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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the law (22 Apr 2009)

Alan Simpson: Given the perilous state of the world economy in which the Budget has had to be presented, I wondered whether the Chancellor would open his Budget statement with reference to words used by someone else. I could have pictured him opening with the following remark: "I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the law (22 Apr 2009)

Alan Simpson: One of the things that has annoyed and confused me over the years is the nonsensical view of incentives. Whenever we talk about what is required to provide incentives to work for the poor, it is compulsion and punishment. But apparently the rich have to be courted, wooed and induced to work. We need a consistent view of what mobilises people. This may be an appropriate time to reverse the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the law (22 Apr 2009)

Alan Simpson: Those are important points, and we are going to have to weigh very carefully the carbon footprint of manufacture. Nothing can be made without a carbon impact—that would be like making an omelette without using eggs. That is the difficulty, and the question that we must resolve is how we make sure that the carbon gain of what we do outweighs the carbon cost. That is a terribly important...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the law (22 Apr 2009)

Alan Simpson: Bought off, I hear from my friends and comrades. I welcome the ritual denunciation, but I ask them to hold fire because there is a gap between that appointment and the fact of not having a single meeting with officials at the Treasury or the Department of Energy and Climate Change to drive that through. All my experience suggests that there is an intellectual inertia at the core of our civil...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme (21 Apr 2009)

Alan Simpson: I am concerned about families whose evictions are not likely to be averted by the scheme as it stands. Will the Minister consider a scheme whereby local authorities are empowered to take over as the mortgage provider, so that a problem of unemployment is not compounded by the tragedy of being made homeless at the same time?

Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

Alan Simpson: I was intrigued by the ideas outlined by the right hon. Member for North-West Hampshire (Sir George Young). We would all do well to think carefully about them. My intention probably differs from his because I have no interest in rescuing the system as is, but his ideas may well be part of the system we have to move towards. I would like to use my time to put on the record a number of...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (31 Mar 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) which energy suppliers have adopted Ofgem's voluntary guidelines to offer a social tariff as favourable as their lowest priced tariff offered to customers in that area; (2) how many households are on each of the (a) discounted tariffs and (b) social tariffs recognised by Ofgem offered by each supplier; and what proportion of...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Unemployment (10 Mar 2009)

Alan Simpson: I am pleased to follow on from the concluding comments of the hon. Member for Rochdale (Paul Rowen), because it is terribly important that this debate does not end up as a contest between different parties in which they make comparative claims as to who can offer the better quality of unemployment. Somehow, we have to reach beyond the merits, or otherwise, of jobcentres and Jobcentre Plus,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Alan Simpson: Does the Minister understand that other sections of his Department could look like plonkers if we get the decision wrong? The Department has made workplace parking a necessary part of the funding for the tram extension, which itself is an integral part of the proposals to widen the A453 with a park-and-ride extension. So can we have joined-up government to allow for the joined-up transport...

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: British Agriculture and Food Labelling (24 Feb 2009)

Alan Simpson: Mr. Deputy Speaker, I am glad to have caught your eye, given the number of Labour Back Benchers who want to speak. Like the Minister, I want to speak about two aspects of the motion: the specifics of the case for mandatory labelling, and the wider and larger issue of food security. My hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Rob Marris) has quite properly raised the subject in...

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: British Agriculture and Food Labelling (24 Feb 2009)

Alan Simpson: I am grateful for that intervention, because it strengthens the point that I am trying to make. There should be a mandatory framework, mandatory definitions, mandatory penalties and a mandatory time frame. The last thing that any of us have is the luxury of another 42 years of meandering around, systematically going nowhere. [Interruption.] None of us has that luxury, although we may wish...

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: British Agriculture and Food Labelling (24 Feb 2009)

Alan Simpson: There are long rivers in Hampshire. All that takes us into the world of the absurd, and there is a real danger that the discrediting of the labelling process discourages the public from acting ethically, as we desperately need them to. In 2006, the National Consumer Council did a survey called "Greening Supermarkets". It found that fresh vegetables labelled as seasonally available in the UK...

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: British Agriculture and Food Labelling (24 Feb 2009)

Alan Simpson: Just to help the hon. Gentleman on that point, does he understand and accept that, in the controversy about labelling, references to local production and farmers' markets is part of what is being disputed, in some cases before the courts, because of misleading labelling in precisely those terms?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Freedom of Information Act 2000 (24 Feb 2009)

Alan Simpson: Surely the tribunal was right to recognise that there is no more momentous a decision made by a Parliament than to take its country into a war of choice. That is what makes this issue so specific and unique. The Justice Secretary and all Members will remember that at that time, the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, frequently told the House that if we only knew what he privately knew, we would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: District General Hospitals (10 Feb 2009)

Alan Simpson: One under-recognised aspect of the role that district hospitals can play is nutritional standards and food procurement policies. In that context, will the Minister add his own congratulations to those given to the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust on the award that it is to receive from the Soil Association on 20 February in relation to the Food for Life programme? The trust has won...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education ( 3 Feb 2009)

Alan Simpson: This is an extremely important debate, but it has the capacity to lurch from the real to the surreal. I doubt whether any Member of the House would disagree with that part of the Opposition motion which reads: "providing improved opportunities to up-skill and re-skill is more important than ever given the challenges posed by the recession," or with that part which "calls on the Government to...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Skills and Further Education ( 3 Feb 2009)

Alan Simpson: No, I am not going to accept any more interventions, because that just takes someone else's time. I would argue in favour of an increase in Government spending and in favour of the Government accepting the fiscal responsibilities of raising the cash to fund that expenditure. However, this will not avoid difficult decisions that have to be made along the way. The only thing that we can say...

Written Answers — Olympics: Olympic Games 2012: Construction ( 3 Feb 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her assessment is of the extent to which Aggregate Industries Ltd is meeting the contractually stipulated target of delivering 99 per cent. of aggregate materials to the Olympic Park by sustainable means.

Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Credits: Conditions of Employment (29 Jan 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department provides to employers on whether employees on extended periods of sabbatical leave on part pay are eligible for tax credits.


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