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High Speed 2 (25 Mar 2015)

Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is the benefits that the alternatives to HS2 would bring to other parts of the country that probably explain why there is a majority against HS2 in every region of this country, according to the opinion polls, even in the north-west, where people are most enthusiastic about it? Even there, the divide is 43% to 39%.

High Speed 2 (25 Mar 2015)

Frank Dobson: I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs Gillan) for her kind remarks about our co-operation and for thanking the various bodies concerned. Today’s report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee batters great lumps out of the case for HS2. The Committee did not ask any questions that we have not been asking for the last five years. HS2 had no...

High Speed 2 (25 Mar 2015)

Frank Dobson: I should add, Mr Betts, that the people who have been making those preposterous estimates, coming up with ludicrous proposals that will not work, are all very well-rewarded consultants. I believe that they have already had three quarters of a billion pounds in fees, so hard-working consultants are doing rather well. As far as I can see, the only train that has actually moved is the...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2015)

Frank Dobson: Having been a Member of this House for 36 years, I suspect that I have listened to about 45 Budget statements, but I must say that I cannot remember one that was so self-congratulatory—the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered it almost like a lap of honour. I must concede that he can claim one great success: he has been very effective in getting across the idea that the worldwide...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2015)

Frank Dobson: No, because that would take up other Members’ time. The Tories also promised to clear the deficit. The right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) said that nobody can forecast that. Well, perhaps they cannot forecast it, but they did make that promise and they have not kept it; they have reduced the deficit by a third. They promised to reduce the national debt but, as my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Counter-Terrorism: Conflict Zones (2 Mar 2015)

Frank Dobson: The Home Secretary spends a great deal of time trying to persuade us that there needs to be more surveillance of everyone and that more data need to be collected. Does she not agree that recent cases suggest that the biggest problem is the incapacity of the security services—although it is not their fault—to deal adequately with the data and information that they already possess?

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Members’ Paid Directorships and Consultancies (25 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Everybody has been amused by the points that the right hon. Gentleman has been making, quite rightly, but I do not think the public will be particularly amused. The public’s real concern is not about people with a continuing interest; it is about people who become Members of Parliament and then obtain directorships and consultancies, who are perceived as being in something like a system...

Isil: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (23 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Does the Chancellor agree that obtaining financial advantage by deception is a criminal offence even when carried out by bankers? Does he recognise that HSBC has 556 subsidiary companies in tax havens? We know what has happened with one of them, but when will there be an inquiry into the other 555?

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: The best prospect for relieving the pressure on Camden’s housing was the Mount Pleasant Post Office site, but the Mayor has given full-scale approval, using his existing powers, for what can be described only as a speculative housing development. He said that there will be some social housing, but it will be at 80% of market rent. He is cracking a pretty good joke, because in that area...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Most Londoners cannot afford 80% of market rents. A newly appointed consultant surgeon at Great Ormond Street hospital would not be able to afford rent of £30,000 a year. If it is not affordable for a new consultant surgeon, who is it affordable for?

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: The main objective of High Speed 2 is to promote economic development in five cities—Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester—but if the £50 billion were broken up into five nuggets of £10 billion and offered to each of those cities to promote economic development, does the Minister think that the first thing they would do is to club together to buy a railway?

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Given the experience in my area of the privatised Royal Mail proposals for the redevelopment of its brownfield site at Mount Pleasant—the views of Islington and Camden councils and all the local people were overridden by a one-man decision by the Mayor of London—most people in my area will be dubious about any form of arrangement that does not continue to give primary powers to...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: I am pleased to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. Let me start by presenting the apologies of the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs Gillan)—who is your hon. Friend, Mr Hollobone, and also my friend—who wished to be here but is otherwise engaged meeting representatives of the European Commission in Brussels to discuss the environmental shortcomings of High...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: It is, admittedly, difficult for anybody respectable not to be involved with tax-dodging companies, given that HSBC, RBS, Barclays and Lloyds are all tax-dodging companies, while PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and people like that are also heavily involved in tax dodging and have whole office blocks devoted exclusively to it. It is quite difficult to get away from that. I would like to make one...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Did my hon. Friend hear the violins playing as he read that out?

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Will my hon. Friend clarify who will make final planning decisions? It seems possible to me that they will be deemed to be so strategic that they devolve, if that is the right word, to the Mayor, and we will have a one-person planning committee. It will be case of one man, one vote; the Mayor will say, “I am the man, and this is my vote.”

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: My hon. Friend referred to Canary Wharf. It is sometimes proclaimed that Canary Wharf produced about 20,000 white-collar jobs in the area, but what is seldom mentioned is that 20,000 blue-collar jobs disappeared at approximately the same time, and that while the marble halls of the office blocks were being constructed, very little was being done to improve the quality of housing on the...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Is it not the case that, in effect, the commitments for the planning of London since the second world war involved a great bargain with Londoners? That bargain was: “We will have more of you living in the air, in high-rise blocks, but in exchange for that we will provide more compensatory open space.” Any new high-rise that is not providing compensatory open space is breaking that...

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Tax Avoidance (11 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Will the Exchequer Secretary give way?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Tax Avoidance (11 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is absolutely essential that if people have swindled their tax, confessed and avoided going to court, their names are disclosed, even if they are great big corporations or wealthy individuals, in the same way as a small business in Swindon would have its name disclosed if it was being pursued by the Inland Revenue?


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