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Results 5141–5160 of 5202 for speaker:Jim Murphy

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: That was an interesting intervention, but it did not address the point that I was making. The amendments on which the hon. Lady has spoken with favour will not improve the opportunity and performance of the Scottish Parliament. That is not the intention behind the amendments. Instead, they threaten and would undermine. If implemented they would intentionally create friction when none is...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: That is a spurious point. I do not know what lesson the hon. Gentleman wants to read into the Conservative party's rating in Scotland. I understand that the opinion poll rating of the Scottish Conservative party has decreased since the general election.

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: My right hon. Friend informs me from a sedentary position that it has decreased to single figures. I shall move on to gambling. At 2 o'clock at Nottingham this afternoon there was an important pointer to our debate, when set against the 9 per cent. opinion poll rating for the Conservative party in Scotland. A horse called Blue Desert ran in the 2 o'clock. I have no idea how it performed. It...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: I am sorry, Mr. Lord. I have no intention of taking the Committee through all the race cards. The Conservative Opposition seem eager to devolve responsibility for gambling to the Scottish Parliament, and my right hon. and hon. Friends do not believe that that is necessary. Indeed, such devolution would be distinctly unhelpful. I apologise, Mr. Lord, for some of my comments, which reveal a...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: I did not think that the tone of the debate could get any lower. To connect gambling and the lottery with hospital places is perhaps to forget that the general election took place last year. We are trying to reduce the effects of odds within the health service.

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: I have been joined by someone else who participates in the great art of gambling at the race track. There is a difference in odds across 3 ft between two different bookies. There is no need for the devolution of gambling odds to a new Parliament. We already have that devolution in the market at the race course. I know that time is not an ally in our debate, but I wish to take up the spurious...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: The hon. Gentleman should welcome the tough action that the new Government have taken on knives. Tough action was avoided over many months and years before the present Government came to power. The position remains the same, in that the Conservatives are saying, "Let us have different legislative powers, agendas and frameworks on drugs and guns." That is extremely unhelpful and dangerous. I...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: I apologise for not giving way, but I am about to conclude my remarks. The disaster could have happened at any school anywhere in the United Kingdom, and we need tough legislative powers throughout the United Kingdom. Aspects of the debate—predominantly the speeches of my hon. Friends—have been interesting. But large segments—the speeches of Opposition Members—have been...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 5: Reserved Matters (30 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that if the Government were to accept such an amendment, it would inevitably lead to the need for border controls and checks to ensure that there was not cross-border traffic in guns? Does he accept that that is the logical consequence of his crazy amendment? His idea would set a dangerous precedent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Uniform Business Rate (17 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: Does my hon. Friend agree that any change in business rates, at a local or Scottish level, should be made in full consultation with local businesses? What plans does he have to ensure that that is done, so that the many hundreds of local businesses in my constituency, which work effectively and profitably, can be reassured by any review and future consideration?

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Repeals and Revocations (9 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: It is good that the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) joined us this evening. It was good of him to set his alarm and wake from his slumber. It was good of him to slip his suit over his pyjamas, but it was very bad manners for him to nod off in the middle of his own speech. He has since sleep-walked back to his office, no doubt to prepare for the rest of his busy day. It is a...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Repeals and Revocations (9 Mar 1998)

Jim Murphy: No, I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman. There was a sharp reduction in job creation after the abolition of the wages councils. The Conservatives doubled the number of unemployed when they were in government. We shall not accept any lessons from the Conservatives on unemployment, because they failed to implement any programmes for change for the young unemployed, and failed to bring in a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Land Mines (25 Feb 1998)

Jim Murphy: If she will make a statement on progress on land mine clearance programmes. [29619]

Oral Answers to Questions — Land Mines (25 Feb 1998)

Jim Murphy: Is my hon. Friend able to confirm that the policy that the Government inherited would have left the world with land mines planted in it for more than 1,000 years? That is what would have happened if the clearance operation had not been speeded up. Mozambique recently recovered from civil war but found itself much diminished in resources for education and health. What structures and plans do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Nursery Education (11 Feb 1998)

Jim Murphy: If she will make a statement on nursery education in Northern Ireland. [26866]

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Nursery Education (11 Feb 1998)

Jim Murphy: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply and welcome the announcement of new places for child care. I invite my hon. Friend to inform the House how those proposals link with the national child care strategy. Does my hon. Friend agree that every opportunity that is provided for the young people of Northern Ireland and their families is an opportunity denied to the paramilitaries?

Prayers: Millennium Dome (28 Jan 1998)

Jim Murphy: In the light of my hon. Friend's comments and the comments of the right hon. Member for Henley (Mr. Heseltine) about Mr. McCormack's role in marketing the millennium dome, about employment generated by the millennium dome and the important role that the right hon. Member for Henley played in terms of the whole structure and idea, will my hon. Friend allow the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Engagements (14 Jan 1998)

Jim Murphy: After the previous question, I am sure we all wish that someone else spent less time in the House of Commons. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Second Reading of the Scotland Bill last evening was an historic event, not only because it witnessed the conversion of the Conservatives to devolution, and because it will strengthen the United Kingdom, not break it up, but because it gives to...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill: Child Benefit for Lone Parents (10 Dec 1997)

Jim Murphy: I listened with some interest to the comments of the hon. Member for West Chelmsford (Mr. Burns). It takes much more than one speech in opposition to make up for Conservative policies during 18 years in government. All we have heard from the Opposition thus far are hollow words and empty rhetoric. That should come as no surprise. However, I shall also refer in some detail to comments made by...


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