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Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

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

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: rose—

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: If Labour Members, whether on the Front Bench or the Back Bench, are serious about forming a Government in the foreseeable future, they will have to do much better than they have today. I should like to refer to just two quotations from Hansard. The first comes from the hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher), who said during a debate on child benefit: It was a Labour Government who...

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I did not say that child benefit was a right. I was quoting the hon. Member for Dunfermline, East— he said that child benefit was a right, and now he is telling us that it is not a right for the parents of children who are in full-time education. The hon. Member for Wallsend (Mr. Byers) asks about children who are not in full-time education. Their parents are not entitled to child...

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Child benefit is a right for parents who have children in full-time education. It is those parents to whom the hon. Member for Dunfermline, East was addressing himself on Friday 19 April. He is proposing that child benefit be removed from those parents at a cost of £520 per year. When we ask what is to be put in its place, we are told that the matter is to be the subject of a review. That...

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I most certainly am not. The hon. Member for Dunfermline, East said that child benefit is "a right". For that group of parents, the benefit is a present entitlement. Those are my words, but the word "right" was used by the hon. Gentleman. Now he says that he wishes to abolish the benefit. Instead of introducing red herrings, the hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane) would be better...

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Is the hon. Gentleman saying that the national minimum wage would not apply to those people? If that is the case, we should be told. I understood that it was to be universal. Is this another change in Labour policy? I think that I am entitled to make the assumption that the national minimum wage would apply to 16 and 17-year-olds, and that would seriously shift the balance of advantage...

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I was quoting from Government statistics—well, the source is Eurostat, so I am not sure that they are Government statistics—and they are based on the International Labour Organisation measure of unemployment. It gives the figures as Spain, 38.2 per cent.; Italy 36.5 per cent.; France 27.7 per cent.; and the United Kingdom, 15.7 per cent. As I said, the average is 20.8 per cent., and that...

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: No one takes exception to the idea of a review. The Labour party's fundamental error was to pre-empt the results of the review by announcing that it would abolish child benefit for 16 and 17-year-olds without announcing also a replacement for it.

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: In answer to the hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane), the average of youth unemployment in all 15 member states of the European Union is nearly 21 per cent. The hon. Gentleman does not seem interested in averages, but that is the average. Youth unemployment in the United States of America is well below that level.

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: How will the abolition of child benefit for 16 and 17-year-olds help to improve the figures?

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Does the hon. Gentleman not understand that his combined proposals to abolish child benefit for 16 and 17-year-olds while simultaneously introducing a national statutory minimum wage will shift the balance of advantage away from full-time education to employment, and therefore widen the gap to which he has referred?

Prayers: Offence of Having Article with Blade or Point on School Premises etc. (26 Apr 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: My hon. Friend the Member for North Tayside (Mr. Walker) made a powerful and emotive case against the amendment. It is incumbent on those of us who represent English constituencies to listen to him carefully. There are many Scotsmen in England and, no doubt, many teaching in English schools. From time to time, they may choose to wear their national costume. If my hon. Friend the Member for...

Prayers: Offence of Having Article with Blade or Point on School Premises etc. (26 Apr 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: At about the same time as my hon. Friend the Member for Ryedale (Mr. Greenway) was Detective Constable Greenway operating out of Savile Row police station, I was a young law student studying what Oxford university pompously calls jurisprudence, and I have a vestigial memory of some of the basics of criminal law. One of the things that we learned was that normally the criminal offence consists...

Prayers: Offence of Having Article with Blade or Point on School Premises etc. (26 Apr 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Does my hon. Friend know whether there are any precedents for what is being proposed in the amendment? Are there any criminal offences for which magistrates can only send people to prison and cannot fine them?

Prayers: Arrest without Warrant for Offences of Carrying Offensive Weapons etc. (26 Apr 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam (Lady Olga Maitland) on promoting the Bill, which I believe is much needed in the light of recent tragic events of which we are all aware. The heart of her Bill is, of course, clause 1. The important point is that the clause is about the carrying of offensive weapons. When my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton (Mr. Nicholson)...

Prayers: Arrest without Warrant for Offences of Carrying Offensive Weapons etc. (26 Apr 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I do not have section 1 of the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 before me, so I ask my hon. Friend to explain what he has in mind. Is not the matter covered by paragraph (1), which refers to an offence of having article with blade or point in public place"? Does that not include flick knives?

Prayers: Arrest without Warrant for Offences of Carrying Offensive Weapons etc. (26 Apr 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: My hon. Friend said that the Criminal Justice Act 1988 extended the 1959 legislation. If so, and if a flick knife is an article with blade or point", as I believe it is, I cannot see the need for the amendment.

Schedule 38: Repeals (28 Mar 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: The hon. Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith) rattled off a series of criticisms of the Government's economic achievements. Indeed, he rattled them off so quickly so that it was impossible to intervene, so I now want to pick up one point from his speech. He complained about the Government's record on job creation. If there is one measure by which people judge the success or otherwise of a...

Schedule 38: Repeals (28 Mar 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I am glad to hear that. If the hon. Gentleman has read the book, he will know that this country has a larger proportion of the adult population in work than any other member of the European Union. He will also know that we have lower unemployment than the average—indeed, we have the lowest unemployment of any of the major members of the EU. In fact, we are on a par with Germany, but the...


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