Results 121–140 of 741 for speaker:Christopher Fraser

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Government (East Anglia) (27 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: Does the Minister accept that the Government's proposals will place a financial burden on all households in Norfolk for something which-as my hon. Friend the Member for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham) pointed out-local people simply do not want and do not need?

Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

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Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

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Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

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Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: I shall keep my comments brief, as I should like to hear the Minister respond to the perfectly straightforward points that have been made in the debate. As it is due to finish at 1.46 pm, I should like to give him five or 10 minutes in which to do that. We covered a lot of these matters in our debate on Monday, in which the Secretary of State for Work and Pension conceded, in response to my...

Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: At the moment, 1 million 16 to 24-year-olds are out of work. As I said earlier, apprenticeship schemes are an enormously important way of training people to get back into the work force. However, the red tape and bureaucracy that we are now suffering from are stifling companies and preventing them from dealing with their problems. The hon. Gentleman must accept that there are now 2 million...

Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: Does my right hon. Friend accept that apprenticeship schemes are enormously important as a source of training for businesses and to enable young people to enter the work force? Because of the bureaucracy that businesses, especially manufacturing businesses, are under, they are unable to take on vital new apprentices to do the jobs that my right hon. Friend describes so accurately.

Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: About 2 million.

Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: Such flattery!

Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: In addition to that, does my right hon. Friend agree that the problem is with the red tape that businesses in this country suffer from as a result of this Government focusing not on jobs and prosperity, but on bureaucracy?

Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: Does my hon. Friend agree that businesses not Governments create jobs? The simple fact is that Governments must create the environment in which business can thrive, and not create artificial jobs just to massage the figures.

Economic Recovery (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: The Minister will recall that on Monday we had a very similar debate, tabled by the Opposition, in which Opposition Members spoke at some length and in some detail about our genuine concerns for business and enterprise in our constituencies. At the time, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions conceded my point to her that she had not listened to the debate and was out of the Chamber. I...

Business of the House (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: Like other colleagues, I was lobbied by yesterday by firefighters in my constituency who are concerned about the regionalisation of control centres. Not only has the fire control project gone hundreds of millions of pounds over budget, but the Fire Brigades Union has said that financial resources have been stripped away from front-line services. Will the Leader of the House find time in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: The Minister will be aware that Norfolk is the only county in England that does not have a dual carriageway linking it to a national road trunk network. Does he share my hope that the public inquiry into the dualling of the A11 from Thetford to the Five Ways roundabout will not push back the timetable for the project? Can he also give me an absolute assurance that-

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Council Tax: Valuation (20 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties are recorded with each individual (a) dwellinghouse code and (b) value significant code, broken down by (i) individual type, (ii) number of rooms, (iii) number of bedrooms, (iv) number of bathrooms, (v) number of floors, (vi) floor level, (vii) parking, (viii) garaging, (ix) conservatory type, (x) age,...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Economic Recovery and Welfare (19 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: Given that the right hon. Lady was not present throughout much of the debate, a point that I made earlier at the start of my speech, will she assure the House that she will write to all of us who made a contribution on all the issues that we raised, so that we can go back to our constituents and tell them that the Minister had listened, rather than being elsewhere this evening?

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Economic Recovery and Welfare (19 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: Does my hon. Friend agree that what really affects people is losing jobs in the real world and not getting support back home in our constituencies from the Government? Every single job lost in our constituencies means that a life is blighted, regardless of what Europe might do.

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Economic Recovery and Welfare (19 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: May I just say first that to see the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who is to respond to the debate, only just arriving in the Chamber to listen to Back-Bench contributions is a great shame? I do not say that with any malice or for political reasons, but this is an important debate for us all, and it was important for her to listen to all the contributions, if she could. Perhaps...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Economic Recovery and Welfare (19 Oct 2009)

Christopher Fraser: I hope that the Secretary of State listened to that comment. I concur that small businesses are penalised disproportionately by what the Government are doing. The economic downturn has had a profound effect on businesses of all sizes as a result of falling revenues, rising energy costs, lack of credit and, most importantly, the burden of Government red tape. I make no apologies for repeating...


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