Results 2261–2280 of 2280 for speaker:George Freeman

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — A11 (Dualling) (27 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: Thank you, Mr Williams, for the chance to contribute to this important debate, and for chairing it. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Suffolk (Matthew Hancock) on securing it. I hope that the presence of so many of us from across East Anglia will make the point that the case has huge cross-party and cross-county support, and that the Minister will recognise that the issue has...

Consolidated Fund (Apppropriation) Bill: Finance Bill (20 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Consolidated Fund (Apppropriation) Bill: Finance Bill (20 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: The hon. Lady mentioned the child trust fund, and I think that all hon. Members would agree that establishing a culture of saving is a commendable thing. In principle, does she think it is better for children to learn to work and to save, or to learn that the way to acquire money is to be given it by the Government?

Carers (Identification and Support): Police Grant Report (14 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: The right hon. Gentleman said that in the 13 years for which his party was in government, it took waste seriously. Why, therefore, at the end of that time, did we still have separate procurement, the cost of which the Home Office estimates to be more than £400 million a year?

Carers (Identification and Support): Police Grant Report (14 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: You had 13 years.

Carers (Identification and Support): Police Grant Report (14 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: While the right hon. Gentleman is on the subject of misleading election promises, does he agree that there has been a major change in the fiscal reality with which the Government must now deal, as indicated when, after the election, the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Mr Byrne), the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, left a note in his Department to say that there is no...

Bill Presented — Shared Parenting Orders Bill: Clause 3 — Rate of value added tax (13 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: The right hon. Gentleman has said that the Government do not have any mandate to change the VAT rate, but did not he give us a mandate when he left a note saying that he was sorry to tell us that there was no money left? He never said that during the general election campaign.

Business, Innovation and Skills: Science and Innovation Industry (8 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: What steps he is taking to support the UK's science and innovation industry.

Business, Innovation and Skills: Science and Innovation Industry (8 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: May I say how nice it is to see such a heavyweight business and finance team on the Front Bench? I would also like to declare an interest as someone who has had a career in business before coming to the House. Does the Minister agree that, in order to unlock the significant economic potential of our science and research base, instead of scattering money to the four corners of the kingdom, as...

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to make my maiden speech in this important debate about jobs and unemployment. I take my seat in the shadow of three eminent predecessors, all of whom have been gracious enough, with some help from the Boundary Commission, to cede portions of their constituencies to the new Mid Norfolk constituency. They are my hon. Friend the Member for...

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way to the greater prowess on this side of the House. I appreciated her comments earlier about the importance of the private sector. The fundamental truth in this debate is that the private sector does something that the public sector does not-it pays for the public sector. It pays for itself and its profits pay for the public sector. The hon. Lady nods, which...

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: Will the hon. Lady confirm first of all that I did not mention Greece? She has mentioned pensions, but the second thing that concerns the private sector is unfunded public sector pension liabilities, which also saddle the private sector economy. She seems to talk as though the public sector can somehow carry on spending money, but it is the private sector that has to pay for it.

Bills Presented — Employment Opportunities Bill: Canterbury City Council Bill (5 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: While my hon. Friend is on the subject of things that have changed, does he agree that one of them is that we on these Benches are all in this together? As we pursue a programme to develop and promote the big society, does he agree that each day of the week we find ourselves promoting a different part of society? We have national weeks and days for various things, so should we consider having...

Bills Presented — Employment Opportunities Bill: Canterbury City Council Bill (5 Jul 2010)

George Freeman: I am conscious that this question really requires the presence of my hon. Friend the Member for South West Norfolk (Elizabeth Truss), but is the Minister aware of the pedlar of Swaffham, an ancient and renowned historical figure in the county of Norfolk? I am not aware of his being in my constituency and there are no tales of him-I assume it was a him-coming into Mid Norfolk. My question,...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Free School Meals (30 Jun 2010)

George Freeman: Will the hon. Lady confirm that, in fact, the Government are not proposing to scrap the pilot, nor indeed-contrary to some impressions given in some places-to scrap free meals? The pilot will continue, but we are not extending it. It turns out that the promise to extend the pilot was an unfunded promise by the former Government. Having inherited bankrupt public finances, it would be...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

George Freeman: You had 13 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Common Agricultural Policy (24 Jun 2010)

George Freeman: May I, on behalf of the people of Mid Norfolk, send a warm welcome to the members of the Government Front Bench? It is nice to see a DEFRA team with such a rich experience of the countryside, after 13 years of feeling rather neglected. On CAP reform, will my right hon. Friend reassure the House and the people of Mid Norfolk that, as far as possible, we will seek a revised structure that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Financial Services Regulation (16 Jun 2010)

George Freeman: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for calling me before I have made my maiden speech. For the record, this is not it. [ Laughter . ] Given the gravity of the situation in which the last Government have left the finances, does my right hon. Friend the Chancellor agree that it behoves all parties to work together on this? Will he confirm whether he has received any positive contributions from Opposition...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Office for Budget Responsibility (14 Jun 2010)

George Freeman: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the real significance of today's independent report is the revelation of the extent of the structural deficit, with debt interest alone forecast to rise to £67 billion, strangling growth and enterprise, and at the same time destroying new Labour's core claim to be the party of economic competence?


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