Results 141–160 of 1060 for speaker:Mr George Stevenson

Opposition Day: Through Ticketing under Rail Privatisation (18 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Opposition Day: Through Ticketing under Rail Privatisation (18 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Opposition Day: Through Ticketing under Rail Privatisation (18 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Opposition Day: Through Ticketing under Rail Privatisation (18 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Opposition Day: Through Ticketing under Rail Privatisation (18 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I was a bit worried that the Secretary of State might have gone beyond this point before giving way. Given his commitment that the present level of through ticketing would be maintained, if after the consultation the regulator produces a plan to reduce the availability, what will the Secretary of State do to maintain the commitment?

Opposition Day: Through Ticketing under Rail Privatisation (18 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I am trying to help the Secretary of State because he is clearly in a hole of his own making. I thought that he would have reached the part of his script that would have given me some answers but he has not, so I will repeat the question. If, after the consultation, the regulator comes up with a reduced number of stations that can provide through ticketing, what will the Secretary of State do...

Opposition Day: Through Ticketing under Rail Privatisation (18 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Minister give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Spirits, Beer and Cider: Rates (23 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I am a sponsored member of the Transport and General Workers Union, and I represent many people employed in the brewing industry. As a result of the proposed tax, many of them are likely to lose their jobs in the near future. Just before 29 November, I met representatives of the Midlands Brewery Society in my constituency. They were at pains to say once more to me, as they had said to many...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Approval of Companies as Trusts (25 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I do not think that anyone would deny that there is a shortage of capital, particularly in small and medium-sized businesses. When suggesting ways of dealing with that shortage, however, will the Financial Secretary bear in mind the failure of the business expansion and enterprise investment schemes, which use tax breaks for that very purpose?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Approval of Companies as Trusts (25 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: This is another Government scheme that has tax perks at its base, and no Conservative Member has challenged that fact. There may be differences at the margin, and from previous, more fundamental schemes, but the proposal is dependent on tax relief for any chance of success. We have been that way before under this Government. However much Conservative Members protest the valid points made from...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Approval of Companies as Trusts (25 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: If the hon. Gentleman wishes to challenge my remark, I am willing to give way.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Approval of Companies as Trusts (25 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I am not sure that I am grateful for that intervention. I was making precisely the point that one must question the elements that created that equity gap. I argue strongly that the financial sector has played an important role in creating the investment gap from which small and medium-sized businesses in particular are suffering. Therefore, the Government's faith in the financial sector is...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Approval of Companies as Trusts (25 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I cannot remember saying that tax relief cannot be used in a positive way. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman was not listening carefully. I repeat that there is no real evidence to suggest that tax relief-based schemes have worked or will work. It does not matter how much Conservative Members try to manoeuvre or manipulate the argument, because there is evidence to justify our concerns. When I...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Approval of Companies as Trusts (25 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: There is a strong case for the Government to use whatever resources they may have available, but not in the way they propose, which is indirect and possibly extremely expensive. We should be looking to the Government to take direct measures to stimulate investment in an important sector of the economy. There is the distinction between the Government's approach and the one that I would take....

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Approval of Companies as Trusts (25 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: No. I think that I have given way enough. I would like to bring my remarks to an end. We, the Opposition, are saying that there are sufficient doubts about the assumptions that the Government have made to justify support for the amendment. Unless the Financial Secretary can give reasonable assurances that the Government's proposals will not result in tax abuse—I think that everyone...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Vehicle Excise and Registration: Other Provisions (30 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I should like to hear more from my hon. Friend about the use of the word "concessions". There is a danger of us falling into a trap. The Government set outrageous objectives and in a state of sheer panic they reduced them and claimed that they had made concessions. The Minister said that the trade welcomes these concessions. Of course it does, but that is because of the outrageous figure that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Electricity (Standing Charges) (8 Feb 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: The Minister said that standing charges have been frozen and have not increased, but does he realise that, in the five years following privatisation, standing charges in the Midlands electricity board area increased by no less than 33 per cent? Does he also realise that standing charges have not been frozen but have increased through the application of value added tax? Standing charges have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Budget (14 Feb 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors she takes into account when allocating resources within the NHS budget; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Budget (14 Feb 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the Secretary of State not realise the total inadequacy of that answer when we consider the millions of people who are being denied quality of life and have reduced life expectancy because of poverty? Is she aware that Government-imposed poverty is reducing the life expectancy of millions of people? Is that not a direct result of NHS market forces which are rationing health care on the...

Bills Presented: European Union (1 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: rose—


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