Results 1–20 of 3813 for speaker:Mr Joel Barnett

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Relief for Interest (11 May 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: Can the hon. Gentleman tell the House what salary one would need to obtain a mortgage of £30,000?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 May 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: Is the Prime Minister's forecast of an upturn in the economy based on the fact that the pound will not increase in value? If there is any chance of that happening, will she intervene to stop it?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Economic Recovery (28 Apr 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: With the Government's present economic policies, how do they expect to sustain even the present modest recovery without an increase in inflation?

National Coal Board (Chairman) (28 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: If the Secretary of State is right about Mr. MacGregor's qualities, does he accept that many people outside the House will find it ludicrous that a Secretary of State in this country should enter into an agreement that is little more than a special tax avoidance scheme to give £1½ million, paid abroad, for the benefit of the gentleman concerned? Can he give us any other example of a large...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: I hope that the hon. Member for Enfield, North (Mr. Eggar) will forgive me if I find myself in complete disagreement with the conclusions at which he arrived. I do not propose to take up any detailed points of the Budget, because it was devastatingly condemned by my right hon. Friend the Member for Stepney and Poplar (Mr. Shore) last week, and again today in excellent speeches by my right...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: I am delighted to think that my right hon. Friend can still recognise me. I do not believe that pay restraint and a decline in the growth of incomes from 5 to 1 per cent. can be achieved and I doubt whether there are many who believe otherwise. However, it is an example of what can be achieved with a degree of agreement, which, sadly, I do not think is obtainable. If we are to achieve...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: The Minister should be rather less interventionist when one remembers what he has managed to achieve as a member of the Government and as a supporter of them during the past few years. The Government have certainly not improved since he became a member of them.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: It is asking too much of the hon. Gentleman to show some humility. I ask him to cease interjecting, if only for the sake of his hon. Friends who wish to participate in the debate. I do not believe that the alternative economic strategy would perform a miracle for the economy, but it could do much better than the policy that is being pursued under the Budget policy. It behoves us all to spell...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Supplementary Benefit (Life Insurance Policies) (15 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: Is the Secretary of State aware that many elderly people have been paying small sums of money for policies that are intended to meet burial costs, because of the inadequacy of the death grant? Will the right hon. Gentleman at least disregard the smaller elements in those surrender policies?

Public Expenditure (9 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: I note what the hon. Gentleman said about cost-effectiveness in the Civil Service. Why then is he insisting on cuts in Customs and Excise, Inland Revenue and the DHSS, even when it is shown that it would be cost effective to have more staff?

Public Expenditure (9 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: Listening to the right hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Prentice) is difficult. I am a fairly even-tempered fellow, but it is difficult to restrain oneself when one recalls where he spent his political life. I shall return to some of the points that he made. I apologise to you, Mr. Speaker, and to the Chief Secretary and my right hon. Friend the Member for Stepney and Poplar (Mr. Shore)...

Public Expenditure (9 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: I was not a Minister for Overseas Aid and did not leave the Labour party for the reasons that the right hon. Gentleman gave.

Public Expenditure (9 Mar 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: Despite all the cuts that I had to make as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the level of overseas aid was considerably higher in 1978–79 than it is under the Government whom the right hon. Gentleman now supports. I have nothing to withdraw from what I said about the right hon. Gentleman. If it helps his conscience to make an occasional speech saying that he would like to see more spending...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: I assume that the Minister will concede that there will be a reduction in staff in the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman is not aware that in a large public company offices are set aside for the auditors of that company. They would be there for much of the year asking questions about any financial irregularities. Why is it all right for shareholders in a private company to have that, but not for the House of Commons to be represented in that way?

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: The hon. Gentleman has confused the two different functions. The function of the industry's auditors is to do a financial irregularity audit, which is quite different from what is set out in the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: I thank the right hon. Member for Chelmsford (Mr. St. John-Stevas) for his very kind reference to myself. I take it to include all members of the Public Accounts Committee. Without them and without their unanimous support in preparing and publishing our report, there would be no basis for this excellent Bill. The Bill is based primarily on the report of the Public Accounts Committee. For...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: When we tell the nationalised industry chairmen about the way in which the Public Accounts Committee and the CAG have worked for more than 100 years, they say "But you might not work in that way." They are applying different standards. However, I understand their worries, and if I thought that they were well-founded I would not sponsor or support the Bill. As chairman of the PAC, I have seen...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: I understand the hon. Gentleman's point, but the assumption that underlies it is wrong. There is no question of the chairman of the PAC holding a quasi-ministerial position. I am surprised at the hon. Gentleman's question because, although the CAG has independence in practice, in reality he can be interfered with by the Treasury. The Bill will give the CAG absolute independence, which an...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Control of Expenditure (Reform) Bill (28 Jan 1983)

Mr Joel Barnett: Of course it does—it gives him an independence that he does not currently have because he can be interfered with by the Government of the day. I would have thought that the hon. Gentleman would find that as unsatisfactory as I find it. The nationalised industry chairmen are wholly misconceived in their opposition to the Bill, although I understand their anxieties. The new National Audit...


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