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Bank of England and Financial Regulation (20 May 1997)

Damian Green: Will the Chancellor acknowledge that Opposition Members are genuinely afraid that the Government are prepared to ride roughshod over the interests of Parliament? In light of that, will he consider giving the House some say in appointing the members of the Monetary Policy Committee and the two deputy Governors? For instance, will he consider allowing the Treasury Select Committee to interview...

Orders of the Day — The Economy and European Affairs (20 May 1997)

Damian Green: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to join the throng of those making their maiden speeches this evening. I congratulate the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Miss Johnson) on jumping that particular hurdle shortly before me. Unlike the makers of some of the previous maiden speeches, I am in the happy position of being able to pay a warm tribute to my predecessor with no ambiguity...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: Many arguments of principle have been advanced by my hon. Friends in the absence of any arguments from Labour Members. The few Labour Members who have agreed to attend this important debate have decided not to reinforce the general arguments advanced by the Government. I wish to help the Minister by producing some specific examples that relate to siblings. If taken into account, they would...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. I am happy to reassure him and the House that such an eventuality would not befall Ashford school, because it is such an excellent school that many hundreds of girls would still apply to attend. My hon. Friend makes a good point, for two reasons. First, if pupils are withdrawn from schools, that may have a serious effect on the schools and cause them...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: My hon. Friend makes two excellent points. In my constituency there would not be schools of a similar type. It is extremely important that as much choice as possible is available to parents, particularly to parents of girls. It has often been observed that all boys should go to mixed schools, but all girls should go to single-sex schools if their education is to be maximised. I agree with...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: Society as a whole benefits from siblings going to the same school, because the number of car journeys at peak hours is reduced. If Labour Members do not take that point seriously, they should be careful to do so only from a sedentary position: otherwise, they will appear on Excalibur as being off message, and we know what effect that would have.

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: I agree with my hon. Friend. I hope that Ministers who are enjoying their new cars are using them in the most environmentally friendly fashion.

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: That is an important point. We have heard much oratory from Labour Members about single mothers and how important it is that they should be allowed to work. One of the best ways to help single mothers, or working mothers of any kind, to get to work is to ensure that the journeys at each end of the school day are as simple and easy as possible, and the best way to do that is to ensure that in...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: I thank my hon. Friend for that excellent point. When I was a state school governor, one of the basic tenets to which the school held in an attempt to improve the education of its children, like almost every school in Britain, was that priority should be given to siblings. Education is improved for individual children if sisters and brothers are allowed to go to the same school. If that is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Special Advisers (12 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: The hon. Lady talks about humbug in relation to the politicisation of the civil service. Will she comment on reports that the Prime Minister has offered Mrs. Rachel Lomax, a career civil servant, the job of a special adviser as head of his policy unit? Will she further comment on the fact that the lady concerned, who is an intelligent civil servant, has very sensibly turned down the job...

Bills Presented: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (12 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: I rise with some trepidation, having heard that some hon. Members on both sides of the House have been fighting these battles for a decade or more. My predecessor was in the front line of many of those battles. He served as Member of Parliament for Ashford for more than 20 years, and one of his most earnest wishes was that the channel tunnel rail link project be built during the equivalent...

Bills Presented: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (12 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: We may have to improve on the speed so far, I suspect. I join other hon. Members in supporting the works proposed by the Minister. The hon. Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch (Mr. Sedgemore) gave one of the most negative expressions of support that I have heard for any proposition. I want to interject a reservation which will be important for the Stratford area. I draw to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: Tourism Industry (23 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: Does the Minister accept that the lottery has been a boon to the tourism industry in many constituencies, with or without outfalls? Does he also accept that any attempt, such as those that he has made over the past few weeks, to interfere in the running of the lottery and the way in which grants are given is likely to result in an unacceptable amount of political control over lottery grants,...

Hillsborough Disaster (30 Jun 1997)

Damian Green: I am sure that the Home Secretary will be aware that, although the events of that day were particularly traumatic for the people of Liverpool and of Sheffield, they were traumatic also for football fans across the country. He will also be aware that, in the past 12 months, after years in which the incidence of hooliganism at and around football matches was declining, there have been worrying...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (4 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: It is a privilege to speak in such a debate after so many excellent maiden speeches from hon. Members on both sides of the Chamber. It was that great and wise man Iain Macleod who first coined the nostrum that a Budget that appears good the following day will appear bad six months later. Like many such nostrums, that is now dismissed as a truism, but like many truisms, it is a truism because...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Habitual Criminals (Sentences) (7 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce more severe minimum mandatory sentences for habitual (a) burglars and (b) dealers in hard drugs. [5512]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Habitual Criminals (Sentences) (7 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: When do the Minister and the Home Secretary intend to implement those sections of the 1997 Act that introduce minimum mandatory sentences for career burglars and drug dealers, whose actions cause so much misery to so many families?

Finance Bill (Allocation of Time) (14 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: As a new Member, I have for several reasons found it educational to sit through all of this guillotine debate. First, it was a privilege to see a performance by the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) live, as it were, having seen many previously through the media. It was educational not only for his performance which was, of course, inimitable but because of the interesting attitudes...

Finance Bill (Allocation of Time) (14 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: The fact that they have not bothered to do so is the most serious sign yet in eight weeks of arrogant government of just how arrogant the Government really are and how little regard they pay to the House. It was also instructive to listen to the Financial Secretary moving the guillotine motion. One should perhaps deal directly with some of what one could charitably call the arguments that...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: Are exchange rates too high now?


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