Results 1–20 of 5955 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Damian Green

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Damian Green: I will be brief because I want to concentrate on only one aspect of the debate, which is safety. I know that there are important issues to be discussed about costs, timing, and whether we have a full or partial move out. For the record, I support those who say that we must be clear that Parliament should stay in the Palace of Westminster in the long term. But before we consider these...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Damian Green: I agree with the hon. Lady. The wider point about safety was put very starkly by the recently retired Black Rod, David Leakey, who said: “There could be a major fire, there could be loss of life.” The one thing we know—the one unarguable fact we know—is that the more we delay, the more likely some horrific outcome becomes. We need to be clear about who statistically is...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Damian Green: I am glad to have given the hon. Gentleman the opportunity to make that public service announcement. I want to address directly one of the arguments that has been used to advocate delay and continuing to muddle through in the way that we have done for too long. The argument is that in the wake of the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower, we cannot be seen to be spending large sums of money on...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Damian Green: The hon. Lady’s point illustrates the general one that those who have spent most time and effort looking at the conditions of this House, either on various committees or, indeed, inside Government, are the ones who are most keen to take early and decisive action. No one’s conscience should be comfortable with the potential consequences of delay and inaction in these circumstances....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Jan 2018)

Damian Green: Thank you —it is a lot easier asking them than answering them. It is vital for long-term prosperity that the Government maintain infrastructure investment. With this in mind, and especially as proposals for new bridges are currently fashionable, may I ask the Prime Minister to commit the Government to a very practical idea, which is an early start on the lower Thames crossing between...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: I have been asked to reply on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, who is abroad in the middle east furthering our interests in a region that is fundamental to our national security and prosperity. I am sure that the whole House will wish to join me in offering our warmest congratulations to His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and in wishing them every happiness...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: I welcome the fact that the hon. Lady welcomes the industrial strategy, as she should do. It will be good for Grimsby and many other communities around this country, particularly those that may feel that they have been left behind in the past. I am happy to assure her that the industrial strategy will come with money attached, as she will have heard in my right hon. Friend the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: I can see that my hon. Friend is getting the hang of questions already. I am happy to assure him that we are committed to working with him, and indeed with the Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, who is doing so much to help develop the area. We want to support him and the South Tees Development Corporation on the work they are doing on the long-term regeneration of the south Tees area. As he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: Yes, I am. I think that all Ministers should respect and obey the ministerial code, and I absolutely think that is a very important part of confidence in public life. I also echo the right hon. Lady’s thoughts about the terrible events in Sinai. She might find it difficult to wave the St George’s flag, but I will be doing so for the English rugby league team. [Interruption.] As a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: I cannot remember asking that question, but I would love to know what the then Deputy Prime Minister answered. I am happy to assure the right hon. Lady that we have more nurses, more midwives and more doctors working in the health service now. The health service is performing more operations now, and certainly more than it was 17 years ago. In particular, in the Budget last week my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: There are, as I say, more operations being done, and more nurses, more doctors, more midwives. The health service is expanding. We have got 14,900 more doctors, 1,500 more medical school places each year and 10,000 more nurses on our wards, and we have announced an increase of more than 5,000 extra nurse training places every year. In addition, the Chancellor said in his Budget that we would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: Since 17 years ago—and it is interesting that 17 years ago many years of Labour Government still lay ahead, with all the pressures the right hon. Lady has just exposed—the number of nurses in post has risen significantly. I did not quite understand her point about wards—she seemed to go on and off the wards—but we know that we have 10,000 more nurses on our wards,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: The right hon. Lady’s grasp of the facts is pretty shaky. The meeting tomorrow in my constituency is about the strategic transformation plan. [Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: I am happy to assure the right hon. Lady that I am entirely in favour of option 1 of that strategic transformation plan, which suggests not just leaving A&E services in the hospital in my constituency, but actually expanding specialist services there. I strongly suggest that she does not try to think she knows more about what is going on my constituency than I do.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: The right hon. Lady is determined to talk the NHS down. It is a Conservative Government who are increasing NHS funding so that it remains the best health service in the world, as the independent Commonwealth Fund has described it for the second year in a row. It is this party that promised and delivered more money for the NHS in 2010 and 2015, and in last week’s Budget my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: I am very happy to agree with my hon. Friend, and, indeed, with the wisdom of the Labour councillor who has joined the Conservative party. My hon. Friend is quite right. What we hear from Labour Members shows that a Labour Government would lose control of public finances and hike taxes to their highest ever peacetime level. I have discovered a new quotation—the shadow Chancellor called...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: I am afraid that I do not have the figure to hand. However, I urge the right hon. Gentleman to recognise that our defence industry is an extremely important creator of jobs and prosperity, in Scotland as well as in other parts of the country. Obviously I am aware of the current terrible situation in Yemen, but he should also recognise that this country has one of the most rigorous and robust...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: I should correct something the right hon. Gentleman said: that the Government receive the money. It will be the companies that receive the money, and therefore their workers. He can take that position if he wants, and it was the Labour party’s position as well, but that would certainly entail significant job losses. It is very important not only that we have the robust regime I talked...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and I know what a stout champion she is of the people of Taunton Deane. She is right about the housing infrastructure fund as well. We need more homes, but we also need the infrastructure to back them up, and that is why the Chancellor doubled the housing infrastructure fund in the Budget.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Green: I do not recognise the characterisation of Kent County Council’s position that my constituency neighbour has expressed. All local authorities, as all parts of the public sector, have to live within their means, because we have to continue paying down the deficit run up by the previous Labour Government. Kent County Council is an extremely good county council that does many good things...


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