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Results 1–20 of 1401 for speaker:Lord Barwell

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

Gavin Barwell: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the paper published by Goldman Sachs on 14 April, which reviewed every major fiscal correction in the OECD since 1975, and concluded, "we find that decisive budgetary adjustments that have focused on reducing government expenditure have...typically boosted growth"?

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

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Gentleman is being very generous in taking interventions. Has he had the chance to look at chart A6 on page 70 of the Red Book, which shows the combined effect of the freeze in child benefits and the indexation increase in child tax credit? It demonstrates that the two changes are extremely progressive when taken together and not regressive, as he tries to argue.

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

Gavin Barwell: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way again. He has just made an important point, but I should like to take him back to his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Claire Perry). He said that he wanted a pro-growth strategy. I am sure that everyone in the Chamber wants growth, but does he accept that by definition, growth will not deal with the structural deficit, which is what...

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

Gavin Barwell: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for that advice on timing. My constituents understand that, as a country, we are in a hole. The public sector makes up nearly 50% of the economy, and we have the second highest budget deficit as a percentage of national wealth of any OECD country-it is high not only relative to our competitors, but by historical standards. According to the Library, the deficit was 11.1%...

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

Gavin Barwell: My hon. Friend's question is almost telepathic, because I was about to say that if the anger was genuine, I would have expected the Opposition Benches to be full throughout the debate, but that has not happened.

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

Gavin Barwell: I would happily give way but I want to make progress, if I may, given the time limit. My constituents understand that the problem is due partly to the recession and partly to the previous Government. What they were looking for today is the truth, and for the Government to take the right decisions for the long term rather than chase tomorrow's headlines. They want the deficit to be tackled...

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

Gavin Barwell: Some Labour Back Benchers have attended the debate, but the Opposition Benches have hardly been full. The record is fairly clear. The hon. Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves), who is not in the Chamber, said that it is the responsibility of the Conservatives to come up with the answers. It certainly is, and the Chancellor has discharged that today. However, it is the responsibility of the...

CCTV: Limits on Non-EU Economic Migration (28 Jun 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I thank my right hon. Friend for her statement, which is an important first step in implementing the coalition's proposals to get our immigration system under control. She talked about restoring public confidence in our immigration system. Does she agree that, in addition to the measures that she listed in her statement, doing a better job of removing those people who do not have a right to...

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

Gavin Barwell: I am very grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. He is trying to make the point that the previous Government allocated money on the basis of need. Does he recognise that the result of the introduction in 2006-07 of the fourth block into the funding formula, according to the London Councils report, has been a shift in local authority funding "from a relative needs basis towards a...

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

Gavin Barwell: Has my right hon. Friend been able to ascertain whether the room was given ministerial approval and, if so, which Minister gave that approval?

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

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Lady asks for evidence: a report from Goldman Sachs looks at every fiscal correction in major world economies since 1975 and shows that those based on reductions in spending work and actually boost growth.

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

Gavin Barwell: I will try to limit the length of my remarks to five minutes so as to allow others to speak. The shadow Secretary of State set the tone for the debate. There was some good knockabout, but one got the impression that he does not actually understand the system that he was administering until very recently, and he had nothing to say about the fundamental problems with local government finance in...

Written Answers — Transport: Roads: Lighting (6 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to inform Croydon and Lewisham councils of his decision on their joint bid for credit for their private finance initiative street lighting scheme.

Nato: Political and Constitutional Reform (5 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on an excellent statement. I ask him to look again at one issue-the timing of the referendum. I understand his arguments on cost and convenience to electors, but a further consideration is the perception that the referendum is fair. Holding it on a day when my constituents in London have no local elections, but people in Scotland and Wales are electing...

Nato: Education Funding (5 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: My right hon. Friend is right to focus on teaching standards and value for money, but does he accept that there are some local authorities that have received hundreds of millions of pounds of public money, while others such as my own have received nothing? Will the review look to address that unfairness and, in particular, will he look at the case of the Quest academy, which takes over from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voluntary Sector (14 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I welcome what my hon. Friend said about the community grant fund, especially given the difficult financial climate that many local authorities face. Can he tell us more about the timing of that fund?

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Gentleman is making a good point about the importance of studying academic subjects in our schools. However, in the figures that he quotes, were academies compared with other equivalent schools, with similar catchment areas, or with the whole maintained sector?

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Lady is repeating the line that the shadow Secretary of State started with, which is that the Bill is a perversion of Labour's academy policy. However, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair said on 24 October 2005: "We want every school to be able quickly and easily to become a self-governing independent...school." How is that inconsistent with the Bill?


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