Results 81–100 of 1548 for speaker:Mr Tim Smith

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Rating Bill ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: It is extraordinary that the hon. Member for Newbury (Mr. Rendel) should be happy enough to tell us that his party wants to abolish the uniform business rate at a cost of £12,000 million, and also, in response to my intervention, that he wants to introduce site value taxation, but then to decide that he did not wish to discuss the matter. I am not surprised that he did not want to discuss...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Rating Bill ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I am most grateful, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I was about to say that the Liberal party's proposals will hit hardest the very properties mentioned in the Bill, which the Government are seeking to help. As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment said in an intervention on the speech of the hon. Member for Newbury, the Liberal Democrat proposals would have precisely that...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Rating Bill ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I hope so, because I have documents which suggest that the Labour party wants to do precisely that.

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Rating Bill ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: That is not good enough. Businesses should be told. It is not good enough simply to say, "We shall abolish the uniform business rate." Businesses need certainty. The advantage of the present system is that they can budget with certainty for the following year. A Labour party document entitled "Renewing Democracy, Rebuilding Communities" says that the party is committed to returning the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Rating Bill ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Of course I accept that there are problems in urban areas. That is undeniable. However, they are the problems of success. We have had huge success in retailing. British retailing is among the best in the world. In food retailing, for example, the consumer has benefited hugely from the quality now available from our superstores. Many retailers, such as Marks and Spencer, which published its...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Rating Bill ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: If the hon. Gentleman's party is committed to abolishing the UBR at a cost of £12 billion a year, what proposals has it to raise the revenue?

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Rating Bill ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Is my hon. Friend suggesting that we should give business rate relief to the high street shop but not to the out-of-town superstore? If we do away with business rates for every shop, that will not advantage the high street stores.

Public Accounts Committee (16 Oct 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Will my hon. Friend tell us a bit more about what the European Parliament is doing to tackle all this? Does he think that it, and its budgetary control committee, takes these important issues of financial regularity and value for money as seriously as the PAC? Could not the European Parliament get hold of the Court of Auditors' reports, and summon the Commissioners responsible for different...

Orders of the Day — Central Railway Order (24 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I have had a thousand.

Orders of the Day — Central Railway Order (24 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: As my hon. Friend has referred to the fact that Central Railway proposes to adapt the existing Chiltern line, what assessment has the Department of Transport made of the likely impact of the scheme on the commuter services that my constituents use every day?

Petitions: Rail Freight (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: The petition of the residents of the Beaconsfield constituency, particularly the residents of the village of Denham, declares that they totally oppose the proposed freight railway system planned by Central Railway plc. The objectors, who number almost 4,500 and who live in the vicinity, declare that the proposal is unacceptable because it will cause environmental damage far outweighing any...

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Listening to the debate, one is inclined to ask oneself whether Labour Members have read the "Summer Economic Forecast" which we are supposed to be discussing. The hon. Member for Dudley, West (Mr. Pearson) spoke of Britain's exports. What has the forecast to say about that? It says: UK trade is highly competitive. Much of the gain to cost competitiveness and all of the gain to import price...

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: The hon. Gentleman overlooks the fact that the Government have taken a series of supply-side measures over the past 17 years which have improved the United Kingdom's competitive position. For example, the productivity gap in manufacturing between this country and Germany has been considerably eroded. I believe that we are now in a much stronger trading position than either Germany or France....

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I certainly am. I do not know where the hon. Gentleman has been, but I have said that I consider my right hon. and learned Friend to be one of the most successful Chancellors since the war. I mean that. I believe that his management of the economy has been greatly in the interests of the United Kingdom, and I am desperately worried by even the faintest prospect that the right hon. Member for...

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Bottom of the league. The Labour Government's inflation record was appalling, and I am astonished that the hon. Gentleman even mentions it. I remember it better than most. I came into the House in April 1977, at the height of Chancellor Healey's unpopularity, when inflation was rising for the second time and the miners in Ashfield were concerned about the amount of money that was being taken...

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Will the hon. Gentleman remind the House what the average rate of inflation was under the last Labour Government?

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that there is a clear correlation between the level of public spending—the proportion of gross domestic product spent by the Government—and economic growth? We support the policy not for ideological reasons, but because we believe that it will lead to higher growth from which everyone will benefit.

Opposition Day: Ministry of Defence Housing (16 Jul 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: As my hon. Friend's report says that the majority of the stock has been well maintained and is in generally good condition, surely the money will be directed to the 19 per cent. of properties that are in poor condition?

Business of the House (20 Jun 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Is my right hon. Friend aware that Central Railway plc has applied for an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 but that the Secretary of State for Transport decided that because the matter is of national significance it should be debated and voted on by both Houses of Parliament, and the earliest date when this could take place is Monday 22 July? Because of the massive blight and...

Orders of the Day — Petition: Social Services (Buckinghamshire) ( 4 Jun 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (Mr. Walden) on raising the important subject of funding for social services in Buckinghamshire, and I am grateful to him for allowing me this opportunity to make a short contribution. Yesterday morning, I attended a meeting in Coleshill of adults with learning disabilities. It is no easy task to explain to people who have regularly...


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