Results 21–40 of 10152 for speaker:Damian Green

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

Damian Green: The logic of the hon. Gentleman's argument is that mortgage interest tax relief should be abolished. Is he urging that on his Government?

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

Damian Green: I support the amendment in the interests of home owners in my constituency and around the country. Secondly, and possibly of equal importance, I support it on the basis of the arguments that we have heard on both sides of the Committee in what has been a fairly lengthy debate. The poverty of the argument in favour of the Government's case for reducing MIRAS is now clear to those of us who...

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

Damian Green: Indeed I do. That makes the behaviour of the Labour Government all the more disreputable, because almost their first act relating to the housing market reneges on that commitment. The second argument that we have heard from Labour Members is that somehow the measure is designed to cool down an overheating housing market. We heard that argument most eloquently from the hon. Member for...

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

Damian Green: I shall deal later with targeted benefits. Whether by accident or design, I am glad that the hon. Gentleman admits that it is now a targeted benefit. It helps home ownership, which is a good thing; and at the moment it particularly helps home owners on relatively low incomes. That seems to me an ideal subsidy. The CML goes on to make the point that previous cuts in mortgage tax relief took...

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

Damian Green: When the housing recession occurred, the Conservative Government put in place a rescue package for those who were in trouble. This Government are hitting householders in two ways: cutting mortgage tax relief, and steering an economic course that has made interest rates go up. The Government are walking into another housing crisis. Because their spending priorities lie elsewhere, unlike the...

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

Damian Green: If the hon. Gentleman had been listening when my colleagues and I made our speeches, he would know that there is a difference between cutting mortgage interest tax relief at a time of rapidly falling interest rates and cutting that relief when interest rates are rising rapidly. That makes the real difference for home owners, and that is why the measure is so damaging to home owners and to...

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

Damian Green: Will the Financial Secretary tell the House whether she thinks that her measure in the Finance Bill will help poor home owners or make them worse off?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Devolution (16 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the no campaign in the referendum on an assembly in Wales. [7000]

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Devolution (16 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: Since the Secretary of State has failed twice to answer this question, I thought that I would give him another opportunity. Can he say whether he uttered the threat of expulsion from the parliamentary Labour party to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Smith)? If he says as he has before that he never uttered it, can he explain why the hon. Gentleman insists that he did?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Digital Television (21 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: The Secretary of State will be aware that Channel 4 has been awarded one of the digital multiplexes. In the light of an answer that I received from the Treasury two weeks ago, merely saying that if Channel 4 were to be privatised the amount raised would depend on the means of sale, will he take this opportunity to state unequivocally, once and for all, that the Government have no intention of...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (28 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: The hon. Lady persists in mentioning that William Waldegrave was Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1991. He was not Chief Secretary in 1991. That throws some doubt on her argument, which she is basing on something that is not true.

Clause 19: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (29 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: I cannot aspire to the comprehensive, indeed heroic, coverage of the landscape of the clause that my hon. Friend the Member for Grantham and Stamford (Mr. Davies) has just achieved, but it is important for the House to consider a few more points as to the inadequacies of the clause and the necessity for the amendment tabled by my right hon. Friend the Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat—Amory)....

Clause 19: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (29 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: My hon. Friend makes an extremely pertinent point. The answer to his question is no, of course not. If the Government's proposal directed investment—which they clearly wish to do—but did not raise any money, they would not have introduced it in this emergency Budget. Clearly the fact that dare not speak its name about this tax increase is that the Government were desperate for revenue and...

Clause 19: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (29 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: My hon. Friend is right. The underlying point is that businesses and the people who run them know, by and large, where they should be investing. History tells us that, when politicians and civil servants, however well intentioned, try to interfere in the investment policies of individual businesses, they always get it wrong and make businesses worse off in the long term. There is another...

Clause 19: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (29 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: My hon. Friend makes a good point. A point that I would develop from that is that whether any individual pensioner is particularly hard hit will be arbitrary. It will probably be no consequence of any action taken by the individual pensioner whether he is with a pension fund that is in surplus or in deficit, or whether that pension fund is associated with an underlying company that is or is...

Clause 19: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (29 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: That is an extremely good point, and it illustrates the amount of extra uncertainty that is injected into the system. The hon. Member for North Tayside (Mr. Swinney) referred to the fact that, from his experience in the pension industry, the worst that can happen for those running the industry and, more important, for those looking forward to receiving a pension, is an increase in...

Criminal Justice (30 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: While joining my right hon. and hon. Friends in welcoming the vast tracts of the Home Secretary's statement which build on the policies implemented by the previous Government, may I urge him a few more feet down the right road? When will he finish his review on mandatory minimum sentences? Will he implement mandatory minimum sentences for repeat burglars? Is he aware that, if he cannot give a...

Closed Circuit Television (30 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: I am glad to have the chance to debate this topic. It has particular significance for my constituency, but it also has national significance for hon. Members in all parties, given the successful spread and use of closed circuit television schemes over the past few years. The purpose of the debate is to elicit guarantees from the Government on two specific issues that are extremely relevant...

Closed Circuit Television (30 Jul 1997)

Damian Green: The town was included in a wider application by Ashford borough council. Tenterden is one of the Cinque ports, but its council is not a borough or district council. It has a town council because Tenterden has a proud history. I am surprised that the Minister knows nothing about the application, because I shall shortly quote from a letter that he sent to me on the subject. CCTV is only part...


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