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Results 1–20 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Geoff Hoon

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (20 May 1992)

Geoff Hoon: I congratulate the hon. Member for Chingford (Mr. Duncan-Smith) on his maiden speech. I hope that he will take it as a compliment when I say that he looked and sounded as though he had been here for years. I am sure that he will soon be fitted with his own leather jacket. Perhaps I have the easiest task of any new hon. Member in paying proper tribute to my predecessor. Frank Haynes was...

New clause 2: Inheritance Tax and Access (7 Jul 1992)

Geoff Hoon: The application of inheritance tax legislation to allow conditionally exempt transfers to attract substantial tax relief is a Kafkaesque exercise in secrecy and obfuscation. Property, land and works of art can be exempted from inheritance tax where undertakings are given which purport to guarantee public access to the property, such as that land should be managed for the benefit of the public...

New clause 2: Inheritance Tax and Access (7 Jul 1992)

Geoff Hoon: That would be part of the challenge. Indeed, it would require only a modest addition to new clause 2 to make the treasure hunt competitive. if we knew how much tax had been forgone, points could be awarded according to the value of the pieces of art spotted by enterprising members of the public. The more valuable the item, the more tax relief, and the more points would be awarded. I am...

New Clause 3: Stamp Duty (Temporary Provisions) (Extension) (7 Jul 1992)

Geoff Hoon: The hon. Gentleman referred to a surge in house buying after the general election. Does he accept that there was actually a 9 per cent. reduction in property transactions between April and May?

New Clause 3: Stamp Duty (Temporary Provisions) (Extension) (7 Jul 1992)

Geoff Hoon: New clause 3 sets out a stark choice for the Government and their supporters: they either plead guilty to the charge that they used up to £400 million of public money for electioneering, on a failed policy of kick-starting the housing market, or they accept the new clause and allow the housing market time to make some sort of recovery. Either the Government believe in the policy that they so...

New Clause 3: Stamp Duty (Temporary Provisions) (Extension) (7 Jul 1992)

Geoff Hoon: For precisely the reasons that the then Financial Secretary gave in January—he said that the measure would take a little time. If the hon. Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Smith) looks at that speech, he will find that the then Financial Secretary referred to people's difficulties in finding homes, the time taken by the legal procedure and the time necessary to complete. There simply has not...

New Clause 3: Stamp Duty (Temporary Provisions) (Extension) (7 Jul 1992)

Geoff Hoon: The Government may be tempted to tell us the truth for a change and to say that their policy was the shortest of short-term policies. It was designed to get the Government through the election but no further and is now to be abandoned, despite the evidence of a severe housing crisis throughout the country. The current state of the British housing market has caused a record number of...

Prayers: Economic Policy (24 Sep 1992)

Geoff Hoon: I am sorry that my hon. Friend the Member for Durham, North (Mr. Radice) is not in the Chamber, because I wanted to begin my speech by properly acknowledging a quotation. The Government went into the ERM at the wrong time, at the wrong rate and for entirely the wrong reasons. Over and over again we have heard Ministers trying to justify membership of the exchange rate mechanism on the narrow...

Coal Industry (19 Oct 1992)

Geoff Hoon: If the supposed justification for the closure of Silverhill colliery in my constituency is the operation of market forces, why has Britain imported coal that has gone straight on the stockpiles at pitheads and power stations? Was it to bolster a bad Government case? Are the stockpiles there to justify the action taken to close Silverhill immediately? Is it not time that there was a stockpile...

Pit Closures (21 Oct 1992)

Geoff Hoon: When the collieries were closed in Amber Valley, there was full employment in this country—not like the situation facing the miners at Silverhill today. I want to speak for the miners at that colliery which, in case the constant references by Conservative Members leave anyone in doubt, is in my constituency. I want to speak for the staff at the colliery and for the families who depend for...

Orders of the Day — Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Bill [Lords] (11 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: Will the Minister explain how that rather sorry state of affairs came about?

Autumn Statement (18 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: I listened with interest to the speech of the hon. Member for Newbury (Mrs. Chaplin) but was just a little surprised not to hear her mention the exchange rate mechanism, which was, after all, the cornerstone of the Government's economic policy throughout the time when she was special adviser to successive Chancellors of the Exchequer and head of the Prime Minister's political office. That is...

Autumn Statement (18 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: I am delighted to hear that and I hope that the hon. Lady uses her influence on Treasury Ministers to encourage them to do the same—and quickly. Those climbdowns and reversals show that the country has what I would describe as a corkscrew Chancellor, who slides around in circles that spiral ever downwards to a point where, like the fading smile on the face of the Cheshire cat, the...

Autumn Statement (18 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: If the hon. Gentleman will have a little patience and if you, Madam Deputy Speaker, will allow me to continue a little longer, I shall deal with that point. It is not simply a question of reducing interest rates. Clearly, we must also have a coherent industrial strategy to accompany it. When people in the United States were faced with lower interest rates and had a little more money in their...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: The hon. Gentleman says that it is impossible to have a British monetary policy for our monetary conditions and I share his view, but was that not precisely the way in which the Chancellor of the Exchequer introduced the autumn statement'? The Chancellor said that a cornerstone of the autumn statement was a British monetary policy for British monetary conditions. The hon. Gentleman voted for...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: It is one of those nice ironies of parliamentary life that I follow the hon. Member for Derbyshire, South (Mrs. Currie), because in due course I shall be leaving the European Parliament to concentrate on my work in the House, whereas I understand that the hon. Lady is about to abandon her constituents for the prospect of a seat in the European Parliament.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: The hon. Lady will at least be able to fight for her constituents, wherever they may be, from the Floor of the European Parliament—rather than from its gallery, where she did her fighting on behalf of Toyota. In any event, I wish the hon. Lady every success in her efforts to secure a candidature, but I warn her that the present opinion polls do not look particularly favourable for...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: I am grateful for that observation. I anticipate that the position of the Labour party on the constitutional process of ratifying the Maastricht treaty will remain very much what it was on Second Reading. We shall not be diverted in the way in which the Government want us to be diverted—along paths established solely for the benefit of the Conservative party to paper over the deep cracks...

Market Power (Green Paper) (30 Nov 1992)

Geoff Hoon: In strengthening competition policy, will the President of the Board of Trade ensure that an investigation is held into the geographical cartels that currently control the wholesale distribution of newspapers? As part of that investigation, will he guarantee that all small businesses that want a regular supply of newspapers can receive them?

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