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Results 161–180 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — House of Lords Reform (20 Jun 2006)

David Clelland: A hybrid House would be the worst of all worlds. Two classes of Member would certainly not work. Elected Members would quite rightly consider themselves to be superior and to have more authority than non-elected Members, and I cannot see how they could possibly work together in a Chamber. If we had a proportion of elected Members, we would eventually end up with a fully elected House. The...

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — House of Lords Reform (20 Jun 2006)

David Clelland: I am fully in favour of democracy, of course. This is a democratic country and democratic democracy is the basis of our governance, but this country is not entirely run by democratic organisations. A swathe of people in all sorts of organisations are a part of our democracy and run our system of governance but are not directly elected. School governors, the police, doctors and so on do not...

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — House of Lords Reform (20 Jun 2006)

David Clelland: The hon. Gentleman brings me back to the point that I made earlier. The first thing is to get the powers right. I do not think that the second Chamber ought to have legislative responsibility. Once we get the powers right and it does not have legislative responsibility, his argument falls.

Written Answers — Treasury: Travel Perks (12 Jun 2006)

David Clelland: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total annual revenue from taxation was from season tickets and travel passes provided by employers to their staff in each of the last five years.

Business of the House (11 May 2006)

David Clelland: I welcome my right hon. Friend to his new role. Has he recently experienced travelling in the north-east of England? If so, he will have noticed that the region has not a single three-lane motorway, and that the 40 miles of two-lane motorway that we do have are not even linked to the rest of the motorway system. That is severely restricting attempts to revive the region's economy and,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 May 2006)

David Clelland: Apart from the minimum wage, statutory holidays, Sure Start, low unemployment, low mortgages, free eye tests, prescriptions, TV licences and bus travel, and the £200 winter fuel allowance for pensioners, 2 million children taken out of poverty, 2 million pensioners taken out of poverty, more teachers, nurses, doctors and police, and lower crime, hospital waiting lists and class sizes, what...

Buses (Deregulation) (15 Mar 2006)

David Clelland: I will try to be brief. I must start with an apology. I have to go to a meeting with the Lord Chancellor, and he is not a man who likes to be kept waiting. I apologise to the Minister and to the Opposition spokesmen because I will not hear their winding-up speeches, but I will read them with great interest. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Blackley (Graham Stringer)...

Pensioner Travel (Tyne and Wear) (13 Mar 2006)

David Clelland: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, East and Wallsend (Mr. Brown) on securing an Adjournment debate on such an important subject. As he intimated, I have taken a great deal of interest in the matter from the beginning. Like him, I have received representations from pensioners in Tyne and Wear who, for the first time in my 20 years' experience as a Member...

Business of the House (2 Mar 2006)

David Clelland: The Leader of the House will be aware that next month sees the introduction of the Government's scheme for free bus travel for pensioners. Is he aware that a serious anomaly has arisen in Tyne and Wear, where there is a £5.5 million shortfall in funding the scheme? Given the urgency of the situation, can we have a debate next week to establish how it has arisen and what might be done about...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Correspondence (2 Mar 2006)

David Clelland: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Parliamentary Under Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will reply to the letters of (a) 7 and 11 November 2005 and (b) 7 December 2005 from the hon. Member for Tyne Bridge.

Orders of the Day — Health Bill: New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions (14 Feb 2006)

David Clelland: I shall consider the annual vote shortly, but I will not discuss the complexities of how the ballots should take place. That is for another day. Today, we are debating the principle of the matter. The licensed trade has argued that the Bill will sound the death knell of many pubs because people will move from pubs to clubs. Pubs have open access and far more freedom than clubs to introduce...

Orders of the Day — Health Bill: New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions (14 Feb 2006)

David Clelland: I am not sure what the lack of clarity is. Clubs are dealing with those issues as we speak. There are already restrictions on smoking in the bar area and most club members uphold them. If they do not, they will not be club members for long. Clubs discipline their members if they do not stick to the rules. I do not oppose—and I shall support—a smoking ban in public places, but I cannot...

Orders of the Day — Health Bill: New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions (14 Feb 2006)

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

Orders of the Day — Health Bill: New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions (14 Feb 2006)

David Clelland: I support the case for excluding private members' clubs from the ban. I am grateful to Ministers for giving all Members the opportunity to vote for a number of options, but I want to emphasise that clubs are different. That was outlined in the guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, which states at paragraph 9.2: "The 2003 Act recognises that premises, to which public...

Orders of the Day — Health Bill: New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions (14 Feb 2006)

David Clelland: We are not considering the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974, but the Health Bill. If the Government want to pursue the issue in the way that my hon. Friend suggests, the health and safety legislation should be amended. I repeat that if smoking is so lethal, it should be banned completely. What is the case for not doing that other than perhaps the case for the Revenue, which is...

Orders of the Day — Health Bill: New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions (14 Feb 2006)

David Clelland: Although I accept that the analogy is not a good one, does my right hon. Friend accept that the Bill does not make smoking in private illegal?

Orders of the Day — Health Bill: New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions (14 Feb 2006)

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

Orders of the Day — Health Bill: New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions (14 Feb 2006)

David Clelland: As my right hon. Friend knows, I have added my name to her new clause 5. However, I am a little concerned about what she has just said. I heard her say the same thing on the radio this morning. When she says that smoking will permitted in the bar, does she mean any room with a bar or just the main bar of the club? Will she clarify that?

Local Government Finance (6 Feb 2006)

David Clelland: It is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Skipton and Ripon (Mr. Curry). He has some knowledge of these issues, and I recall that he was one of the better Conservative Ministers for local government. However, what he has just said has demonstrated that, while Ministers and Governments may change, the civil service trundles on, and what he said about inflation was astounding...

Local Government Finance (6 Feb 2006)

David Clelland: I accept what my hon. Friend has said, and also what was said by my hon. Friend the Member for Wigan (Mr. Turner). At least local government settlements have gone the other way since 1997, and authorities have benefited from some improvements. My hon. Friend the Member for Wigan also spoke of inequalities in the system, and those are what concern us in the north-east. The system is based on...


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