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Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (19 May 1997)

Desmond Swayne: I am grateful for this opportunity to make my maiden speech. My constituency is highly desirable, not least because it has a Conservative majority of 11,300. It is bounded on the east by the Lymington river and on the west by the River Avon. Between those two rivers along the coast are the towns of Lymington, Milford-on-Sea and Barton-on-Sea, all of which are excellent resorts offering a view...

Orders of the Day — Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill (21 May 1997)

Desmond Swayne: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill (21 May 1997)

Desmond Swayne: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill (21 May 1997)

Desmond Swayne: I was watching it on television.

Orders of the Day — Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill: Modernisation of the House of Commons (4 Jun 1997)

Desmond Swayne: I cycle as well, but the hon. Gentleman cannot expect everything to be organised for his own convenience. If he cannot take one or two bumps, he should not be in the job.

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Desmond Swayne: May I draw attention to the serious nature of the change? By the nature of the fact that they are in receipt of assisted places, the families involved are of very limited income. They are making proportionately very large financial commitments for their children's education, which involve planning over several years and, all of a sudden, the rug from under which they made those assumptions...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Desmond Swayne: Will my right hon. Friend comment on the possibility that parents could have recourse to the European Court of Human Rights as a consequence of Labour's determination to bring rights home?

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Desmond Swayne: I was a schoolmaster for some years, and was in teaching when the assisted places scheme was introduced. We often provided an additional assisted place for a younger sibling who was being bullied at the school down the road because the elder sibling was at a posh school. We provided places so that families could be reunited and to remove a child from the curse of bullying.

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils (5 Jun 1997)

Desmond Swayne: When I went to school as Swayne minimus, I received a great deal of attention and assistance from my elder brothers. That would not have been possible if we had been on assisted places in the environment that will be achieved by the Bill. I would have been unable to attend that school and would have had to go to another. The environment for a new pupil in any school is terrifying and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Windfall Tax (12 Jun 1997)

Desmond Swayne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer over what time scale he will calculate the excess profits for the windfall tax. [1602]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Windfall Tax (12 Jun 1997)

Desmond Swayne: Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House how he intends to raise a windfall tax from owners of capital who have passed their ownership to subsequent shareholders since the industries were privatised?

Business of the House (19 Jun 1997)

Desmond Swayne: Just over half an hour ago, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food announced that he had not sought a timetable for the lifting of the beef ban, nor indeed was he seeking one. May we have an urgent debate on the problems facing the beef industry?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Windfall Tax (2 Jul 1997)

Desmond Swayne: We were mad.

Business of the House (3 Jul 1997)

Desmond Swayne: The provisions announced yesterday for the windfall tax and advance corporation tax are very complex. I do not believe—and it has not been my experience in the past—that the timetable that the right hon. Lady has announced is sufficient for the House and, indeed, the financial community to scrutinise the measures properly. Will she reconsider?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nicaragua (Human Rights) (8 Jul 1997)

Desmond Swayne: Will the Minister take this opportunity to distance himself from the position taken by the Secretary of State for International Development who, before free elections in that country, called for the expulsion of the American ambassador and the suppression of La Prensa, the anti-Sandinista newspaper?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Water Utilities (10 Jul 1997)

Desmond Swayne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of his Budget on investment by the water utilities. [6178]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Water Utilities (10 Jul 1997)

Desmond Swayne: Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House how he expects the privatised utilities to pay the £5 billion he is asking of them without increasing their charges, which means higher water bills; reducing their investment, which means more leakages; cutting employment; or reducing dividends, most of which go to pension funds?

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

Desmond Swayne: The parliamentary newsletter of the Association of British Insurers states: Although presented as helping to pay for the cost of reducing VAT on heating, the Association's submission to the Chancellor indicated that it will cost the Government more in terms of extra NHS costs and loss of insurance premium tax than it will save on the relief itself. Will the Minister comment on that?


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