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Results 5181–5200 of 5202 for speaker:Jim Murphy

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. I wish to raise a different point, as he has moved on. I understand that, in 1994, the previous Government brought about changes. Did the previous Government have consultations such as those identified in the amendments this evening, or did they simply ride roughshod over the opinion of the constituents whom the hon. Gentleman now represents? I would appreciate an...

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: 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 only rise to speak when the hon. Gentleman's comments bear some comparison with the name of the colleague of mine whom he mentioned earlier—Mr. Balls.

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

Jim Murphy: I am pleased to follow the right hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mr. Brooke). I have considerable respect for him and for his contribution in varied areas of government over many years. I enjoyed the informative nature of his speech and his analysis of London's health service. I want to direct my points primarily to the amendments, so I shall not respond to the specifics of...

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

Jim Murphy: I will give way later. The hon. Gentleman has the old hand's technique of coming to the Dispatch Box and asking to be allowed to intervene. I would be more responsive if the hon. Gentleman did not shout as he was approaching the Dispatch Box.

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

Jim Murphy: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman on the Back Bench.

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

Jim Murphy: Unlike the hon. Gentleman, I shall respond to questions. During his speech, he refused point blank to comment directly on questions that were put to him. He spoke of my refusal to allow the hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Boswell) to intervene. I have spoken three times in the Chamber and I have been interrupted on two or three occasions by that hon. Gentleman. The experience filled me with...

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

Jim Murphy: The hon. Gentleman should allow me to complete my answer to his first question before rising to ask another one. The hon. Gentleman asked how my constituents feel about subsidies. My constituents, especially pensioners, have a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong. They strongly object to the fact that every one of them paid a subsidy into the coffers of BUPA and many other private...

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

Jim Murphy: On a point of order, Mr. Martin. I understood that we were discussing amendments to the Finance Bill and not fox hunting. I would ask the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne) to concentrate on the matter at hand.

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: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that interjection. The Labour party takes a balanced approach to those issues. We are talking about a 5 per cent. reduction, whereas the previous Government brought about a 10 per cent. reduction. We are moving away from boom and bust towards long-term economics. I believe that the hon. Gentleman will be one of the next speakers in the debate and I look forward...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that interjection. He clearly did not read our manifesto in detail, or the 12 ft by 8 ft posters about our tax policy, which were put up throughout the country. I was grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his compliments on my speech; he will be aware that, thus far, I have not complimented him on his speech, because it was devoid of coherent argument. I hope that...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I am grateful for this opportunity to speak in the debate. I shall attempt to be brief—a lesson that I am learning from listening to the less than factual contributions of many Conservative Members. I welcome the broad thrust of the Finance Bill. Having listened to this debate for many hours this evening, I welcome the fact that the guillotine has been used. If Labour Members had to sit...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I have listened with interest to the hon. Gentleman's version of political theory. Does he apply that analysis to the Conservative party's pledge on VAT on domestic fuel? Will he take the opportunity to apologise for the previous Government—his party—introducing VAT on domestic fuel, or is it only the current Government who have to keep their pledges?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: That is not an answer. [Interruption.] Well, it is an answer, but it is not an answer to my question. Does not the fact that the increase in VAT was not in the Conservative manifesto make it even worse? The manifesto did not contain that pledge, and no mention was made of it; yet the previous Prime Minister stood at the Dispatch Box and announced that VAT on fuel would be introduced. Had it...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (10 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I should like to speak in support of the Bill and the measures in it, but before I do so I should like to pay credit to the hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr. Paterson), who made a maiden speech of much interest and detail, although many of his arguments were flawed. I should like to pick up on two issues that he raised; first, the serious matter of his missing fridge and, secondly, his...

School Standards (7 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: The White Paper will set out an agenda for educating the final generation of schoolchildren in this millennium. I should like to hear more today about my right hon. Friend's and the Government's plans for the use of new technology, so that everyone has a fair opportunity in the next millennium.


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