Derek Twigg: Dudley was mentioned. My hon. Friend figured large in the Standing Committee, where he made some excellent points. To hear the Opposition, one would think that the people were rising from the streets in revolution, and banging on the gates of Parliament to tell us how disgraceful the Finance Bill was. I seem to have missed that.
Derek Twigg: I appreciate that advice, Mr, Deputy Speaker. I merely wanted to make it clear that our debates in Committee may have given a false idea of the real state of public opinion. The Budget is about economic stability, low taxes on work, help with child care, lower taxes on business and more money for health and education. It is a people's Budget, which will help to ensure that our country is...
Derek Twigg: I am pleased to hear what my hon. Friend has said. What does she think would have happened if Labour had not got in? What sort of future would those people have had?
Derek Twigg: Given the fact that the right hon. Gentleman has shares in a retailer, and the shadow Chancellor is a director of Asda, how seriously can we take their comments? Are they in someone's interests, or is the right hon. Gentleman speaking to a genuine new clause on the retail industry?
Derek Twigg: The hon. Gentleman has referred several times to cyclical industries, in the plural. Why, then, does the new clause relate only to retailers? That question was not answered when it was asked earlier.
Derek Twigg: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The new clause is specifically about the retail industry, which the right hon. Gentleman has not mentioned. I wonder when he will speak to the new clause.
Derek Twigg: Will my right hon. Friend give way?
Derek Twigg: On Monday evening, during the debate on the Teaching and Higher Education Bill, in response to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Mrs. Campbell), the shadow Secretary of State said that the Conservative party would introduce top-up fees. To be fair to him, he said that it would not be widespread. When challenged to say what areas would be included, he would not answer....
Derek Twigg: What exactly would the hon. Gentleman rule out for top-up fees?
Derek Twigg: There is a memorial at Anfield, and I believe that there is another in one of the parks near the ground, but Sheffield Wednesday has not erected one.
Derek Twigg: The hon. Gentleman mentioned my comments on blame. In raising the specific matter of Bernard Ingham's comments on drunken Liverpool fans, I was in no way seeking to make a party political point. The point is that, because of his position as press secretary in the previous Government, some credence might have given to his statement by those who do not understand what happened. Will the hon....
Derek Twigg: First, I shall put some facts to the House. I was at Hillsborough on that day. I am a lifelong Liverpool supporter and season ticket holder. I gave a statement to the West Midlands police. Those are my interests. I shall start by describing my recollections as briefly as possible—we have limited time, and many people want to speak in the debate. I travelled out that day with three ...
Derek Twigg: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating my local borough council, which has set the second lowest council tax in the north-west and ensures that the extra money that it has been allocated for education goes to schools? Unfortunately, we do not have annual council elections this year, but there is a by-election. My right hon. Friend may be surprised to know that the Conservatives...
Derek Twigg: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Derek Twigg: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way on that point?
Derek Twigg: On that very point, will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Derek Twigg: I take the hon. Gentleman's point about council revenues, but I was talking to two head teachers in my local authority of Halton—where social services have not been cut—who told me that their school budgets had increased by £100,000. Indeed, the total increase in education spending has been £2 million—people have never had it so good. I am not sure where all this doom and gloom is...
Derek Twigg: Can the hon. Gentleman tell us how the previous Tory Government helped the situation by cutting severely the number of customs officers?
Derek Twigg: Can the hon. Gentleman quote figures on smuggling in other European nations, given that they are so different from UK figures?
Derek Twigg: When the first national survey of patients and user experience will be carried out in the NHS.