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Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Electoral Registration (4 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: It is often said that the country would be better governed if there was a consensus, but may I say that I have never been part of the consensus on IER? I thought it was stupid when it was suggested by the stupid Electoral Commission and it has remained stupid ever since. We have had the mad situation that in this democratically elected House we have knowingly voted to reduce the number of...

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Electoral Registration (4 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: We have had targets before.

Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Electoral Registration (4 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the two parties that form the coalition have a vested interest in keeping down the number of students and would-be students on the electoral register, because those two parties are the ones that put the fees up to £9,000?

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: I have a sense of déjà vu, or perhaps déjà entendu. The objections that have been brought out today, and in previous discussions, about mitochondrial disease are identical to those that arose when Louise Brown was brought into this world at Oldham general hospital as a result of the risky work undertaken by Steptoe and Edwards and Jean Purdy. That was a risk that the scientists were...

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: No, I will not give way, because I do not want to take up more than my allocated six minutes. The question arises: will it be safe and will it work? The answer is that no one can make any guarantees, but that is the nature of scientific development. The thing to remember is that mitochondrial disease is horrible and that there is no treatment for it. I remind people that the team at Newcastle...

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: No, I shall not. Those people are taking risks, because if the treatment does not work, there will be those who will gloat—even, I am sad to say, Members in this Chamber. The parents are also willing to take the risks. Parents with children do not want this to happen again, and we have the opportunity to do something about it. The results are uncertain, but that is in the nature of both...

Blood Safety (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) (29 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Would you like to try mine?

Blood Safety (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) (29 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Will the Minister confirm that none of the scientific advisers has advised her or any other Minister that the John Collinge treatment proposals would not work or ought not to be tested?

Blood Safety (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) (29 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: I start by declaring two peculiar interests. When I was Secretary of State for Health, I introduced the leucodepletion of the blood supply, which led to the establishment of the prion unit that now operates at the University college London institute of neurology in my constituency. I have therefore had a constituency interest, as well as a continuing interest, in the brilliant work of the...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Interest Rate Swap Transactions (29 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of claims for interest rate swap mis-selling have reached the redress offer and acceptance stage; and what proportion these represent of redress offers made for (a) Barclays, (b) RBS, (c) HSBC, (d) Lloyds and (e) Standard Chartered.

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: rose—

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Lots of people pull into Euston, and they want to continue to do so without being interrupted for the next 15 years by the works on HS2. In relation to the impact on my constituency, surely the point is that although all the proposals in the Bill—which the House has apparently seriously considered—have been abandoned, the work around Euston has not. There are no proposals for the people...

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: The Euston arch could be rebuilt tomorrow. We do not need a huge engineering project to justify it. We could simply dig the stones out of the canal and rebuild the arch where it used to stand, and we could do that tomorrow.

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: I fear that the right hon. Gentleman has been very badly briefed by his officials, because he ought to know—his officials certainly ought to know this, although they probably do not, if my experience is anything to go by—that there were outline proposals for the redevelopment of Euston station that virtually everyone in the locality approved of. They would like that particular...

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: The sort of thing the Minister is now saying is what HS2 has been saying endlessly to people and then ignoring them. The people in the area—not just their MP but the people themselves—were promised that the revised proposals for Euston would be made public for consultation in October last year and are now being told that these things may be available in September this year. That shows the...

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Does the hon. Gentleman accept, as I am afraid I do, that the economic arguments from those in favour and those against are pretty thin and are based on guesswork about who might be using a train and why in the year 2040?

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Even in Birmingham there are doubts. There is a site called Washwood Heath. Everybody in Birmingham ranging from the far-left Trots to the chamber of commerce was in favour of redeveloping it with about 3,000 modern jobs in IT and bio-engineering, but—lo and behold—HS2 says, “Tough. We need it for some sidings. Total employees: 30.”

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: I think the right hon. Lady will confirm that she was present when our colleague, my hon. Friend the Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith), asked Sir David Higgins about the fact that they were going to tear through two bits of ancient woodland in her constituency. He reassured her that it was all right, because they would replant it!

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Generally speaking, I oppose referendums, but that opposition is slight by comparison with my opposition to the ludicrous High Speed 2 scheme, which is, it has to be said, both amateurish and grotesquely expensive. It used to be fashionable to say that things had been formulated on the back of a cigarette packet; it sounds as though it will be possible to do that on the front of a cigarette...

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Yes, indeed. Apart from those who are paid supporters of the scheme, it has virtually no supporters. When I say “paid supporters”, I am including some of the civil engineering advisers and consultants who are producing reports in favour because they are paid to do so. There is a danger that they are damaging the reputation of British civil engineering consultants.


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