Results 181–200 of 10152 for speaker:Damian Green

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: New Deal (14 Jan 1999)

Damian Green: Answer the question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Dome (Access) (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: If he will make a statement on plans for promoting access to the dome. [66788]

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Dome (Access) (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: For many of those visitors, the most convenient access mode will be the Jubilee line extension, if that is built in time. If it is not, what contingency plans does the Minister have to convey visitors to the dome? Will we all have to be strong swimmers?

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: I quite agree with the hon. Gentleman that legislation is best introduced after consulting. It therefore seems perverse that he is supporting the House of Lords Bill just as a royal commission is being established to consult on it.

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: Those of us who have sat through the debate so far will have realised that many of the more interesting contributions have crystallised what is wrong with the Bill. I am sure that it is widely agreed that constitutional Bills should be of particular interest to us all as parliamentarians. After all, if parliamentarians are not sensitive about parliamentary democracy, no one else will be. It...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: I shall save the hon. Gentleman the trouble. The answer to his question is yes. In order to vote for the Bill, one must believe that any replacement House of Lords would be better than the one we have. [HON. MEMBERS: "Yes."] It is interesting that Members on the Government Benches are chorusing yes. They are saying that if the Prime Minister of the day chose to appoint 500, 600 or 700 peers...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: Yes, it would be less democratic, as modern patronage, as opposed to old patronage, would be involved. [Laughter.] It certainly would not be better. Labour Members are proof of that. They regard it as preferable for a modern Government to decide to subvert Parliament by using its majority in this House to destroy the revising power of the second Chamber. That is an interesting insight into...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: No, I am not saying that. The hon. Lady is extremely effective at attacking the Conservative party of 1911, but she should either bring herself up to date or find a new intervention for the second day of this debate tomorrow.

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: The most successful reform of the House of Lords this century was the introduction of life peerages. That was done by a Conservative Government, so the hon. Lady need not worry on that score. Legitimate arguments can be held about the competence of the current hereditary peers and about the role and composition of the second Chamber. However, no case can be made for asking this House to...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: No. I was attacking the possibility that the Prime Minister of the day could be allowed to abuse that patronage. The Labour party claims to be modernising the constitution, but in fact it is seeking to entrench that abuse—a process that is neither sensible nor democratic. Labour Members should consider their individual positions, as they will vote on the Bill as individuals. I suspect that...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: Precisely. Consensus has to be on the Government's terms: there is no possibility of any consensus on any other terms. I do not think that that is a sensible way to claim that a national consensus is being sought. It is right that a Government should try to seek a national consensus on a constitutional reform such as this. One assumes that they want to set in train a process that will be...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (1 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: Can the hon. Gentleman tell us how many of the Labour life peers created by the Government have contributed to Labour party coffers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Rail Services (Kent) (9 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: I am sure that commuters from my constituency will be slightly disappointed that the Minister prefers strategies and meetings to action on that point. May I put to her a practical point, which she may like to take? In the long run, the commuting services from east Kent into London would be improved by competition. Will she give an indication that she will allow domestic services to run on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Specialist Schools (11 Feb 1999)

Damian Green: I welcome the Minister's decision to extend the specialist schools initiative started by the previous Government. Such schools provide choice, diversity and excellence and we applaud them. In the hope of some reciprocal generosity, will the Minister applaud the performance of another group of specialist schools that concentrate on academic attainment—namely the grammar schools? On Monday,...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Damian Green: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Damian Green: As I understand it, the stated policy of the Labour party is to abolish the Monetary Policy Committee. The hon. Gentleman cannot have it both ways. Either he thinks that the committee is a good thing, and should be allowed to set British interest rates, or he wants to abolish it by entering the single currency—but he cannot have both at once.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Damian Green: It is always interesting to follow the hon. Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott). I do not agree with her that the Chancellor makes a convincing Tory, but I agree that Labour voters will find him unconvincing, whatever clothes he is trying to put on. The hon. Member for Shipley (Mr. Leslie) cast doubt on whether my right hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Damian Green: My hon. Friend makes an elegant historical point. There is a further serious social issue. The smuggling is attracting professional criminals to what is otherwise a peaceful and tranquil part of the country. The police warn that unpleasant criminal gangs are assembling and taking over local areas. They warn that there will soon be gangland shootings in small villages in east Kent unless...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Damian Green: As the debate continues, others of my hon. Friends will find more nuggets in the Red Book that reveal the enormous gap between rhetoric and reality. For example, the university for industry, which is one of the Government's big ideas and a major training initiative, has funding of £5 million for 1998–99. That is fair enough, because it is for the start-up costs. Will funding be serious...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Damian Green: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, because I was coming on to that point. Footnote 7 on page 58 states: Other costs of the UfI are funded from within departmental expenditure limits. In other words, the funding has been junked inside the Department because the Government do not know what to do with the policy and do not care about it very much. That is symbolic of the Budget: provide a...


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