Results 5401–5420 of 5477 for speaker:Hugo Swire

Written Answers — Scotland: Tax Burden (13 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement about Scotland's share of the tax burden in the last financial year.

Written Answers — Treasury: Barnett Formula (13 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he will take of the 2001 census in Scotland in assessing funding under the Barnett formula.

Written Answers — Transport, Local Government and the Regions: Waterloo to Exeter Railway Line (13 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the (a) total investment, (b) total passenger numbers and (c) average daily number of trains were in each of the last 10 years for the Waterloo to Exeter railway line.

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: I am most grateful for the revisionist historical tour that the Under-Secretary is undertaking. At some stage in the next eight minutes, will he address the question that has been asked by every one of my colleagues, namely, what tier of local government will be sacrificed if the regional assemblies go ahead?

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: The hon. Gentleman misunderstood my speech. I support giving more power to the existing democratically elected and accountable local county councillors.

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: I am most grateful for the opportunity to introduce this debate, and I thank the Minister for being here. I want to expose the seemingly inexorable creep towards regional assemblies in general and for the south-west of England in particular, and the unwanted, unnecessary, unsustainable and illogical nonsense that they represent. I do not subscribe to the argument that voters in the south-west...

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: Indeed. I agree with my hon. Friend and I shall come to that in a moment. There seems to be some confusion over the referendums, and where and when they will take place. In another written parliamentary question on 20 November, I asked what changes to local government structures were planned as part of the introduction of regional assemblies, to which the Minster replied: "As previously...

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: Again, I agree with my hon. Friend, who must have had sight of my speech. Her comments no doubt find favour with the hon. Member for St. Ives (Andrew George). Aspirations in Cornwall and in the rest of the west country are different, and I shall return to that in a minute. A regional assembly with the same boundaries as the RDA for the south-west would cover Cornwall, Devon, Somerset,...

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: I do, and I do not imagine that people in the Scilly Isles would want that to happen in terms of government, although they would be far better rewarded under the Scottish Parliament than they are under this Parliament. I understand also that if one drew a line from Bristol, one would find that Bristol was further from Penzance than Brighton. The geographical homogeny of the Government's...

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: If the hon. Lady had listened, she would have heard me suggest that there was a clarion call in Cornwall for a Cornish senate but not for inclusion in any governmental organisation in the south-west. I cannot speak for the gentleman who stood against her, and I cannot say that I agree with him, but he is entitled to his views. Many of the advocates of elected regional assemblies—including,...

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: My hon. Friend is full of useful information this morning. The north-east of England, which is where the idea originated, feels ill-done-by after looking over the border at the Scottish Parliament. I shall be sorry if these ideas are exported from the north-east to the south-west, as that would not be appropriate.

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: I am talking about the south-west this morning. No doubt others will speak about their own parts of the United Kingdom. Returning to that august body, the south-west constitutional convention, its secretary, Ms Southcott, continued: "One of the arguments we make in favour of a regional elected assembly is that at least if it is elected people will know more about it and it will be accountable...

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: I thank my hon. Friend for pointing that out. No doubt the local press will take an interest in what the hon. Gentleman says about the abolition of his shire county, and all shire counties. The Government's latest contribution to the breaking up of the constitution of this country would be the abolition of the shire counties—for which the hon. Member for Stroud argues so vigorously—and...

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: I am covered in envy at the idea of my hon. Friend attending such a talking shop. I was pointing out that none of those people had been elected to anything, to my way of thinking. That body is a talking shop, and a not inexpensive one, which is my point. The next time my hon. Friend is invited, I ask that he takes me along as well, if I have a quiet morning. How would people be elected to a...

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: Our roads go everywhere. We could go from Penzance to John O'Groats if we wanted. The homogeny is artificial. Roads in my part of the country, Devon, have nothing to do with roads in Wiltshire or anywhere else.

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: I was aware that some roads were to be given fancy names, presumably to make up for the lack of road repairs, which would be more welcome. There is one other possible reason for the agenda on regional assemblies. It could be a Government attempt to rebalance the United Kingdom's constitutional structure following the creation of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, which left many...

Regional Government (South-West) (12 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: I agree with my hon. Friend, and I invite the Minister to address that point. What my hon. Friend describes would create enormous friction between the different regions. However, perhaps creating an assembly in the north-east is a way of softening up other regions to encourage them to get their noses in the trough. The Government's drive for regional assemblies, and for the south-west...

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Individual Learning Accounts (11 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is given to those students whose applications for individual learning accounts had been submitted prior to the deadline of 7 December.

Written Answers — Home Department: Art and Antiques Squad (10 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources have been provided since 1999 to finance the Art and Antiques Squad and the national database relating to stolen works of art.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Manufacturing (6 Dec 2001)

Hugo Swire: If he will make a statement on his latest assessment of the state of UK manufacturing.


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