Results 2561–2580 of 2626 for speaker:Steven Baker

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — High Speed 2 (23 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point that we should explore at some length. In the final part of my speech I shall set out why I think we have been taking the wrong approach to infrastructure in this country. Targeted investment in existing infrastructure would ultimately offer greater benefits to the whole country not served by HS 2, including the south-west, south Wales, East Anglia...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — High Speed 2 (23 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: I am most grateful to the hon. Lady for giving me an opportunity to deal with that point, in which I see she takes some pleasure. In the first place, I note that economists take a range of views on these matters, and mine are perhaps rather more free market than most. On the second point, about the manifesto, Conservative candidates across Buckinghamshire stood for election saying they would...

Written Answers — Treasury: Monetary Policy (23 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects of (a) quantitative easing and (b) credit expansion in excess of real savings on the structure of (i) relative prices and (ii) macroeconomic aggregates.

Written Answers — Transport: Motorways: Sales (22 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the revenue likely to accrue to the Exchequer from the sale to the private sector of (a) the motorway network and (b) the trunk road network.

Written Answers — Health: Maternity Services (22 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were born at the roadside during journeys in excess of 20 minutes from the mother's home to the relevant maternity unit in 2009-10.

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: On that point-

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: Will the Minister join me in celebrating the brilliance of some of our public sector employees, and confirm that we are reforming not because we are challenging the individuals but because we are challenging the system? In some places, it is the system that we have inherited; in others, it is the system that has been established over a much longer period. Will my hon. Friend join me in...

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: I congratulate the Minister on his wisdom in attaching this condition to the Bill-I find it hugely reassuring-but will he say a little about clause 2(3), which deals with the definition of social enterprises? I should be grateful for the Government's definition of a social enterprise.

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: If the hon. Gentleman uses the word "ideological" to accuse me of having thought about how society works and what the law ought to be, of course I plead guilty.

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warwick and Leamington (Chris White) on the way in which he introduced the Bill. I strongly agree with the spirit of his remarks. It is only on the margin that I find myself disagreeing either with my hon. Friends or with the right hon. Member for Salford and Eccles (Hazel Blears), who is no longer in the Chamber. Where I am ambivalent is on a...

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving me the opportunity to say this. Given that I sit in this place as an elected politician, of course I believe that there is a role for democratic politics and for government. What I am expressing, however, is a deep scepticism based on solid theory, and indeed on the practice of the last 100 years, about any attempt to organise society using the...

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: I fully agree with my hon. Friend's point. In conclusion, my argument is as follows. If we are to have a healthy and productive society, and if we are to build a better society, we must embrace what has been agreed by Members on both sides of the House. We have all strongly agreed on much of what has been said today, but the key question is: what is the role of the coercive power of the state...

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: Does my hon. Friend agree that all enterprise is necessarily social because it seeks to create value for other people?

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: I associate myself closely with my hon. Friend's comments, but I remain confused about why we need to encode this creative search to produce value for others in national and local plans.

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: Listening to the right hon. Lady's remarks, I am reminded of a book on social value that was written in the 1920s. Much as I would associate myself with almost everything that my hon. Friend the Member for Warwick and Leamington (Chris White) said, it seems that socialists have spent nearly 100 years trying, but failing, to define social value loosely. Socialists are no more likely to...

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: Of course, we all value society. The right hon. Lady may know of the Cobden society. We gleefully reproduce Cobden's words: "Peace will come to earth when the people have more to do with one another and the government less." That is precisely the point: when the people have more to do with one another and the Government less. I fear that we are here today to discuss how the Government can...

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: I shall be very brief. The right hon. Lady paints a dreary picture of society as being entirely dependent on the state. I agree with much that she has said, but not with the key point that the state must act.

Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill (19 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: I am glad that my hon. Friend draws a distinction between values and price and that he recognises that great tapestry of rich value that comprises our lives. Does he agree, however, that a scale of values is absolutely intrinsic to individuals and that each of us values different aspects of our lives differently? With that in mind, why is it necessary to encode such scales of values in not...


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