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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: House of Lords Reform (27 Jun 2011)

Stuart Bell: My hon. Friend knows what they were, and I will not forget them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: House of Lords Reform (27 Jun 2011)

Stuart Bell: I would have reached that part of my speech, if I had not been interrupted from the Labour Front Bench by my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda. Of course we want reform of the House of Lords. The noble Lord Steel has proposals for the reform of the House of Lords. If it is a question of reforming the House of Lords, the proposals are already there. Why go to the expense when even the Deputy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: House of Lords Reform (27 Jun 2011)

Stuart Bell: I certainly voted for an 80% elected Upper Chamber, but never on the basis of proportional representation—never! A number of votes were taken on that occasion, but Members who were present at the time know that they were no more than wrecking votes or wrecking amendments. [Interruption.] My right hon. Friend the Member for Tooting voted for every motion put to the House that night....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: House of Lords Reform (27 Jun 2011)

Stuart Bell: Just as Parliament does not bind its successor, I do not bind myself by a vote that took place in the previous Parliament. Constitutional issues are the most important issues that the House faces tonight and that it will face in the future. The Deputy Prime Minister has said that this is a constitutional Bill, and he referred to it as such again tonight. It is so constitutional that it passes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: European Council (27 Jun 2011)

Stuart Bell: May I draw the Prime Minister’s attention to the conclusions of the European Council that there is recovery within the European zone, that that recovery is long and sustainable and that the Heads of State and the leaders of Governments will commit themselves, and have committed themselves, to do all that is necessary to ensure financial stability within the euro? Is that not in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Injunctions (23 May 2011)

Stuart Bell: We welcome the Attorney-General’s clarification, but is it not a fact that if we continue to use parliamentary privilege to usurp court orders, we are not only bringing Parliament and the courts into conflict, but interfering with the separation of powers. Is that desirable or is it not?

Energy and Climate Change: European Summit (24 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: Listening to what my right hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Mr MacShane) said about Portugal being our oldest ally, I was reminded of the only word that survived the Peninsular war. It was “vamos”—the Portuguese and Spanish ran away. It seems from the speeches of the hon. Members for Stone (Mr Cash) and for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin) that they wish to run away from the...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman added the words “any time yet” to his remarks about joining the euro, because it is inevitable that, over many years, we will join the euro. Tomorrow and the day after, 17 euro states will get together and put forward a proper plan for competitiveness within the euro. For the first time in our history, the United Kingdom is excluded.

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak early and to follow the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr Tyrie). He made three points that I would like to take up. First, he referred to the reduction in the deficit over the next four to five years and said that he thought that that would cause grave concern and bring great pressure to bear on the Government not to continue with the programme. He is...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: I was much amused when statements were made about how the debt was reduced, how much we had to pay off and how much the Labour Government borrowed. In the month of February, the Government borrowed £11 billion when they should have borrowed £8 billion. It is perfectly correct that we have mixed up the structural deficit with the overall deficit, but public spending will continue to go up....

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: I have seen that study. I have also seen the study by PricewaterhouseCoopers about the impact on the north-east of the various deficit reduction plans. May I, without in the least way being sycophantic, congratulate the Leader of the Opposition? He made a short and precise speech but he hit every nail on the head that needed to be hit. Growth is down. Snow or no snow, we entered into zero...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his point, because we have argued consistently—and so has the international community—that we had a financial crisis from 2008 and 2009 and that out of that financial crisis, without referring to tsunamis or earthquakes, there have been many aftershocks and it will take much time to get over that. I agree with that point but it was not us who said...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: That is the point that the Leader of the Opposition made. I was reminded by those on the Front Bench—I had not got so far in my speech—that if growth is down, inflation is up. The Chancellor made a point about commodity prices going up. They are going up in France, where inflation is 2%. We have higher inflation because of the Government’s policy. We have depreciated the value of our...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: That might be the figure in the hon. Gentleman’s part of the world, but it might not be a figure in other parts of the world. Let me get back to the point—we created a balance between the public sector and the private sector and we believed that that balance was right for our country. In the north-east of England, when we lost manufacturing jobs, steel jobs, coal jobs and shipbuilding...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: We had no difficulty with the structural deficit because we believed in infrastructure projects. We believed in public-private initiatives and off-balance sheet finance, which was exactly the same as what the Germans were doing. At the time, it was thought a fine way of doing things and it is still a fine way of doing things. In my constituency, we got the first public-private initiative in...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: I am not going to go down the route that the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer might have gone down at one stage of attacking or criticising the Governor of the Bank of England. That would not be appropriate for me. The advice that was given to the Government, when they came to government, was very severe and we were compared with Greece. The hon. Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2011)

Stuart Bell: That is not true and could not possibly be true. I have just referred to the fact that we borrowed £11 billion in February alone. My point in relation to Lord Lamont and John Major is that if one takes every aspect of the Government’s policy on competitiveness, growth, unemployment and inflation, one sees that they are falling back to where they were in the years between 1979 and 1983 and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: EU Council and North Africa (7 Feb 2011)

Stuart Bell: May I tell the Prime Minister that the 17 member states of the eurozone will be quite comfortable in dealing with safeguarding the euro into the future? He was right to refer to the single market in his speech in Davos last week, as 60% of our trade is with the European Union, but I urge him not to treat the EU as à la carte, only with trade; it must also cover the environment, immigration...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: UK Youth Parliament (22 Nov 2010)

Stuart Bell: The cost in 2009 was £17,469.


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