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Results 1–20 of 1294 for speaker:Mr Philip Oppenheim

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Airport Taxes (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: The total tax a passenger pays can include embarkation taxes, passenger service charges and security charges, as well as VAT-type taxes. On the basis of a £120 ticket for a domestic flight, the charge in Germany will be £27.61 in comparison with the £10 payable in the UK after November this year. Greece, Austria, France, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal and the Netherlands also have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Airport Taxes (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: I did point out that the tax in Germany is higher. Landing charges in the UK tend to be much lower than those on the continent, partly because we have privatised our airports which are therefore now more efficient. The hon. Gentleman's point concerning children is valid, and it is often made. Children under two who are carried by their parents are not charged, but anyone occupying a seat is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: European Single Currency (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: The Maastricht convergence criteria of low inflation and sound public finances make sound economic sense in their own right, with or without economic and monetary union. They will continue to form the basis of the Government's policies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: European Single Currency (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: As I understand it, new Labour's policy is exactly the same as ours. As soon as we changed our policy and said that we would have a referendum on economic and monetary union, Labour poodled along behind us on that policy, as on so many others. Is the hon. Gentleman also arguing, for the sake of symmetry, that the many Euro-sceptics in his party—including the 50 who signed a letter...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: European Single Currency (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It looks as if we will meet the Maastricht criteria. We have lower debt than any other major European Union country, and our debt has been lower every year under the present Government than in any year under the last Labour Government. Our borrowing is running at half its level under the last Labour Government, our inflation is below the EU average and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: European Single Currency (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: I could ask the hon. Gentleman exactly the same question. Who speaks for new Labour on Europe? Is it the right hon. Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook), the shadow Chancellor or the leader of the Labour party? For the hon. Gentleman to suggest that there are no divisions whatever in the Labour party, when 50 of his colleagues signed a letter condemning Labour's policy on Europe, is ridiculous....

Clause 9: Rates of Air Passenger Duty (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Clause 9: Rates of Air Passenger Duty (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: rose—

Clause 9: Rates of Air Passenger Duty (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: The only promises the hon. Gentleman is prepared to make are to stick to Tory policies—after 18 years in opposition.

Clause 9: Rates of Air Passenger Duty (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: All hon. Members on both sides of the House who listened to the speeches of the hon. Member for Upper Bann (Mr. Trimble) and other Opposition Members will have sympathy with the particular problems of the islands and Northern Ireland. I want to deal briefly with some of the generalities in respect of airport passenger tax—they have been adequately rehearsed, so I shall not speak on them at...

Clause 9: Rates of Air Passenger Duty (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: Yes, there is scope for looking at that matter; but if it is not covered by international treaty, there is scope for taxing it. The hon. Gentleman might want to raise that issue when he comes to the Treasury tomorrow, but generally air fuel—regardless of whether it is for domestic or for international flights—is not taxed as a result of an international treaty. On relative rates, as one...

Clause 9: Rates of Air Passenger Duty (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: If the hon. Gentleman will let me finish, I shall describe the best possible ways to help the regions. I greeted the shadow Chief Secretary's comments with mirth because, although I may be extrapolating too far from the drift of his comments, he seemed to be saying that, because the Labour party thought that it would be in government—I thought that Labour Front-Bench spokesmen had been...

Clause 9: Rates of Air Passenger Duty (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: The hon. Gentleman misinterprets what I am saying. I in no way agree with the sense of the amendment. Not only do I not agree with the sense, but in practice the amendment is unworkable. I shall take another example of why this measure would be unworkable. It would exempt all flights to and from Liverpool airport but not Manchester airport, thereby creating distortions and competitive...

Clause 25: Certain Fees to Be Treated as Premiums Under Higher Rate Contracts (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: I thank my hon. Friends the Members for Dover (Mr. Shaw) and for Wellingborough (Sir P. Fry) and the hon. Member for Gordon (Mr. Bruce). They made some reasonable points, and I appreciate the way in which they did so. In Committee, we probably had a fuller debate on this issue than on any other and I accepted that clause 25 would not be an easy measure to pass. I explained that there was a...

Clause 37: Supplies to Non-Taxable Persons etc. (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: I hope that I can give some clarification to the hon. Gentleman. Charities benefit from zero rating on new buildings for non-business use. Up to 10 per cent. business activity is allowed. That relief remains unaffected. The amendments do not help a doctor, a financial sector operation, a business or any similar operation that is exempt. An exempt business gains benefit from being exempt and...

New clause 16: Vehicle Excise Duty and Isles Based Vehicles (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: I have sympathy with the points made by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace). He has fought a battle over a long period on this issue, with a certain amount of success. I am sorry that, certainly for the Government's part, I cannot offer him any further success this evening. However, I emphasise that there is quite a lot of sympathy for some of the points that he made. I...

New clause 16: Vehicle Excise Duty and Isles Based Vehicles (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: The hon. Gentleman makes a reasonable point, and we shall look at that particular anomaly. We have already looked initially at the matter. The fundamental problem is that the system would still be left open to abuse, to which hauliers, especially on the mainland, would object. There is an anomaly, but if there were a concession that vehicles could go more than 5 km, it could be abused in...

New clause 16: Vehicle Excise Duty and Isles Based Vehicles (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: Sorry, shadow Chief Secretary. We heard the old story—all talk and no action. If the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Darling) seriously thinks that, if Labour were to get into office, all the little hints and nudges about increasing spending here and there would be fulfilled, he and his constituents are dreamers. We costed all the pledges very conservatively in the winter—and...

New clause 16: Vehicle Excise Duty and Isles Based Vehicles (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: If the hon. Gentleman will sit down a minute—is that the Tories have made such a mess of things that it is going to stick to all their policies.

New clause 16: Vehicle Excise Duty and Isles Based Vehicles (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Philip Oppenheim: The hon. Gentleman clearly did not listen. I did my best to answer the points made by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland. I also said that we would discuss them further tomorrow. Some of his points were invalid but some were valid. There are anomalies. I said that the new clause was not the best way in which to deal with them. I offered to discuss the genuine anomalies with the hon....


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