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Results 41–60 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Smoking (16 Dec 2008)

David Clelland: Regardless of the merits or otherwise of the proposals, does my right hon. Friend accept that carrying out the proposed work will involve costs to small shopkeepers? Does he have an assessment of those costs, and does he have any plans to compensate retailers for them?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Smoking (16 Dec 2008)

David Clelland: Make smoking illegal, then.

Business of the House (11 Dec 2008)

David Clelland: Has my right hon. and learned Friend seen the recent report "Carers in Crisis", which shows, notwithstanding the improvements the Government have made, that carers continue to struggle and their true worth continues to be undervalued and under-rewarded? May we have a debate soon on the huge contribution that carers make to our country, as that would provide an opportunity for Ministers to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Welfare Reform (10 Dec 2008)

David Clelland: I have a constituent who, after working all his life, was diagnosed with a serious, life-threatening disease in his early 60s. He is now 63 and the Department's doctor has decided that, following treatment, he can now return to work and his incapacity benefit has been stopped. At his age, it is unlikely that the jobcentre will look seriously for a job for him and it is even more unlikely than...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

David Clelland: I am sorry to labour this point. I applaud the Minister for what he is saying about giving maximum flexibility to local elected members—that is music to my ears—but introducing non-elected members is a slightly different proposition. For instance, we would not, in law, allow local authorities to recruit people who were not elected and then allow them to vote and make decisions. The same...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

David Clelland: The hon. Gentleman seems to be lauding the success of deregulation and privatisation, but patronage in passenger transport authority areas has halved since bus deregulation. Although there has been a slight increase of 9.5 per cent. over the past 10 years, most of that is down to increases in patronage in London. The situation outside London is no better—in fact, it is a lot worse—than it...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

David Clelland: I entirely understand where my hon. Friend is coming from, and new clause 9 is very welcome. He says that the power will be time-limited. What will happen if the time runs out, but a new operator has not been found?

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

David Clelland: On the Transport Tribunal, my hon. Friend will be aware that the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 makes provision for two tiers of tribunal, the lower and the upper. On the face of things that may be fine, but under the Bill the first appeal would be to the integrated transport authority itself. Surely we will not then have two further tiers of appeal, as that would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Small Businesses (22 Oct 2008)

David Clelland: The Chancellor of the Exchequer is considering bringing forward capital works in order to stimulate the economy in the face of the economic downturn. Is the Minister aware that improvements to the major road network and local rail services in the north-east, which are currently outside the scope of regional funding allocations, would be of major benefit to small businesses in the north-east,...

Written Answers — Health: Surgery (22 Oct 2008)

David Clelland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many out of areas referrals were made by the Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust because the surgery options sought by the patient were provided by a neighbouring primary care trust rather than Gateshead Primary Care Trust in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008 to date.

Written Answers — Health: Obesity: Surgery (21 Oct 2008)

David Clelland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what options for bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese are provided by (a) Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and (b) Liverpool Primary Care Trust in their respective areas; (2) how many morbidly obese patients in (a) the Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust area and (b) the Liverpool Primary Care Trust area have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2008)

David Clelland: The Foreign Secretary will be aware of the devastation caused to the Turks and Caicos Islands when hurricane Ike recently passed through the region. Is he aware that the situation continues to be grave, with electricity supplies and telecommunications disrupted and many public and private buildings in need of repair and restoration? Can he satisfy the House that everything possible has been...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Members' Allowances (16 Jul 2008)

David Clelland: I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman is aware that John Lewis adopts the mantra, "Never knowingly undersold". Therefore, does it not provide a perfectly reasonable measure of Members' expenditure?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: House of Lords Reform (14 Jul 2008)

David Clelland: These proposals represent major constitutional change. If proposals for elected mayors, regional assemblies and devolved government require referendums, should the people not be asked whether they want to abolish the House of Lords and create 200, 300 or 400 more paid politicians?

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

David Clelland: I am an honorary alderman of Gateshead council—[Hon. Members: "Hear, hear."]—an honour conferred on me because of my long service to the council, so local authorities already have such powers. I am not sure why the Secretary of State has proposed to centralise those powers. I am always filled with trepidation when Ministers start telling local government how to go about its business—I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jul 2008)

David Clelland: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that many working men's clubs and other private clubs in communities up and down the country are struggling, not least because of recently passed legislation that is well-meaning but is nevertheless having a detrimental effect on their operations? Will she agree to convene a meeting of relevant Ministers with the all-party group to discuss how we can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Concessionary Fares (8 Jul 2008)

David Clelland: The concessionary fare scheme has been a tremendous success. It is popular and a credit to the Government, but does my hon. Friend recall the Prime Minister saying that he wanted to remove all barriers to people receiving training and acquiring skills? Will she encourage local authorities and other bodies to come together and extend concessionary fares to young people between the ages of 16...

Estimates Day — [3rd Allotted Day] — Estimates, 2008-09 — Department for Transport: Public Transport (7 Jul 2008)

David Clelland: The hon. Gentleman has just made the very point that I was going to raise, in recognising that the profits of the bus companies have indeed rocketed in that period. What proposals does he have to deal with those rising profits and with falling bus ridership?

Estimates Day — [3rd Allotted Day] — Estimates, 2008-09 — Department for Transport: Public Transport (7 Jul 2008)

David Clelland: Having acknowledged that the bus companies are making massive profits, does not the hon. Gentleman think that they ought to make a contribution to that?


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