Results 1–20 of 291 for speaker:Mr Iain Luke

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: I am glad to hear about the hon. Gentleman's CV in economics. Does he agree, however, that it would be much more profitable for him to concentrate on teaching economics rather than pursuing a career in politics where there is no end in sight?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: I congratulate the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Sir Sydney Chapman) on his farewell speech to the House, which was eloquent and forceful, although I disagree with some of his comments on the NHS. I wish him a happy, long and healthy retirement so that he can watch the health service go from strength to strength under continuing Labour Governments. I am pleased to make a further...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: Will my right hon. Friend acknowledge the great contribution to job creation made by the Dundee company Cyclocel? It is the fastest growing and most highly financed spin-off venture to come out of any university in Europe. Is not that a tribute to the work being done in Scotland to contribute to the UK economy?

Written Answers — Health: Seroxat (21 Mar 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet a party of hon. Members and members of the Seroxat Users' Group.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Burma (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Ukrainian ambassador on sales of arms to Burma.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Lebanon (1 Mar 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: If he will make a statement on the political situation in Lebanon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Lebanon (1 Mar 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: I am sure that my hon. Friend the Minister and the House as a whole share my concern for Lebanon and its democratic institutions after the brutal assassination two weeks ago of former Prime Minister Hariri, and yesterday's resignation of Prime Minister Karami. Other concerns centre around the continued presence in Lebanon of Syrian intelligence forces. As a member of the Inter-Parliamentary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Grammar Schools (23 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: My hon. Friend will recognise that this is an issue on which I have written to Ministers before, but does he agree that the controversy that surrounds it clearly underlines the need for constructive working by all parties in Northern Ireland to ensure an early return of an Assembly there so that the local issue of education is dealt with in Northern Ireland itself?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: I welcome the decision by the Ministry of Defence to increase the death in service payment from April this year by four times the pay level of the deceased. Will the Prime Minister consider backdating the payment to the time of the outset of hostilities in Iraq, so that the families of the servicemen who have given their lives in the supreme sacrifice for their country will get the benefit of...

BBC Charter Renewal (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: I rise to raise some extremely important issues, both on a personal note and on behalf of constituents who have contacted me and many other MPs following the controversial screening of "Jerry Springer—The Opera" on BBC 2 on Saturday 8 January. For me, the issue is programming and standards at the BBC. We should debate the matter now, prior to publication of the Government's Green Paper,...

BBC Charter Renewal (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: I understand the hon. Gentleman's concerns, but we must address the issue. Everybody who watches television pays a licence fee, and those who have been upset have as much right to have their views aired in Parliament as those who are not offended. I am raising the matter for debate because the Green Paper, which will be available next month, will set the context for the debate, and the issues...

BBC Charter Renewal (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: I am happy to give that permission.

East Coast Rail Franchise (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: The Minister makes the point that, as yet, no business case has been made for electrification north of Edinburgh. Will the successor to the SRA undertake to ensure that we can have a proper debate about whether the service will be worth while?

East Coast Rail Franchise (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: He is in Paris.

East Coast Rail Franchise (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I will be very brief. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, North and Leith (Mr. Lazarowicz) on securing the debate. He will know that I am passionate about this issue. Many people have said that the options on offer are rail, car or air. Travelling from my constituency to London by car is a horrendous journey, and although we have an air...

East Coast Rail Franchise (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that in an earlier debate on the matter—I think it was on 26 June 2002—the Minister who responded made it clear that electrification was no longer an option for the line north of Edinburgh, and that the way forward was for improvements through Fife, north of Dundee and up to Aberdeen, to ensure that the speed that we had hoped for could be reached and that...

East Coast Rail Franchise (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: My hon. Friend makes a valid point about the SRA's involvement in awarding the franchise for the east coast main line. Does he accept that, with the SRA's involvement in reducing the strategic value of the line from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, the franchise should be framed so as to ensure that the good service that we seek serves all the communities on the east coast, from Aberdeen, through...

East Coast Rail Franchise (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: My hon. Friend makes a valid point about the integrity of the service. I know that he reads The Scotsman intently because it is produced in his home town, and he will have been upset by a report on 8 October—my birthday—that some of the proposed options include the possibility of longer journey times, unregulated non-core fares and replacement bus services. Many people along the line in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Army Strength (7 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: Given the furore over the Army reforms, will my hon. Friend the Minister give an undertaking that everything will be done to keep recruitment levels high in areas such as mine, which has suffered from the trauma of the reforms more than many others?

Orders of the Day — Constitutional Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd Allotted Day]: Clause 37 — Jurisdiction (1 Feb 2005)

Mr Iain Luke: Is the Minister aware that the Scottish Parliament has had an opportunity to debate this fully? Scots law will be protected under clause 37.


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