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Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill ( 4 Nov 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: The hon. Member for Swansea, East (Mr. Anderson) has a deep knowledge of the criminal mentality, drawn from his previous experience. I shall comment later on his interesting speech. The hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) commented on my time as the chairman of the Conservative party. I did not expect that to be referred to. He referred to the Conservative campaign guide, which I...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill ( 4 Nov 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: Yes, the poetry is also good. If my successors as Conservative party chairman are to be held responsible for everything appearing in the Conservative campaign guide, it will be a target-rich area for the Opposition for some time. The hon. Member for Blackburn chided my successors and predecessors as Home Secretary for bringing in so many changes to the criminal justice system—34 changes...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill ( 4 Nov 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: I was the Home Secretary who introduced the measure to which my hon. and learned Friend refers. I remember him arguing against it. He cannot be sure that there will not be such a case in the future just because there has not yet been one. It could happen. I accept that there is a difference between a mandatory life sentence and a discretionary life sentence for a series of offences. I am...

Schools (Self-government) (25 Jun 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: Will my right hon. Friend disregard any criticism from the Labour Front Bench? Over the past 10 years, every education reform that has been introduced by the Government has been rubbished by the Labour party, but has been eventually accepted, and in some cases embraced with enthusiasm, from the top of the Labour party down. Does my right hon. Friend accept that parents up and down the...

Prayers: British Film Industry (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: I agree with much of what the hon. Gentleman has said. He warmly welcomed the report, but its recommendations are specific. Will he commit his party to implementing those recommendations, and if so, which ones? We can all talk of how much we love the British film industry, but if, by any chance, the Labour party wins the general election, what will it do to support that industry?

Prayers: British Film Industry (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: I am delighted to be speaking in this debate, for three reasons. First, this is the first occasion on which I have spoken during a morning sitting of the House since the previous experiment in 1969. So I am not making a habit of such early-morning sittings. On that previous occasion, I remember speaking on a Bill to reform the House of Lords—a feature film that I believe that the Labour...

Prayers: British Film Industry (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: Jolly good. I am glad that the Labour party spokesman is saying, "Hear, hear." I shall be interested to hear his speech and the commitment that he makes to the report. The third reason why I am glad to speak is that, for some 18 months in the 1980s, I found myself the Minister responsible for the British film industry—the responsibility that my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department...

Prayers: British Film Industry (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: My natural modesty would not allow me to claim credit for the increase. It is due to a variety of factors, one of which is a change in social behavioural patterns. Others are the cleaning up of old cinemas and the creation of multi-screen complexes. Above all, the increase is due to the making of better films, because, ultimately, that is what pulls people back into the cinema. The sad...

New clause 2: Resources for Special Needs (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Kilfoyle), who brings practical experience to our debates. I find myself much in agreement with what he said. We may differ as to the means of achieving it, but the objective for both sides of the House is similar. I notice that the hon. Gentleman twice chided my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for being "damp". Yes, my...

New clause 2: Resources for Special Needs (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: The Labour party opposed almost every part of my big bang reform but now supports large parts of it, which I welcome. I do not make a party political point: the Labour party has come to see the wisdom of our proposals. I suspect that in years to come there will be a differential voucher scheme.

New clause 2: Resources for Special Needs (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: That is right. During the passage of the Education Reform Bill, the Liberal spokesman was the present leader of the Liberal party. He had only a tentative and fugitive knowledge of the Bill. His view was formed as the Bill went through. As we know, his knowledge of the subject is rather shallow, but I welcome the conversion. I am glad that the Liberals have accepted student loans.

New clause 2: Resources for Special Needs (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: I shall give way in a moment. I am accepting the support of the Liberal party. Am I going to get the support of the Labour party as well?

New clause 2: Resources for Special Needs (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: On the hon. Gentleman's first point, it would be possible to devise a scheme of differential vouchers, once a voucher scheme has been established. We are in the early days, with four authorities at the experimental stage. As I well know, there will be a bedding-in process over the next two or three years. I hope that the Labour party will not decide to abandon the general voucher scheme,...

New clause 2: Resources for Special Needs (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: As I said earlier, local authority provision and activity are varied and patchy. From my close involvement with Dorton house over the past 18 months and my experience of other schools that deal with blind children, I know that what I have described does not happen. I agree that it can happen. I welcome the fact that the hon. Gentleman's local authority does that. The hon. Member for Walton...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Jan 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: Does my right hon. Friend agree that parents who send their children to grant-maintained schools and grammar schools should be welcomed as stakeholders? Is it not morally indefensible for such parents to grab privileges for their own children while denying them to other children?

Orders of the Day — Nursery Education and Grant-Maintained Schools Bill (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: This debate could not have come at a more difficult and embarrassing time for the Labour party. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Mr. Blunkett), who tried to fashion a sensible and coherent education policy for his party. Much of that policy has been based on the abandonment of previous opposition to the core reforms that I was privileged to introduce in 1987–88....

Orders of the Day — Nursery Education and Grant-Maintained Schools Bill (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: The hon. Member for Peckham has not been embarrassed by scruple, hindered by consistency or hampered by collective responsibility; she has done what every mother has always done and chosen what she believes to be the best school for her children. That is not new Labour, it is not old Labour—it is primeval. It goes back to basic instincts and the grain of human nature. We should not...

Orders of the Day — Nursery Education and Grant-Maintained Schools Bill (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: It behoves everyone in public life to match personal behaviour with political commitment. If the hon. Member for Peckham fails to do that, she will have to answer to her constituents, to her conscience and, presumably, to her shadow Cabinet colleagues. When I read about the hon. Lady in the newspapers over the weekend, I recalled something that George Orwell wrote in an essay in 1945—that...

Orders of the Day — Nursery Education and Grant-Maintained Schools Bill (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: Again, that goes to the central dilemma facing the Labour party, which it cannot resolve. My hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (Mr. Walden) described the attitude of the hon. Member for Brightside as not being morally defensible. I agree. I do not believe that the stance taken by the Labour party on this matter is morally defensible. It must decide between giving choice to parents and not...

Orders of the Day — Nursery Education and Grant-Maintained Schools Bill (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Kenneth Baker: Perhaps I might pursue my arguments for a moment, because I am warming to the task. If the hon. Member for Brightside ever has responsibility for this area of policy and goes to the Treasury, it will not say, "We are committed to nursery schools. What a wonderful idea. Here's a cheque for £1 billion." Would not my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State love to have such a cheque? She had...


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