Results 61–80 of 1548 for speaker:Mr Tim Smith

Trade and Inward Investment ( 6 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: If things were going so well in 1979, can the hon. Gentleman name one significant inward investor, apart from De Lorean, in the period of the Labour Government?

Trade and Inward Investment ( 6 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Will my right hon. Friend confirm the figure that he gave just now? If it is correct that we have a £1 billion current account surplus with Japan, that is a remarkable transformation. Only a few years ago, it seemed virtually impossible to export to Japan and there was a huge flood of Japanese imports into this country. Now, we have fantastic Japanese investment here, plus British exports to...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Looking back 10 or 15 years to past Budget statements, we find that Chancellors of the Exchequer did preface their remarks with long descriptions of the state of the world's economy and of what had happened to the United Kingdom economy over the previous 12 months. They often included a great deal of detailed information about monetary policy, too. Not only were the public bored—so were...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: He is Lord Healey now, but he was plain Dennis Healey then. Mr. Healey announced that all income tax rates would be increased by 3p, taking the basic rate to 33p, except for the top rate, which was increased from 75p to 83p in the pound. National insurance charges were increased for both employers and employees. He said that VAT at 10 per cent. was to be charged on petrol, taking the typical...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Why is Labour apparently unwilling to match the Government's commitment to increase spending on the health service in real terms?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: They did last time.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: And the time before.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: And the time before that.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation ( 2 Dec 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I was pointing out that, before every election—1992, 1987 and 1983—we have heard the same threats and promises about a Labour Government. No Labour Government have been elected, and no Labour Government will be elected this time.

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Will the hon. Gentleman explain how excess profits will be defined? Perhaps I can help him: will it be based on the total return above the average for the FT share index since the date of flotation? If so, until what date?

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: That was because of capital investment.

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: There is a very simple explanation as to why the water companies paid below average corporation tax: it is because of their high level of capital investment.

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Did my right hon. Friend see the table published in the Financial Times on 31 October, which showed that if the levy were based on total return until 1 January 1993, British Telecom would have to pay £1,500 million, whereas if it were based on total return until 1 January 1996, it would have to pay nothing? Is it not extremely important that we should be told not only what is meant by excess...

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Far fewer.

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: And successful.

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Urban Land (Development) (19 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the amount of new development taking place on derelict or underused urban land (a) currently and (b) in 1991. [3116]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Urban Land (Development) (19 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: That is very welcome news, but given the natural and understandable propensity of developers to develop on green-field sites and the obvious benefit to the green belt and the countryside of developing underused urban land, will my right hon. Friend continue to give this very useful programme a very high priority?


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