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Results 1–20 of 3019 for speaker:Mr Timothy Raison

Asylum and Immigration (2 Mar 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: It is absolutely right that we should debate this subject today, and that it should be debated in a tone remarkably free from the electioneering which accompanies almost everything that happens in the House at present. We have had a sensible and serious debate. We know that problems are caused by the pressure of large numbers of potential asylum seekers, that the Government's Asylum Bill is...

Asylum and Immigration (2 Mar 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: The right hon. Gentleman said that the right of foreigners to bring their non-national wives here derives from the fact that that is Community and not domestic law. It is not strictly the case that Community immigration law is concerned only with Community nationals. It extends in this case to their families. The right hon. Gentleman says firmly that if a Labour Government came to power, they...

Orders of the Day — Museums and Galleries Bill (12 Feb 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: Surely the test of all this is not necessarily how big the Government grant for acquisitions is but what the galleries are able to acquire. I would support strongly a bigger Government grant for acquisitions because there are many good uses to which it could be put. Although the national gallery has had a limited grant, it has, by various means available to it, acquired not only a marvellous...

Orders of the Day — Museums and Galleries Bill (12 Feb 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: indicated dissent.

Orders of the Day — Museums and Galleries Bill (12 Feb 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: I accept that many museums are concerned with acquiring such context works, but the national gallery is in the business, quite rightly, of acquiring the very finest works. The hon. Gentleman has said that it is in the process of acquiring two incredibly beautiful works and the point is that it is acquiring them even though they cost much more than the nominal amount of Government grant...

Orders of the Day — Museums and Galleries Bill (12 Feb 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: In endorsing French socialist policy on the arts, does the hon. Gentleman support the French socialist policy of charging for museums?

Motorway Service Areas (10 Feb 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: Will my right hon. and learned Friend convey to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment the great undesirability of building motorway service areas in places such as Stokenchurch, on the M40, given that long discussions have already proved conclusively that undesirability?

New Clause 1: Provision of Information About Complaints Procedures (29 Jan 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: The debate, quite rightly, is about quality in education and, in particular, about the quality of inspection under the proposed scheme of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State. It is right that our debates should now focus almost entirely on the question of quality, because that is one thing that we have learnt in the past decade. I listened, as always, with great interest...

New Clause 1: Provision of Information About Complaints Procedures (29 Jan 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: My hon. Friend has raised an interesting question. I spent about three and a half years on the Plowden committee; to try to encapsulate a reply to my hon. Friend's question in a time tolerable to the House would not be particularly easy.

New Clause 1: Provision of Information About Complaints Procedures (29 Jan 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: That may be so, but I am not sure that you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, although a patient man, would be so on this occasion. In certain respects, the Plowden committee was swept along by the zeitgeist and I do not believe that that report was right in all regards. I do not believe for one minute that the deviationist aspects of the Plowden report, which my hon. Friend and others have analysed with...

Autumn Statement (22 Jan 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: I think, although I am not absolutely sure, that this is the first time in 21 years in the House that I have spoken in an economic debate. I have in common with the Leader of the Opposition the fact that economics is not my scene. The debate has three purposes. The first is to enable hon. Members to take part in some electioneering along the lines that we have heard from the hon. Member for...

Clause 4: Curtailment of Leave to Enter or Remain (21 Jan 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: With the leave of the House, I shall reply to the debate. I am not persuaded by the argument of my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary that this would be a way of policing students who are trying to abuse the system by not pursuing their studies or are trying to stay indefinitely. I remember from my Home Office days that that problem exists and it was one with which I had to grapple. However, I...

Clause 4: Curtailment of Leave to Enter or Remain (21 Jan 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: I beg to move amendment No. 31, in page 4, line 25, after 'person', insert ', other than a student on a recognised course,'. Clause 4 provides that when a person who already has limited leave to enter or to remain in the United Kingdom has his or her claim for asylum refused, the Secretary of State for the Home Department may curtail that limited leave for him or her to remain. Amendment No....

Clause 3: Housing (21 Jan 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: I do not entirely agree with the points that were made by the hon. Member for Islington, North (Mr. Corbyn), but I am rather puzzled by one feature of this clause, and that is the statement in lines 25 and 26 on page 3. I do not understand why it states: and, accordingly, so long as he remains an asylum-seeker, any need of his for accommodation shall be regarded as temporary only. I do not...

Clause 3: Housing (21 Jan 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way again because this is exactly the point that I have been trying to raise. I repeat that lines 25 and 26 of clause 3 state: accordingly, so long as he remains an asylum-seeker, any need of his for accommodation shall be regarded as temporary only. I thought that my hon. Friend said that the local authority could provide temporary accommodation, or...

Clause 3: Housing (21 Jan 1992)

Mr Timothy Raison: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply, but I urge him to look again at those words because they do not seem to match what he has been saying. I still think that the paragraph could have ended at the beginning of line 25 with the word "seeker". I still cannot see the point of the remaining words.

Opposition Day: Housing (27 Nov 1991)

Mr Timothy Raison: The debate has been marked by three speeches in particular. First, there was the maiden speech by the hon. Member for Langbaurgh (Dr. Kumar), which was heard with much appreciation. Then there was the speech by my right hon. Friend the Member for Southend, West (Mr. Channon). I served on the Standing Committee that considered the Housing Finance Bill in 1972: that was the longest Committee...

Local Government Finance (England) (26 Nov 1991)

Mr Timothy Raison: Has my right hon. Friend any plans to help those charge payers who, perhaps because they were too young, were not rate payers, and who now derive no protection under the reduction scheme?

Bangladesh (Cyclone) (5 Nov 1991)

Mr Timothy Raison: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on a worthwhile visit in the wake of such an apalling disaster, and on the sizeable amount of money that we have given to assist Bangladesh. Can she develop a little the ideas about improved international co-ordination, especially UN co-ordination, in terms of preparations for possible disasters and the implementation of an effective strategy once disasters...

National Health Service (21 Oct 1991)

Mr Timothy Raison: I am one of those who enjoys listening to the right hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Foot) speaking as Aneurin Bevan's vicar on earth. It will be a sad day when we can no longer hear him speak in the House. Unusually for him, when the hon. Member for Ross, Cromarty and Skye (Mr. Kennedy) spoke on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, he used a tired phrase; he talked about health being treated...


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