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Results 101–120 of 1477 for speaker:Lord Maples

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...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: River Avon: Nitrates (20 Nov 2007)

John Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the trend in the nitrate content of the River Avon in Warwickshire over the last 10 years; and what estimate he has made of the likely trend in the next 10 years.

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: The Government did not sell the shares in Northern Rock to its shareholders, but they did sell those in Railtrack, and that is the difference.

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I have not heard a speech like that in this place since the 1980s, so I am feeling quite nostalgic. The right hon. Member for Oldham, West and Royton (Mr. Meacher) was making the same speech back then, when I first came to this place. The difference is that there were then about 350 Labour MPs making that sort of speech, whereas now he is the lone and authentic voice of those days. I shall...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I am not sure whether good judgment and consistency necessarily go together. I certainly agree that good judgment is needed, but such situations are almost all one-off and ad hoc, and a judgment must be made on the day. The judgment made today might be different from the one made tomorrow. I suspect that judgments would have been different if a really big bank had been in trouble, rather than...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman was referring to BCCI when he said that he did not think that the Bank had been performing its regulatory function very well, but that was also a tough call. The call then was not "When do you rescue a bank?" but "When do you close it?" The criticism was that the bank should have had its licence suspended a few months earlier. I was there at the time,...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I do not think that the issues are the same when it comes to smaller banks without retail depositors. I think that the Government could let a small bank go. I do not think it would be appropriate to say where the line was drawn when we considered which banks to save, but certainly the smaller merchant banks would not have been included. They were professional investors who were taking their...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I do not think there is a conflict of interests, because our interest is in doing what is best in terms of public policy. It may be difficult to draw the line between which institutions to save and which not to save, but I do not think that that is made any more difficult when the regulator is also the lender of last resort. We had that system for a very long time, until 10 years ago. As I...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. I was staggered. Some of the people who were interviewed in that queue had deposited large six figure sums, which they said represented their life savings, in one building society. I agree with him. Perhaps a bit of education needs to be given as to the exact nature of the deposit protection, but of course they now have a Government guarantee, which is...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I may have misheard the hon. Lady but I think that she said that it is right for the Government to guarantee depositors. Is she saying that the Government should guarantee all the liabilities of the British banking system? That seems to be what she is saying.

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: What is she saying then?

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I do not know whether the Chancellor is about to leave the subject of Northern Rock—I apologise if he is about to deal with this—but I wonder whether the Government's guarantee of Northern Rock's liabilities extends to the £11 billion of medium-term notes, which have maturities of up to six years and are held almost exclusively by professional investors and traded in public markets,...

Written Answers — Transport: Roads: Construction (30 Oct 2007)

John Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lane kilometres of (a) motorways and (b) non-motorway trunk roads were built in each of the last 30 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Risk (25 Oct 2007)

John Maples: In my constituency, we have had two "one in 30 years" floods in nine years, and the last time 2,000 properties flooded. The owners of those properties are worried that they will not be able to get insurance in the future. I suggest two things that the Secretary of State could do to help. First, there are too many agencies with responsibilities for different parts of the problem. It would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Intergovernmental Conference (Lisbon) (22 Oct 2007)

John Maples: There is considerable concern that protocol 7 is not sufficient to prevent the European Court of Justice from using the charter of fundamental rights in future to create new, individual legal rights in the United Kingdom. Presumably, the Government have taken legal advice on that. I should be grateful if the Prime Minister told me whether that legal advice is absolutely 100 per cent....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (9 Oct 2007)

John Maples: Have there been any discussions at any level between the British Government and the United States Administration about the possibility of taking military action against Iran?

Flooding (23 Jul 2007)

John Maples: In the cost-benefit analysis of flood defence work, one of the crucial factors is, quite rightly, the probability of a flood taking place. In my constituency we have had two "one-in-30-years" floods in the past nine years, and that is common, certainly in the west midlands. I wonder whether the Secretary of State can assure us that in his review, that formula will be reconsidered, because...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Pay (26 Jun 2007)

John Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the pay ranges are for senior local government officials and chief executives.

Written Answers — Defence: Armed Forces: Pay (25 Jun 2007)

John Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the ranges of pay are for all ranks in the armed services.


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