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Results 5761–5780 of 5786 for speaker:Lord Blunkett

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Persons by Whom Right May Be Exercised (27 Jun 1988)

David Blunkett: These clauses have two clear objectives. One is to dismember and fragment local authority housing. The other is to make it easier in the long term to make the maximum amount of money out of housing need. In discussing the safeguards that tenants may expect under the Government's proposals, it might be useful to hear the words of some of their supporters and of those who are running private...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Development (South-East) (22 Jun 1988)

David Blunkett: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, in the light of the considerable pressure which understandably now exists to protect living standards and the quality of life for people who live in the desirable areas of the south-east, it would be sensible to revise his policies towards investing in, and allowing municipal enterprise to react to, the needs of people in the north of England, so that...

Business of the House (19 May 1988)

David Blunkett: Among the debates that the Leader of the House said he would have liked to fit in next week, would he consider including a debate which we should be having on the 500 per cent. increase in the cost of concessionary television licences and the considerable suspicion in the minds of pensioners who are receiving it that this increase from 5p to £5 is the beginning of a move to phase them out...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 May 1988)

David Blunkett: In view of the Government's unwillingness to use the Industry Act 1975 or other powers to intervene to protect Rowntree from the proposed takeover by Nestlé, will the right hon. Lady confirm that she is not willing to intervene to protect any industry, service or national asset from international predators and that it is the Opposition, not the Conservative Government, who would protect...

Opposition Day: Housing Benefit (Changes) (27 Apr 1988)

David Blunkett: When we hear speeches such as that made by the hon. Member for Lancaster (Dame E. Kellett-Bowman), in which hon. Members say that they are near to their constituents; when we hear, as we have heard this afternoon, millionaires talking about what they understand by poverty, we are getting near the bone. When one represents an area where many people—not a few—are so desperately affected...

Opposition Day: Housing Benefit (Changes) (27 Apr 1988)

David Blunkett: The information was given in the House by the Secretary of State for Social Services on 19 November last year and appears in Hansard. Those were the figures. A week last Monday, the Secretary of State for the Environment admitted to the House that so-called concessions on the poll tax rebate would be taken from housing benefit. This afternoon we have to ask, who in the system will be the...

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?

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...

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

David Blunkett: The Economic League, I think.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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