Results 1–20 of 6517 for speaker:Mr Patrick Jenkin

Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station (12 Mar 1987)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: Does my right hon. Friend accept that his decision will be widely welcomed on the Conservative Benches, not least by those of us who have been arguing that we should bring our nuclear industry into the mainstream of the world's nuclear industry? Will my right hon. Friend confirm that, far from being against the interests of the environment, the Royal Commission on environmental pollution...

Local Government Expenditure (16 Dec 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: Is my right hon. Friend aware that he has the sympathy of many hon. Members, and not least of those who have held his high office before? Is not my right hon. Friend to be warmly commended for having come to the House at an early opportunity in order to make known the error discovered and his determination to put it right? Is this not another case of merely putting the law back to what...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Pension Scheme Surpluses (17 Jul 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: I beg to move amendment (a) to the proposed amendment, in line 6, leave out 'brought into account' and insert 'charged to tax'. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury for explaining the purpose of Government amendment No. 18. I hasten to say that some of the criticism about the amendment is to my mind misconceived. There is only one issue on which it is right...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Building Societies (17 Jul 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: With the greatest respect, that does not dispose of the argument. The fact that whether an additional tax is being levied is in doubt, and the fact that my hon. Friend was advised that to put the matter beyond doubt he should have a Ways and Means resolution suggests that there is a prima facie case that there is an additional tax. Perhaps my hon. Friend should address himself to that.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Finance Bill (17 Jul 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: My hon. Friend appears to have conceded two points. The first is that undoubtedly extra taxation will be paid in the years 1986–87, and also in 1987–88 under the spreading arrangements. This will bring in revenue to the Treasury greater than that which would have been received from the societies had there been no change in the system. Therefore, in respect of those two years, this is...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Finance Bill (17 Jul 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: It would greatly help me if my hon. Friend could reassure the House on the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Smith) and the hon. Member for Thurrock (Dr. McDonald), that there is nothing in the Government's amendment that will preclude the societies, if they so wish, from pursuing their case in the courts on the ground that it is double taxation. My hon. Friend may...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Finance Bill (17 Jul 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: My hon. Friend is clearly not going to accept my amendment but, I think, is leaving it open to the societies to pursue this in the courts. It would be wrong of me to try to press this to a Division, although I am tempted to do so. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (29 Apr 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: Can my right hon. Friend offer some comfort that the Government will look at the provisions of clause 29, which makes a perfectly reasonable effort to curb abuse of the private foundations? There is a widespread view that the numbers written into the clause have gone too far and may damage some very important charitable bodies.

Soviet Nuclear Accident (29 Apr 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: Is it not clear that many of the questions asked by the hon. Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham) would have been better addressed to the Soviet Government? Is there not a remarkable contrast between the reticence of the Soviet authorities about what is obviously an extremely serious accident and the openness of the system in western Governments, most recently exemplified by the statement of...

Local Government Finance (10 Apr 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: Is not the distinction a perfectly clear one—that it is perfectly legitimate to legislate in this way in order to implement settled expectations and it is unacceptable to legislate retrospectively to defeat settled expectations, as the Labour Government did under the War Damage Act 1965?

Sports Grounds (Popplewell Report) (16 Jan 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: Will my right hon. Friend say more about the introduction of membership cards? Is he satisfied that the football authorities are determined to introduce a scheme, or are they still just going through the motions because they do not want to do it?

Orders of the Day — Financial Services Bill (14 Jan 1986)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State referred to our right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford (Mr. Tebbit). I echo what he said when wishing him well. I rang up this morning to find out how he had come through his operation. I am told that he has come through well and is making good progress. The right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East (Mr. Smith) talked rather...

Rate Support Grant (England) (25 Jul 1985)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: With permission, Mr. Speaker, I shall make a statement about local government finance for 1986–87. It contains my proposals for the rate support grant settlement for England, and my decisions on selective rate limitation. First, I deal with rate limitation. This year's round has gone well. It has saved ratepayers over £300 million. We have begun to curb the worst overspending of the most...

Rate Support Grant (England) (25 Jul 1985)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: I can well understand the wish of the hon. Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham) to redeem himself. His questions were certainly numerous and long. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary have today answered written questions setting out the expenditure levels for ILEA and the police and fire authorities. My right hon....

Rate Support Grant (England) (25 Jul 1985)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: I thank my right hon. Friend for his remarks. I can certainly give him the assurance that low-spending authorities, spending below or close to GRE will, on average, stand to gain grant, but of course will continue to face grant pressures against increased spending. On his second point, those two propositions of greater accountability and greater responsibility are the two principles which...

Rate Support Grant (England) (25 Jul 1985)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: I utterly refute the hon. Gentleman's allegations. There is no vindictiveness. The council has made its rate and budget decisions this year in full knowledge of the conditions voted and approved by the House as long ago as last January. I assure the hon. Gentleman that Liverpool city council is perfectly capable of managing its affairs if it chooses to do so. I fear that a number of its...

Rate Support Grant (England) (25 Jul 1985)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: I entirely accept my hon. Friend's last point. The revised block grant schedules are spelled out in the consultation document and the House will wish to study the details. Low-spending authorities will start with a higher entitlement to grant than hitherto but the steeper slopes of the block grant schedules will mean that authorities will face grant pressures against increased spending,...

Rate Support Grant (England) (25 Jul 1985)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: The GREs have been in existence for five years and have been subject to repeated refinement in a process that is carried out jointly by local authority associations in the grants working group of the Consultative Council on Local Government Finance. There is always room for further refinements and improvements, but they are achieved year by year. Between now and the final announcement of the...

Rate Support Grant (England) (25 Jul 1985)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's words. It is the limited number of those who pay rates which has given rise to the mismatch between those who vote and those who receive services. That, too, is one of the issues at the heart of the local government finance studies in which my hon. Friends are engaged.

Rate Support Grant (England) (25 Jul 1985)

Mr Patrick Jenkin: The hon. Gentleman may have lost sight of the fact that this is a provisional announcement, in accordance with the pattern followed by Governments in recent years. The final rate support grant settlement will be announced in December and will be debated soon after Christmas. I can promise the hon. Gentleman — no, perhaps I cannot promise the hon. Gentleman. He will have plenty of...

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