Results 161–180 of 10152 for speaker:Damian Green

Estimates Day: Further Education (6 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: If the hon. Lady feels so strongly about maintenance grants for 16 to 19-year-olds, may I ask which way she voted on the issue of maintenance grants for students at university? Did she vote for them to be taken away, or is she consistent in her views?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Grammar Schools (9 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: I am interested by the Minister's comment that he is against dogma, but against selective education as a matter of dogma. Among the 75 beacon schools that he identified this week as providing best practice was Torquay grammar school. Will he confirm that he would not want that school to be changed in any significant way because he has identified it as a beacon school? Will he urge local...

Clause 25: Imposition of Conditions as to Fees at Further and Higher Education Institutions in Scotland (13 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: About once a fortnight, the House assembles to hear the Government marshall their arguments for this policy. Every time, their arguments become weaker, less plausible and more desperate. Tonight, we have seen the start of the Government's retreat. The hon. Member for Falkirk, West (Mr. Canavan) said that it came as a surprise to him that the Minister was offering this half concession. It...

Clause 25: Imposition of Conditions as to Fees at Further and Higher Education Institutions in Scotland (13 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: The Minister rightly says that £23,000 is the gross figure, and in doing so he is admitting that families with a gross income above that figure are the fat cats at whom he has sneered throughout the debate. Many families in Britain will find that interesting.

Orders of the Day — School Standards and Framework Bill: Designation of Grammar Schools (15 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: As reshuffle fever grips the Government Benches, we should all be aware that each occasion on which we are privileged to hear the Minister speak on the Bill may be the last time that we hear him speak from the Front Bench. Let me begin by thanking him for the small mercy of the slight move that he has made on the gagging provisions. I am relieved to discover that the Government have not yet...

Orders of the Day — School Standards and Framework Bill: Designation of Grammar Schools (15 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: That had to be on a narrower basis, because it affected parents at individual schools rather than across local education authorities. I do not remember the Labour party welcoming those ballots, so I am not sure that the Minister's argument washes. Many people will find the 20 per cent. rule peculiar. The Government have decided that, when they are dealing with matters that they care about,...

Orders of the Day — School Standards and Framework Bill: Designation of Grammar Schools (15 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: My hon. Friend, who has considerable expertise, makes an extremely good point. I cannot believe that it is one of the Government's intentions to drive more children into the independent sector. They must know that that is one of the possible effects of the policy. Although we on the Opposition Benches have no problem with that, because we believe in parental choice, ideologically the...

Orders of the Day — School Standards and Framework Bill: Designation of Grammar Schools (15 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: My hon. Friend is right. The Government are trying to hide behind others in the campaign because they put out so much soft soap before the election, saying that good schools would not be threatened. We said that they would be, and we have been proved right. Everything that was said before the election, by everyone from the Prime Minister downwards, is proved to have been a deceit on the...

Orders of the Day — School Standards and Framework Bill: Designation of Grammar Schools (15 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: Yes, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The amendments are problematic because, at the margins of the Government's policy, the category of people affected is wider than existing parents and pupils. The amendments deal with the question of who is eligible to vote in the ballots, and the Government are having that difficulty precisely because it is not only the children, parents and governors from the...

Orders of the Day — School Standards and Framework Bill: Designation of Grammar Schools (15 Jul 1998)

Damian Green: I assure my hon. Friend that, certainly in Kent, where some Labour Members are very publicly opposing the grammar schools in their constituencies, parents will not fail to let it be known who is leading the campaign and what effect it will have.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Subsidised Employment (New Deal) (22 Oct 1998)

Damian Green: The degree of complacency that the Minister displays about the new deal is genuinely alarming. He now quotes figures showing that there are 7,000 subsidised jobs that would not have been there without the new deal, but, on 24 September, he was boasting that more than 25,000 employers had signed up to the new deal. Does he agree that, according to his own figures, there must be at least 18,000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Business Start-ups (4 Nov 1998)

Damian Green: If he will make a statement about the number of recent business start-ups in Wales. [56577]

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Business Start-ups (4 Nov 1998)

Damian Green: The Minister will be aware that business start-ups in Wales have fallen sharply in 1998, as compared with 1997. Given that the Welsh economy is more dependent on manufacturing industry than the United Kingdom economy as a whole and that manufacturing has borne the brunt of the Government's economic mismanagement, which has led to interest rates being higher for longer than they need be, what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Nov 1998)

Damian Green: The Prime Minister will be aware that, in another place this afternoon, there will be a vote on whether next year's European elections will operate under the completely undemocratic closed list system that he prefers, or under a preferable open list system, which gives voters some choice. Indeed, I hear talk that he and his colleagues are so worried about the result that Liberal Democrat...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: University Tuition Fees (19 Nov 1998)

Damian Green: May I express my regret that the Minister could not find time to join me and many others on the platform at the National Union of Students rally last week, where students of all political persuasions condemned the Government for their multiple attacks on student finances? Will he confirm that, significantly, applications from mature students—who know something about debt—were 10 per cent....

Orders of the Day — Trade, Industry, Education and Employment (25 Nov 1998)

Damian Green: Yes, you do.

National Health Service (11 Jan 1999)

Damian Green: The Secretary of State will be as alarmed as I am at news of the steady trickle of nurses in hospitals in east Kent who, over the past couple of weeks, in despair at his stewardship of the national health service, have resigned to become agency nurses. They will not be impressed by his attempt to lay the blame on anyone but himself, nor, I suspect, by the sneering tone that he adopted about...

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

Damian Green: The Secretary of State's claims for the new deal bear close scrutiny. In November, the Government said that they would spend £660 million in the coming financial year on the new deal. In December, the Minister for Employment, Welfare to Work and Equal Opportunities claimed for the first time, as he repeated this morning, that each new deal job cost £1,000. With the benefit of the numeracy...


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