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Results 61–80 of 1477 for speaker:Lord Maples

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Financial Markets (13 Oct 2008)

John Maples: The next Conservative Government are looking forward to selling back these shareholdings at a considerable profit. One of the things that might endanger that is a return to 2007 levels of mortgage lending. The Chancellor said that that applied only to RBS, HBOS and Lloyds, but those first two were the two worst offenders. I do not know whether the Chancellor is still a monetarist, but that...

Points of Order (13 Oct 2008)

John Maples: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Documents published this weekend under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 show that my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Peter Luff) and I were deliberately misled in the House in November 1997 by the then Prime Minister about the Ecclestone affair. The documents show that the Prime Minister had decided on 16 October of that year to seek a...

Orders of the Day: Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill [Lords] (6 Oct 2008)

John Maples: The point that I was making earlier was that, although the Bill is well conceived—I have no objection to the idea of taking dormant deposits and spending them on good causes—it was, as the Chief Secretary has acknowledged, conceived in a very different banking environment. One of the problems that the Chancellor is trying to deal with is the capital adequacy of the banks, and there will...

Olympics: Financial Markets (6 Oct 2008)

John Maples: This is the worst problem that any Chancellor of the Exchequer has faced for a very long time indeed, and I am sure that the whole House wants to be able to support him in whatever proposals he makes to deal with it. He has done a lot on the liquidity front, but he has done relatively little, if anything, on the capital adequacy front. I urge him to address that problem fairly quickly,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: House of Lords Reform (14 Jul 2008)

John Maples: As an opponent of an elected second Chamber, as is everyone else who has spoken on this statement, may I say that I wholly support the Secretary of State's policy of what appears to be endless consultation on the issue? The process looks likely to reach 100 years, and perhaps it could then be given a decent funeral. I return to the point about accountability made by the hon. Member for...

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: Until a couple of months ago, I was happily riding this consensus and basically accepted the received wisdom. I thought that it was probably being exaggerated a bit, but then people usually do that in making a case. However, I then made the mistake of reading a few books and quite a lot of analysis, particularly of the Stern report. That has led me to a couple of conclusions that trouble me a...

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: The models on which the policy of the party of the hon. Member for Morley and Rothwell (Colin Challen) is based cannot account for that cooling, and none of them predicted the constant temperatures that we have had for the past seven years.

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: No, I want to get on with my argument. It is not the temperature itself that is important but the effects to do with water, food, coastlines and health, almost all of which are amenable to our ability to adapt. Anybody who doubts that should read Bjørn Lomborg's book, which is a seriously reasoned analysis of the costs of dealing with those issues through the Kyoto process and through...

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: I was coming to that point. On, the Government's renewables target of 20 per cent., a leaked document went to The Guardian recently, which said that the Government's own predictions of the costs were between £18 billion and £22 billion a year. That is £400 a person, or £300 a week for every family of four in the country. All I can say is you run on that policy at the next election, and...

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: I expect that you will be corralled into it, too, Madam Deputy Speaker. Let us take three points. Over the past 150 years, sea levels have risen by about 30 cm, which is the predicted rise for the next 100 years. Okay, it will happen slightly quicker, but we coped with that rise perfectly easily over the past 150 years so we can cope with it over the next 100 years. Secondly, we have urban...

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: No, I am sorry. I want to make these points myself. We are a very adaptable people, and we can achieve much more by pursuing economic growth, and as we are richer, applying the technology that we have and that we develop to deal with these issues. In the 2003 heatwave, there was a huge amount of publicity concerning the 2,000 additional heat-related deaths in London, but every year 25,000...

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: The main criticism of the Stern review is the discount rate that it uses. It is quite difficult to work out what it is because Stern does not tell us, but, working backwards, it looks like about 1.3 or 1.4 per cent. He gets that from saying that the value of our generation and the one living in 3,000 years' time is the same—there should be no pure-time discounting at all. He uses 0.1 per...

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: Until our right hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Mr. Lilley) spoke, there was much discussion in the debate as though all the science was settled, but my reading of it is that that is simply not true.

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: One of the other things that puzzles me—I do not know whether my hon. Friend has thought about it—is that the media and commentators in the media seem to be wholly lined up behind the Government and the Stern analysis of the problem. They never seem to mention the things that my hon. Friend is talking about.

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: After the Bill abolishing slavery was passed by the House, the British Navy patrolled the Atlantic, stopping other countries indulging in the slave trade. Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that we do the same with global warming?

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] (9 Jun 2008)

John Maples: Bush.

Written Answers — Defence: Military Bases: Long Marston (21 May 2008)

John Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Royal Engineer Depot at Long Marston was sold; what price was received; and whether there was a development uplift clause in the sale contract under which a portion of any gain in value from a grant of planning permission is to be paid to the public purse.

Written Answers — Treasury: Government Departments: Land (6 May 2008)

John Maples: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requirements there are on Government departments to include a development uplift clause when they sell land which might be developed to provide for part of any gain in value from a grant of planning permission to be paid to the Government; whether moneys paid under such provisions are retained by the selling department; and whether there is a...

Written Answers — Home Department: Crimes of Violence: Stratford-on-Avon (24 Apr 2008)

John Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Stratford-on-Avon constituency in each of the last five years.

Banking (Special Provisions) Bill [Ways and Means]: Clause 6 — Transfer of property, rights and liabilities (19 Feb 2008)

John Maples: The Government turned down the only decent offer that they received. Lloyds bank was prepared to buy it with a Government guarantee or loan, which was a quarter of what the Government now have on the table.


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