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Speaker's Statement: Economic Affairs and Work and Pensions (8 Jun 2010)

Steven Baker: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to give my maiden speech. Some Members may know that I am a skydiver. I am happy to tell the House that this is far more terrifying than two miles of air and a hardstop. I congratulate those hon. Members who have spoken before me. I was particularly encouraged by the words of the hon. Member for Belfast East (Naomi Long). When I served in the...

Horton General Hospital (16 Jun 2010)

Steven Baker: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry) on securing this debate, and I note the Minister's diligent concern for Horton hospital. Will he consider the case of Wycombe hospital, which is somewhat further down the route upon which the Horton had embarked, and our local services?

Written Answers — Transport: Railways: Construction (21 Jun 2010)

Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Exceptional Hardship Scheme which will compensate residents for any effects of prospective High Speed Rail 2 routes will be extended to local business premises.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Jun 2010)

Steven Baker: Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that there is not just one school of economic thinking but at least three? Keynesianism, monetarism and the Austrian school have very different ideas about the rate at which we should cut and about how the economy would recover. Will he at least recognise that in academia there are real differences in economic thinking?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Jun 2010)

Steven Baker: The hon. Gentleman has said the word himself, so I will make the same point that I made to the hon. Member for Nottingham East (Chris Leslie) earlier. The hon. Gentleman is just rehearsing Keynesian arguments that died in the 1970s. Even the Labour party in the '70s understood that, to the extent that Keynesianism worked at all, it only succeeded in stimulating inflation. Would he please...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Jun 2010)

Steven Baker: This emergency Budget is much needed, and I hope that we can forgive my right hon. Friend the Chancellor if it is missing some of the detail that the hon. Gentleman wants.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Jun 2010)

Steven Baker: When I came to the House today, I expected to hear a great deal of Keynesian argument and I have not been disappointed. I am sorry that the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Austin Mitchell) is no longer in the Chamber, as I wanted to congratulate him on his comprehensive grasp of Keynesian arguments. Unfortunately, it was also excruciating. I am told that Keynes thought that the safe upper...

Capital Gains Tax (Rates) (23 Jun 2010)

Steven Baker: I happen to have worked personally with the Centre for Social Justice in the past couple of years, and I know that colleagues there have put enormous effort into all the areas that the hon. Gentleman has just listed. Of course the CSJ is independent, but the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is now in the Cabinet. The hon. Gentleman should rest assured that the Conservative party has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Efficiency Savings (14 Jul 2010)

Steven Baker: What efficiency savings have been identified by the efficiency and reform group.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Efficiency Savings (14 Jul 2010)

Steven Baker: The last Government spent a fortune on advertising themselves. How will this Government make savings in that area?

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Steven Baker: My hon. Friend seems to be constructing an argument that freedom is a bad thing. He has described a number of risks, and yes, there are risks, but surely life involves risk. Does he not agree that the word "liberal" is derived from "liberty"? I find it confusing and surprising that he is making such a strong case against liberty.

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Steven Baker: Speaking as a committed Christian, I am most surprised to hear the hon. Gentleman talking in these terms about minorities. If Conservative Members spoke in these terms about different minorities, I am sure he would be quick to condemn us. Although I am a committed Christian, I spent yesterday evening in the mosque. I was happy to be there with those gentlemen; I get on terribly well with...

Delegated Legislation: Backbench Business — [1st Allotted Day-First Half] — Information for Backbenchers on Statements (20 Jul 2010)

Steven Baker: I am put in mind of, I think, Pericles in Athens. He said that while only a few might originate a policy, anyone could judge it. Would my hon. Friend care to reflect on where we are more broadly in our country in terms of the internet? Nowadays, when a policy is announced anyone can indeed judge it, and can immediately start to communicate about it. Could my hon. Friend perhaps put that in...

Business of the House: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (20 Jul 2010)

Steven Baker: I thank my hon. Friend for saying that, as I was going to ask him to rehearse those arguments. Also, does he agree that this is possibly the most vibrant, passionate and sincere debate we have had in this Parliament, and that that is, perhaps, a case for ending the system of whipping?

Business of the House: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (20 Jul 2010)

Steven Baker: I am not sure that there are that many young people in my constituency judging from many of the meetings that I go to. I think that my hon. Friend is being quite disingenuous towards those of us who are taking this debate very seriously. I came here this evening to hear what he had to say, in all seriousness, to persuade me that I should not vote to let young people come and sit here for one...

Delegated Legislation: Clause 1 — Academy arrangements (21 Jul 2010)

Steven Baker: As the hon. Lady mentions the subject, may I say that that does seem an absurdly reductionist approach to academies? Could she explain what she believes the purpose of education is?

Privilege: Backbench Business — [3rd Allotted Day] — UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan (9 Sep 2010)

Steven Baker: My right hon. Friend may know that in Wycombe, Afghanistan is an issue of exquisite sensitivity. Many of my constituents hail from Pakistan and Kashmir. I really admire his nuanced and wise speech, but does he agree that it is vital to address various sections of the public to explain that this conflict is actually in the interests of Pakistan and of the Afghan people, and not just in our own...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kashmir (14 Sep 2010)

Steven Baker: What steps he plans to take to promote self-determination for Kashmir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kashmir (14 Sep 2010)

Steven Baker: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that. Does he agree that many British Kashmiris, particularly those in Wycombe, hold this Government to account for the actions of our forebears in relation to Kashmir and its predicament?

Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts): Equitable Life (Payments) Bill (14 Sep 2010)

Steven Baker: I wonder whether the hon. Member for Derby North (Chris Williamson) has been listening to the same debate as I have. I hope that his constituents do not read his speech in isolation, because in the debate to which I have been listening Government Back Benchers have made it absolutely crystal clear that they will stand up for the members of Equitable Life. I support this short, technical...


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