Results 1–20 of 600 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Hesford

Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 — Department of Health: Alcohol (10 Mar 2010)

Stephen Hesford: I do not mind not being mentioned in the hon. Lady's tour d'horizon of hon. Members' speeches. My speech clearly did not have any effect on her, and that is a matter for her; I can take it. However, I asked her a question-

Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 — Department of Health: Alcohol (10 Mar 2010)

Stephen Hesford: Last week, the hon. Member for Reigate (Mr. Blunt) said in terms, in a Delegated Legislation Committee, that the Conservative party positively supported minimum pricing, and that that was itsr policy. There was an exchange about that, and he was absolutely clear. In my speech, I asked the hon. Lady to clarify whether that is the Conservative position, and I think that it would help this...

Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 — Department of Health: Alcohol (10 Mar 2010)

Stephen Hesford: Tesco is in favour of minimum pricing. I do not think there could be a better illustration of the point that my hon. Friend is about to make.

Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 — Department of Health: Alcohol (10 Mar 2010)

Stephen Hesford: I speak as yet another member of the Health Select Committee. I should like to echo the praise of my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Dr. Stoate) for the Chair of the Select Committee, my right hon. Friend the Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Barron), who led this inquiry admirably. It is in no small part thanks to the way in which he and the Clerks of the Committee put it together that we...

Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 — Department of Health: Alcohol (10 Mar 2010)

Stephen Hesford: I do not want to gainsay that, but the Irish experience should also be considered. A ban was introduced there, and, I think, in Spain as well. There were other precedents, but I take the hon. Gentleman's point. I have said that alcohol is not the dangerous substance that tobacco is, but, as the Health Committee heard, the death rate from tobacco-related illness was 120,000 a year when the...

Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 — Department of Health: Alcohol (10 Mar 2010)

Stephen Hesford: I thank my hon. Friend, but it is more sophisticated than that, as the price rise is aimed at those who are the most vulnerable. That is why this would be such a successful and discriminatory measure-discriminatory in the positive sense that it discriminates in the interest of those who need assistance to avoid the dangers that they are not presently able to avoid. I mean, of course, young...

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: NHS Dentistry (14 Oct 2009)

Stephen Hesford: The reverse is true in my constituency, where three new dental practices have opened in the past year-I had the honour of opening all three. The hon. Gentleman's experience of the new contract is considerably different from mine.

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: NHS Dentistry (14 Oct 2009)

Stephen Hesford: rose-

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: NHS Dentistry (14 Oct 2009)

Stephen Hesford: To make it clear, not only is the experience on the ground in my constituency different from what the hon. Gentleman is describing, but the new dental practices are NHS dental practices.

Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology (20 May 2009)

Stephen Hesford: My hon. Friend rightly says that if no decision has been taken and there remains an interest in the process of reaching any decision, it might be premature for her to intervene, but surely in order for that process to give consideration to the right principles and the right issues she can take an oversight view. When one is talking about potentially spending £150 million of public money in...

Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology (20 May 2009)

Stephen Hesford: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. May I remind him of a meeting that we had with the Under-Secretary of State for Health, my hon. Friend the Member for Brentford and Isleworth (Ann Keen), whom I am pleased to see in her place tonight? Does he remember that that meeting was not wholly positive? Is that one of the reasons he feels the need to bring the matter...

Eastham (2 Feb 2009)

Stephen Hesford: It is a pleasure to be able to intervene on my hon. Friend, who does a remarkable job on behalf of his constituency and is a good neighbour of mine. He mentioned the strategic asset review. Does he agree that the review has problems, not least because it singled out Eastham library for closure when it was not on the list and swapped it with another library on the night of the decision? The...

Eastham (2 Feb 2009)

Stephen Hesford: My hon. Friend is making a powerful case. May I add to his list Hoylake and Irby libraries?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Vehicle Excise Duty (30 Oct 2008)

Stephen Hesford: On the cost of motoring, has my hon. Friend made an assessment of the policy of a fuel duty escalator? If so, does she agree that it would be a ridiculous misjudgment to implement such a policy?

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day]: Economic Performance and Business (21 Oct 2008)

Stephen Hesford: Before I retrace our steps to see how we got into the international credit crunch, I should like to say something more positive. This is a debate of genuine concern for small businesses, and for the enterprise sector generally, but I have not heard a lot from the Opposition about how we can talk the economy up instead of talking it down. For example, the national chairman of the Federation of...

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day]: Economic Performance and Business (21 Oct 2008)

Stephen Hesford: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely wrong. The Americans tried that, raising $700 billion with the idea of buying toxic debt, but it simply did not work. The markets hated it and Wall street crashed on the back of that wrong action; the right way of doing it is what my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister suggested—recapitalising the banks and putting liquidity back into the system. The hon....

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day]: Economic Performance and Business (21 Oct 2008)

Stephen Hesford: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. As for the so-called budget deficit, John Hawksworth of PricewaterhouseCoopers noted that "partial nationalisations (taxpayer stakes in banks)... do not add to public-sector net borrowing... They are... below-the-line financial transactions", which means that they do not put pressure on the Chancellor to raise taxes or cut spending. As the Government have made...

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day]: Economic Performance and Business (21 Oct 2008)

Stephen Hesford: On the pensions point, the hon. Gentleman is completely wrong. The House has debated the issue a number of times, and each time has come to a decision that is contrary to the one that he puts forward. He well knows that the responsibility for the pension— [Interruption.]

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day]: Economic Performance and Business (21 Oct 2008)

Stephen Hesford: The hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Alan Duncan) knows that the decision on the pension funds was nothing to do with the Prime Minister—he was continuing a policy undertaken by the previous Tory Government. The problem with the pension funds was the dotcom boom and the fall in share prices.


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