Results 1–20 of 331 for speaker:Mr Den Dover

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Privatised Utilities (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Den Dover: Does the Minister accept that all my constituents think that the regulators have done a marvellous job in keeping prices down? Will he pay tribute to the privatised utilities, which have made enormous efficiency savings and gains, to the benefit of everyone across the country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Health Service Funding (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Den Dover: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on planned funding levels for the national health service in Scotland. [17322]

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Health Service Funding (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Den Dover: As my right hon. and learned Friend will know, 43 per cent. of general practitioners are fundholders. Does he agree that, if the Labour party implemented its doctrinaire policies, that would be bad for the national health service and for patient care throughout Scotland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Exports (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Den Dover: Will my right hon. Friend accept the grateful thanks of the construction industry, which pays tribute to the efforts of the export promoters—on secondment from the private sector—and to the able leadership shown by his team of Ministers in various trade missions around the world? Those efforts have led to billions of pounds of exports for the British construction industry and the highest...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eurofighter (11 Feb 1997)

Mr Den Dover: When does my hon. Friend think that the Eurofighter will be ready for service?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Uniform Business Rate (4 Feb 1997)

Mr Den Dover: Does the Minister accept that, in fact, probably the large majority of small businesses pay no uniform business rates, because they operate from residential homes? Is it not time that the Government considered scrapping all business rating for small businesses, in view of the arbitrary lines that separate those who pay and those who do not?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Teachers (Morale) (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Den Dover: Will the Minister accept that any low morale among schoolteachers in Lancashire is due to the fact that, in the past two years, the Government have provided an extra £45 million in education spending, but precious little of that has been passed down to the schools?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Government Policy (North-West England) (22 Jan 1997)

Mr Den Dover: Is the Minister aware that the effect of Government policies on the north-west and on Lancashire in particular has been to bring about an enormous increase in the number of small businesses there? In my own patch, there are 6,000 and that number is rising every month. Over the past 14 years, that has helped to bring down unemployment from 11 per cent. to only 4.5 per cent.

Tourism (North-West) (15 Jan 1997)

Mr Den Dover: Although I accept that Park Hall attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is a major regional tourist attraction, is my hon. Friend aware of misgivings in the south-east of my constituency, in Rivington, about North West Water and United Utilities' promotion of the Lever Park Bill, to which I and other hon. Members will object? We object because Lord Leverhulme, who...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (14 Jan 1997)

Mr Den Dover: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (14 Jan 1997)

Mr Den Dover: Does the hon. Gentleman accept the official statistics, which show that growth in the economy started in the third quarter of 1992, showing that the Prime Minister was absolutely right? The recovery started almost immediately after the general election.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Dec 1996)

Mr Den Dover: Following the excellent Budget speech by the Chancellor last week, my right hon. Friend will have heard stupid statements from the Labour party about a lower basic rate of tax than 20p and lifting the ceiling for the 40 per cent. tax rate. Will not these unfounded pledges or promises—call them what you will—only give rise to higher taxation—

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Utilities (Privatisation) (4 Dec 1996)

Mr Den Dover: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the impact of privatisation on the performance of the utilities. [5786]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Utilities (Privatisation) (4 Dec 1996)

Mr Den Dover: Will the Minister confirm that, in addition to all those benefits, there has been an enormous increase in capital investment—indeed, in the water industry, £600 or more per household throughout the country? That has meant that North West Water in my area has been much more able to solve any water contamination problems and to improve water quality across the board. That has been nothing...

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Den Dover: Will the hon. Gentleman explain in his own words why there has been an underspend on social services in the county of Lancashire this year, as there was two years ago?

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Den Dover: It gives me great pleasure to reinforce the views of my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, South (Mr. Hawkins) because, in the 17 years that I have represented Chorley, Lancashire county council's social services department has been very uncaring. It has not controlled its budgets. It has not been efficient. In correspondence, it produces all sorts of warm words, but my constituents have...

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Den Dover: I agree entirely, and it is yet another example of Labour saying one thing and doing another, or intending to do another. If there is not enough money in the county council, why underspend on social services? Why not divert funds to education? Why the enormous brouhaha and cry for an area cost adjustment investigation, and what has that shown? Lancashire is overfunded compared with, say,...

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Den Dover: That is borne out by a reply that I received from the director of social services. I said to her, "If you have been underspending this year and for the past two years, you must have built up reserves." She was completely unaware of any reserves, although she is looking into the matter. It shows that the officials are working as best they can, but their political masters are saying, "Do...

Social Services (Lancashire) (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Den Dover: I agree entirely. Perhaps it is time for the department to re-examine its arrangement of local offices and to ensure that care is available locally. Occasionally it is necessary to reorganise. I agree with my right hon. Friend that it would be better if we had more local offices, and more local officials controlling what is happening and responding to local requirements. We do not like...

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (28 Oct 1996)

Mr Den Dover: Will my hon. Friend give way?


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