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Bill Presented: Social Security (7 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. As in so many other respects, the hon. Member for Newport, West (Mr. Flynn) is wrong about the name of my constituency, which is Gedling, not Gelding.

Bill Presented: Social Security (7 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: Before dealing specifically with the two affirmative instruments and the three negative instruments which we are debating, I shall make a few general comments on the Government's record on social security uprating and on their priorities in this important matter. But before I do that, I shall comment on the speech by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms. Short), for whom I have a...

Bill Presented: Social Security (7 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: I do not accept the hon. Lady's last point, although I have some sympathy with her first two. The Government's record on this matter is good. The hon. Lady should pay credit where it is due and acknowledge that in those important matters, the Government have prioritised expenditure. I do not wish to make a particularly party political point, but the Government's record is a great deal better...

Bill Presented: Social Security (7 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: I shall just finish my point. My hon. Friend the Member for Taunton (Mr. Nicholson) has already made this point but it bears repetition. Mrs. Dorothy Rhodes said: We have talked about percentages of pensions in Europe, and I have been one who has spoken loudly in support of parity with Europe, but during the past year I have been to Pensioners Congresses in Italy and Greece and, having...

Bill Presented: Social Security (7 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: All that demonstrates is that my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton is a wise man who, like me, makes important points which the hon. Member for Newport, West (Mr. Flynn) should bear in mind. When I read that quote—it is quite clear that the hon. Gentleman did not like it—I said that the point might have already been made by my hon. Friend, but was important enough to bear repeating.

Bill Presented: Social Security (7 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: As my hon. Friend says, the Labour party do not like it when we make the facts clear. I particularly welcome a number of changes in this year's social security upratings, some of which fall wider than the regulations, but are extremely important. I am particularly pleased that the disability premium for families with disabled children who are also on income-related benefit has been...

Bill Presented: Social Security (7 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Gentleman says that I am in the wrong debate, but these are important matters to do with this year's upratings. The overdue changes in attendance allowance are particularly welcome. More money will be made available to terminally ill people without the normal six-month waiting period. That will help 50,000 people by anything up to £37·55 a week and is extremely important. This...

Bill Presented: Social Security (7 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for reminding me of that. I am dealing with an overview of many of the regulations——

Bill Presented: Social Security (7 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: I am again grateful, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I shall turn to a number of specific aspects of the regulations the first of which is the Social Fund Cold Weather Payments (General) Amdt. Regulations 1989. The Government deserve credit for that for two reasons: first, for bringing forward the date to 1 January. It must have been tempting for social security Ministers to save it until later but they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensioners (Income) (5 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security by how much pensioners' incomes from savings changed over the period (a) 1974 to 1979 and (b) 1979 to date.

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensioners (Income) (5 Feb 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: Although most pensioners have done quite well under the present Government, and certainly a great deal better than they did under the previous Labour Government, is it not the case that one group has done much less well? I refer to those who must exist only on a state pension. Were not the Government absolutely right last year to introduce their package for poorer pensioners, which was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Nottinghamshire (30 Jan 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: Instead of knocking Nottingham's magnificent new CTC, which is widely welcomed by local people, why does not the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) admit that, in the past 10 years of Conservative Government, Government education expenditure per pupil has gone up by no less than 71 per cent. in real terms? That expenditure has increased from under £1,000 per pupil to more than...

Government Trading Bill (8 Jan 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: I am grateful for this opportunity to make a brief contribution to the debate. I sense that the issues have been well and truly thrashed out and although there is a low growl of discontent from the Opposition I do not think that the Bill will be pressed to a vote. The hon. Member for Wrexham (Dr. Marek) opened for the Opposition and his speech was briefer than some of those that my hon....

Government Trading Bill (8 Jan 1990)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. Friend is right. As I said earlier, the measure will have a key effect on major public services. As my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridgeshire, South-East said, the Bill does not seek in any way to allocate fault or attack the Civil Service. Civil servants are saddled with a system that does not work effectively either in their interests as employees or in the interests of the...

Adjournment (Christmas) (20 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: Time is short and I am conscious that there is another Opposition Member hoping to speak. I shall confine my remarks to three related subjects which I believe should be discussed before the House adjourns. They are conductive education, the Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary—which is the home of conductive education—and my constituent Dawn Rogers, who has been at the Peto Institute for...

Adjournment (Christmas) (20 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. Friend could do it himself.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Religious Education (14 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: Does my hon. Friend accept that many hon. Members welcome the opportunity of greater integration in education in Northern Ireland? We also welcome what he said yesterday when we debated the order on education in Northern Ireland. Does he agree that many parents would like to see those opportunities extended or at least would like to see greater co-operation between different denominations and...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr. Hardy) must have had difficulty keeping a straight face during his loud opposition to the Bill. It is an excellent Bill, and I look forward to explaining why. I am sure that we all enjoyed the speech by the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson), whom all hon. Members came to like and respect in his previous job. He too has a brass neck to...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: I am happy to answer that question. The remarkable statistic is that 265 Conservative Members either did not support the Bill or did not vote for it. The hon. Gentleman knows those facts as he was here on that night whereas many of his party were not. The people of Nottinghamshire are aware of that. The Bill underlines the strong support that the Government have given to the mining industry....

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: I am sorry, I will not give way because I am under a time constraint. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will understand. The generators also have an excellent deal. Effectively, prices have been frozen over the past two and a half years and now prices will be frozen for another three years, so they will have five and a half years of fixed coal prices on 400 million tonnes of coal. In other...


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