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CCTV: European Council (11 Feb 2013)

David Miliband: I am sure that the Prime Minister is right to say that no deal would be very damaging, both for Europe and for Britain. Could he say something about the part of his statement that referred to a new power for the European Parliament to negotiate flexibilities over years, and I think also over budget heads? On one reading, that is a sensible bit of flexibility; on another, it is a chance for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

David Miliband: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Brent Central (Sarah Teather). The truth is that all western economies need to refashion their social contract to cope with demographic and economic change—expanding child care versus higher child benefit; housing benefit versus house building; and long-term care versus reliefs and benefits for old age. In each case, we need to choose. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

David Miliband: I do not want to give the hon. Gentleman a maths lesson—I did not get good marks in maths—but percentages are percentages; that is the whole point. If we change the denominator it plays through in the percentage that comes later. I do not want to get too diverted by that, but I thank him for the extra 50 seconds. Let me get on to the question of affordability, which is central to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

David Miliband: Just a minute. The measures before us raise £3.7 billion from poor and lower-middle-income people in 2015-16. The Chancellor cut tax relief for pension contributions by wealthier people, but by how much? It was by £200 million in 2013-14 and £600 million in 2015-16. The cumulative saving from the richest between now and 2015-16 is £1.1 billion; the cumulative saving from those on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

David Miliband: I will come to the hon. Gentleman in a minute. Taking five times as much from lower and middle-income Britain as from the richest in Britain is not equality of sacrifice. The Chancellor reminds me of the man at the top of a ladder in a 1929 election poster. The man at the bottom of the ladder has got water up to his neck, and the man at the top shouts, “Equality of sacrifice—let’s all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

David Miliband: I will come to the hon. Gentleman in a moment. The Government have made a great deal of the point that no one should receive more on benefits than the average wage of £26,000 a year, but they offer tax relief of £40,000 for those with £40,000 spare. Just to be clear, that tax relief costs £33 billion a year, while we are talking about a total bill of £42 billion for out-of-work benefits....

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

David Miliband: Forty thousand soldiers are not on out-of-work benefits but they are being hit by this Bill. Eighty per cent. of the savings—

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

David Miliband: I will address it directly; I am very happy to do so. If a couple on £5,500 a year or someone on £3,700 a year gets a 1% increase, that is different from someone who is on £15,000, £20,000, £25,000, £30,000 or £35,000 getting the same increase, because although the people on £15,000, £25,000 or £30,000 are making tough choices, those on £5,000 or £3,700 are making a choice between...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (8 Jan 2013)

David Miliband: Let me make some progress and I will come to the hon. Gentleman if I have time. The truth is that this rancid Bill is not about affordability; it reeks of the politics of dividing lines that the current Government spent so much time denouncing when they were in opposition in the dog days of the Brown Administration. It says a lot that within two years they have had to resort to that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Autumn Statement (5 Dec 2012)

David Miliband: This time last year, the Chancellor told me not to worry about youth unemployment on the grounds that his Youth Contract would take care of it. Now we know that 450,000 young people have been unemployed for more than six months and that 179,000 have gone on to the Work programme but only 5,920 have got a job as a result. That is 3% of those going on the Work programme and less than 2% of the...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Economy (North-East) (13 Nov 2012)

David Miliband: 500 million.

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Economy (North-East) (13 Nov 2012)

David Miliband: I know that I speak for all my colleagues when I say that we are delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I am sure that there will be excellent behaviour from all of us. There is no regional Minister any more and, sadly, as yet no Minister from a north-east constituency in the Government, but we welcome the Minister today. There are two subjects that I feel passionately...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Economy (North-East) (13 Nov 2012)

David Miliband: I was not aware of that figure from my hon. Friend’s constituency, but it speaks to the point that I am asking the Minister to address. The Minister’s own party leader has said on behalf of the Government that he wants to abolish long-term youth unemployment. That is excellent, but people who say that they want to abolish long-term youth unemployment have a responsibility to put in place...

Local Services (Planning): House of Lords Reform Bill — [2nd Allocated Day] (10 Jul 2012)

David Miliband: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Watford (Richard Harrington). I hope in my six minutes to pick up two of the key points that he made and that were made very forcefully by Labour Members yesterday. I have been spurred to speak by the fact that I find myself on the opposite side of the debate from some comrades on this side of the House with whom I have worked very closely over...

Local Services (Planning): House of Lords Reform Bill — [2nd Allocated Day] (10 Jul 2012)

David Miliband: Clearly the antics of some Members—a very small minority—brought Parliament into disrepute, but I regret that, two or three years ago, more of us did not speak up and say that 95% or 99% of Members in all parts of this House come into public life for public purpose, not for private benefit. Our problems are, in a way, deeper than a couple of rotten apples who abuse the system.

Local Services (Planning): House of Lords Reform Bill — [2nd Allocated Day] (10 Jul 2012)

David Miliband: I ran on a manifesto that included a referendum and I support it absolutely. Let me deal with the argument that elected Lords will represent a shocking precedent and a threat to the constitutional order, because they will be political partisans—not to say apparatchiks—put on party lists. I remind right hon. and hon. Members that 80% of the current House of Lords were nominated by party...

Local Services (Planning): House of Lords Reform Bill — [2nd Allocated Day] (10 Jul 2012)

David Miliband: I will come back to my right hon. Friend if I can. The real question is whether an elected second Chamber with 15-year terms will overwhelm the conventions and understandings that establish the primacy of this place, and that we all defend. I can see the truth in the argument that an elected upper House will be more demanding of the Executive, and lead to more robust debate. It...

Local Services (Planning): House of Lords Reform Bill — [2nd Allocated Day] (10 Jul 2012)

David Miliband: I just do not have time; I am really sorry. Lord Pannick’s point is that if we want to achieve that aim, we must cement the role of the Parliament Acts in the Bill. We can do that in Committee, and must make sure that we do it properly. I apologise to my right hon. Friend the Member for Salford and Eccles and the hon. Member for South Swindon (Mr Buckland), but I shall not be able to give...

Local Services (Planning): House of Lords Reform Bill — [2nd Allocated Day] (10 Jul 2012)

David Miliband: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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