Results 12081–12100 of 12177 for speaker:David Gauke

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Efficiency Gains (15 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what savings have been obtained in (a) schools, (b) colleges and (c) higher education institutions in the last two financial years as a consequence of (i) investment in information communication technology, (ii) reducing administrative burdens and (iii) work force reform.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Framework Contracts (15 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the effects on costs have been in the last two financial years as a consequence of nationally-brokered framework contracts for the acquisition of (a) computers and (b) interactive whiteboards for schools.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Ofsted (15 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the savings made in the last two financial years as a consequence of a lighter touch process for Ofsted inspections.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: State Education (Procurement Budget) (15 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total procurement budget for the state education sector has been for the last three financial years; and what the project budgeted is for the next three financial years.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Teachers (15 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effects on costs of introducing a new pay structure for the upper pay spine for teachers.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Teachers (15 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the amount of time spent on administrative tasks by teachers; and what steps she has taken to reduce (a) the number of and (b) the time spent on such tasks.

Written Answers — Home Department: European Commission (Anti-crime Measures) (14 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the European Commission's proposals for harmonisation of the methodology used in the compilation of crime statistics.

Orders of the Day — Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (9 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: Will the Minister give way?

Orders of the Day — Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (9 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: As a member of the Procedure Committee, I discussed the recommendations with the Minister earlier in the week. One of them would give the relevant Committee the right to veto the procedure employed, as opposed to the ability conferred by the Bill to change the procedure to super-affirmative, affirmative or negative. What does the Minister think after seeing the report that was published on...

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Departmental Expenditure (9 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to reduce the total administration costs of (a) her Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) Ofsted; and what assessment she has made of the savings made as a consequence.

Health Services (West London) (8 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Hurd) on obtaining the debate. I entirely agree with his comments about Harefield hospital, and I express my relief that the Paddington basin proposals have ultimately come to nothing.

Health Services (West London) (8 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: Is it not remarkable that the Paddington basin proposal reached the stage that it did, with the prospect of it costing taxpayers millions and millions? It had the support of the local hospital trust, strategic health authority and the Department of Health. Was it not the efforts of several hon. Members in this House, including my hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall), who is...

Health Services (West London) (8 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: Very briefly, many problems came to light because of the hard-working Heart of Harefield campaigners, as my hon. Friend has mentioned. I put on record in particular the tremendous work done by Mrs. Jean Brett, a constituent of mine, who made great efforts to reveal the weaknesses in the business proposals for the Paddington basin project.

Opposition Parties (Financial Assistance) (8 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: The right hon. Gentleman says that he cannot comment on the McCartney case and the bank robbery, and although I understand the difficulties of doing so, does he not accept that they are highly relevant to the nature of the Provisional IRA? Does he accept that the IMC stated that members of the IRA are still "heavily involved in serious organised crime"? Given the intrinsic links between Sinn...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way and for not speaking until 7 o'clock. Perhaps he can enlighten me on the following point. It is something of a mystery to me why the debate is to be curtailed at 6 o'clock. Does he think that the Leader of the House could have been somewhat clearer in giving the reason for doing so?

Written Answers — Home Department: Police (6 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received representations from the European Commission in respect of the restructuring of police forces in England and Wales.

Police Amalgamations (1 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: I acknowledge that the O'Connor report identifies failings in the current system. It refers to organised crime as "widespread, vibrant and growing", and says that "very few forces meet the required standard". It also says that "vulnerability was evident in relation to counter terrorism and domestic extremism, serious and organised crime and public order". It is understandable that the...

Iran (Nuclear Programme) (1 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: I am grateful to have the opportunity to initiate this timely debate on what is an important matter. It is timely because the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany met earlier this week and agreed on a specific course of action, and because the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency meets tomorrow to discuss what action needs to be taken. It is...

Iran (Nuclear Programme) (1 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend, and I will return to that point. Given the nature of the Iranian regime, its enormous hostility to the west, and the clear instability of the Iranian leadership—mental instability, I mean—the thought of the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons is terrifying. I have no doubt that that is what the regime is attempting to do, despite its repeated...

Iran (Nuclear Programme) (1 Feb 2006)

David Gauke: I agree. The Chinese, the Indians and, indeed, the Russians have been much more reluctant to take action against the Iranian regime than we would like. There is perhaps some movement in the right direction, but there is no doubt that the world community has been very restrained in the action that it has taken, for reasons that have been outlined. I acknowledge that, and will perhaps return to...


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