Results 281–300 of 310 for speaker:Mr Andy King

Opposition Day: Welfare, Pensions and Disabled People (1 Dec 1997)

Mr Andy King: I hope, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that that is not unparliamentary language. Indeed, I am only quoting a previous Conservative Prime Minister, who referred to you as "organised hypocrisy". That is what we have witnessed this afternoon again. It is what we witnessed time and again when you were in power during the past 18 years. You did nothing for disabled people or for lone parents; you certainly...

Opposition Day: Welfare, Pensions and Disabled People (1 Dec 1997)

Mr Andy King: I do apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for not addressing you directly. I was of course referring to Conservative Members. I shall try not to fall into that trap again. Let us look at what we inherited from the Conservatives. We said from the start that we would operate within the constrictions of the Budget bequeathed to us by the Conservatives for the first two years—a Budget that included...

Opposition Day: Welfare, Pensions and Disabled People (1 Dec 1997)

Mr Andy King: I do apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker, if I fell asleep while Opposition Members were speaking. They certainly tried the patience of all of us this afternoon, but I tried to stay awake, and yes I do agree with my hon. Friend on this side, thank you very much. [Interruption.] I agree on this side, that we are going to make these proposals work. [Interruption.] I am sorry, but we have been in...

Opposition Day: Welfare, Pensions and Disabled People (1 Dec 1997)

Mr Andy King: No; I am sorry. We are running out of time. We are actually going to assist lone parents with child care after school. A million places will be available, not just during term time, but during the holiday period, when those parents need that sort of assistance. The system will be flexible. At the moment, there are slightly more than 3,000 such schemes. We shall provide 30,000 such schemes,...

Opposition Day: Public Services (17 Nov 1997)

Mr Andy King: She likes beards.

Opposition Day: Public Services (17 Nov 1997)

Mr Andy King: I hope that we shall soon put right the matter of Tory placepeople, who are still in the health service, doing a great disservice to the health service.

Opposition Day: Public Services (17 Nov 1997)

Mr Andy King: I do wish that the right hon. Lady would come to Rugby, where I live, because it was rife with Tory placepeople. When the trust was established, every single person who was not a Tory placeperson was immediately dismissed from the trust—or proposed trust. The fiasco ended with the trust crumbling, just before the general election. The chairman, chief executive and everyone else resigned,...

Opposition Day: Public Services (17 Nov 1997)

Mr Andy King: Shall I continue?

Opposition Day: Public Services (17 Nov 1997)

Mr Andy King: We like it.

Opposition Day: Public Services (17 Nov 1997)

Mr Andy King: rose—

Opposition Day: Public Services (17 Nov 1997)

Mr Andy King: I am amazed by some of the comments from Liberal Democrat Members: they clearly do not speak to hospital staff in their constituencies. Staff have thanked me for the extra allocation to the health service. They have said, "Thank you for helping us this winter. This is the first time in our memory that there has been proper planning for a winter crisis before it happens instead of everyone...

Opposition Day: Public Services (17 Nov 1997)

Mr Andy King: It is a start.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Claimants (Improved Services) (28 Jul 1997)

Mr Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will make a statement on the Government's plans to improve services to claimants by sharing information within her Department relating to claimants. [9030]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Claimants (Improved Services) (28 Jul 1997)

Mr Andy King: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for her answer. Time and again, people have come to my surgeries in despair at the amount of time and energy that they are wasting in trying to find their way through the very complex and inefficient system that we inherited from the previous Government. Will she confirm that, on average, some people who appeal against decisions must wait six months for...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (17 Jul 1997)

Mr Andy King: I am sorry, but I must speak directly. So far as I know, my remarks do not relate to Oxfordshire. I take no pleasure in making these points. We do better for our county if we work together and listen to, and take, advice. I do not claim false credentials in this matter. Two years ago, we fought successfully to raise the cap for Somerset. I see that the right hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr....

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (17 Jul 1997)

Mr Andy King: I find it offensive that, if the risks had not been taken, the county council could have accepted a perfectly sensible proposal for maintaining the cap and expenditure within it. Funding for education and social services could then have been protected properly. However, that amendment was rejected out of hand. We are back where we started—but £250,000 worse off. The county must now make...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (17 Jul 1997)

Mr Andy King: The right hon. Gentleman knows perfectly well that the amendment put forward by the Conservative group, which would have enabled the waste of £250,000 to be avoided—[Interruption.] Will hon. Members who are not even Somerset Members contain themselves so that I may reply to the right hon. Gentleman? The amendment proposed by the Conservative group was voted down, calling the entire budget...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (17 Jul 1997)

Mr Andy King: I know that the right hon. Gentleman has to leave, but I hope that he will not mind waiting a moment. I quote from the right hon. Gentleman's speech in reply to the Budget. He said: Under a Labour Government, my county of Somerset will have to sack 90 teachers this year."—[Official Report, 2 July 1997; Vol. 297, c. 328.] I give the right hon. Gentleman credit—he has said that before. The...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (17 Jul 1997)

Mr Andy King: Hon. Members say that Somerset had the lowest increase of any county. That is, to say the least, economical with the truth. They do not go on to say that 16 other counties had the same level of increase. What they say is technically true, but grossly misleading. I hear it endlessly repeated by the leader of the Liberal Democrats that Somerset is the most efficient county in the country. I am...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (17 Jul 1997)

Mr Andy King: I will deal with all those issues in my speech, but I am worried about the right hon. Gentleman. Will he tell me when he has to go? [Interruption.] He has come into the Chamber, intervened twice and threatened to leave at any moment. He has asked me a fair question, but I hope that in fairness he will allow me to reply in the right order. Some may consider these matters to be cause for...


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