Results 1–20 of 1717 for speaker:Mr Bob Dunn

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: General Practitioners (18 Mar 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is tremendous public support for GP fundholding in my constituency? Will he confirm that the Labour party's policies are contrary to the health needs of my constituents, and will work against them in the long term?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Ministerial Visit (Kent) (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit north-west Kent. [18549]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Ministerial Visit (Kent) (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: Is the Prime Minister aware that the people of north-west Kent are glad to be part of an independent nation state and to play their part in our dynamic enterprise economy? They want nothing to do with those who spend their time selling Britain out or who would like to spend their time selling Britain short.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Selective Secondary Schools (Kent) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans she has to visit schools in the county of Kent in order to discuss the future of selective secondary provision. [16067]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Selective Secondary Schools (Kent) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: When my hon. Friend the Minister is visiting schools in Kent, will he take the opportunity to remind them that Kent's selective system is guaranteed only so long as there is a Conservative Government, or a Conservative-controlled county council based at Maidstone? The current Labour-controlled county council would close our grammar schools tomorrow because, in its orthodoxy, it owes more to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 18 February. [14758]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: Is my right hon. Friend aware that grammar schools and high schools exist in Dartford and in a further 60 constituencies across the country as a result of the election and re-election of Conservative Governments since 1979? The only guarantee of their continued existence is the Conservative party, and not the nightmare coalition of Opposition parties.

Business of the House (13 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: May we have an urgent debate on the implications of the social chapter for employment in my constituency—where unemployment is falling—so that we may talk about Germany, where the social chapter is applied and where unemployment increased by more than 500,000 in the month of December alone? It is important that people know the precise implications of the social chapter and the minimum wage.

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: I am grateful to have secured today's Adjournment debate on revenue support grant for Kent county council. Such a debate is timely, and I welcome my parliamentary colleagues from across the county here today. Among those whom I welcome are my right hon. Friends the Members for South Thanet (Mr. Aitken) and for Tonbridge and Mailing (Sir J. Stanley), and my hon. Friends the Members for North...

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his intervention. He is right, and he will know that Conservative representatives on the local education authority voted against cuts to Kent music school. That is on record and can be seen by those of our constituents who support the music school. I shall refer to other matters raised by my hon. Friend in a few minutes. I take this opportunity to welcome...

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend, whose record of service to our county is distinguished. Conservative Members would like to pay tribute to her for the battling way in which she has fought for her constituents, whom she has represented so well and over so many years. I should particularly like to pay tribute to her on her contribution to the future of the adult education service. The...

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: Your glow is so strong that I dare not look at you, Mr. Deputy Speaker—but I shall from now on. The announcement that I have just made will be welcome news for Kent residents. I shall now revert to Kent's budgetary position. I have a copy of a confidential memorandum—

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: It was sent to all Liberal Democrat members. The hereditary Member should keep her mouth shut and learn to listen. I have a copy of the confidential memorandum sent to Liberal Democrat members which contains what is, for them, an honest statement. It states: Nevertheless a large part of the budget pressures are as a result of our own policy decisions.

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: Exactly so—my hon. Friend anticipates a later part of my speech. The realism that suddenly swept through the Liberal Democrat group was a bursting of new flame. It recognised that it has, by its decisions, contributed to the present financial situation of Kent county council. Given that rare burst of political honesty, why are the Liberal Democrats so committed to cutting front-line...

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: I shall not give way. The money for those trips—however important they may turn out to be—could have been given to voluntary organisations in Dartford, Swanscombe or any other community in Kent, and would have been warmly welcomed by voluntary workers and carers. The main thrust of Kent's socialist coalition's argument is that the council faces a £79 million Government cut in funding....

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: That may well be. The Government announced an increase of £22 million—which everyone recognises is a fair settlement—thus leaving Kent county council to claim a shortfall of £79 million. By black art spin-doctoring, it converted its wish list into Government cuts. How deceitful, dishonest and cruel.

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: On the evidence available to me, Kent's behaviour is worse, in that it has failed to cut bureaucracy and administration and to honour its commitment to maintaining front-line services.

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: The list is endless. One of my favourite items of Kent county council expenditure is the £700,000 it spends each year on magazines and periodicals for the use of administrative officers. I shall return to my point about the alleged £79 million cut. The House will appreciate that the council cannot cut what it never had: it was always speculation and deception. Kent county council's plan to...

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: No, I cannot give my hon. Friend that assurance, because it is not there to give. The council has lost control of many services, but it has failed to cut bureaucracy. Administration has increased in the past four years, rather than reduced to reflect the position to which my hon. Friend referred.

Revenue Support Grant (Kent) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Bob Dunn: My hon. Friend makes his point eloquently, and he is right. What I find most disconcerting about this sorry episode in the history of our county is the failure of the parties that control Kent's destiny to be honest. I dislike the deception that is being practised. In recent weeks, we have seen the use of the county's propaganda machine for party political purposes.


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