Results 6421–6440 of 6632 for speaker:Jacob Rees-Mogg

Further and Higher Education (Access) Bill (4 Mar 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: We have to evolve. We have to move to a position where freedom is re-established. We are going from a position where most university funding is state-controlled to one where a large proportion of it will come from individuals. The Government would be in a ludicrous position if they were getting students to pay what was the Government’s money. That would not make sense. We have a wise, good...

Further and Higher Education (Access) Bill (4 Mar 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: The Minister says, “hard to reproduce”, and I accept that, but hard is not the same as impossible. We really ought to aim for learning to be held in the highest regard, because it will lead to our fundamental success and prosperity as a nation. I should like to broaden the debate for a moment. We are facing decades of competition from countries that we could ignore for hundreds of...

Further and Higher Education (Access) Bill (4 Mar 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I am in complete agreement with the Minister on the remark that we learn so much from the past. It gives us an understanding of what we ought to do in the future, and it helps us to avoid making mistakes. Many mistakes were made in the past, and we can sensibly avoid repeating them. My hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch is noble in his principle. He is noble in wanting to ensure that...

Further and Higher Education (Access) Bill (4 Mar 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Will my hon. Friend explain why that applies to people domiciled in England, but the Bill would have effect in England and Wales?

Further and Higher Education (Access) Bill (4 Mar 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: But does that mean that a Welshman who applied to Oxford could be admitted not on merit, but an Englishman who applied would have to be admitted exclusively on merit?

Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No.2) Bill: BSkyB (3 Mar 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: May I indicate a family interest, although not a personal one? I congratulate the Secretary of State on his excellent statement. It is tremendously important that business is allowed to get decisions quickly, so that it can carry on. He has ensured that the pace of government has run at the pace of business, which is hugely to be welcomed.

Deferred Divisions: Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (2 Mar 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I agree with a great deal of what my hon. Friend is saying, but we did intern people in the last war and we did have extraordinary regulations—regulation 18B—to lock up people who were deemed to be a threat to the state, so I think it is fair to have extraordinary regulations for relatively small numbers.

Resource Extraction (Transparency and Reporting): Protection of Freedoms Bill (1 Mar 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Looking at the Bill, it is clear that people will be able to close their gates and stop somebody removing a car that way. There is implied consent to allowing a restriction under clause 54(3)(a), and if the case is broader than that, the people or the commercial organisation involved can apply to the council to come and do the clamping for them. I think the problem that my hon. Friend is...

Backbench Business — [21st allotted day]: Big Society (28 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: This debate is ideological. It was a Labour Cabinet Minister who said that the man in Whitehall really does know best. What we are talking about here—it is one of the reasons the Liberal Democrats are such an important part of the coalition; it is one of the biggest areas where we agree—is the philosophical split between those of us in the coalition who believe that the state is built...

Backbench Business — [21st allotted day]: Big Society (28 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: The hon. Gentleman and fellow rotarian makes an excellent point. I hope that the Minister will consider thorough reform of the Charity Commission—set the people free!

Deferred Divisons: Clause 1 — Referendum on the alternative vote system (16 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I am slightly troubled by my hon. Friend's remarks, because I was unaware that this had been put down as a confidence motion.

Deferred Divisons: Clause 1 — Referendum on the alternative vote system (16 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: In general elections the turnout is normally 70% or more. Is it right that that 70% of people should have their voting system changed by fewer than 40%?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Clause 1 — Referendum on the alternative vote system (15 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: The hon. Gentleman is a distinguished constitutionalist, and I wonder whether he thinks that in the context of referendums being used more frequently, and for deciding on European matters and constitutional issues, it would be a good idea to settle on a threshold for all referendums, so that people knew where they stood.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Clause 11 — Number and distribution of seats (15 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Although the Lords are wonderful guardians of our constitution, the debate has seen any number of perfectly sensible amendments rejected, and the Government have not lost a single vote in the House. I therefore do not see the logic of saying, "We must give in to the Lords on this, but on everything else we'll tell them they're wrong and send the Bill back."

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Clause 11 — Number and distribution of seats (15 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I support the amendments fully, but once the Isle of Wight has been given two seats, the argument for absolute uniformity has fallen, which it did not in the case of Na h-Eileanan an Iar, the Shetland Islands and so on. If the Isle of Wight can have special treatment, why not Cornwall and, as far as I am concerned, why not Somerset? Every county now has a special case to make that ought to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [ Lords] (14 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I entirely agree with the hon. Lady on the difficulty of forecasting, as even the best economic forecasters get it wrong, but I wonder whether she was as shocked as I was to read in the Financial Times about the bullying of the International Monetary Fund by the Treasury and the Financial Services Authority. Was that not a pretty disgraceful way to have behaved?

Bill Presented: Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Will the Minister explain whether the change in government has been accompanied by a change in the Secretary of State's basic application of principles? Does the localism agenda of this Government mean that a Secretary of State may be more willing now to allow the decision to be made locally than was the case in the past?

Bill Presented: Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: That is an exceptionally interesting point: we may need to go back to coal when other fossil fuels have run out. Might the Government not therefore consider it appropriate to have a 550-yard limit, as I prefer to call it, until such time as it is necessary to dig out substantial quantities of coal again?

Bill Presented: Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I thank the Minister once again for giving way; he has been remarkably generous and gracious. When talking about protecting the environment and communities, he seems to have left out one key point, and that is the individual. I was struck very much by the point that my hon. Friend the Member for North West Leicestershire (Andrew Bridgen) made about the lady in the Wrekin, aged 87, who...

Bill Presented: Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I would not ask the Minister to speak to individual cases, but will he lay down some general principles as to how individuals might be protected and how Government policy might develop in that direction, even in the absence of the Bill? Will he also tell us whether compensation could be paid to people such as the lady in the Wrekin? We need to understand that individuals in our constituencies...


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