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Results 1–20 of 5786 for speaker:Lord Blunkett

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

David Blunkett: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his appointment as shadow Home Secretary. If he were Home Secretary, would he press ahead, in the face of opposition from the Association of Police Authorities, the Local Government Association and his own party, even if he felt that consulting further and listening to people further would be a more sensible and rational way of approaching the issue of...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

David Blunkett: May I follow the hon. Gentleman's logic on the abolition of the ID card scheme to spend money on the police? Can he explain briefly how reducing the amount raised from the passport charge—to take account of the fact that there would no longer be a clean database and the additional charge associated with the passport would thus no longer be needed—would allow the service to raise the same...

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

David Blunkett: Can we clarify the difference between income and expenditure? I am talking about income raised for spending; if the income is reduced, there can be no expenditure.

Olympics: Policing and Crime Bill (19 Jan 2009)

David Blunkett: rose—

Women and Equality: Welfare Reform Bill (27 Jan 2009)

David Blunkett: Will my right hon. Friend reassure those inside and outside the House who have been campaigning for a higher mobility component in the disability living allowance for those with little or no sight? As he said during his eloquent description of the young man in Barnsley, people must not be trapped in their homes but be enabled to prepare for work by engaging again with society, being able to...

Business of the House: Digital Britain (29 Jan 2009)

David Blunkett: I thank my right hon. Friend for the statement and the interim report. He and I share a long-standing concern about the digital divide, in terms of availability, connectivity and internet literacy, which he has mentioned. Will he comment on how we might, through the report, strengthen our hand when it comes to the other divide—the divide that means that there are people who are not aware...

Royal Assent: New Trains (Investment) (12 Feb 2009)

David Blunkett: I welcome my right hon. Friend's announcement and the investment that goes with it. May I suggest to him, as he knows the midland main line very well, that the welcome announcement about the completion of its electrification be accompanied by an announcement on the relevant rolling stock that he has announced for the east coast and Great Western main lines? The Meridian trains that are now...

Food Labelling Regulations (Amendment): New Clause 4 — Disability living allowance for blind claimants (17 Mar 2009)

David Blunkett: First, I think that, mischievously, I should declare an interest because I am a vice-president of the RNIB. However, because a couple of people have appeared to stalk me and ring up newspapers in the past four years, I should also declare that I have an alternative method of funding transport. I shall not, at least for the moment, be a beneficiary of any change that the Government may or may...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: International Terrorism (24 Mar 2009)

David Blunkett: I thank my right hon. Friend and all those who have worked with her on updating the Contest strategy, which we first put together in 2003. While it is understandable that she will be concentrating on the immediate physical risk to life and limb, demonstrated so tragically on 7 July 2005, and the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threat that exists, will she consider adding a...

Written Answers — Duchy of Lancaster: Unemployment (20 Apr 2009)

David Blunkett: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were (a) claiming jobseeker's allowance and (b) unemployed according to the International Labour Organisation definitions in each quarter since 1979.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Digital Britain (16 Jun 2009)

David Blunkett: May I thank you personally, Mr. Speaker, for the courtesy and kindness that you have shown me over the years that you have occupied your post? I also congratulate my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on his new appointment. Does my right hon. Friend agree that for the digital highway, as for the physical highway, people need a vehicle, they need training, and they need to know the...

Women and Equality: National Security Strategy (25 Jun 2009)

David Blunkett: Thank you, Mr. Speaker; I shall try a question. As my right hon. Friend will know, I raised the issue of cybercrime and attack when we updated our Contest strategy earlier this year. I am deeply concerned that we not only co-ordinate correctly the organisations that can make a difference, but resource them effectively. My right hon. Friend will know that it is crucial to put resources into...

Orders of the Day: European Union (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 2008)

David Blunkett: Does my right hon. Friend accept that the European Scrutiny Committee report and the original words that Giscard d'Estaing issued did not—as the current Committee has recently reflected—take into account the fact that the opt-outs and protocols have made a significant difference to the decisions that we in this House take on the treaty compared with the 26 other European countries who are...

Orders of the Day: European Union (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 2008)

David Blunkett: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day: European Union (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 2008)

David Blunkett: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for a very entertaining speech, but surely any Opposition party that aspires to government must answer the following question: given the change that took place following the defeat of the constitution by the French and Dutch voters, and the subsequent return to the table, which led to the protocols and opt-outs negotiated by the Government, what is it...

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (1 Apr 2008)

David Blunkett: I am very grateful for my right hon. Friend's generosity in giving way, and for the way in which she has presented her case, both now and over the past few weeks. Will she confirm that, in the incident that has just been drawn to the House's attention, and in the very few cases—six, I think—that have reached 28 days, there is an important question concerning what people are charged with?...

Orders of the Day: Clause 14 — Conditions of licences for treatment (20 May 2008)

David Blunkett: My hon. Friend is making a thoughtful and profound contribution. I do not intend to repeat the speech that I made 18 years ago on this issue, but would she concede that there is a difference between the issue of same-sex couples being suitable to foster a child at a particular point in that child's life in the interests of the child—that was agreed by the authority that I led 25 years...

Orders of the Day: "Part IV — Bail (11 Jun 2008)

David Blunkett: The right hon. Gentleman's latter point is very important, because in some of the cases that he cites, a lesser charge could have been offered. From all parts of the House, a case has been put that in respect of post-charge questioning, there is an opportunity for the police to continue doing what today's proposal of a 14-day extension allows in the most serious cases and for the most serious...

HMRC: Pitt Report (25 Jun 2008)

David Blunkett: May I repeat the appreciation of Sir Michael Pitt and of my right hon. Friend's response? I also appreciate the commitment to early legislation. May I reassure my right hon. Friend that in Sheffield, at least, there was no institutional chaos and gold command worked extremely well? May I put two questions to him? First, in the midst of the damage and hurt caused, can we not take heart that in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Communities in Control (9 Jul 2008)

David Blunkett: I congratulate my right hon. Friend not only on her proposals but on her energy, commitment and advocacy, her bottom-up approach and her drive to empower local people. I reassure her that the shadow Secretary of State was entirely wrong when he proclaimed that it was easy to say no to Hazel; I have never found it easy to say no to her. I hope that my colleagues will not, either. I welcome the...

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