Results 2621–2640 of 2694 for speaker:Steven Baker

Business of the House: Rail Investment (25 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: I welcome the Government's sincere commitment to the economic renewal of the north, but what does my right hon. Friend say to people in Buckinghamshire who challenge both the route and the national interest case for high-speed rail?

Written Answers — Treasury: Monetary Policy (24 Nov 2010)

Steven Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much debt interest has been paid on Government securities held by the Bank of England and its subsidiaries in the last 12 months.

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

Steven Baker: Does my hon. Friend agree that this is a rule-of-law point, as classically understood? People should know well in advance what the rules are-fixed, well-known rules that affect their property.

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

Steven Baker: Does my hon. Friend agree that ugly scenes as a result of scarce resources are typical of socialism?

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

Steven Baker: On coming to this place, I did not think that I would find myself much in agreement with the right hon. Gentleman, but I am delighted to hear him speak against rail. Would it not have been good if the market had stopped the rail programmes that he has mentioned because insufficient people freely chose them to make them profitable? Money would then not have been wasted on such infrastructure.

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

Steven Baker: I am grateful for the opportunity to open this Adjournment debate on the principal infrastructure project of our time: High Speed Rail 2. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Weir. The railway system of Great Britain is the oldest in the world. It developed from a patchwork of private local rail links provided by entrepreneurs, and via amalgamations, temporary state control,...

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

Steven Baker: I agree. I shall return to the economics of HS 1 later. Some 59 different protected species have been recorded within 1 km of the route of HS 2. The recommended route involves tunnelling directly through an aquifer, risking reducing the water table and exacerbating low flow in the Chess and Misbourne. It also risks possible contamination of the ground water. The environmental impact of the...

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

Steven Baker: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her intervention and I will return to some of those points, in particular how we make a judgment between road, rail and air travel. If it is not true that high-speed rail is in the national interest, and if such a project will offer only marginal and uncertain benefits at vast expense, it would be in no one's interest. I am delighted that the Government wish...

[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...


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