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Results 1–20 of 2122 for speaker:John Butterfill

Written Answers — Transport: Bus Services (8 Apr 2010)

John Butterfill: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he plans to regulate audio-visual information systems on local bus services, as set out in the Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000.

Major Capital Contracts (Skills Training Requirements): Clause 41 — Allowances claims (2 Mar 2010)

John Butterfill: I am pleased to say that the legal advisers to the trustees have confirmed that that is an appropriate interpretation of the legislation. We will therefore not press the amendment to a vote, and the same applies to amendment 80 as amended by amendments (a) and (b). We tabled amendments (a) to Government amendment 76 because although in the case of a new scheme all the accrued rights will be...

Major Capital Contracts (Skills Training Requirements): Clause 41 — Allowances claims (2 Mar 2010)

John Butterfill: The trustees are extremely grateful to the Justice Secretary, who has worked with us tirelessly of late to try to reach agreement on these extremely complex matters. It is important that we do not miss any issues, and that everything is properly understood. The trustees-and, ultimately, pensioners-will face unwelcome and unfair unintended consequences unless we get this right. The trustees...

Reading Borough Council Bill (21 Jan 2010)

John Butterfill: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. There was a problem during the Division on the closure motion. I was one of those who were looking after the situation, and I went into the toilets to ensure that no one was left in there before we closed the procedure with the Tellers. When I came out-having found no one in there-the Clerks were still in their places, but one of my colleagues had gone...

Food Industry Competitiveness: Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [ Lords] (21 Jan 2010)

John Butterfill: I support everything that my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) says. Bournemouth is almost unique in being a 12-month-

Food Industry Competitiveness: Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [ Lords] (21 Jan 2010)

John Butterfill: I am grateful to my hon. Friend: that is the word I was looking for. Holidays are taken throughout the year, and the town has expanded into the conference trade in a big way, as well as the language school trade. It operates for 12 months of the year: it is not a resort that closes down after the summer.

Food Industry Competitiveness: Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [ Lords] (21 Jan 2010)

John Butterfill: Perhaps my hon. Friend misunderstood what he was told by the director of tourism. Certainly we have peak months, but there is a great deal of tourism and business activity the year round. I think perhaps there was a slight misunderstanding between our director of tourism and my hon. Friend.

Food Industry Competitiveness: Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [ Lords] (21 Jan 2010)

John Butterfill: I am a little offended on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) and myself that my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope) does not think we replied to the serious points he made. We did not regard some of them as being particularly serious.

Food Industry Competitiveness: Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [ Lords] (21 Jan 2010)

John Butterfill: Surely it is not beyond the wit of any reasonably prudent pedlars to inquire at the town hall whether there are any areas where they are not permitted to ply their trade. I do not see that being particularly onerous; in fact, any prudent person could do so.

Food Industry Competitiveness: Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [ Lords] (21 Jan 2010)

John Butterfill: I am sure that my hon. Friend would agree that five minutes was what the Committee, after a lot of deliberation, thought was reasonable, and that 20 minutes was well beyond what it thought was reasonable. At 20 minutes, the definition starts to become more like that of a street trader than of a pedlar. The essence of a pedlar is that he moves along.

Food Industry Competitiveness: Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [ Lords] (21 Jan 2010)

John Butterfill: Does my hon. Friend not agree that his proposal in fact extends what pedlars can do under the current legislation? At present, they have to carry such items with them. The introduction of wheeled vehicles of some sort extends, rather than breaches, their existing rights.

Food Industry Competitiveness: Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [ Lords] (21 Jan 2010)

John Butterfill: Surely leaving out clause 4, which would extend the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to the provision of services in the street, would do the very reverse of what my hon. Friend is suggesting, because there is no residency requirement under that Act. Extending it in that way would be helpful to pedlars, rather than the reverse.

Immigration Policy (Language Schools) (8 Dec 2009)

John Butterfill: Will the Minister confirm the venue of the meeting? Is it Room W4? I thought I heard him say something else.

Immigration Policy (Language Schools) (8 Dec 2009)

John Butterfill: My hon. Friend will know very well that the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation produces some £200 million for our local economy. The real problem is that the changes come in so quickly. The previous change was only seven months ago. That alone has cost the Bournemouth business school, for example, £315,000 in the past year. If that was carried on, the revenue loss for that college alone...

Immigration Policy (Language Schools) (8 Dec 2009)

John Butterfill: Let me just support what my hon. Friend is saying. In Bournemouth, the British Study Centres Group, which turns over £4.2 million, has a high proportion of students from Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Students from those countries are not likely to overstay or to make false applications. What we are talking about is a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

John Butterfill: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that many of those who took out Equitable Life policies did so in order that they would not be a burden on their families or the state in old age? That has been frustrated.

Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

John Butterfill: The hon. Gentleman will know from my previous interventions on the subject that many of my constituents, including members of my own family, have been affected. Does he agree, however, that it is strange that the Government should still hang on to some vestige of a means test for people who have suffered so badly? During the banking crisis, they did not means-test those who might have lost...

Business of the House: Standing Orders etc. (Machinery of Government Changes) (25 Jun 2009)

John Butterfill: The retirement age is simply a target set by the scheme. If a member sought to retire before that date, they would suffer an actuarial diminution in their pension. That is the way it always works with such schemes, but the move to 67-years-old, which I have suggested, is in line with what we are doing on national insurance-based pensions, whose starting age will go up over the years to 68. We...

Business of the House: Standing Orders etc. (Machinery of Government Changes) (25 Jun 2009)

John Butterfill: In the debate so far, there has been a lot of conjecture and of looking back to the past, and I wish to try to put it into context. There was indeed a considerable period during which the Treasury did not contribute the correct amount to the parliamentary scheme. If one looks back to the previous valuation that was conducted by the Government Actuary, one clearly sees that the deficit was...


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