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Results 5161–5180 of 5202 for speaker:Jim Murphy

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

Jim Murphy: It would be better to ask my ministerial colleagues directly. As the hon. Gentleman said, we both attended that Scottish Grand Committee meeting, at which it was pointed out that there is a new opportunity, and that the Government are trying to redress the previous imbalance. As I said, although we have inherited the spending limits, we have disowned the strategy. The hon. Gentleman, who is...

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

Jim Murphy: I shall not give way, because I am just concluding my speech. I am on my last sentence. I have also read what you think, and, in recent weeks, I have watched you on television. Therefore, I am well aware of your comments.

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

Jim Murphy: The hon. Gentleman—

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

Jim Murphy: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

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

Jim Murphy: I have already said no. I am sure that you will have an opportunity to participate in the debate.

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

Jim Murphy: My hon. Friend says, "No, he will not", but my hon. Friend the Member for Brent, East (Mr. Livingstone) has been participating in it for some weeks. I support the Government's policy, but, unfortunately, because of our inheritance from the previous Government, there will be an income reduction for some future single parents. However, I support the overall package, which provides...

Personal Pensions (Mis-selling) (18 Nov 1997)

Jim Murphy: I congratulate my hon. Friend on the work that she has done on this important issue. Will she confirm that the inability of companies to meet their targets for compensation, and the inability of the Conservative party to deal with this matter while in government, has led to many thousands of pensioners dying without receiving any compensation?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Jim Murphy: Contrary to what we have heard from the Conservatives, the treaty is good news for Britain. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on his tough negotiation and excellent bicycle riding, and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary, who has proved himself a strong negotiator for British interests in his short time in office. Let us contrast what we are debating with what...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Jim Murphy: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments; those are important points. If we had been left with the previous Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary negotiating on our behalf, the European Union—and the United Kingdom—would have been diminished. We would have been further isolated, with a parochial, backward-looking, short-termist approach and ideology that would have weakened rather than...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Jim Murphy: I have no idea what the latest score is, but if someone wishes to offer that information from a sedentary position I shall be glad to receive it. Some aspects of co-operation in sport are important, such as the idea of training mechanisms, that ensure that young people are imbued from an early age with the concepts of competition, achievement and skills. I believe that Amsterdam could make...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Jim Murphy: Yes, and perhaps in your comments you can identify your constituency and I can—

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Jim Murphy: I thank the hon. Gentleman for those comments, and I apologise to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for using the incorrect personal pronoun. In response to the hon. Gentleman, I could refer him to the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke) who in response to the comments of the right hon. Member for Wokingham, said: Trying to claim that Amsterdam is some great threat to the nation...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Jim Murphy: I thank the hon. Lady for her comments, but thus far we have indeed had a bull-headed approach from Conservative Members. The hon. Member for Esher and Walton may vote with the Opposition tonight, but that will be in direct contradiction to his previous pronouncements. I believe that Amsterdam will advance our nation's interests because it will strengthen both the United Kingdom and the...

Orders of the Day — Bank of England Bill (11 Nov 1997)

Jim Murphy: It is appropriate that the right hon. Gentleman should give way at the point when he is discussing short-term contracts and security of tenure. If his performance does not improve in this debate and others, perhaps that is what we will be talking about this afternoon. You said earlier that it would be sensible not to rule anything out and not to give any commitments. Why then, on the single...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: The hon. Gentleman's conversion to the interests of the national health service is illuminating, if a bit late. The Conservative attitude towards the NHS and the way in which it was not considered safe in their hands are two of the major reasons why we are in Government and why I have the privilege to serve the people of Eastwood. The hon. Gentleman alludes to concern about the treatment of...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I thank the hon. Gentleman, and this is the only intervention that I plan to make. He has suggested that there is no identifiable benefit to the health service from our plans. Will he comment on the benefits to the health service of the changes that the Conservative Government brought about in 1994?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I understand that the hon. Gentleman has already declared a corporate interest in receiving the gift from BUPA for private medical insurance. Does he believe that it is correct, just and in the interests of the health service that the majority of pensioners in his constituency subsidise a very small minority who benefit from this relief? Indeed, does that not show that the Government are...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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