Results 7221–7240 of 7253 for speaker:Derek Twigg

Finance (No. 2) Bill (21 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: This year, it would nice if the Liberal Democrats turned up to the Finance Bill Standing Committee, unlike last year, but we shall see. I am pleased to be able to speak and to welcome the Budget and the Finance Bill. One thing that has come over clearly is how warmly welcomed the Budget was. My local newspaper carried a number of interviews with local people, the overwhelming majority of...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (21 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: Yes, I know. Labour Members want to talk about the major issues. The Chancellor has also proposed a number of measures, which we welcome, to increase the transparency and accountability of this and future Budgets. As has been said, transparency and accountability are important in this Budget. They are something that our record can be measured by and that we are proud of and willing to...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (21 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: The hon. Gentleman is entitled to his figures, but, as commentators have recognised, the Budget is business friendly and will help business. It is important that we recognise that. Many of the things that the Government have done since they have been in power, not merely in this but in the previous Budget, have been welcomed by business overall. The real burden on business was imposed by the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (21 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: What is more business friendly is that, unlike the previous Government, who got rid of two out of every five manufacturing jobs and decimated manufacturing industry, we are providing the climate for sustainable investment for business in future. That is the difference.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (21 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: I am afraid that I cannot. Policy depends on who is speaking. In the Conservative party, there are different views on various matters. I cannot answer that question. We shall have to wait, to find what future speakers come up with. There is a comprehensive package to help create a dynamic small business sector, in which, as everyone recognises, most of the jobs growth will occur. The cut...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (21 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: I am interested in the right hon. Gentleman's comments about interest rates. Would he like to comment on the fact that during the 18 years that his party was in power, interest rates rose from 5; to 17 per cent.? Does he think that that gave our industry stability?

National Blood Authority (8 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: May I also welcome my right hon. Friend's statement, and offer my support for the sacking of Colin Walker, which was the right decision? My right hon. Friend will be aware that what happened in Liverpool directly affected areas such as mine. People in Widnes and Runcorn in north Cheshire, as well as in other parts of Cheshire, supported the Liverpool Members of Parliament and others in their...

Business of the House (2 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: My right hon. Friend will be aware that a number of weeks have passed since the publication of the report on the scrutiny of evidence about the Hillsborough disaster, and she will know that I have asked many times for a debate. Can she tell us whether we are close to finding time for one, and can she confirm that it is hoped that that debate will take place between Easter and Whit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster (1 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: If he will make a statement on the involvement of local government in his better government programme. [35802]

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster (1 Apr 1998)

Derek Twigg: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer, and welcome the fact that the Government are involving local government in the better government programme. I am sure that he will welcome the enthusiasm and commitment of local government workers—the front-line workers. How is he involving those workers in the better government programme?

Police Complaints and Discipline (23 Mar 1998)

Derek Twigg: I thank my right hon. Friend for keeping his promise to the Hillsborough families by making these proposals. I know that he has met them, and has been closely involved. I am concerned that, while the officer involved, Chief Superintendent Duckenfield, was thought unfit to be able to carry on, the families had to go through independent inquiries, mini-inquests, inquests and further emotional,...

Business of the House (12 Mar 1998)

Derek Twigg: I am sure that the Leader of the House welcomes the fact that our right hon. Friend the Home Secretary met representatives of the Hillsborough families last Saturday and has agreed to a further meeting. However, my right hon. Friend will be aware of the keen interest in Merseyside and beyond about when a debate will take place on Lord Justice Stuart-Smith's scrutiny of evidence report. It is...

Business of the House (5 Mar 1998)

Derek Twigg: May I return to the subject of the Hillsborough scrutiny of evidence report, which has been raised in the House previously? Again, I ask the Government to find time to debate the report on the Floor of the House. My right hon. Friend will be aware of the anger and frustration in Merseyside and beyond, which has been fuelled by the fact that we have been unable to find time for a debate. I...

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,...

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.

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...

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?

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?

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