Results 281–300 of 477 for speaker:Mr Nigel Beard

Public Bill Committee: Tax Credits Bill: Clause 23 - Payments (22 Jan 2002)

Mr Nigel Beard: We now come to the Programming Sub-Committee's further programme motion, which has been circulated. Ordered, That the Resolution of the Committee of 15 January be amended as follows— (1) in paragraph (1), at end insert 'save that on Thursday 24 January the Committee shall meet between half-past Nine o'clock and half-past Ten o'clock and at Two o'clock; and (2) paragraph (4) is...

Public Bill Committee: Tax Credits Bill: Clause 10 - Entitlement (17 Jan 2002)

Mr Nigel Beard: Order. I have allowed the hon. Gentleman a modicum of latitude, but he should stick to clause 10.

Public Bill Committee: Tax Credits Bill: Clause 10 - Entitlement (17 Jan 2002)

Mr Nigel Beard: I hope that the Minister will not accept the hon. Gentleman's invitation to go beyond clause 10.

Public Bill Committee: Tax Credits Bill: Clause 10 - Entitlement (17 Jan 2002)

Mr Nigel Beard: Order. The hon. Gentleman should return to clause 10.

Public Bill Committee: Tax Credits Bill: Clause 10 - Entitlement (17 Jan 2002)

Mr Nigel Beard: With this it will be convenient to take the following amendments: No. 79, in page 7, line 24, leave out from 'persons' to ', or' in line 25 and insert 'has one or more children or qualifying young persons in their direct care'. No. 80, in clause 11, page 7, line 31, after 'persons', insert 'having one or more children or qualifying young persons in their direct care'.

Public Bill Committee: Tax Credits Bill: Clause 9 - Maximum rate (17 Jan 2002)

Mr Nigel Beard: I remind the Committee that with this we are considering amendment No. 31, in page 6, line 40, after 'according', insert 'to the number of adults in the family and'.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: International Terrorism (14 Jan 2002)

Mr Nigel Beard: Srebrenica experienced an appalling atrocity on NATO's doorstep, in which 8,000 innocent people were killed. The perpetrators of the crime and their whereabouts are known. Why is it taking so long to bring General Mladic and Radovan Karadzic to justice?

European Council (Laeken) (17 Dec 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does the proposal for an intergovernmental conference responding to the enlargement of the European Union and the preparatory convention chaired by Mr. Giscard d'Estaing imply that the treaty of Nice is, in essence, an interim measure?

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (10 Dec 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: While I recognise my right hon. Friend's distinguished record in fighting child poverty and family poverty, as well as the truth of much of what he is saying, what alternative measures would he suggest to tackle such poverty?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Stakeholder Pensions (10 Dec 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the recent report produced by the National Association of Pension Funds which shows that new entrants to pensions are increasingly offered money purchase schemes rather than final salary schemes? Moreover, it shows that employers' contributions to money purchase schemes are only just over half the contributions to final salary schemes. The implication is that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Manufacturing (6 Dec 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does my hon. Friend agree that the future of manufacturing depends, crucially, on the rate of innovation? In that context, what responses have been received from business and industry for the proposed research and development tax credit for larger companies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Business Taxation (8 Nov 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does my right hon. Friend agree that both the manufacturing and service sectors of business in Britain will benefit from Government policies to enhance and encourage enterprise? How does Britain compare with its international competitors as an enterprise culture?

Standards and Privileges (31 Oct 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: The right hon. Gentleman has attempted to associate Robert Maxwell with new Labour or, recently, the Labour party, three times during his speech. Has he any evidence of Robert Maxwell's link in financial terms with new Labour or the Labour party, as opposed to Robert Maxwell's link to individual people in a private capacity?

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Universal Bank (30 Oct 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in establishing the Universal Bank; and which commercial banks are collaborating with the scheme and in what way.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan (30 Oct 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on policy towards establishing a stable Government in Afghanistan.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (4 Jul 2001)

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

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Finance) Bill (3 Jul 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman, who is making a most interesting fact-free point. I have the figures. In 1995—remember who was in office then—our net contribution, with abatements, was £4 billion; in 1996, it was £2.3 billion; in 2000, it was scheduled to be £2.4 billion. Those figures should hardly turn the earth upside down and cause the revolution to which he is pointing.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Finance) Bill (3 Jul 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: Will the right hon. Gentleman explain why public services did not improve under the Governments of whom he was a member, who determined to have low taxes and under whom this country's public services rotted and declined to an unprecedented degree?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Finance) Bill (3 Jul 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: The Bill makes possible the expansion of the European Union. Great difficulties in arriving at a suitable financial arrangement were expected, but they were overcome magnificently by the Berlin European Council of March 1999, which lies behind the Bill. What a pity the EU does not manage to trumpet its triumphs more loudly. Instead, a major achievement went almost unnoticed as just another EU...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Finance) Bill (3 Jul 2001)

Mr Nigel Beard: I gather that that is a reference to Ireland. We accept the sovereignty of individual member states: the matter is one for Ireland to sort out, not for this Parliament. As I said, the Bill will entrench democracy and the principles of a modern economy in countries whose attachment to both concepts was fitful throughout the 20th century. In doing so, it will underpin political and economic...


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