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Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (18 Nov 2009)

Charles Clarke: Would the rights that the right hon. and learned Gentleman is proposing be in the European convention and outside some kind of UK Bill of Rights, or is it the other way around? He is proposing not different rights, but different regimes. Would that mean withdrawing from the European convention at the same time as having a UK Bill of Rights?

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (18 Nov 2009)

Charles Clarke: First, I join the congratulations that have come from all parts of the House to the proposer and seconder of the Loyal Address. Both were entertaining, witty and powerful. I know both well and I think that they did themselves and everybody else credit. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the speech made by the Leader of the Opposition. He has led the most extraordinary attack on the...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (18 Nov 2009)

Charles Clarke: I regret not being as well informed about the intricacies of the Canadian system as I ought to be. My hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Rob Marris) is extremely well informed about that subject and I take his judgment very seriously, but I remain of the view that the Governor of the Bank of England and the Treasury Committee are right in urging the separation of the...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (18 Nov 2009)

Charles Clarke: I very much agree with my right hon. Friend. Banking is about more than responding to the injunctions of the European Commission, particularly the European Commissioner to whom we had to respond recently on the question of breaking up banks that are too big. We have to demonstrate our own clear approach, and show that Parliament has taken steps to correct the mistakes of earlier years that...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (18 Nov 2009)

Charles Clarke: It might well mean that. If we look at the inadequate finance regimes for many industries in this country, including agriculture, engineering and so on, we can see that we need much more dedicated provision. I can give the right hon. Gentleman the example of Barclays bank, which used to have strong relationship in Norfolk with the agricultural industry from which it emerged. That was...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (18 Nov 2009)

Charles Clarke: I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman. I am in favour of an elected second Chamber, but I believe that the Labour party has made major advances in addressing that issue. The difficulty is that there is no consensus on what the change should be. There are some people who, perhaps like the hon. Gentleman and me, favour an elected second Chamber; there are some who favour a unicameral system;...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (18 Nov 2009)

Charles Clarke: Changing the law can and does change things, but we need to improve the conduct of our politics and government to operate that way round, and that is the way to do it. The public justification of this approach by reference to the need to use the Queen's Speech to highlight so-called dividing lines as we approach the general election is neither the best way to govern the country, nor the best...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (18 Nov 2009)

Charles Clarke: No, not for a moment. The true political purpose of the Queen's Speech is to address the legislative challenges of the coming year from the point of view of the country, the Government, Parliament and the Labour party. Despite its many positive elements-I believe that the Queen's Speech does contain many positive elements-it does not do that, and so it is difficult to support. We should have...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Charles Clarke: Will the hon. Gentleman accept that in my intervention earlier I did not mention size? I think that there are arguments about size to be had, but I did not make the case about size. I made the case, as he said, about coherence and cost. I do not in general believe that bigger is best; I do in general believe that to have one authority providing all the services in a locality is better than to...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Charles Clarke: I shall start by stating the points on which I agree with the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson), who secured the debate. I agree with him and others who believe that the boundary committee has made a mess of the issue. He correctly reported me as being very angry with the way in which the first recommendations emerged, and a set of serious issues is involved. I am surprised by that,...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Charles Clarke: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that I have received many representations from businesses, citizens and constituents in my constituency who argue strongly in favour of unitary authority status? [Interruption.] I am sorry, but I did not catch that intervention. Serious business people have seen the argument in favour of a unitary system for cost reasons, because it will be far cheaper, far more...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Charles Clarke: Is my hon. Friend aware that utility companies such as Anglian Water in my constituency, which has a sewerage plant outside the constituency, are taking steps of the kind that he describes, which are making a difference? However, Anglian Water feels that the renewables obligation certificates system, current arrangements and incentives work against its developing in that way, and that it...

Supplementary Estimates, 2007-08: Northern Rock and Banking Reform (10 Mar 2008)

Charles Clarke: I am delighted to contribute to this discussion as the Member of Parliament for Norwich, South, where 25 per cent. of my constituents work in financial services. I must also point out that the headquarters of Virgin Money, which was directly involved, is in my constituency. I begin by paying tribute to the report, which is first class. In particular, I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend the...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's clarification. As I understand it, the Secretary of State has two types of power. The first is to subsidise the operating costs of services, which I believe is what my hon. Friend was referring to—though I may be wrong—and the second is to provide capital support for particular developments to make the services run better. If I have understood that...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: As the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond) has said, this is a short Bill which is uncontroversial in the House. It does have some significance, however, certainly for people such as my constituents in Norwich who are trying to use Stratford station in the way suggested by my hon. Friend the Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman)—to get better access to Eurostar and services to...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: I am glad that my hon. Friend has raised that issue, because I am very concerned about it. I had a series of meetings over the summer with the people running Network Rail, Eurostar and various other services, such as National Express, which runs a service through that station. I was not going to say this but perhaps I will—despite the assurances that I received from Eurostar, I want it to...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: I am grateful for that intervention and I think that my hon. Friend will agree that the strongest way to convince the management of Eurostar—or, indeed, of any train service—of the utility of stopping at a particular station is the impact on passenger numbers and, therefore, on revenue. That is why I cited just before he intervened studies suggesting that revenue would increase if the...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: I strongly agree. I think that I am right in saying that Stratford is the sixth largest interchange station in London, for exactly the reason that my hon. Friend suggests. I cited Canary Wharf, although I know that it is not in his constituency. Let us consider air travel, for example, the routes from London City airport to Brussels, Paris or elsewhere. The chances of getting people working...

Local Government (Norfolk) (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: Before he finishes, can the hon. Gentleman clarify the Liberal Democrats' national policy on unitary local government, particularly in cities but also more generally?


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