Results 161–180 of 1548 for speaker:Mr Tim Smith

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: It is easy to criticise Treasury Ministers, but has the right hon. Gentleman noticed that the Bill implements in law a large number of extra-statutory concessions for which the Public Accounts Committee is always calling to be implemented in Finance Acts? Is not that a welcome addition to the Bill? Are there not a number of measures in the Bill for which the private sector has been asking?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: A soundbite.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Is the right hon. Gentleman telling the House that he favours, therefore, the reintroduction of the investment income surcharge?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Given the hon. Gentleman's concern about the present level of investment, does he think that interest rates are too high? Would he reduce them? Does he believe that interest rates are too high, too low or about right?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: Conservative Members and the Government have wasted incalculable sums on mistakes and disasters such as the poll tax and black Wednesday. They have failed to run the economy with a level of employment that can enable them to sustain healthy public finances. That is why they have been forced to raise taxes so much since the previous general election, so great is their failure on employment....

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: The tragedy of today's Conservative party, in the Finance Bill and in everything else it does, is that it has allowed itself to be enticed down the road from one-nation Conservatism to the unthinking, uncaring free-for-all, where the only duty of Government is to hang on to power. Lady Thatcher can talk. There are a few Conservative Members who know that she started it all when she said that...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I was coming to that. There is a strong case for postponing the introduction of parts or all of self-assessment. We shall table amendments in Committee, which is the proper place, in an attempt to relieve the burden that the proposal will undoubtedly impose on small businesses and the self-employed. We think that the Government are papering over the cracks and understating the complications...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: If the Financial Secretary expects me to read his letters, it would be good if he addressed them to me in future. I should then certainly read and study them. I did not see his letter in The Independent, but he cannot dispute what appears on page 112 of the Red Book. There is a list of all the measures arising from the Budget, along with a list of other revenue and cost effects. The lists...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (15 Jan 1996)

Mr Tim Smith: I am not sure whether the Financial Secretary means a separate letter from the one he sent to The Independent. In any event, I will read his letter when I receive it, and I am more than happy to set out our proposals. The Financial Secretary will find plenty of proposals in the amendments that we will table to the Finance Bill. The proposals will be on record in Hansard for him to read and...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: National Lottery (18 Dec 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the NAO report shows that the director general of Oflot evaluated the applications for the licence to run the national lottery in an exemplary manner? Does she also agree that although he may have been guilty of some misjudgment, that is absolutely no reason to demand his resignation?

Orders of the Day — Audit (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill ( 6 Dec 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: The hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson) started his speech by saying that he did not want to be party political, and recognised that Labour as well as Conservative councils were guilty of fraud, corruption and inefficiency, but he then spent almost his entire speech criticising pretty well the only Conservative council that has had difficulties in recent times.

Orders of the Day — Audit (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill ( 6 Dec 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: There is, however, a much longer list of Labour councils that have been guilty of fraud, dishonesty, corruption and gross inefficiency. If we were a little more objective, we might recognise the existence of faults and difficulties in councils of all complexions. We should be concerned with trying to establish a system that will get to grips with those problems. I agree with the hon. Member...

Orders of the Day — Audit (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill ( 6 Dec 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: It is true.

Orders of the Day — Audit (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill ( 6 Dec 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: I was aware of that, but I still consider the present arrangements inadequate. The findings were preliminary, but they were presented in a way that suggested that those councillors were guilty, period. The system is not satisfactory. A much more satisfactory system operates in relation to inquiries into companies: independent inspectors are appointed to whom, under the Maxwell rules, the case...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (30 Nov 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: The CBI welcomed the Budget.

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (30 Nov 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Is my right hon. Friend aware that his announcement that electricity customers are likely to benefit from reductions of, on average, up to £90 in their bills next year is extremely welcome? What effect does he expect that and, in particular, the £50 National Grid rebate, to have on the retail prices index?

Local Government Finance (30 Nov 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the extra resources that he has announced for education are extremely welcome? What can be done to ring-fence that money to ensure that it actually reaches the schools? Will my right hon. Friend ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment to publish a list showing each school in each constituency and how much their budgets would increase if the...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (29 Nov 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: Notwithstanding what the hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane) has said, I wish to defend the Inland Revenue's record on self-assessment. I believe that it will lead to simplification. It simply is not true to say that every taxpayer will have to fill in nine forms; the average taxpayer will have to fill in the main form and one schedule. I have just received the latest pack of...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (29 Nov 1995)

Mr Tim Smith: The hon. Gentleman says that the 1 per cent. reduction in the standard rate is the only progress that is being made on tax reductions, but that it is not true. There are two other respects in which we shall be moving towards a 20p rate. The tax on savings is to be reduced to 20p, at a cost of £800 million. Will he support that?


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