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Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2010)

David Curry: Since we are having a succession of valedictories, I shall try not to be sentimental, maudlin or moralistic. We are talking about the Budget, however, so perhaps I may begin by talking about the two great elephants in the room that have not been raised: the great debate about the value of the renminbi that is taking place in the United States and China, and Germany's role in assisting the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Council (29 Mar 2010)

David Curry: Does the Prime Minister agree with the French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde that the eurozone has no hope of achieving sustainable recovery while the huge problem persists of a massive German trade surplus and persistently low consumer demand in Germany, and will he express those sentiments to the German Chancellor when he meets her?

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

David Curry: Will the Minister give way?

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

David Curry: I think that we could make progress, with some assistance.

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

David Curry: I was struck by a perceptive phrase used by the Minister. She said that she was struck by the common sense of local government as opposed to national Government. Will she elaborate further the instances where she thinks that the national Government, of whom she is a member, have not demonstrated common sense?

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

David Curry: Will the Minister give way on that point?

Written Answers — International Development: Departmental Public Expenditure (3 Mar 2010)

David Curry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department (a) allocated to each Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Creditor Reporting system code in each of its bilateral country programmes in each of the last five years and (b) intends to allocate to each such code for each such programme in each of the next three years.

Written Answers — International Development: Departmental Public Expenditure (3 Mar 2010)

David Curry: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department (a) allocated and (b) disbursed for (i) agriculture and (ii) food security through (A) bilateral expenditure, (B) multilateral contributions and (C) research in each of the last five years; and how much it intends to disburse in each such case in each of the next three years.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing (2 Mar 2010)

David Curry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if the Minister of State for Housing will meet representatives of First Track Solutions, formerly Social Homes, to discuss his Department's plans for local letting agencies.

Written Answers — Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Redundancy (4 Feb 2010)

David Curry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of people likely to accept a voluntary redundancy package as part of HM Revenue and Customs' redundancy programme; and what estimate he has made of the likely average cost per individual entitlement.

Parliamentary Elections (Recall and Primaries): Schedule 7 — Repeals (13 Oct 2009)

David Curry: The Bill faces in absolutely the wrong direction. The core of the Bill is to give more powers to the regional development agencies, which are unaccountable bodies. It sets up leaders panels, heavily chaperoned by the Secretary of State, as was said in Committee, to manage the consultation process. The situation should be exactly the other way round-those powers should go to local government....

Parliamentary Elections (Recall and Primaries): New Clause 2 — Parish polls (13 Oct 2009)

David Curry: The proposal from the hon. Member for Thurrock (Andrew Mackinlay) does not require any single council to return to a committee system. It merely gives councils a choice. If the Minister is right and the trend is in the opposite direction, what harm would be done by the hon. Gentleman's measure? He would be proved wrong and the Minister would be proved right. This is not about prescription;...

Parliamentary Elections (Recall and Primaries): New Clause 2 — Parish polls (13 Oct 2009)

David Curry: The hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central (Jim Cousins) should be thankful for small mercies: at least the freemen of the city of Newcastle are not dependent on the Rural Payments Agency to support the cattle grazing on the common. If he had ever dealt with the paperwork necessary to sort out such payments, he would settle for what he has. I note that his football team is top of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Care and Support (Reform) (14 Jul 2009)

David Curry: Care of the elderly is sometimes the hidden and often the unrecognised industry in my constituency and hundreds of others, but it cannot be delivered without a vigorous private care home sector. Will the Secretary of State recognise that the Government have their role to play in ensuring that they do not load costs on to that sector-for example, through the minimum wage or holiday...

Public Bill Committee: Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [Lords]: New Clause 16 (18 Jun 2009)

David Curry: It is possible for both parties to be right in an argument. The right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich makes a good point in saying that we need to drive up standards. It is also the case that many of us will know extremely good councillors who have been subject to what are quite frankly malicious complaints and have had cases drag on for months, destabilising their work and causing...

Public Bill Committee: Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [Lords]: New Clause 2 (18 Jun 2009)

David Curry: My hon. Friend will recall that referendums have been held with built-in criteria on turnout. Those failed. If one does not have criteria, one could have a referendum, but not a legitimate outcome.

Public Bill Committee: Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [Lords]: Clause 146 (18 Jun 2009)

David Curry: This is an historic moment; I think an amendment is actually going to be accepted. Perhaps we ought to have a hallelujah chorus at this stage in the proceedings. However, I am intrigued by the amendment, which would delete a subsection that states: “Nothing in this Act shall impose any charge on the people or on public funds, or vary the amount or incidence of or otherwise alter any such...

Public Bill Committee: Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [Lords]: Clause 146 (18 Jun 2009)

David Curry: We learn something every day, Mr. Illsley.


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