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Results 1–20 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Feb 2009)

David Clelland: Rumour has it that the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham (Paul Clark) will be in the north-east next week to launch the initial implementation of the Local Transport Act 2008. This is a good Labour Act which has the potential to bring about the biggest improvement in public transport for many decades, but is my right hon. Friend aware that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (2 Mar 2009)

David Clelland: At the beginning of the Olympics process, we were given assurances that the benefits—not least the economic benefits—would spread across all regions. Will my hon. Friend publish a list of companies in the north-east of England that have so far won contracts for the Olympics project and the total value of those contracts?

Business of the House: Regional Select Committees (Membership) (3 Mar 2009)

David Clelland: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. He suggested that the regional agenda was dead. If that is the case, why has his party appointed him to be a regional representative in the north-east?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Integrated Ticketing (10 Mar 2009)

David Clelland: If he will bring forward proposals for a national strategy for integrated ticketing across different modes of transport.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Integrated Ticketing (10 Mar 2009)

David Clelland: Is the Minister aware of the advanced plans from transport stakeholders in the north-east for a regional smartcard travel scheme across all modes of transport? Is he willing to discuss with the regional development agency, One NorthEast, the £5 million shortfall that is now the only obstacle to an early introduction of smartcard travel across the region, with all the benefits that that would...

Business of the House (12 Mar 2009)

David Clelland: Will the debate on 31 March give Members the opportunity to influence the content of next month's Budget? In that way, the Chancellor might be advised that as important as supporting the banks are the issues of more support for carers and pensioners, the extension of concessionary travel to students in further education and training, improvements to our transport infrastructure, reductions...

Prayers: Statutory Redundancy Pay (Amendment) Bill (13 Mar 2009)

David Clelland: I am listening carefully to my right hon. Friend, but what is it about this Bill that would prevent the Government from pursuing those laudable measures in any case?

Prayers: Statutory Redundancy Pay (Amendment) Bill (13 Mar 2009)

David Clelland: I cannot help noticing that my right hon. Friend has a considerable sheaf of papers in front him. If the Prime Minister does support the Bill, will that in any way alter the content of the Minister's speech? Should he be sending out a runner to find out what the latest news is?

Olympics: Expenditure (20 Apr 2009)

David Clelland: Is the Minister aware that the way in which large amounts of public money—£500 million, I believe—have been distributed by UK Sport through the governing bodies of sports is threatening the viability of state-of-the-art facilities in places such as Gateshead stadium? Will she look into that? Will she assure the House that the way in which money is distributed will not threaten the future...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Apr 2009)

David Clelland: In all the complex issues that the Government have to deal with, all the international discussions that have gone on over the past few months, and all the important questions that have to be addressed, is there a single question of any significance whatsoever to which the answer is the Conservative party?

Business of the House (30 Apr 2009)

David Clelland: My right hon. and learned Friend will be aware, as we have discussed the matter previously, of the important role of carers in our society. She is also aware of the great stress put on carers by looking after someone who is infirm, elderly or disabled—it is often so stressful that the carer's own health suffers. Such caring is as stressful as looking after a child, yet child allowance is...

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

David Clelland: Will my right hon. and learned Friend give way?

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

David Clelland: Before we move off the point about giving guidance to the Kelly committee—that, I take it, is what the first motion does—there seems to be a contradiction in the first motion. Paragraph (2) recognises that Members of Parliament "undertake parliamentary duties both in Westminster and their constituency". Indeed they also undertake such duties outside Westminster and their constituency,...

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

David Clelland: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

David Clelland: I thank my hon. Friend. He made the point about the need for Members to be compensated on the basis of what they actually spend. While one might be able to see the merit in that, is there not a danger that we will all be driven down to the level of what the hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Boswell) called the "anoraks"?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Incapacity Benefit Claimants (11 May 2009)

David Clelland: My right hon. Friend will know that it is not only those people who suffer from incapacity but those who care for them who find it difficult to move back into work, not least because if they earn one penny more than £95 a week they lose their entire £55 carer's allowance. When will my right hon. Friend remove that disincentive to work?

Bill Presented: Health Bill [ Lords] (8 Jun 2009)

David Clelland: I, too, congratulate my right hon. Friend on his appointment; I am sure that he will make an excellent Secretary of State, and I hope that he also proves to be a tolerant one. Is he aware that in Canada, Iceland and Thailand, which are the only countries to have introduced a comprehensive retail display ban, there is no evidence to suggest that it has had any effect on youth smoking rates or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (9 Jun 2009)

David Clelland: Ministers will be aware that this week is carers week. Could the appropriate Minister from the Treasury meet the appropriate Minister from the Department for Work and Pensions to try to find the finances to end the unfairness in the carer's allowance, which is completely lost following a very small increase in earnings or on retirement, despite the fact that the caring role and responsibility...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Tribute to Mr. Speaker (17 Jun 2009)

David Clelland: I want to make a personal tribute to you and your speakership, Mr. Speaker. Yours has been a remarkable journey from ordinary working-class lad from Glasgow to one of the highest offices in the land—Speaker of the House of Commons. You are a tribute to our democracy and an example to us all. You have served with dignity and distinction, often in the face of the inherent snobbery that still...

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