Results 301–310 of 310 for speaker:Mr Andy King

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

Mr Andy King: The hon. Lady will understand that I have some background in and knowledge of these matters. I was Minister for Local Government for three and a half years. I have some interest in and understanding of the way in which assessments are made. I made an assessment myself—my own judgment—which proved to be correct, that two years ago we could produce a case that was convincing and could...

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

Mr Andy King: No, I am sorry. The county council is entitled to expect assistance from the Government because of the extra costs imposed by the Budget that were not provided for in the original local government settlement. I should like to reinforce the comments on pension funds made by my hon. Friend the Member for South Suffolk. The Minister for Local Government and Housing is right to say that the...

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

Mr Andy King: I am sorry, but I want to make this point. I have made my position on capping clear, and I have given advice to the county based on that position. I now find, however, that the Government have imposed costs that were not mentioned in their manifesto. They gave no indication that they would impose those costs or accelerate duty increases, which usually occur in November, by five months....

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

Mr Andy King: Any rural county council, whether in Somerset or West Sussex, must be concerned by the matter raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Soames).

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

Mr Andy King: No, I am sorry. I will fight for Somerset's interests if I think that a case can fairly be made and won. Sometimes one is disappointed and sometimes one would like to have more money. The challenge will be to achieve proper changes in the area cost adjustment—an issue on which I think that Opposition Members will be able to stand as one. Yesterday the House held a debate on rural affairs...

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

Mr Andy King: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to use today's debate to make my maiden speech. I am extremely honoured and privileged to be here representing the constituency of Rugby and Kenilworth. I turn first to the person whom I have replaced, Mr. James Pawsey. He was a good constituency Member of Parliament and an extremely worthy opponent. I wish him and his family well. A Member of...

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

Mr Andy King: When?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Social Security (Waste) (2 Jun 1997)

Mr Andy King: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will make a statement on the level of waste in the social security system. [877]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Social Security (Waste) (2 Jun 1997)

Mr Andy King: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his well-deserved appointment as Minister for Welfare Reform—

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Social Security (Waste) (2 Jun 1997)

Mr Andy King: Thank you. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the Government will not tolerate so many people struggling to make ends meet while so many others are taking advantage of the social security system? What will the Government do to tackle fraud and bring back public confidence and support for the social security system? No reading there.


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