Results 141–160 of 1518 for speaker:Alan Simpson

Opposition Day — [8th Allotted Day]: Iraq Inquiry (25 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: What the Butler saw was as little as possible.

Deferred Division: Post Office Closures (19 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: My hon. Friend speaks for many Labour Members who have engaged with the consultation and worked with local communities and local authorities only to be ignored, and who have had the support of Postwatch only for that to be ignored. I wrote to Allan Leighton, too, only to get a reply from the woman who sent out the original closure notice. The fundamental issue at stake is how Parliament holds...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: I would normally try to make my contribution to the Budget debate on the day on which the Chancellor delivered his statement, but unfortunately I was laid low by a bug from which I am still struggling to recover. If I think that I have had a difficult week, however, it must be said that the world outside has had a dramatically catastrophic week in comparison with mine. Perhaps it will prove...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: Sadly, that is precisely what I am saying. We are going back to the days of the south sea bubble, when money in the private sector could be created without constraints on a scale that led the world in pursuit of follies for which we all paid a phenomenally high price. What makes the present position harder is the fact that it comes at the same time as other developments. Today oil hit a...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: I would include the Government. In fact that was my second point. The second rule that I would bring in would say that no public contracts should go to any company that was registering its activities in an offshore tax haven. As an adjunct to that, it should be a precondition of all public sector contracts that they would not include any entitlement to shift the company or the assets offshore...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: I do agree, and I ought to say that I was the chair of a waste disposal company in Nottinghamshire that was responsible for the incinerator we have in Nottingham. At the time, we dramatically raised standards in filtering and emissions. I look back at that and think it was a half-good idea for the second half of the last century, but it is a hopeless idea for the beginning of this century. We...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (17 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: Will my right hon. Friend go back to the figures that he used? Does he accept that the current figure for the number of households back in fuel poverty is estimated to be 4 million, and that the challenge that faces us is that the numbers that the Government's Warm Front programme took out of fuel poverty are being overtaken by those thrown back into it, simply because of the scale and pace...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Concessionary Bus Fares ( 4 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: Can we just ensure that local authorities are not left with a funding gap that has to be covered by a reduction in non-statutory services? Some authorities, such as mine in Nottingham, are having to consider closing swimming pools, leisure centres and libraries to pay for a transport service—which, ironically, pensioners would end up using to go in search of pools that were not open,...

Written Answers — Treasury: Job Creation (26 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs were created in the UK in the last 12 months, broken down by sector.

Written Answers — Treasury: Low Incomes (26 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings were of those on low incomes in employment in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by decile.

Written Answers — Treasury: Low Incomes (26 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of those in employment in each of the two poorest deciles were in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Defence: Armed Forces: Health Services (25 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the new facilities of (a) a swimming pool and (b) a gymnasium at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court will be funded.

Written Answers — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Nuclear Power (25 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of generating capacity was out of service in UK nuclear power stations in each of the last 10 years.

Written Answers — Treasury: Share Option Scheme (25 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the value of share options issued by UK-listed companies has been in each of the last five years; (2) what the revenues raised from taxation on share options have been in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Yields (25 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue has been raised from taxation of executive bonuses in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Vocational Training (25 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people completed training or obtained qualifications as (a) carpenters, (b) electricians, (c) plumbers (water), (d) plumbers (gas), (e) plumbers (full central heating), (f) bricklayers and (g) plasterers in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Unemployment (22 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those classified as workless households were (a) families with dependants, (b) two parent households, (c) lone parent households, (d) single parent households and (e) claiming incapacity benefit in the last period for which figures are available.

Orders of the Day: Clause 2 — Addition to list of treaties ( 6 Feb 2008)

Alan Simpson: Clarity is obviously the keystone of all Liberal Democrat thinking. Will the hon. Gentleman be absolutely clear on his party's support—or lack of it—for the EU agency workers directive?

Orders of the Day: Clause 5 — Repayment (23 Jan 2008)

Alan Simpson: I begin by reassuring my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) that there is a consensus in this House—certainly between us—that the shift from grants to loans was undesirable, and that the plan to shift loans from being public debts to private ones, which are somehow seen as more morally virtuous, is not acceptable. We are at one. He can rest secure as part of...

Orders of the Day: Clause 3 — Onward sales (23 Jan 2008)

Alan Simpson: It is difficult for someone who is not a lawyer or an accountant to speak in this part of the debate. For the record, I would like to make it clear that I am in favour of amendment No. 4 in principle, and in favour of amendments Nos. 9 and 10 and the strengthening of protection that is built into the Bill. It is perfectly legitimate to seek to include protections against the breaking up of...


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