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Orders of the Day — Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords] (8 Apr 1998)

Damian Green: I, too, must start by congratulating the Home Secretary—my congratulations are perhaps more surprising than some of the others that he has received during the debate—on the intellectual journey that he has taken to arrive at this Bill. In his opening remarks, and more particularly in his article in The Times this morning, he described clearly how everything that the Labour party had been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Exchange Rates (23 Apr 1998)

Damian Green: I am sure that farmers around the country will be interested in the Chancellor's analysis that wheat prices have gone down because of the BSE crisis. On the exchange rate, he has repeated his normal mantra that we want a stable and competitive pound. Which of these two desiderata is more important? As the Chancellor knows from what has happened over the past few months, it is possible to have...

Petition: Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Bill (24 Apr 1998)

Damian Green: Has my hon. Friend observed the fact that many schools—certainly those in my constituency—have special car parking areas for sixth formers because more pupils, as well as teachers, are driving to school?

Petition: Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Bill (24 Apr 1998)

Damian Green: What is the use of targets if there are no penalties for failing to meet them? If the targets have to be met by the Secretary of State, it is inconceivable that any Government would allow legislation that would impose meaningful penalties on him. If there are no penalties, how useful are the targets?

Petition: Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Bill (24 Apr 1998)

Damian Green: I apologise to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and to the House, for being today's miscreant in the mobile phone stakes. I would not like to be the hon. Member who, during Welsh questions on Monday, fled before Madam Speaker could identify him as that day's miscreant. It behoves those of us who pass laws to own up when we break the laws of the House. The range of views expressed on the Bill this...

Petition: Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Bill (24 Apr 1998)

Damian Green: That is a very important point. In many ways, I would prefer the national targets set out in the Bill to be put into effect at local level, instead of the decision being taken by Ministers or officials in Whitehall. Each locality will know what measures and targets are appropriate for its area and will be able to make a much more practical and sensitive response to the needs of local people.

Petition: Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Bill (24 Apr 1998)

Damian Green: I am interested to hear what my hon. Friend says, because legislation already exists that enables local authorities to do just that. The Bill refers specifically to national targets. I am interested to learn that my hon. Friend's local authority wants to set local targets, and, in view of what we are learning from this morning's debate, perhaps he will be able to guide his authority in an...

Petition: Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Bill (24 Apr 1998)

Damian Green: Has my right hon. Friend considered that the get-out clause in the Bill, which allows the Secretary of State not to impose the national targets, might be appropriately used if this country were doing all that it could to reduce noxious CO2 emissions, but, as other countries were deliberately not doing so, our efforts here were having no significant impact on global warming?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Beat Police Officers (11 May 1998)

Damian Green: The Minister is keen to have more police officers on the beat, but, when it comes to specifics, he tries to hide behind the chief constables. Will the Minister give the House a target for the number of extra police that the Government wish to see on the beat by the end of this Parliament?

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits (Initial Expenditure) Bill: Authorisation of Expenditure (14 May 1998)

Damian Green: It is important to set the amendments in context; they do not seek to stop the Government doing anything they wish to do. These are in no way wrecking amendments. My hon. Friend the Member for Sevenoaks (Mr. Fallon) has made it clear that we accept the principle of using tax credits rather than benefits if that is seen to be a better way in which to achieve the policy aim. However, there are...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits (Initial Expenditure) Bill: Authorisation of Expenditure (14 May 1998)

Damian Green: I am grateful to follow two such distinguished and experienced parliamentarians. Their remarks have removed one of the doubts in my mind. When I read the words covered by amendment No. 2, I was puzzled about what they meant. As a new Member, I could not understand how a Government could, even in a paving Bill, claim powers that would be exercisable whether or not Parliament has given...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits (Initial Expenditure) Bill: Authorisation of Expenditure (14 May 1998)

Damian Green: I agree; that is important. If I had to choose between the amendments, I prefer amendment No. 2. Amendment No. 10 would be acceptable, though less good. The hon. Member for Gordon said that the argument may seem academic, but there are practical implications. We already know that the Government's legislative timetable for the year is in trouble. They are holding over the House the nuclear...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits (Initial Expenditure) Bill: Authorisation of Expenditure (14 May 1998)

Damian Green: I am grateful for that guidance, Mr. Martin. The 12-month rule in amendment No. 10 may be practically relevant, even if the amendment is inadequately drafted, as it may well be more than 12 months before the legislation that will follow this paving Bill emerges. The argument would be important even if it were simply academic, because of the principle of enforcing proper parliamentary...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits (Initial Expenditure) Bill (14 May 1998)

Damian Green: Is not the position worse than that? As I read the Bill, it is possible for Parliament to reject the Bill that is intended to follow the paving Bill, and for this Bill still to enable the Government to act as if the subsequent Bill had been passed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Exchange Rate Policy (21 May 1998)

Damian Green: What plans he has to stabilise the rate of sterling against the euro. [41674]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Exchange Rate Policy (21 May 1998)

Damian Green: I am sure that the Chancellor will have seen an excellent document from the European Commission, which makes it clear that those countries that do not join economic and monetary union on 1 January next year will have to fulfil various criteria to qualify. One of them is the observance of the normal fluctuation margins provided for by the Exchange Rate Mechanism … for at least two years,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Media Ownership (1 Jun 1998)

Damian Green: The Secretary of State should perhaps consider straight away a detailed piece of media regulation: the switch-off of analogue television services. Is he aware that his decision not to take a decision for two or three years will put in danger the development of digital television in this country, and will possibly damage the interests of an industry that is culturally and economically vital to...

National Lottery Bill [Lords]: Additionality (1 Jun 1998)

Damian Green: I support the new clauses and amendments, which would save the Government from themselves. The Government believe that their policies will give them short-term popularity, but they will lead to long-term opprobrium when people realise the damage that is done to the national lottery, which has for several years supported many good causes which are valued throughout the country. Once the...

National Lottery Bill [Lords]: WINDING UP OF FUNDS ALLOCATED UNDER SECTION 22(3)(c) (1 Jun 1998)

Damian Green: I shall speak mainly to amendments Nos. 8 and 1, but I shall first briefly address new clause 4. I regret the absence of the right hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Mr. Maclennan) in more than the usual formal sense in which those words are used in the House, because I am genuinely unsure about whether I have completely understood what he wants to achieve with his new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Jun 1998)

Damian Green: The Prime Minister will know that, last week, the Socialist group in the European Parliament tabled a motion congratulating him on his conduct of the British presidency. He will also be aware that, quite rightly, the motion was heavily defeated. Who does he blame for the failure of the British presidency—the Foreign Secretary or himself?


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