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Fees and Charges (5 Dec 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: Can my hon. Friend be more specific about that?

Fees and Charges (5 Dec 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: I will be brief. There are alternatives in respect of costs and fees. I am sorry that FRAME, the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments, has not yet been mentioned. I am a founder member of FRAME, which has been trying for many years to find alternatives, such as invertebrates or computer programmes, to the use of animals.

Fees and Charges (5 Dec 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: I welcome the hon. Gentleman's remarks. If differential charges could help FRAME in its dedicated campaign to find alternatives, which I have supported for many years, I should be pleased. Sometimes, the House does not completely understand the use of animals in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other experiments. I know that my hon. Friend the Member for North Thanet (Mr. Gale) knows all about...

Clause 1: Grants in Respect of Nursery Education (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: Thank you for calling me, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I find it very difficult—and rather sad—to speak opposing my right hon. Friend, but she and others know my views. My dilemma could be resolved quite simply if high-achieving councils were excluded from the scheme. I am in real despair about why the Government—who are committed, as I am, to the market—cannot accept what parents, teachers...

Clause 1: Grants in Respect of Nursery Education (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: Will my right hon. Friend qualify what she just said as it relates to councils which are high providers, such as Solihull, and the views of the National Association of Head Teachers? Is it true that good providers were not included in the survey that she talks about?

New clause 3: House of Commons Official Report (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: I must point out that the provision already exists in Solihull. The Minister is going to charge parents more money for what they already have.

New clause 3: House of Commons Official Report (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: Well, I do not see how the extra £700 will be created.

New clause 3: House of Commons Official Report (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: That is fine in theory. The briefing note says that the SSA for the under-fives from which the deduction is made was allocated on a need-to-spend basis and is unsuited for a flat £1,100 deduction. Solihull's achievements in teaching reading, writing and arithmetic to three-and-a-half-year-olds have been brilliant, but the under-fours cost 100 per cent. more than other groups, so the money...

New clause 3: House of Commons Official Report (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: I shall give way only because my hon. Friend is indeed a long-standing friend.

New clause 3: House of Commons Official Report (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: I always value my hon. Friend's advice and find his company extremely pleasant. He will forgive me if I differ on this occasion. Every year, I have been told by Education and Environment Ministers that Solihull's SSA will improve, and every year it has got worse. That is part of the problem: the SSAs do not contribute enough money. I wonder whether my good and hon. Friend understands that...

New clause 3: House of Commons Official Report (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: If I carry on much longer I shall be shot at dawn—I do not know whether the Minister would like that. Can he give me one good reason why our well-loved, efficient, nationally reputed scheme, which is supported by all parents, should be abandoned in favour of the new one? Why cannot Solihull opt out?

New clause 3: House of Commons Official Report (19 Mar 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: I tabled new clause 5, whose objective is similar to that of new clause 3. The Minister will not therefore be surprised to learn that, for reasons that I shall outline briefly, I shall be joining those voting for new clause 3. I am distraught at the idea that a Conservative Government are not listening to parents. I have explained to the Secretary of State and to the Minister that, in my...

Intergovernmental Conference (White Paper) (12 Mar 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: May I ask my right hon. and learned Friend two very quick questions? Will he clarify whether, as the White Paper suggests, we shall seriously challenge the Maastricht treaty and look for changes to it which would lead back to less pressure for federalism? Does he agree that a common currency—I ask him to be very explicit in his view—would lead to either increased interest rates or greater...

Petition: Nursery Vouchers (22 Jan 1996)

Mr Iain Mills: I beg leave to present a petition from more than 12,000 residents of the constituency of Meriden and nearby. It declares the grave concern of residents of Solihull over the detrimental effect that the present proposal for the introduction of nursery vouchers will have on Early Years Education (3–4 year olds in nursery and 4–5 year olds in reception) in Solihull.The Petitioners therefore...

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

Mr Iain Mills: I am in a somewhat difficult position as I represent an area in rural Solihull which has a scheme far beyond that proposed by the Government. The voucher scheme would disadvantage my constituents as they already have the advantage per pupil of £1,800 worth of high quality, successful and established education. The local scheme is the choice of parents and once I have cleared the matter with...

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

Mr Iain Mills: Does my right hon. Friend recognise that Solihull benefits from far better provision than the Government's scheme? Will she exempt it, and other local education authorities, from such schemes?

Local Government Finance (30 Nov 1995)

Mr Iain Mills: Does my right hon. Friend recall our conversation in a similar debate last year, when he admitted that the methodology of the SSA calculation was unfair to Solihull council? Does he now believe that he has corrected that in his statement today?

Orders of the Day — Social Affairs (21 Nov 1995)

Mr Iain Mills: I am concerned about aspects of the education Bill, and I may not have time to refer to other topics that have been mentioned in the debate. Grant-maintained schools are good, provided we follow through what the Secretary of State for Education and Employment said to me earlier and on other occasions about parental choice. There is a balloting procedure for that. I am not against the parts...

Orders of the Day — Social Affairs (21 Nov 1995)

Mr Iain Mills: Does my right hon. Friend recognise that the calculation of the standard spending assessments will mean, for example, that Solihull will lose 90 per cent., because the scheme covers only four-year-olds? According to my calculations, there are at least 42 local education authorities that will suffer in the same way but that already provide excellent nursery education.

Select Committees (7 Nov 1995)

Mr Iain Mills: I agree with my colleague, the hon. and learned Member for Leicester, West (Mr. Janner), who chairs the Committee: we need more time. I shall not speak for long as we have only a short time for the debate. We have achieved inward investment from Toyota, Honda and others. The Committee has not achieved that on its own, but it has used its influence to ensure that those companies have invested...


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