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Results 1–20 of 900 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tom Levitt

Energy and Climate Change: Feeder Tariffs (8 Apr 2010)

Tom Levitt: The introduction of the feed-in tariff will be very welcome to people such as the operators of the Torrs hydropower system in New Mills in my constituency-a community-owned hydropower station, of which I happen to be a shareholder. Is my hon. Friend aware that the big barrier is still the start-up costs of community hydro schemes? The Methodist church in Glossop is considering the possibility...

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (8 Apr 2010)

Tom Levitt: My final contribution to this House is quite fundamental. The northern half of this planet grew rich from 200 years of exploitation of carbon. Can the Minister assure us that everything is being done to ensure that the southern half of the planet can develop riches of its own without that dependence on carbon?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: New Rolling Stock (18 Mar 2010)

Tom Levitt: I greatly welcome what my hon. Friend has just said about the Sheffield to Manchester line, most of which is in my constituency. On the procurement of rolling stock generally, will he bear in mind the importance of that industry to the east midlands, not just for the major producers, but for the supply chain, which includes the production of brake linings in my constituency? Will he talk to...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Assistance to Communities (11 Mar 2010)

Tom Levitt: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will return to the question of how to make life easier for these organisations. There is nothing easier than setting up a "Just Giving" webpage, as the Gift Aid is then easily sorted out. I have not heard the hon. Gentleman suggest that charity law needs to be changed, or that the health and safety regime should be relaxed. Neither the hon. Gentleman nor the...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Assistance to Communities (11 Mar 2010)

Tom Levitt: I am sure that there is accord across the Chamber on the points that the hon. Gentleman just made about mutual organisations, Quaker heritage and so on-that is excellent. However, does he not think, given that three quarters of the population engage in voluntary activity in one form or another, and that there are 250 charities in every constituency and so on, that it is an affront to the...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Assistance to Communities (11 Mar 2010)

Tom Levitt: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Illsley, and to speak yet again alongside my old friend the Minister. We joined the all-party group on the voluntary sector in 1997, and we both became Home Office Parliamentary Private Secretaries at the same time. Whereas she has gone on to stellar things since then, I am fulfilling the role of sweeper. Nevertheless, it is a great...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Assistance to Communities (11 Mar 2010)

Tom Levitt: Briefly, in the hope that the hon. Gentleman will say yes to my question.

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Assistance to Communities (11 Mar 2010)

Tom Levitt: I am pleased to hear that. The hon. Gentleman will remember that the leader of his party, the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron), said at one time, "If you want to know what a Conservative Government are going to do, look at what Conservative local authorities are doing." The hon. Gentleman will also be aware that when Conservatives took over the organisation of London Councils, one...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Assistance to Communities (11 Mar 2010)

Tom Levitt: I am grateful for that fascinating intervention. I will read it carefully in Hansard tomorrow. The hon. Gentleman seems to be suggesting that there is a compassionate charitable side and a state power side, and never the twain shall meet-one shall not influence the other. It is about influence. No one is suggesting that the third sector should run the country, but it has the right-and, indeed...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Assistance to Communities (11 Mar 2010)

Tom Levitt: I am not sure how the exempt charity status reflects on that matter. Labour has taken a different route, which is to make all our schools excellent so that people do not have to make the somewhat artificial choice of entering the narrow confines of the independent sector, rather than being in the big wide world of the state sector. I will conclude in a moment, but first I want to mention a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Music Licensing Levies (10 Mar 2010)

Tom Levitt: Everyone recognises the right of PPL to get the income from its work that the courts say it deserves, but I am sure that it would not wish to be seen to be imposing in any way an undue weight of levy, on the smallest charities in particular. Will the Minister try to make sure that there is a measured response to the outcome of the negotiations, and in particular that the amount of bureaucracy...

Total Place Programme (High Peak) (22 Feb 2010)

Tom Levitt: I spoke of inequalities. When the two middle management tiers were merged, every single job loss was in High Peak, and the number of new jobs for High Peak in the future jobs fund bid from the two councils was only two. That is what I mean by the discrepancy and inequality between the two councils. How can one group of middle management deliver two contrary sets of policies in the two council...

Total Place Programme (High Peak) (22 Feb 2010)

Tom Levitt: I am grateful, Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to hold this debate. Let me say at the outset that I believe that the Department's Total Place concept is a very fine objective and process. My only criticism is that it should have been in place many years ago. As I understand it, Total Place looks at the sum total of public services available within a geographical area. It looks for crossovers...

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: New Clause 88 — Referendum on voting systems (9 Feb 2010)

Tom Levitt: The other people who would benefit from AV are all the Members of this House. Everyone would then be able to say, "I have the conditional or actual support of more than 50 per cent. of my electorate, and that gives me greater authority." In my three elections, that has happened to me only once, and unfortunately only one in three Members can say that it happened to them at the last election.

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill (Money) (No. 3) (9 Feb 2010)

Tom Levitt: I believe that the hon. Gentleman has won a seat in this place in seven general elections. In how many of those elections did he achieve 50 per cent. or more of the vote? I know that he did not in the last election. Would it not be nice for him to know that he had at least the conditional support of more than 50 per cent. of those who turned out?

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Charities (Regulatory Burden) (27 Jan 2010)

Tom Levitt: Is it not the case that the Charities Act 2006 brought rationalisation to the regulations governing the charities sector and therefore made it much easier, in many ways, for them to function? Is it not also the case that where third sector organisations are delivering other services such as hospices and so on, they must be regulated in terms of the service that they are delivering? What is...

Charity Trustees (18 Jan 2010)

Tom Levitt: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We all know that being the trustee of a charity or community organisation is a responsible and important role. Indeed, trustees are the keepers of a charity's soul. They define and perpetuate its mission and direction; they are its ultimate managers; and they uphold standards of good governance. They do not run their charities on a day-to-day basis. Nor do the vast...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Haiti (13 Jan 2010)

Tom Levitt: With an island such as Haiti, there is always a danger that an earthquake will be associated with a tsunami, although thankfully that does not appear to have happened on this occasion. However, does my right hon. Friend recall that after the tsunami in the far east, the world pledged to improve the early warning systems for tsunamis and earthquakes? Was there any early warning on this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (12 Jan 2010)

Tom Levitt: The Autism Act 2009 was a great success for Back Benchers across the House, in co-operation with a caring and receptive Government. It calls for the autism strategy for helping adults with autism and Asperger's syndrome to be published. Will my hon. Friend the Minister of State make sure that it is published before we are diverted by other matters a little later in the year?

Goldstone Report (12 Jan 2010)

Tom Levitt: Those of us who visited Gaza before the conflict and Operation Cast Lead are aware that the economic damage to which my hon. Friend refers was being inflicted even then and is still being inflicted now by the blockade. I am sure that we all welcomed the Prime Minister's support for an end to the blockade in Prime Minister's questions last week, but does my hon. Friend agree that we need...


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