Results 4821–4840 of 4898 for speaker:Stephen Hammond

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Contributions Bill: Clause 1 — Earnings: Power to Make Provision in Consequence of Retrospective Tax Legislation: Great Britain (15 Dec 2005)

Stephen Hammond: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way yet again. He mentions tax advice. On Second Reading and in Committee, we developed the point that we have changed to a general anti-avoidance regime and that a tax clearance scheme from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs or the Treasury should therefore run in parallel with that.

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Contributions Bill: Clause 1 — Earnings: Power to Make Provision in Consequence of Retrospective Tax Legislation: Great Britain (15 Dec 2005)

Stephen Hammond: I am sure that my hon. Friend is aware that clause 1 allows the Treasury to adjust earnings on any liabilities to national insurance contributions that have already been determined, with the result of changing the amount of contributions that are payable or even creating a new liability. Clearly, according to my hon. Friend's definition, that can be done, but the question is whether it is...

Written Answers — Constitutional Affairs: Compensation Culture (13 Dec 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to tackle the potential growth of a compensation culture.

Business of the House (8 Dec 2005)

Stephen Hammond: Earlier this year the South-West London health authority concluded its consultation, "Better Healthcare Closer to Home". It concluded that Merton and Sutton needed six local care centres and one acute hospital. However, there was some disagreement about that and the hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) objected and referred the consultation to the Secretary of State for...

Written Answers — Treasury: UK Economy (8 Dec 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the principal factors affecting the estimated level of growth in the UK economy.

Trade (India) (7 Dec 2005)

Stephen Hammond: A point about barriers that was made to our small team, which visited the Science Minister—a rather smaller team than that which went out with the Minister a week later—was that UK universities, and particularly chemistry research departments and some new high-technology industries, are at times reluctant to undertake joint developments with Indian universities. The trade...

Trade (India) (7 Dec 2005)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend is right that UK firms may not be doing enough to capture growth, but he will remember that when we had the chance to speak to Mr. Nath, the Commerce Minister, on the trip that he describes, we spoke about the liberalisation of both financial markets, and particularly about the need to liberalise the insurance market. I hope that the Minister will take the message that we need...

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Private Finance Projects (5 Dec 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2005, Official Report, column 583W, to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond), on private finance projects, what the (a) capital value and (b) total value is of the Royal Parks Agency's private finance initiative contract for Inn on the Park at St. James'; and what percentage of the...

Written Answers — Treasury: Private Finance Initiative (30 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of private finance initiative contracts on the Government Balance Sheet was as at July.

Special Educational Needs (29 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend touches on the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, South about resources. Does he recognise what I am seeing across my constituency and what I think is happening in other London boroughs, which is a change in the number of statements given—a restriction on statements? That is perhaps a way of controlling resources. It leads on to what my hon. Friend...

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Richmond-upon-Thames Group Schools Project (28 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) capital value and (b) total value is of the private finance initiative project for the Richmond-upon-Thames group schools project; and what percentage of the contract is attributable to capital value.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Local Education Authorities (24 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the likely effect on the roles of local education authorities of the proposals in the recent schools White Paper.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Science Teachers (22 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers of science there are in secondary schools in England; and how many there were in 1995.

Written Answers — Treasury: Government Balance Sheets (21 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what pension fund deficits of former nationalised industries are on the Government Balance Sheet.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Licensing Act (21 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 distinguish between sports clubs and commercial pubs; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Department: Fatal Driving Offences (21 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to introduce an offence of causing death by driving without due care and attention which would attract a greater penalty than the offence of driving without due care and attention.

Business of the House (17 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: Earlier, the Leader of the House chided my hon. Friend the shadow Leader of the House for his comments about barmy Britain and trawling tabloids. If he read Rabbi Julia Neuberger's book, "The Moral State We're In", he would find a thoughtful exposition of how several of those absurd regulations affect the voluntary sector. On Sunday mornings, for example, I help to coach at Wimbledon hockey...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Local Government Pension Scheme (17 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated total (a) assets and (b) liabilities are of the local government pension scheme; what assumptions underlay the calculation of the liability; what discount rate has been used; and what the liability would be if a discount rate was used equivalent to the yield on index linked gilts.

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions Bill: Clause 1 - Earnings: power to make provision in consequence of retrospective tax legislation: Great Britain (15 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: I am aware, Sir John, of your strictures about not repeating the clause and what we have already discussed. There are two key points to the clause: the element of retrospection, and the contrived scheme. I shall not rehearse the arguments about retrospection that were advanced on Second Reading and in debates on amendments Nos. 7 and 8, except to make the point that retrospective tax changes...

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions Bill: Clause 5 - Agreements and joint elections: Great Britain (15 Nov 2005)

Stephen Hammond: The Paymaster General says that the requirements are straightforward and that the measure applies from 2 December 2004. That is certainly true in respect of clause 1, but subsection (4) of clause 5, which deals with agreements and joint elections, clearly states “including those entered into or made before 2nd December 2004”. For the sake of clarity in Hansard, is she saying that...


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