Results 12081–12100 of 12265 for speaker:David Gauke

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (23 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wirral, West (Stephen Hesford) who, as ever, delighted the House with his fluency and wit. Certainly, there was a fair degree of laughter on this side of the House, and I am grateful to him for that. I wish to return to the issue of productivity raised in the forceful speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness (Mr....

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (23 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: That is absolutely true, and it brings me neatly to what I was about to say. Productivity in the private sector has also not been impressive in recent years, but the change in balance, with the public sector growing at the expense of the private sector, has reduced our overall productivity because productivity in the public sector has been particularly poor in recent years. There are a number...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (23 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: The hon. Gentleman may find this hard to understand, but I was not making a partisan point. I know that this will be beyond his comprehension, but I am not claiming that labour-hoarding results from a failure of Government policy. All I am saying is that it is happening—that it is an observable fact. It is a good thing. If it is thought that the economy will grow and that it is...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (23 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: Yes, there is a "but". When labour is hoarded—if that is the correct phrase—and growth does not follow, there is more vulnerability to an increase in unemployment. If the downturn lasts longer than expected, there will be higher unemployment. That is a potential difficulty. In 2006 we are witnessing some increase in unemployment, perhaps suggesting that the labour-hoarding is...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (23 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: I presume that the hon. Gentleman supports the Education and Inspections Bill. In general, does he welcome the move to diminish the role of LEAs and to give greater power to schools, so that they do not have to deal with local government bureaucracies?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (23 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: I would be grateful to know the time frame the Government have in place to meet their aspiration for expenditure on schools in the state sector to equal that in the private sector. How has that time frame changed since the Prime Minister made his original announcement on the subject in 2001?

Written Answers — Home Department: European Anti-crime Measures (20 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been referred from the UK to (a) Europol and (b) Eurojust in each of the last five calendar years.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Iran (17 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on cultural and sporting sanctions against Iran.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Iran (17 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to improve the UK's cultural links with the Iranian people.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (17 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the provision by the BBC of a 24-hour satellite television service broadcasting to Iran in Farsi.

Occupational Pensions (16 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: The Secretary of State has given the impression today that not only was there no Government maladministration, but that there seems to be no recognition of the scale of the problem faced by many people, including my constituents and those of my hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning), who used to work at Dexion. Does the Secretary of State accept that the stance that the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (16 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has (a) issued guidance to and (b) received requests for advice from sporting and cultural bodies on maintaining links with Iran.

Orders of the Day — Education and Inspections Bill (15 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: A generation ago, there was a great debate in this country on how we should run the economy. On one side were those who argued in favour of big government, planning and protecting failed industries and institutions; on the other were those who advocated competition, allowing successful institutions to expand and letting industries that were no longer fit for purpose fail. The latter view...

Orders of the Day — Education and Inspections Bill (15 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: A few weeks ago in the White Paper, the Government's position was that there should be no new community schools. Under intense pressure from their Back Benchers, they now say that there can be new community schools subject to a veto. When the pressure dissipates after the Bill is passed, what is to stop the Secretary of State, or indeed any of her successors, changing her mind, going back to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Ceasefires (15 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: What his assessment is of the observance of the paramilitary ceasefires in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Ceasefires (15 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: Notwithstanding the IMC reports, there are persistent claims that some IRA members have kept their arms, despite the announcement of the IRA ceasefire in July. What is the Minister's assessment of those claims, and is there any validity in the suggestion that the IRA continues to hold arms?

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (14 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to increase (a) the quality of education provision and (b) examination success rates in the further education college sector since July 2004.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Power to Innovate Programme (13 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which regulatory requirements have been lifted from specific schools for a time- limited period pursuant to the Power to Innovate programme.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Intelligent Accountability Framework (7 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress she has made in replacing accountability requirements on schools for departmental skills programmes with the intelligent accountability framework of the New Relationship with Schools; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: BBC (6 Mar 2006)

David Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport If she will make a statement on her plans for future funding of the BBC through the licence fee.


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