Results 181–200 of 1300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Maples

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

John Maples: I would like to believe the Minister, but if Sir Martin Harris does not approve a plan, presumably the university cannot raise its fees, in which case OFFA has enormous power over the financing of the universities if it does not approve of what they are doing. It is surely incorrect to say that OFFA has no say or influence over universities' admissions policies.

Tomlinson Working Group (18 Oct 2004)

John Maples: We will all need some time to digest what Mr. Tomlinson has said, but I wish to express two general hopes to the Secretary of State. The first is that if we are going to endure the disruption of replacing one exam system with another—or developing the exam system in the way that is envisaged—we should put in place something that will last a generation. That means that it must have the...

Education and Skills (Five-year Strategy) (8 Jul 2004)

John Maples: Whatever the rights and wrongs of selection, Warwickshire has several very popular grammar schools and, at the same time, a Labour-led local education authority. Unfortunately for the Secretary of State, those grammar schools are among the most popular and successful schools in the county. The Government scheme for funding the expansion of popular and successful schools, to which he referred,...

House of Lords (Reform) (9 Jun 2004)

John Maples: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for a fully appointed House of Lords. On 4 February 2003, when the House voted on this matter, 245 hon. Members voted aye—among them me, the Prime Minister and 10 of his Cabinet colleagues. Since then, the Government have got into a terrible mess. Proposals for legislation appeared in the Queen's Speech, then the...

Darfur (9 Jun 2004)

John Maples: This crisis and disaster has been known about for months and widely reported for weeks. The Secretary of State says that he is looking for a political solution, but the problem is caused by armed militias, supported by the Sudanese Government. Does he think that the doctrine of humanitarian intervention justifies military intervention in these circumstances, either with or without a United...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jun 2004)

John Maples: I join the Deputy Prime Minister in welcoming yesterday's unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution on Iraq, but I am sure that he would agree that much more needs to be done to rebuild the unity and cohesion of the transatlantic alliance. Will he tell us what specific issues the Prime Minister will try to persuade his European counterparts to rebuild that unity around?

Iraq (7 Jun 2004)

John Maples: I am sure that the Foreign Secretary shares my deep concern at the damage that has been done to the Atlantic alliance during the past 18 months by the Iraq war. In negotiating the new United Nations Security Council resolution, will he emphasise strongly to his counterparts in France and Germany the importance of using it as an opportunity to start to rebuild the unity and cohesiveness of the...

Iraq: UK Forces Adjustments (27 May 2004)

John Maples: The Secretary of State should really treat the House with greater openness and transparency if he wants to maintain the support, particularly of my hon. Friends and me, for the Government through very difficult times—we have offered support consistently since the war started. He did not answer a single question that my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Soames) posed. Last week at...

War against Terrorism (20 May 2004)

John Maples: I hope that my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Devon (Mr. Streeter) will forgive me if I do not follow him down that road. I want to pick up on a theme that was developed by my right hon. Friend the Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Sir John Stanley), and which was mentioned by the hon. Members for Glasgow, Govan (Mr. Sarwar) and for Edinburgh, North and Leith (Mr. Lazarowicz)—that...

Iraq (17 May 2004)

John Maples: I would say to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Mrs. Roche) that if there is a moral imperative on countries such as ours, where human rights are respected, to intervene in countries where they are not, there is an awfully long list of the latter—and that that was not the justification for the war. Saddam Hussein's was a particularly unpleasant regime, but there are many more...

Iraq (17 May 2004)

John Maples: I have said a great deal in the House and elsewhere about the middle east peace process. I have strong views, which I have taken up with the Prime Minister in writing and in speeches. However, I have only eight minutes and cannot deal with the subject now, save to say in defence of the United States that nobody could have tried harder to bring about peace in the region than President Clinton...

Iraq: Security/Mistreatment Allegations (10 May 2004)

John Maples: The Government simply have to realise the devastating effect that the allegations are having on our policy, our reputation and our effectiveness in the middle east, and the only way of solving the problem is by ensuring complete openness. I refer the Secretary of State again to an Amnesty press release from last Friday, which said: "Last July Amnesty raised allegations of torture and...

Council Tax Capping (29 Apr 2004)

John Maples: It will come as a great disappointment to people in my constituency that he has not capped Warwickshire county council and Warwickshire police authority. The county council precept has risen by 6.5 per cent. this year on top of 8 per cent. last year and 12 per cent. the year before; and the police authority precept has gone up by 8 per cent. this year on top of 15 per cent. last year and 20...

Constitution for the European Union (Referendum) Bill (23 Apr 2004)

John Maples: And that is the end of it.

Constitution for the European Union (Referendum) Bill (23 Apr 2004)

John Maples: rose—

Constitution for the European Union (Referendum) Bill (23 Apr 2004)

John Maples: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, as I did speak for a long time. I specifically said that "adoption" is a term of art meaning that when the treaty is agreed at the intergovernmental conference, it is usually signed two or three weeks later when the text is finalised. The hon. Gentleman is being unfair on me. I did speak about my Bill but, as it is Government policy, there did not seem to...

Constitution for the European Union (Referendum) Bill (23 Apr 2004)

John Maples: I explained what the word "adoption" means. It is a term of art and I checked it with the Clerks. Furthermore, this Bill is, word for word, exactly the Bill that the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) introduced in the previous Session. I shall draw the right hon. Gentleman's attention to Hansard and to the hon. Gentleman's criticisms of the drafting.

Constitution for the European Union (Referendum) Bill (23 Apr 2004)

John Maples: Are the hon. Gentleman and the hon. Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) suggesting that the Government would delay the Bill to that extent? Otherwise, it could go through Parliament very quickly, as all hon. Members appear to be in favour of the principle.

Constitution for the European Union (Referendum) Bill (23 Apr 2004)

John Maples: I want to deal with the public holiday point. I thought that the Liberal Democrats had understood the provision properly, whereas the hon. Gentleman had not. I take it to mean, and it is intended to mean, that whatever day is chosen for the referendum shall also be designated a public holiday, not that the referendum must be held on what is an existing public holiday, because that would...

Remaining Private Members' Bills — Older People's Commissioners Bill (23 Apr 2004)

John Maples: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Can you help me find out what methods there are to draw the attention of the public to the fact that the Prime Minister says he is in favour of a referendum, but sends his Members of Parliament to talk my Bill out, abusing the rules of the House to do so and thereby belying the honesty of his intention to hold a referendum?

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