housing, for business and for the development of new jobs is there to be seen. The conditions in the area at present are not right to attract these new developments. There has been a sequence of four or five studies going back 25 years, all of which have shown that the economic and social...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Financial Advice and Services (14 Oct 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: If he will reform the rules governing the delivery of financial advice and services through the workplace.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Financial Advice and Services (14 Oct 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware that in the evidence to the Treasury Committee on restoring confidence in long-term savings, there was widespread agreement on the advantages of being able to promote pension and savings schemes in the workplace, but at present employers are prevented from doing that? An employer cannot, for instance, promote a stakeholder pension scheme to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Borrowing (15 Jul 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does my right hon. Friend agree that public borrowing, within the fiscal rules, is essential to sustain a programme of investment that is needed to overcome the gross neglect of public investment during 18 years of Conservative government?

Lighter Evenings (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to advance time by one hour in England and Wales throughout the year; to provide that the power to make decisions in relation to time zones in Northern Ireland and Scotland be devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Parliament; and for connected purposes. During the winter, time would be Greenwich mean time plus one hour...

Armed Forces Personnel (13 May 2004)

Mr Nigel Beard: What responsibility did they have for the Americans?

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