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Schedule 4a: References to Secretary of State Regarding Union Membership Agreements (15 Oct 1975)

Mr Phillip Whitehead: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond), particularly when he is speaking, as he is here, in part as a representative of the Guardian Trust, a very enlightened body of proprietors. Like my hon. Friend the Member for Gateshead, West (Mr. Horam), I declare an interest in my membership of the NUJ. It is becoming something of an auction among my hon....

Clause 52: General Provision Charging Benefits (17 May 1976)

Mr John Nott: I agree. If an airline pilot wishes to take advantage of the benefit which has traditionally been available to him in working for an airline, he will not know, unless he goes to an accountant or works it out himself, precisely what his tax commitment will be. In the airlines it is the practice to give this concession on a graduated basis whereby the employee who has been with the company for...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (27 Apr 1978)

Mr Peter Rees: The hon. Member has pinpointed one of my many weaknesses which have been long observed by my own Whips and, no doubt, by the Patronage Secretary—that I enjoy the Standing Committee upstairs but on this occasion I assure the hon. Member that his right hon. and hon. Friends will ensure that something will come back over which we can fight down here to our mutual profit. I turn to capital...

Parliamentary Pensions Bill: Pensions of Members (27 Jun 1978)

Mr Michael McGuire: I take note of what the hon. and learned Gentleman said, but he must understand that I am simply trying to put the record straight. It is worth considering what the public think of Members of Parliament. When Members' salaries are increased substantially or modestly the issue is usually a nine days' wonder in the eyes of the public. The public already believes that we are being paid a lot...

Orders of the Day — Estate Agents Bill (16 Nov 1978)

Mr Alexander Fletcher: It is obvious from the comments that have been made during the debate that although the Bill has been given a general welcome there are many matters which are exercising hon. Members on each side of the House. This suggests that the Committee stage will, to say the least, be extremely interesting. As it is a non-contentious measure, I am sure hon. Members will hope that the Government will...

Select Committees (25 Jun 1979)

Mr Norman St John-Stevas: I think that that is a rather strange way of putting the argument, but I have said that I accept the principle of that Committee. It is obvious that, if one accepts the Committee in principle, it must be left to the Government to draft the actual amendment on a Committee of this importance, so I hope that the course I am advocating will be followed by the hon. Gentleman and others. It is up...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Maternity Grant) (Amendment) Bill (23 Nov 1979)

Peter Bottomley: I agree with the hon. Member for Barking (Miss Richardson) that the Bill is a modest measure. Its most important feature is to get rid of the contributory qualification for the maternity grant. That feature is so insignificant in financial terms that I do not think that the Department has worked out the net cost. We are talking about 60,000 births—about 10 per cent. of the births in...

Prayers: Civil Aviation (22 Jun 1984)

John Prescott: With the leave of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I should like to make a short contribution and leave sufficient time for the Minister to reply to the many issues which have been raised in a good debate. The contributions to the debate reflected the strong divisions of opinion that are represented in this place and the various interests that are involved. My hon. Friend the Member for...

Opposition Day: Rating (21 Feb 1989)

David Blunkett: I feel a sense of nostalgia this evening, on the fifth occasion of rate orders being laid against authorities. If it were not so late, there would be a great deal that I could say, but I want to put on record that I do not think that this House should sit, except in very unique circumstances, after 10 pm, and, given that the weight of numbers overrides the weight of reason on these occasions,...

Department of Transport (10 Jul 1989)

Peter Bottomley: I do not intend to give way to the hon. Gentleman on that point because I wish to answer some of the other points that have been made in the debate. As he said at the end of his speech, we can follow up some of these points in correspondence. I am sad that my hon. Friends the Members for Wyre (Mr. Mans) and for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Wilkinson) were unable to make a speech in the debate....

Prayers: Student Loans (20 Oct 1989)

Jack Straw: If that claim is nonsense, it is the nonsense of those of the hon. Gentleman's right hon. and hon. Friends who were members of that Select Committee on Education and Science. I do not recall the hon. Gentleman telling them at the time that it was nonsense. I shall deal shortly with international comparisons, but one of the characteristics of British society that makes it different from those...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Overseas Assistance) Bill: Power to Provide Advice and Assistance (2 Jul 1993)

Eric Pickles: It is a great pleasure to see the Bill back in the House. I shall be brief because I know that other hon. Members are keen to speak. I had the opportunity to attend all the debates on the Bill except the Second Reading. It would be foolish of the House to underestimate the value of the Bill. When it becomes an Act, it will lay for a considerable time the groundwork of our co-operation in a...

Opposition Day: Council Tax (1 Apr 1996)

Gerry Sutcliffe: The yah-boo style of the Opposition tonight—or the Government, soon to be the Opposition—has not impressed me one little bit. I do not think that it would have impressed the thousands of Labour, Tory and Liberal councillors throughout the country. If they had heard the debate tonight they would have been appalled at the lack of respect for the way in which they had operated their councils...

Opposition Day: Council Tax (Derbyshire) (16 Jun 1998)

David Curry: ...for North-East Derbyshire (Mr. Barnes) a rapid recovery. It was with some nostalgia that I listened to those marvellous words "reasonable", "appropriate" and "achievable", having used them so often and knowing that they have a ritualistic character in this debate; they save the Minister from judicial challenge at a later stage. I was interested that she began with a debate on the six, I...

Clause 6: Payment of Tax Credit by Employers etc (22 Jun 1999)

Steve Webb: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles), as I have done on a number of occasions. Our styles are rather different, but we are of one mind about the amendments, which were tabled by my noble Friend Lord Goodhart in another place and which received the support of Conservative peers. I listened with interest to the Minister. I started with a blank sheet...

London and the South-East (12 Mar 2002)

James Paice: No, of course I will not. The Inland Revenue is putting obstacles in the way of private landlords by classifying maintenance as improvements. My hon. Friend the Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink) spoke cleverly and wisely about pensioners. He reminded us of what the Government have done in relation to £5 billion in tax and red tape. He could have gone on to talk about the collapse of final...

Education Bill (28 May 2002)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: In speaking to Amendment No. 275, in the name of my noble friend, Lord Northbourne, perhaps I may draw the Committee's attention to my interest. I am a director of the Foundation for Citizenship at the Liverpool John Moores University. I have much sympathy with what the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, said, but she made one statement that is not correct. Citizenship will not be examinable....

Housing and Planning (18 Jul 2002)

Lord Rooker: I was referring to Tory Front-Benchers, my Lords. I listened to all the questioning on the Statement in another place and was surprised. The honourable Member for Brentwood and Ongar, Mr. Pickles, was completely isolated and not supported by any of his Back-Bench colleagues. We are not planning any new regional bodies of the kind for which the noble Baroness asked. The Housing Corporation,...

Local Government Bill (7 Jan 2003)

David Lepper: I wish to concentrate on part 4, which relates to business improvement districts, but I should like to welcome some other aspects of the Bill before doing so, such as the help that it will provide to small businesses, and, despite what the hon. Member for Mole Valley (Sir Paul Beresford) has just said, the measures to protect the rights of local authority staff, especially their pension...

Local Government Finance (26 May 2004)

Nick Raynsford: ...region, 5.6 per cent. in the south-east and 5.5 per cent. in the south-west. That is more clear evidence that Tory propaganda is completely untrue. The Tories pretend that they are in favour of low council tax but they have sat on their hands when the Government have taken action to cap excessive council tax increases. This was the party that introduced capping in the 1980s. It was the...


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