Results 101–120 of 3324 for speaker:Lord Taylor of Goss Moor

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: It seems rather extraordinary for the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) to criticise the Government for their brazen disregard of Parliament in short-circuiting debate on the Bill, when it is of course the two main parties that decide the timetable and agree which measures will remain in the Bills discussed during this wash-up period, after the general election has been called. People will...

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: We played a fundamental role in respect of the cider duty, in that we campaigned against it. I imagine that that is what lies behind the Conservative party taking the position that it has taken. It has taken the credit for the changes to the cider duty when they were announced. That is another example of a quick U-turn by Conservative Front Benchers.

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: That is rather different from proposing a substantial increase in cider duty, for which the Conservative party claimed credit but which it now opposes.

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: I think that we should move on from the knockabout, as it does no one any particular justice. I want to begin my remarks by concentrating on the big picture that underpins the Finance Bill, rather than on the detail of individual clauses. Massive choices have to be made about how we go forward, in the light of the credit crunch and its impact on Government budgets. It has also impacted on the...

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: I would go a little further. It is not just a matter of those forms of debt, but debt in the wider economy-family indebtedness right through the economy. When we look at the figures as a whole, they show Britain not as a relatively low-debt economy, which the raw Government data still do, but as one of the most indebted nations in the world. Such issues are fundamental to what has happened to...

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: I will in a moment, but I want to make the point that the decisions we are debating-about which taxes to raise and about how many taxes there are-fundamentally underpin both the question about the timing of the withdrawal of Government spend, and my next question, which is the balance between how much is raised through tax and how much is delivered through cutting back spending. There is a...

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: I will not go into the technicalities, but we need to be straight about the balance sheets and to tackle the underlying problems in the banking sector. We need to separate the investment and gambling side of what the banks do from the retail side, and we therefore need substantial further reform.

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: The evidence from the economy is that we are just about there. If we spend too much, we build up debt or tax problems for the future, but if we spend too little, the economy falls down. The small but real growth that we see suggests that, broadly speaking, the present balance might be right, but the question is whether the detail-that is what we are examining in the Bill-is correctly drawn,...

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: The hon. Gentleman invites me-

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: We have set out a series of tax changes that should be in the Bill. They are largely designed to move the burden that we are asking people to weather away from those on lower incomes. To pay for that, we would ask the more privileged on higher incomes to sacrifice some of their allowances, which I have never thought fair in any case. For example, we would deal with the distortion created by...

Business of the House: Finance Bill (7 Apr 2010)

Matthew Taylor: If I were to give way to the hon. Gentleman, I think that we would both be reminded that we are already straying a little far from the Bill. Let me reiterate that the first issue relates to timing and that the second relates to distribution and the fairness of what we do. I do not believe that what the Government are doing in that regard is good, but what is offered by the Conservative party...

Bill Presented: Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (No.2) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: That is a huge concern, so I hope that the Minister will provide a time scale, because it has taken a great deal of time to resolve the issue. He may not make the announcement, but I hope that it will be made soon.

Bill Presented: Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (No.2) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: I commend the hon. Gentleman for his pursuit of this issue. There is a particularly extraordinary position in relation to psychological damage and it appears to contradict established practice in other areas. I hope that, at the very least, his return to the scene will address that issue.

Bill Presented: Anti-Slavery Day Bill (5 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: I greatly welcome the work of the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen). He has a long-established reputation and is held in high regard in this House, and in his speech he was able to talk at length about the issues and the work that he has done in this connection. It is worth saying that it commands enormous cross-party support and respect and the hon. Gentleman has done us a real service....

Bill Presented: Anti-Slavery Day Bill (5 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: The hon. Gentleman intervened just as I was about to turn to the present. He made his point very clearly, and he is right. There is a desperate need to awaken people's consciences to what is going on. The Government have made huge strides in this regard, but, as the hon. Gentleman made clear, there is more to be done. Tackling the issue will be done best if people are aware of it, because the...

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: Let me make it clear that I was not necessarily suggesting that the list should appear on the face of the Bill. I accept that consultation needs to take place and that the timing might not work in that regard. I also accept that such a list could be over-restrictive. I hope that the Minister will listen to what the hon. Gentleman has just said on this point. A draft list put out to...

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: First, I welcome the comments of the right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Mr. Raynsford) and endorse pretty much everything that he said. I will not repeat it, because he put it extremely effectively and has a great deal of knowledge in this area. My broad position is that I very much welcome the Bill. It makes real some of the issues covered by Total Place, which the hon. Member...

Bill Presented: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill (5 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: On that point, I am never particularly in favour of giving Ministers all sorts of discretionary powers; one never knows who the Minister will be at any given time. I am not quite sure why the hon. Gentleman has taken the approach of handing over the designation of the bodies that will be scrutinised to Ministers, because the definition in the Bill could cover a very wide range of...

Schools Funding (Cornwall) (2 Feb 2010)

Matthew Taylor: I am sure that the Minister has the same experience as me-there is no Member of Parliament who does not believe that their constituency is unfairly disadvantaged in comparison to others. There was a similar issue regarding health, and there we have seen a change which, over time, significantly increases the funding. I reiterate for the Minister that when the Government were elected, the...


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