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Results 1–20 of 1477 for speaker:Lord Maples

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (12 Jan 2009)

John Maples: Would the Foreign Secretary not agree that those who so vigorously criticise Israel would carry greater credibility if they had made similar criticisms over the years of the suicide bombings and rocket attacks deliberately aimed at civilians in Israel? I completely agree with him that we need to see a two-state solution, but may I urge him to recognise that if we are to achieve such a...

Olympics: Financial Markets (19 Jan 2009)

John Maples: The situation is obviously vastly worse than the Chancellor or anyone else thought a few months ago. In the pre-Budget report less than two months ago, his forecast was based on the economy recovering in the second half of this year, and the maximum fall in gross domestic product being 1 per cent. On that basis, he forecast a Government borrowing requirement of 8 per cent. of GDP. Surely,...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-towns: Middle Quinton (2 Mar 2009)

John Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the PricewaterhouseCoopers interim financial viability study of the proposed Middle Quinton eco-town.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Written Questions: Government Responses (4 Mar 2009)

John Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to Question 257080, on the proposed Middle Quinton eco-town, tabled on 10 February 2009.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Spring European Council (23 Mar 2009)

John Maples: Did the Prime Minister have a chance to discuss with his colleagues at the Council the five European Union directives that are in the pipeline, all of which could impose considerable costs on employers? I am sure he agrees that at a time of high and rising unemployment, the last thing that we ought to be doing is imposing additional costs on employers, whether they are in the public or the...

Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

John Maples: Does not the Chancellor think that all the things he is doing, and wants to do, would be much easier to do if the Government had run a responsible fiscal policy over the past six years, and had run surpluses in the good years?

Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

John Maples: The right hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Frank Dobson) had a good go at bankers, who are a pretty easy target, but there is nothing new in the behaviour of banks creating financial crises, which is why they need regulating. I think it was Warren Buffett who observed of this crisis that banks have spent the past 10 years inventing a whole load of new ways of losing money, which was...

Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

John Maples: Yes, although other things were going on, too. Monetary policy was too loose during that period, and the problems were pretty obvious from monetary statistics, without analysing the banks' balance sheets. Adair Turner has basically got his prescription right. I disagree with him about only one thing, which is the Glass-Steagall Act and the splitting of the casino from the utility—of the...

Royal Assent: G20 Summit (2 Apr 2009)

John Maples: I hope that I am not reading too much into the Chancellor's desire to remove the stigma of going to the International Monetary Fund. If he has been checking the IMF's phone number, perhaps he should let us know. The Chancellor said that the communiqué dealt with bank regulation. May I make a suggestion to him? I think that what is needed is not heavier or lighter or more expensive...

Orders of the Day: European Union (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 2008)

John Maples: Will the Foreign Secretary give way?

Orders of the Day: European Union (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 2008)

John Maples: The question in which people are interested is whether there should be a referendum or not. The only excuse that the Foreign Secretary and the Government have for not holding a referendum is that this treaty is in some way fundamentally different from the constitution. However, a report by the European Scrutiny Committee stated "The Reform Treaty" —this one— "will introduce into the...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: The right hon. and learned Lady and I have been in the House a long time. In the past, we have set links, but the problem is that when that link produces a reasonable pay increase, the Government say, "We can't afford it and it blows a hole in public sector pay policy." Whatever the mechanism, we have ultimate responsibility for our pay increases. If we create a link and the result is that we...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: As regards my right hon. Friend's continuing double act with the hon. Member for Reading, West (Martin Salter), the point is not whether we have an independent mechanism for recommending pay but whether the recommendation is implemented. When we have had recommendations from independent mechanisms in the past, the Government have tended to say, "That's too much—we're going to whip our...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: I do not think that the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin) is right. The reason that a whopping great increase, as he put it, is recommended every so often is that increases have been suppressed by the Government for the previous four or five years. That is what has happened on every occasion. If we had a mechanism, for example, for implementing whatever increase had been applied...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: I think that I entered the House a little later than the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin), but I remember that one of the very first debates that I attended in 1983 was about Members' pay, and exactly the same issues that have been rehearsed today were rehearsed then. We sensibly decided on that occasion to link pay to a grade in the civil service. I did not think that it was...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: I will get us into it once. There will be one unpleasant occasion on which we settle this and then we will not have to settle it again, certainly during the hon. Gentleman's political career and mine. It is possible that the issue will return during the political careers of some of our younger colleagues, but I think it will see us out. If we let the editorial writers of the Daily Mail and...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: I am sure that none of the people who write those editorials would do the job even for the pay of the chairman of an immigration tribunal, let alone for what we get. I think that we must set our pay. I do not know whether the right level is this level or one considerably higher, but when we settle the uprating mechanism we need to settle the base from which that mechanism will operate. I...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: The hon. Gentleman should pay more attention to my speeches. I had a ten-minute Bill on this subject in which I laid out exactly how that should be done. I proposed that the boundary commissions should reduce the number over a period of time: they should do so in stages every five years instead of every 15, and reduce the number by a certain amount on each occasion. I do not have my eye on...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: I do not think so, but this is not the occasion to debate that. I have instituted debates on the matter in the past, and I might try to do so again in future—and, if so, I would be happy to engage with my hon. Friend. Suffice it to say that I have 85,000 constituents and I do not think they have any difficulty in maintaining links with me.

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: rose—


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