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Prayers: Debate on the Address (25 Jun 1987)

David Blunkett: I wish to pay tribute to Joan Maynard who, for 13 years, represented the people of the constituency that I am here to serve, and the people of Sheffield, to the best of her ability. On 12 June, I was the only Opposition Member who could genuinely say that he was looking on the bright side. I congratulate the mover and seconder of the motion — the hon. Members for Davyhulme (Mr. Churchill)...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rating Reform (15 Jul 1987)

David Blunkett: Will the Secretary of State say which of the two press reports to which he has referred is correct? Did either of them take into account Cabinet discussion on the amount of money that will have to be found to administer the rating system and the poll tax at the same time, and whether local government will be remunerated in a way that will take account of the chaos that will ensue, especially...

New Clause 3: Rate Reduction (Lothian Region) (20 Jul 1987)

David Blunkett: Will the hon. Gentleman tell me what he thinks the electorate of Lothian think of services such as education, particularly the deplorable standards, the lack of books, the reduced number of teachers and the lack of provision for the mentally handicapped and the disabled, in Hereford and Worcester county?

Members' Salaries and Allowances (21 Jul 1987)

David Blunkett: Many of the good points that my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry, South-East (Mr. Nellist) has just made would have been enhanced if he had hidden some of his light under a slightly larger bushel, because many of his comments were true. Many of his points were good ones. Lecturing colleagues on how much to give of their pay, however, smacks of the benevolence that some of us have tried to...

Members' Salaries and Allowances (21 Jul 1987)

David Blunkett: I need not reply to that intervention from the hon. Member, because his words were clearly addressed not to me but to Conservative Members. We can expect the support of the people whom we represent in our desire to be paid decently and have good support services only if they are persuaded that we are doing our job properly and are working on their behalf and serving their interests, not...

Rate Support Grant (England) (23 Jul 1987)

David Blunkett: Will the Secretary of State confirm that, every time the local electorate in a borough, city or county votes Labour instead of Conservative, the people may expect the following year to be rate-capped until the Government introduce the poll tax, which will be based purely on the ability to pay and not on citizenship, which has been accepted as democracy over the past 100 years? Does the right...

Storm Damage (England) (21 Oct 1987)

David Blunkett: Does the Secretary of State agree that non rate-capped authorities have the ability in the following year to restore the contingency or reserve funds that they have had to raid to meet the expenditure that will be incurred this year? Does he agree also that there is no logic in exempting authorities over a penny rate or districts over a 0·15p rate in meeting 25 per cent. of the...

Orders of the Day — Public Utility Transfers and Water Charges Bill (21 Oct 1987)

David Blunkett: The Minister believes that privatisation had a dramatic effect on British Telecom. Does he believe that that will be mirrored in the water industry by a massive investment in providing clean and wholesome water and the disposal of effluent rather than a massive investment in metering which will create not the shabbiest but the smelliest nation in Europe, no doubt followed by the suggestion...

Financial Situation (27 Oct 1987)

David Blunkett: Does the Chancellor accept that in our democracy accountability for the economy and what happens to public assets rests with him, as accountable to this House, and that the so-called capital-owning, share-owning democracy is neither democratic nor effective? As a consequence, does he agree that he should give an assurance to the House that further sales of major public assets will cease and...

Autumn Statement (3 Nov 1987)

David Blunkett: Can the Chancellor of the Exchequer explain how the proposals for social security increases accord with the statements made by the housing Minister that there would be money available under the proposed Housing Bill to fund the proposed increases in rents in the market economy? The proposals that we have heard this afternoon covering inflation and the modest amount towards the 20 per cent. of...

Local Government Finance Bill (17 Dec 1987)

David Blunkett: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and to the House for the opportunity of contributing to this debate after my enforced absence. As we approach the Christmas recess, I wondered whether the BBC would invite us, as the most famous amateur dramatic society in the country, to present something for Christmas. The most appropriate production would be "A Christmas Carol" but it would be...

Local Government Finance Bill (17 Dec 1987)

David Blunkett: Obviously, they pay more income tax, but that is part of the fairness of the redistribution within our system. If the present rating system has any unfairness — of course it has — it is partly because of the Government's deliberate actions over the past eight years. There has been a deliberate destabilisation of the relationship between local government and central Government and of the...

Local Government Finance Bill (17 Dec 1987)

David Blunkett: If the hon. Gentleman had given me an opportunity to draw a breath, I would have gone on to say that I should like to pick up the words of my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham) yesterday. He phrased it slightly less pointedly than I shall. I am in favour of a property tax that is supplemented by a fair tax on incomes. That means a local income tax. Before someone...

Local Government Finance Bill (17 Dec 1987)

David Blunkett: As the right hon. Member for Henley (Mr. Heseltine) said last night, there is nothing —[Interruption.]

Local Government Finance Bill (17 Dec 1987)

David Blunkett: I shall let the hon. Gentleman intervene.

Local Government Finance Bill (17 Dec 1987)

David Blunkett: I must agree with the hon. Gentleman —we shall not hang, draw and quarter anybody—[HON. MEMBERS: "Why not?"]—because some of us will not be able to afford the silken rope with which to do so. The prime task facing the House tonight is not to inflict on people something against which they will rise up, but to protect them from the consequences of the Government's actions. We may not be...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Right Not to Be Unjustifiably Disciplined (8 Feb 1988)

David Blunkett: The Economic League, I think.

Televising of the House (9 Feb 1988)

David Blunkett: I respect the expertise of the hon. Member in the technicalities of filming the House. However, I would put it to him in an unemotional and objective fashion that before I came to the House I had access to the recordings and the transmissions of proceedings in the Chamber which would still be accessible to me, whether on radio or on television. Thousands of people in Britain are deaf or...

Clause 104: Power to Designate Authorities (25 Apr 1988)

David Blunkett: Does the Minister accept that if we have poll tax capping it is unlikely that the trading standards officer will any longer exist?

Clause 104: Power to Designate Authorities (25 Apr 1988)

David Blunkett: How would the Minister respond to the fact that within three months of rate capping being levied in the city of Sheffield the Conservatives lost two seats in an area that they had previously held for 60 years? Is he aware that such a swing would ensure that if the hon. Member of Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Patnick) were standing for election on 5 May he would lose his seat on Sheffield city council?

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