Results 181–200 of 1548 for speaker:Mr Tim Smith

Social Security (29 Nov 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the meticulous and patient way in which he has carried out his comprehensive review of social security spending since 1992? What would total spending have been if none of the changes had been made, and what would have been the cost to the taxpayer?

Prayers: Motorway Service Area (Iver) ( 1 Nov 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: I am grateful for the opportunity to draw attention to the important matter of the proposed motorway service area at Iver on the M25 in my constituency. I am pleased that my hon. Friend the Minister for Railways and Roads will reply to the debate, not only because he is the Minister responsible for that aspect of policy, but because, as the hon. Member for Slough, he knows that part of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment and Tourism (26 Oct 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Does my hon. Friend support the ambitious targets set by the Northern Ireland Growth Challenge of achieving a 10 per cent. growth in exports, a 5 per cent. growth in gross domestic product and 60,000 new jobs in Northern Ireland by 2000? If so, will the Government work with the private sector to achieve those objectives?

Orders of the Day — Public Accounts (23 Oct 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Does my hon. Friend agree that there are two tests before someone can obtain legal aid? First, one has to ask whether it is in the interests of justice that the individual should do so. Secondly, there is a means test. As the Lord Chancellor's Department and the justices' clerks seem unwilling to deal effectively with means tests, is it not about time that the responsibility was taken from...

Orders of the Day — Public Accounts (23 Oct 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the key point is that, over a number of years, perhaps going back to 1981, many lessons, which have been taken up in subsequent privatisations, have been learnt from Public Accounts Committee reports?

Prayers: Schools (Buckinghamshire) (18 Oct 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) on raising this important subject. I do not think that anyone has seriously suggested that there are any educational arguments against making the change from 12-plus to 11-plus. It makes a great deal of educational sense to make that change, and to fit in with the national curriculum. The arguments against it are solely...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Privatisation (13 Jul 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his appointment and welcome him to his first Question Time. Does he agree that privatisation has been hugely successful both for taxpayers and for customers, that we should continue to privatise Government services wherever we can, and that we should export the successes of privatisation wherever we can?

Prayers: Gilts and Bonds (Taxation) (12 Jul 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: I welcome my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, who now has one of the most fascinating jobs in Government. There is no doubt about the importance of taxation. My hon. Friend has probably already discovered the difficulty of reconciling the various principles: we all want simplification, but we also want fairness. The subject of taxation of gilts and bonds illustrates that...

New clause 3: Central Discontinuance Funds ( 4 Jul 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Could the hon. Gentleman say whether we need regulations to make provision for the establishment of central discontinuance funds? Why should not the CBI set up its own central discontinuance fund pension scheme, to which the trustees of schemes that have gone bust could transfer assets and liabilities?

Opposition Day: Rail Services (17 May 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Like all hon. Members, I am a customer of British Rail, and so are most of my constituents. My interest in this debate relates to the quality of customer services provided by the railways and I believe that if we get that right, the employment that we seek will follow automatically. The important thing is to get the quality of service and the reliability right. Nationalisation has been a...

Opposition Day: Rail Services (17 May 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: There are two important matters when it comes to providing a decent rail service, and one is price. The hon. Member for Oldham, West was dismissive about that, but my hon. Friend is entirely right. Anyone examining the options will weigh up the price and possible benefits. The other key characteristic—it is impossible to overstate its importance to a rail service—is reliability. My...

Opposition Day: Rail Services (17 May 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: We are in a transitional period, as is inevitable with any privatisation. Of course the Opposition always exploit the situation. Once the process is complete, the service will improve. Management will have a major incentive to improve reliability because it is the key characteristic of a railway service. For that reason, I support the Government's proposals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Borrowing (11 May 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree with the European Monetary Institute that continuous efforts towards reducing—[HON. MEMBERS: "Reading."] I am quoting. [Interruption.] I am paraphrasing. Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that continuous efforts towards public sector borrowing are needed if we are to have a growing economy and improve the supply side? Is it not the case...

Orders of the Day — Pensions Bill [Lords] (24 Apr 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: I listened with concern to what the hon. Member for Liverpool, Broadgreen (Mrs. Kennedy) had to say about the apparent failure of some local authority employers to encourage their women employees to join occupational pension schemes, because I am an enthusiastic supporter of such schemes and believe that all those who would benefit from them should be encouraged by their employers to join...

Orders of the Day — Pensions Bill [Lords] (24 Apr 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: What significance should we attach to the figures that the hon. Gentleman has just given to the House, when the oldest person who will be affected by what he has just announced is aged 10 at present?

Points of Order (24 Apr 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. May I draw to your attention the story that has appeared on the front page of the Evening Standard this afternoon, which suggests that members of the Public Accounts Committee are demanding the release of details about the royal household's money? Is not it quite wrong that the right hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams) should have sought to...

New clause 16: Rebate Mechanism for Irrecoverable Vat for Charities ( 3 Apr 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: In recent years, charities have had to bear an increasing burden of VAT, as my hon. Friend the Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Mr. Howarth) has said. He is right when he says that we should have a comprehensive review of their liability to pay VAT. His new clause has my full support.

New clause 1: Discretionary Share Option Schemes in the Privatised Utilities ( 3 Apr 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: As an example of what already happens, we already have ethical investment and unit trusts. An individual can choose to invest in one of those trusts because it has, for example, made a policy decision not to invest in tobacco companies, drinks companies or whatever.

New clause 1: Discretionary Share Option Schemes in the Privatised Utilities ( 3 Apr 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: I assure my hon. Friend that he is not; he is listening attentively, and is vigorously agreeing.

New clause 1: Discretionary Share Option Schemes in the Privatised Utilities ( 3 Apr 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: I will not give way, because the hon. Gentleman will have an opportunity to make his views clear in the debate. Our suggestion is reasonable and feasible, and the Government can have no argument for not accepting the new clause, which is in the public interest. The regulators of the privatised utilities might also find such a report helpful. Professor Littlechild of Oftel agreed prices with...

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