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Results 1–20 of 369 for speaker:Ms Lorna Fitzsimons

Adjournment of the House (21 May 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: May I start by paying tribute to the eloquent speech of the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath), who reminded me of a previous Liberal Member of this House, Clement Freud? We could perhaps adopt the hon. Gentleman as a Lancashire man because of the similarities between his constituency and mine. I did not know about those similarities before he made his maiden speech, but they are...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Engagements (21 May 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will my right hon. Friend comment on the problems that our communities face not just from the causes of crime but from the underlying aggressive and loutish behaviour? What are the Government going to do about that?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: The shadow Chancellor should be aware that the water regulator, Ian Byatt, has pledged that his current pricing review will mean direct reductions in prices for customers, taking account of the windfall tax, in the next five-year retail prices index calculation.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I find it absolutely amazing to hear the hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Woodward) try to give us a basic lesson in economics and economic literacy. That makes me think about some young people I have spoken to about the potential offered to them by the windfall tax. The words used so passionately by the hon. Gentleman about that tax being not fair sound like those of the playground. The hon....

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I beg your pardon, Mr. Martin. As a new Member, I sometimes get carried away. On taxation, surely the hon. Gentleman's memory is not so short-term, that he has forgotten his Government's record. In their final five years of office, they raised taxes 22 times, despite all their pledges about VAT. Therefore, I hope that the hon. Gentleman will forgive me if I or my constituents take no...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I worked in the utility sector before my election to the House. I refute utterly what the right hon. Gentleman says about the impact of the windfall tax being passed directly to consumers. Anyone who has worked in the utilities is aware of the difference between the rhetoric of the election campaign and the reality. The regulators have already made it clear in their pricing reviews that that...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I accept that that intervention was meant well, but I do not think that the effect of Liberal Democrats' proposal would have been as the hon. Member has described. The flat rate on the expandable penny would have been imposed across the board, albeit on income tax. The point about the windfall tax is that it is a tax on the excess profits of the utilities. It will redistribute that money to...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: If the windfall tax were going to be as damaging as the hon. Member for Grantham and Stamford (Mr. Davies) suggested, people would have divested themselves of the shares and there would have been a downturn in the market. Conservative Members like to think that they are economically literate, but this pantomime debate means nothing to the people in our communities, in the City or in the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Well, the Chamber has certainly resembled an amateur dramatics workshop at times. No matter which party we belong to, we all have a moral responsibility to make sure that young people are given good working opportunities. Regardless of the rhetoric used by Conservative Members in the debate, I encourage them all to go as ambassadors to their communities and to ensure that the programmes...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (16 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Does my hon. Friend agree that Opposition Members would not be scaremongering if they genuinely cared—as they profess to do—about pensioners? Conservative Members had 18 years in which to prove in deed and in word that they cared about pensioners, whereas VAT on fuel is a testament to their hypocrisy. Do you therefore agree that Conservative Members are shedding crocodile tears and are...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (16 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (16 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: The hon. Gentleman mentioned certainty for pensioners, and we agree with the need for that, so would he care to comment on the lack of certainty that 18 years of Tory government gave to those people who relied on the constant value of the state earnings-related pension scheme? It was halved in those 18 years, when the Tory Government had responsibility for establishing the certainty that the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (16 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way again?

Higher Education (23 Jul 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: It is important for us to clarify several points. First, does my right hon. Friend agree that the current system is one of the most inequitable that we have, which is why the high-street banks refused to administer it when the previous Government tried to negotiate for them to do so? Secondly, will he make it clear that we do not have free universal higher education, as some people in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Dec 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will my right hon. Friend emphasise the importance of the Kyoto summit and the leading work of the Labour Government in getting the politicians to acknowledge the importance of an agreement for tomorrow's generation, our children, as opposed to the vested interests that some of them seem to be putting first? Will he ensure that all the signatories carry through the agreement to which they sign up?

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill: Child Benefit for Lone Parents (10 Dec 1997)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: This is an understandably emotional issue. My constituency of Rochdale has one of the highest levels of teenage pregnancy in Europe, so the issue has evoked much emotion not just within the constituency party but among my constituents. My contribution will be brief. There have been some heated speeches this evening. As one of the younger new Members of Parliament and a woman, I feel that, on...

Director General of Oflot (Resignation) (4 Feb 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I welcome the statement and my right hon. Friend's actions. He took decisive action, which, out there in the public—certainly among the good burghers of Rochdale—was very welcome and long overdue. I also welcome the Bill's provisions that will put right some of the wrongs. If Conservative Members were listening and cared that much about the lottery on which they have asked for a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Certified Herd Scheme (19 Feb 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: What progress has been made on the adoption of the export certified herd scheme. [28746]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Certified Herd Scheme (19 Feb 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I thank my right hon. Friend for his answer. Like many of my colleagues, he may not know that Rochdale has a substantial interest in the issue. I have been lobbied by farmers—I grew up with several farmers—who are proud to be the providers of some of the finest and safest beef in this country and, indeed, the world. They want to know what support the Europear Commission got for the export...

Women (Government Priorities) (27 Feb 1998)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I warmly welcome the announcements made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State in the first momentous debate under our Government celebrating the achievements of women, both inside and outside the House. The £40 million, the Green Paper and women juries are all welcome. I was going to welcome the statements of the right hon. Member for South-West Norfolk (Mrs. Shephard), having had...


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