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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Taxation (30 Jun 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Is my hon. Friend aware that over the past eight years, the state of the economy and the level of taxation have caused unemployment in Bolsover to fall from more than 10 per cent. to less than 4 per cent.? That has happened because Treasury money has been used to improve the pit sites and turn them into industrial estates where people have been able to go back to work. The hon. Member for...

Council Housing (29 Jun 2005)

Dennis Skinner: I thank my hon. Friend for allowing me to speak in this debate, because it is pretty clear that Gale has no intention of calling me. This is the second time in this Chamber that he has done the same thing. My question, among many that I would have raised in my contribution, is that if local authority housing is taken away from the small district councils, like Bolsover district and north-east...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Trade with China (23 Jun 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Before we get carried away about what is happening in China, let us remember what happened a few weeks ago—I am referring to the Rover Group debacle. What happened? Those idiots from Phoenix trotted across to China and said, "Here's the certificate, here's the technology. You can have it for little or nothing", and we finish up with all those workers being chucked on the dole. I would...

European Council (20 Jun 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Is the Prime Minister aware that, notwithstanding the many reasons that he advanced for the no vote particularly in France and in Holland, there is a growing political vacuum in every one of the 25 nation states in the European Union? That is exemplified here as well as anywhere else. For 30 years, there has been a tendency, both in the Common Market and the European Union, to race ahead of...

EU Constitutional Treaty (6 Jun 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Does the Foreign Secretary agree that people in the Common Market and, latterly, the European Union have from time to time overreached themselves in trying to sell a package from the top down? For example, they almost went a bridge too far when the then Tory Government signed the Maastricht treaty. I voted against the European Union Bill on Third Reading because, once again, they had...

Chancellor of the Exchequer: National Insurance Contributions (26 May 2005)

Dennis Skinner: There is not all-party agreement on this issue.

Chancellor of the Exchequer: Borrowings Forecast (26 May 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Does my right hon. Friend agree that in the last eight years we have been hearing from the Tory party in particular and to a lesser degree from the Liberal Democrats of the possibility of a black hole in Government funding? The black holes were in 1997 when we secured a victory and they fell down a black hole, in 2001 when we secured a victory and they fell down another black hole, and at our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police (Administrative Burden) (23 May 2005)

Dennis Skinner: How much bureaucracy ensued as a result of that police officer travelling at 159 mph on the motorway?

Members Sworn (16 May 2005)

...Alexander Cyril Goodman, Wycombe David Lindsay Willetts, Havant Anthony James McNulty, Harrow East Sharon Hodgson, Gateshead East and Washington West Andrew John Bower Mitchell, Sutton Coldfield Dennis Edward Skinner, Bolsover Charles Geoffrey Cox, Torridge and West Devon John Charles Baron, Billericay Peter Landreth Atkinson, Hexham Andrew Francis Slaughter, Ealing, Acton and ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Coal Health Claims (7 Apr 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Is the Minister aware that those who worked for other employers as well as the National Coal Board and British Coal have some difficulty? As he knows, there is a problem with multi-claims. Some private employers are refusing to pay their whack out of the total payment. Therefore, we must jump on them severely to try to get the claims settled. Such claims form the bulk of the outstanding...

European Council (24 Mar 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Does the Prime Minister agree that one of the reasons why Chirac has turned a bit nasty lately is that the French will soon be having a poll on the constitution and it looks as though he might finish up with a headache? In the Prime Minister's quieter moments, does he think that it might not be a bad idea if that happened? It would save us a lot of embarrassment here. Finally, after eight...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Education Funding (Shire Counties) (24 Mar 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Is the Minister aware that Derbyshire is a shire county, and that it has received funding equivalent to more than three times the rate of inflation during the past eight years? As a result, there have been 105 new projects for schools in my constituency during those eight years—more than in the previous 25 years put together, since I was a Member of the House. The most famous school to...

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food Safety (17 Mar 2005)

Dennis Skinner: I have just thought of an idea. We do not have enough sniffer dogs, but there are literally thousands of dogs that previously hunted foxes. I am sure that the Tories would want to use them, so we could turn them all into sniffer dogs. As for food safety, I do not need any lectures on that. I am not allowed sugar, fat or salt, and I have to eat food that is completely bland. Jamie Oliver could...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: English Partnerships (16 Mar 2005)

Dennis Skinner: My right hon. Friend is aware that we got the money to deal with Shirebrook pit tip. We flattened it, and there is now a factory on there that will be employing 1,000 people by the end of this year—more than worked down the pit at the end, when the Tories closed it. That is because of our co-operation with the Labour authorities and English Partnerships. Is he aware that we have another...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Dennis Skinner: If the Tories are so keen on sunset clauses, and in view of the fact that I was here during the 18 years when they were in power, can the hon. Gentleman tell me why no sunset clauses were included in the rail and coal privatisations? Why did the Single European Act and the Maastricht treaty not include sunset clauses? I could go on for another 20 minutes. The truth is that the Tory Opposition...

Points of Order (8 Mar 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Do you agree that as the Tory Opposition receive £4 million a year of taxpayers' money, they should be bright enough to table questions without having to beg you to tell them how to do the job they are paid to do? [Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Ministerial Posts (8 Mar 2005)

Dennis Skinner: He thought he was introducing a ten-minute Bill.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Deep Coal Industry (3 Mar 2005)

Dennis Skinner: Does my hon. Friend the Minister recall that on this day, 3 March, 20 years ago, the miners' strike ended? At that time, we had 170 pits, a clean coal technology plant in the offing in the south Yorkshire coalfield, and the coal industry was publicly owned. By 1997, when the Tories were kicked out, all those had gone and only 17 pits remained. If we want to sustain the tiny remains of our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Protection Fund (28 Feb 2005)

Dennis Skinner: What advice can the Minister give to several hundred ex-Anglo United workers who have been robbed blind by their employer now that Anglo United, which used to be called Coalite, has finished? Is he aware that, in a previous answer, he suggested that Anglo United was not in the scheme that was announced on 22 February? Why was it not included? Why is it not included in the protection plan?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Waiting Times (Cancer) (22 Feb 2005)

Dennis Skinner: What about them over there?

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