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Results 1–20 of 11731 for speaker:Tim Loughton

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (19 May 1997)

Tim Loughton: I am working up to it.

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill (2 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: I fear that I have no Oscar or gaol to claim in my speech, but I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Reading, East (Ms Griffiths). I am grateful and relieved to have caught your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, during a positive plethora of maiden speeches in the opening days of the new Parliament. I am only too aware that some debates in the House resemble a veritable Baedeker's travelogue round the...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: Mr. Lord, you will forgive me—as a fresh-faced, wet-behind-the-ears new boy—if I take up the point that was made earlier in the debate by my hon. Friend the Member for Teignbridge (Mr. Nicholls) and say that I had had the impression, as I did when I spoke in the Second Reading debate, that this is a debating Chamber. Today, however, all the questions have been asked and all the points and...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: No, I will not; let me get on. I have been waiting all evening to speak.

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: At last, we may have some debate. If a few more of the colleagues of the hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane) had put down their crème de menthe frappés and pork scratchings in the bar and bothered to come into the Chamber, perhaps we might have had a proper debate, rather than relying all evening on Conservative Members to provide one.

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that friendly advice. It confirms my point that 20 members of his party attend the debate, with the other 280-odd being Lobby fodder, when they put down their creme de menthe frappés and pork scratchings.

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: I am grateful for your advice, Mr. Lord. Perhaps, at this late hour, a certain fascination with crème de menthe frappés and pork scratchings may be forgiven.

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: I sought advice from the Minister without Portfolio. I gather that the formal reply will be appearing before long in e-mail from Excalibur. I want to get on with the speech I am trying to make and to deal with the subject of siblings. Hon. Members should grow up and face the fact that the Bill has nothing to do with class sizes; it has nothing to do with providing better conditions for...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: I am sorry, Mr. Lord. On the specific subject of siblings, I want to take up a couple of points ably made by my hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May). I, too, served for many years on a local education authority appeals panel. As my hon. Friend rightly said, the single largest subject for objections was siblings not being able to attend the same schools—usually because the good...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: That is an exceedingly valid point. My wife and her sister attended the same fee-paying school. Their parents worked overseas for the European Space Agency for many years. It was particularly important for those two young girls to be together in the same school. If girls in that situation were relying on the assisted places scheme now, it would be a traumatic experience at an impressionable...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: I am grateful for the important point that my hon. Friend was attempting to make. I hope that he will elaborate on it in his speech rather than pinching part of mine. Perhaps we could put the debate and this flimsy, pathetic little Bill in the context of the Government's broader plans for education, which will affect many people. Not only are they endeavouring to deny pupils on assisted...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: There is yet another important point in which the Government have no interest. Does my hon. Friend appreciate that up to a half of all journeys in Britain are shorter than five miles? On the A27 through my constituency, the largest cause of traffic congestion is parents taking their children to school. That problem will be compounded further if children have to be taken to different schools...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Animal Welfare (19 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what the Government's priorities are with regard to animal welfare. [2890]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Animal Welfare (19 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: I am grateful to the Minister for the generality of his response. He will be aware that my constituency contains the important port of Shoreham, which made the headlines for all the wrong reasons during the veal calf export saga. What assurances can he give my many constituents who were involved in the demonstrations that this Government will continue the good work of the last Government, who...

Opposition Day: NHS Services (Charging) (25 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: I congratulate the hon. Member for Leeds, North-West (Mr. Best) on his eloquent maiden speech and thank him for his kind words about his predecessor, Keith Hampson. The hon. Gentleman is truly privileged to represent a constituency in God's county. I congratulate other hon. Members who have made their maiden speeches tonight. The hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mr. McWalter) referred to...

Opposition Day: NHS Services (Charging) (25 Jun 1997)

Tim Loughton: I shall continue. There is not long before the Front Bench spokesmen respond to the debate. A few years back, the Secretary of State, as he now is, said: The Tories know that the people of this country fear for the future of the NHS. That is why they have kept under wraps the far right ideas of charges for visiting the doctor or for staying in hospital. Far right—that is scary stuff. The...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (10 Jul 1997)

Tim Loughton: An omission statement.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (10 Jul 1997)

Tim Loughton: An omission statement.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (10 Jul 1997)

Tim Loughton: The hon. Gentleman referred to green taxes. If the Budget was such a triumph of greenism, can he explain why Greenpeace and other environmental agencies described it as disappointing at best and why the following day one of the biggest movers on the stock market was the oil sector, which might not have been expected to benefit from such a hike in effective taxes on oil? How does the hon....

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (10 Jul 1997)

Tim Loughton: After all the hours that I have spent listening to the debate on the Budget and the Finance Bill, both in the Chamber and in my office, it is clear that the Budget lends itself to a great deal of metaphor and analogy. For me, the best analogy is a cake—a large cake, liberally deluged with bucketfuls of rich, squidgy chocolate fudge. On first sight, it provokes applause and slavering on the...


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