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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Poor Families (Tax) (10 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: If he will make a statement on the tax burden on poorer families.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Poor Families (Tax) (10 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: According to the Government's own figures, since they came to office the poorest fifth of households have had their tax burden increased by 12 per cent. Do the Government recognise that running a car is a necessity for many of even the poorest families, particularly in rural areas? They have introduced a regressive tax--there has been a massive increase in car taxation. Will the Minister join...

Thames Waste Management Ltd. (8 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: Will the Minister give way on that point?

Thames Waste Management Ltd. (8 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: Paragraph 22 of PPG10 says that where a licence is sought, planning approval must first be obtained unless the facility is regulated through the IPC regime. Is the Minister saying that that exemption will be extended when the planning guidance is revised to include the IPPC regime and that, therefore, the Government's policy is that companies should apply for the environmental licence and...

Thames Waste Management Ltd. (8 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: The Minister is not answering my point that we are not simply concerned about whether an applicant applies for a licence, but about whether it is granted. Locally, people feel that the grant of an environmental licence in some way prejudges the planning process. The application allows the Environment Agency to examine the issues, but it should not issue its final determination of the licence...

Thames Waste Management Ltd. (8 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: I assume that we have a few minutes left. I also raised the point about a departure from the local and structure plans. We do not expect the Minister to comment on that individual application, but it will be considered alongside other applications, at least one of which will receive an automatic consideration by the Minister as to whether there should be a public inquiry, because it is in the...

Thames Waste Management Ltd. (8 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: I am grateful to the Speaker for selecting this debate. Thames Waste Management Ltd. applied for a permit to run an incinerator plant under the integrated pollution control regime in July 2000. The Environment Agency granted the permit in April 2001. The application could never have been made if the Government had introduced the new directive on incinerators, the integrated pollution...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 102 - Landfill tax: rate (8 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: I am as opposed to incinerators as anyone in the Room; I spoke on the matter in the Westminster Hall this morning. The additional landfill tax would still leave landfill more attractive than incineration on economic grounds, ignoring the environmental grounds. Even the new level of landfill tax is not a disincentive to landfill as opposed to incineration.

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Schedule 19 - Capital allowances: conversion of parts of business premises into flats (1 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: I welcome you to the Chair, Mr. O'Hara, as this is the first opportunity that I have had to address you. I apologise for the fact that my duties as a member of a Select Committee prevented me from attending earlier this afternoon. I was interested to hear the Paymaster General's views on the fact that a flat that costs around £300,000—that would be the case for one in Greater London with...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Schedule 19 - Capital allowances: conversion of parts of business premises into flats (1 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: May I help the Minister? Did she consider using the council tax bands as the basis of the ruling? After all, council tax banding and values for flats are far more certain than their prospective rents. The banding could then be related by locality to the average council tax band in that area.

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Schedule 19 - Capital allowances: conversion of parts of business premises into flats (1 May 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: I apologise for interrupting the Minister's train of thought. If I am reading the schedule correctly, it states that a one-bedroom studio, renting for £350 a week, is not high value. Is the hon. Lady saying that a studio flat in London with a value of £250,000 is not, in the Government's view, a high-value flat?

Orders of the Day — High Hedges Bill: Established Hedges (27 Apr 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. After nearly 50 minutes of my hon. Friend's speech, we have now heard that he had an interest to declare at the outset. Should he not have done that already? Will you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, give advice to other Members who wish to take part in the debate?

Prayers: Point of Order (27 Apr 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. It has been brought to my attention that there is a an apparent discrepancy in the treatment by the Official Report of remarks I made yesterday in the House, and the leniency of the Editor's decision over any changes to them, and the treatment of a junior Minister's reply to a question I asked on 10 April. If Members are concerned that the treatment of...

New Clause 2: Needs of the Individual Child (26 Apr 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to my feet 21 years almost to the minute after I rose to give a very different speech at the reception following my wedding. I must apologise to my hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) for missing the first few minutes of her speech introducing the new clause. I was called out of the Chamber to receive a flower, which is now in my...

New Clause 2: Needs of the Individual Child (26 Apr 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: I have listened with great interest to what my hon. Friend has told us happens at the sharp end. Labour Members are forgetting that it is no longer LEAs that choose which schools children go to but parents. That is where the problem arises. If there is an imbalance in the number of children of a certain type at a certain School, that may impact on the school's success in attracting a broad...

New Clause 2: Needs of the Individual Child (26 Apr 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: It might be helpful if the Liberal Democrats told us whether they would support the new clause if it included the alternative wording which, as my hon. Friend says, is similar to what is there now.

Oral Answers to Questions — Playgroups (South Swindon) (26 Apr 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: When the Education and Employment Committee looked at early years provision in towns such as Swindon, we heard that a problem for playgroups is the pressure placed by schools on parents to bring their children into school well before they are ready. What are the Government going to do about that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Engagements (25 Apr 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: This week, the Government granted a permit for an incinerator in Guildford that is 10 years out of date. Until Ministers get to grips with the health risks of such incinerators—and the strategic need for them—should not we have a moratorium on them?

Clause 1: Rates of Duty on Hydrocarbon Oil (24 Apr 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: The Minister said that the Opposition had provided no evidence in favour of the later date in April next year. She has not yet given us a jot of evidence in favour of the date in June. I hope that we shall hear some.

Clause 1: Rates of Duty on Hydrocarbon Oil (24 Apr 2001)

Mr Nick St Aubyn: I support the amendment. If there is an agreement to move to the new fuel and there is to be a transition period, it makes sense for it to be longer rather than shorter. Nothing that the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Mr. Taylor) said contradicts that. An incentive exists for oil companies to invest in the new fuel if they know that at some point in the near future—next April is...


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