Results 1–20 of 2660 for speaker:Mr David Hunt

Prayers: H. H. Robertson (Pension Fund) (12 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: I thank the hon. Gentleman for kindly agreeing that I might intervene. I share his concern about the rights of the pensioners. Their position is stressed by a letter sent to me by one of my constituents, who writes that the trustees met on 3 March, and that Mr. Wood has since given notice to members of the pension plan that the plan is to be wound up and that trustees will be advising members...

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: I recall that the right hon. Gentleman served in the last Labour Government with Joel Barnett, now Lord Barnett. Has he had an opportunity to read the speech that Lord Barnett made yesterday in the other place, in which he praised the Government's handling of the economy, and said that Labour would do no better and that it would need more tax?

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister on a brilliant speech. He set out the ingredients of a winning general election campaign. The economic figures were remarkably robust. Many of us cannot recall such consistently good economic figures for a generation. That would be thrown away if there were a change of Government. He also exposed the inadequacies of the Opposition,...

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: I heard the right hon. Gentleman.

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: The fact that the right hon. Gentleman has not sought to answer a point raised during the Wirral, South by-election makes me especially angry. I remember the Wirral by-election, because I remember the state of the country at the time. However, during the Wirral, South by-election, he went on the BBC's "Close Up North" programme. He has not responded to the question that was put to him, but I...

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: No. I have said that I will give way to the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, East. For the sake of the record, I should say that I noticed that the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Darling) has spent much of the debate so far trying to brief the right hon. Gentleman. I seek no apology for that, but will he excuse us if we point the finger at him when we ask who is making the...

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: We were in a recession that had continued for longer than anyone, including the hon. Gentleman, had expected. The context of the world recession has been set out in the speeches that we have already heard. When it came to a balance between cutting NHS and education spending—crucial and critical spending—or increasing taxes, I had no hesitation in going for increasing taxes. The hon....

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: That is untrue and incorrect. There was no question of any such deliberate intention. I have clearly said that, when it came to a choice between cutting public expenditure and increasing taxation to maintain critical levels of spending on crucial public services, I had no hesitation in approving tax increases. Of course we had to increase taxes, in view of the background economic situation.

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, but it is difficult. We still have not received an answer from the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, East on the specific points that I have put to him. I do not know whether the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central will be replying to the debate, but perhaps he could have one of his characteristic conversations with the right hon. Gentleman, and...

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: I should be happy to give way to the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, East, but he has not sought to intervene. I am angry that things were said in the Wirral, South by-election that were patently untrue. I warn the right hon. Gentleman that I am carefully monitoring what electors tell me was said to them by a series of Labour Members of Parliament by telephone and on the doorstep....

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: Yes, it is. In Spain, overtime is limited to under two hours a week, which is equivalent to 80 hours a year. In Sweden, parents are entitled to a minimum of 450 days of paid leave between them following the birth of child.

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr David Hunt: The right hon. Gentleman may shout that from a sedentary position, but when I was Secretary of State for Employment, fighting the United Kingdom's interests in the Social Affairs Council, there was a proposal that we should introduce a parental leave regulation. The acceptance of such burdensome provisions was intended to bring us into line across Europe. I vetoed that proposal. If this...

Orders of the Day — Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Bill (24 Jan 1997)

Mr David Hunt: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Castle Point (Dr. Spink), not only on introducing a much-needed Bill, but on making one of the best speeches that I have heard in a Second Reading debate on a private Member's Bill. He has put his case clearly, simply, and cogently, and he has comprehensively covered the reasons why the Bill is needed. I have no doubt that today marks a very...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Dec 1996)

Mr David Hunt: Will my right hon. Friend join me in recognising the outstanding reputation of the United Kingdom civil service throughout the world for integrity, independence and impartiality? Will he further join me in condemning those civil servants who appear to have joined some elements of the press and the Labour party in a network of systematic leaks, which are damaging not only the Government and...

European Union (11 Dec 1996)

Mr David Hunt: Will the right hon. Gentleman allow me to recap? When a question was put to him earlier, he said that the word "flexibly" did not appear in the document. It was then put to him that page 23 of "A New Economic Future for Britain" says: the convergence criteria must be applied flexibly". What does he mean by that?

EMU Regulations (25 Nov 1996)

Mr David Hunt: Will my right hon. and learned Friend accept my congratulations on having put the record straight this afternoon in a clear, concise and comprehensive statement? Will he confirm that nothing has been done, is being done or will be done that will fetter the right of the United Kingdom, under the opt-out so successfully negotiated by our right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the former...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Jun 1996)

Mr David Hunt: Does my right hon. Friend agree that although last night's decision on a partial lifting of the beef ban is a welcome move in the right direction, what we need is a clear framework for a total lifting of the ban?

Schedule 38: Repeals (28 Mar 1996)

Mr David Hunt: I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his Budget and the Bill. I applaud the leadership of my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary in Committee, and I praise the speeches of my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary, my right hon. Friend the Paymaster General. and in particular, my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary. Committee proceedings, Report and...

New clause 5: Domicile for Tax Purposes of Overseas Electors (27 Mar 1996)

Mr David Hunt: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. I should like to thank my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary for taking such an interest in this matter and for helping to ensure that the new clause is technically workable. The history of this matter is that legislation on overseas electors has always had all-party support. I believe that all parties have run up against a difficulty,...

New clause 5: Capital Allowances: Roll-over Relief in Respect of Ships (27 Mar 1996)

Mr David Hunt: I would like to thank my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary and congratulate all those involved on some speedy work. I pressed my hon. Friend to try to ensure that the work was done in time for this Finance Bill, and that has been done. I am sure that the measure will overcome a number of anomalies, and will enable a number of investment decisions to be made that might otherwise not be made,...


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