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Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: CBI (North West) (1 May 1991)

Mr Keith Bradley: May I suggest that the Secretary of State arranges an urgent meeting with the CBI to discuss the disastrous fall in manufacturing employment in the north-west? After two Tory-inspired recessions, manufacturing employment has fallen by an appalling 301,000, which is a colossal 31 per cent. When he has that urgent meeting with the CBI, will the right hon. Gentleman tell the CBI that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 May 1991)

Mr Keith Bradley: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 14 May.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 May 1991)

Mr Keith Bradley: To ensure that a citizens' charter for the health service has real meaning for the people in my constituency, will the Prime Minister confirm that as 100,000 people have signed a petition to protest at the proposed closure of Withington hospital and its maternity unit, and as 3,000 people joined hands around the two-mile perimeter to protest about the plan, such overwhelming support will mean...

Opposition Day: Housing (2 Jul 1991)

Mr Keith Bradley: Thank you for calling me so early in the debate, Madam Deputy Speaker. It is an outrage that the Government should have sought to make a statement today, thus leaving less than an hour for Back-Bench Members to speak on this important topic. However, I shall be brief, as you have requested, Madam Deputy Speaker, because many of my hon. Friends wish to speak in this important debate. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Reforms (16 Jul 1991)

Mr Keith Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met representatives of the British Medical Association to discuss the health service reforms.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Reforms (16 Jul 1991)

Mr Keith Bradley: I am sure that the Secretary of State is aware that the BMA is concerned about the policy of opt-out for hospitals and I know that he is also aware of the consultations taking place between Withington and Wythenshawe hospitals about the rationalisation of services, especially the closure of the maternity unit. Now that Wythenshawe hospital has expressed an interest in opting out, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Cold Weather Payments (18 Nov 1991)

Mr Keith Bradley: The cold weather payment scheme is still wholly inadequate, with thousands of pensioners whose incomes are just above the income support level receiving no extra help with their fuel charges. As fuel costs are racing ahead of inflation, will the Minister enter into immediate discussions with the Secretary of State for Energy and the fuel industry to examine the standing charge, which is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Social Fund (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Keith Bradley: The Minister is incredibly complacent about the operation of the social fund, on which many thousands of people rely to make ends meet. Is he aware of the abysmally low success rate in many cities? Is he further aware that when a grant is applied for jointly with a loan, there are massive variations among district offices in those cities? In Manchester, for example, the success rate in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Community Care Grants (3 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: The Minister clearly has no understanding of the damage that the social fund is inflicting on thousands of the poorest people in cities such as Newcastle and Manchester. In 1991, 68 per cent. of applicants were refused community care grant and just over 50 per cent. were given a budgetary loan, which they had to repay from their meagre benefits. When will the Department publish the review of...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Mortgage Interest Payments) Bill (5 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: Although we shall support the Bill because we believe that any measure that alleviates the terrible problem of repossessions is to be welcomed, the way in which the Minister presented it suggests that there is no problem. We should view the Bill in the light of the package of panic measures that were announced in December. as the rapidly rising tide of repossessions threatened finally to...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Mortgage Interest Payments) Bill (5 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: What is more important is that the Government should recognise that repossessions cause real problems. We want to know whether the Government are tackling them. I should be happy to give way to the Minister if he could tell us how many schemes have been agreed with the building societies to tackle the problem, how many properties will he involved in those schemes and how many people have been...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Mortgage Interest Payments) Bill (5 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: The Minister is clearly unable to tell us about even one scheme that is in place that is helping people over repossessions. There is no clear statistical evidence of the effects that the Bill will have on repossessions. What we know from the reply given by the Under-Secretary of State to my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle) is that in May 1990 the annual equivalent of £553...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Mortgage Interest Payments) Bill (5 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. 1 repeat my question to the Minister —how many schemes are currently in place to help people in the rescue package? There is still a staggering silence on that issue. It should also be noted first that many essential housing costs of owner-occupation are not covered by income support and have to be met out of claimants' remaining basic benefit. I shall...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Mortgage Interest Payments) Bill (5 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: The Minister is right, and that is why we are supporting the Bill. I am trying to point out that the argument that mortgage payments are being frittered away because some people have enough money in benefits to pay other bills is not true. The only way to help people is to increase benefits to a level that would cover the essential payments. As I said, direct deductions cause great hardship...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Mortgage Interest Payments) Bill (5 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: It is an absolute pledge that that is what the Labour party will do. I shall say something about the plight of home owners on low incomes—people who are not on income support. As we all know, the only help that they receive is through mortgage interest relief at source—MIRAS. An increasing number of claimants are worried about their ability to afford mortgage repayments if they go into...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Mortgage Interest Payments) Bill: Report to Parliament (5 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: I beg to move, that the clause be read a Second time. I will be brief, because I am sure, from Ministers' contributions to the Second Reading debate, that the Government will welcome the new clause. All we seek through it is the opportunity for the Secretary of State to report to the House on a six-monthly basis on the workings of the Bill, which will then be an Act. From what the...

Orders of the Day — Social Security (Mortgage Interest Payments) Bill: Report to Parliament (5 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: The Minister's reply was disappointing. We cannot help but be concerned that, because the Government are not prepared to report back to the House, they may have more to hide than they are suggesting tonight. I assure the House that we shall rigorously pursue every possible avenue to seek the necessary information. Although we are often hindered in that task, I am sure that all my hon. Friends...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pensioners (Owner-Occupiers) (2 Mar 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: Is the Minister not aware that a significant number of pensioners who own their own homes are among the poorest in the country? Many have all their capital tied up in their homes and have to use the meagre resources of the basic state retirement pension to repair and restore their homes and to pay their heating bills? Is not that situation made even worse by the massive Government cuts in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Empty Council Properties (13 May 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: Yet again, the Minister makes an unwarranted attack on Manchester. The latest figures for Manchester show that half the empty properties have been emptied because it won the city challenge and the Government asked it to empty them. Only 1,800 out of 90,000 properties are management voids, which is less than 2 per cent.—a lower percentage than the Government's own Ministry of Defence stock.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Social Fund (8 Jun 1992)

Mr Keith Bradley: Will the Minister be more positive today? I am sure that he is aware that the vast numbers of applications to the social fund are from young and homeless people seeking to set up their first homes and are for household items. Many of those people cannot afford to repay the cost of such items from the meagre income support that the Government give them. Does he support the recommendation of...


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