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Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Power of Local Authority to Continue to Assist Pupils (10 Jun 1997)

Derek Twigg: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to make my maiden speech tonight. My hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Mr. Coaker) and I have sat on the Government Benches for many hours of debate on the Bill over the last couple of weeks, and I congratulate my hon. Friend on his own excellent maiden speech. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to make my maiden speech. Like my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: VAT (Domestic Fuel) (12 Jun 1997)

Derek Twigg: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the level of VAT on fuel. [1599]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: VAT (Domestic Fuel) (12 Jun 1997)

Derek Twigg: Does my hon. Friend recall the statement made by the former Chancellor before the last election in which he said that the challenge was to increase VAT on fuel to 17.5 per cent? Is my hon. Friend aware that that statement is of particular interest to my constituents who would pay significantly more for fuel under Conservative policies?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Derek Twigg: The Conservatives have opted for their usual scare tactics. I recall that the previous Prime Minister, the right hon. Member for Huntingdon (Mr. Major), sent out letters to perhaps millions of shareholders before the general election. Indeed, my father received one. As far as I know, he has never had a share in any of the utilities. That being so, I am not sure why he received the letter....

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Derek Twigg: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. He will be aware that the number of complaints about North West Water has increased significantly over the past few years. It is said that the windfall tax is a temporary measure but will result in permanent benefits, which will be important to my constituency. That is why the measure is so warmly welcomed. In my constituency, 44 per cent. of young...

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

Derek Twigg: Does the hon. Gentleman recall a report in the Financial Times on 24 April 1997 that the chief executive of Western Provident Association, Julius Stainton, had told a recent conference that insurers had only themselves to blame for the Labour party's plans for abolition, as many had used the introduction of the tax relief as a cover for a sharp increase in premiums for the elderly.

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

Derek Twigg: You cannot have it both ways. You said that, in that case, the Government should phase out the tax relief. Now you say that you agree that it should be phased out.

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

Derek Twigg: On that point, an article in the Financial Times stated: PMI market analysts Laing and Buisson said that it believed these estimates were all incorrect. "To date the market for PMI has been price inelastic; increases in price have not been met by proportionate big drops in demand. Coupled with that, the amount of a typical PMI premium is far higher than the cost to the NHS of the treatment...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (28 Jul 1997)

Derek Twigg: If the hon. Gentleman believes that MIRAS was brought in to encourage home ownership, why did the Conservative Government—his Government—cut it twice?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (28 Jul 1997)

Derek Twigg: On the issue of hurting home owners, would the hon. Gentleman care to comment on the hundreds of thousands of people who suffered negative equity and the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes under the previous Government? Whose fault does he think that was?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (28 Jul 1997)

Derek Twigg: What about black Wednesday?

Business of the House (30 Oct 1997)

Derek Twigg: I welcome the changes to the Order Paper. After 90 years, they are well overdue. The changes are simple and effective and I wonder why they took so long. Many aspects of the House need modernisation. Are there any further proposals on the voting system?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: EU Tax Co-ordination (27 Nov 1997)

Derek Twigg: Does my hon. Friend agree with the Leader of the Opposition when he says that we should realise a single currency for the next Parliament, or does she think that the shadow Chancellor is right when he says that we should not bind future Parliaments?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (3 Dec 1997)

Derek Twigg: Would it be true to say that the attitude of the Conservative party suggests that it is anti-family?

Business of the House (5 Feb 1998)

Derek Twigg: In view of the many positive initiatives on education, such as extra money for schools books, the abolition of the assisted places scheme, which allows money to be put into reducing class sizes, the greater flexibility for primary school teachers so that they can spend more time on numeracy and literacy, and, of course, the year of literacy, will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on...

Local Government Finance (5 Feb 1998)

Derek Twigg: I would go a step further than my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham, East and Saddleworth (Mr. Woolas). I think that this is a good settlement and I shall explain my reasons later. Let me point out at the start that I accept that fewer tourists come to Halton than to Westminster, but we have a national chemical industries museum and quite a lot of people come to see that. I am intrigued by...

Local Government Finance (5 Feb 1998)

Derek Twigg: Yes, that is a fair point. I am not aware of the position in Milton Keynes, but the Labour Government have seen what needs to be done to support new unitary authorities in the transitionary period, and I welcome that. At last, a partnership will be established with local government. There is a future for local government: people will be consulted and will be encouraged to participate. I...

Local Government Finance (5 Feb 1998)

Derek Twigg: My hon. Friend was instrumental in the campaign to ensure that Halton became a unitary authority. He deserves much praise for his hard work. The future is brighter for Halton. Investment in services will help the borough of Halton, my constituency and the Weaver Vale constituency to develop their cultural, social and economic life.

Hillsborough (18 Feb 1998)

Derek Twigg: I speak with some knowledge, as I was on the terraces at Hillsborough that day and not in some directors' area. I had to wait for two hours to see whether my friends were alive, and I know that a number of people from my constituency and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Weaver Vale (Mr. Hall) were killed on that day. May I express my bitter disappointment—not at the Home Secretary,...


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