Results 161–180 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

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

John Maples: The hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Clegg) made an interesting speech. I agree with him that far from all that the Commission has done has been wrong. For a long time, the then Common Market was one of the few proponents of free market economics in Europe, but many of us feel that it has got a bit stuck in recent years. The hon. Gentleman called, as did my hon. Friend the Member for...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

John Maples: Would the hon. Gentleman forgive me if I do not? I will make a short speech by the standards of this debate because I know that one or two others want to speak. I do not know whether that is a revolutionary thought or not—it is not to me, although it may be to others—but I want to introduce another. I hope that this does not cause too many headaches either on the Labour or the...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

John Maples: No, I am finishing. I hope that the Prime Minister starts next week.

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

John Maples: Is the hon. Gentleman seriously suggesting that the main conclusion to be drawn from the overwhelming French and Dutch no votes is that the people of those countries should be asked to think again?

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

John Maples: Is not the problem that the Commission has powers of its own, including the sole power to initiate legislation? If the Commission were more subservient to the European Council and the Council of Ministers, the commissioners' nationalities would not be a problem because it would be more like a civil service. One of the problems with the constitution was that it made the Commission more...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

John Maples: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is right to say that Germany and France need to enact their own reforms if they want to solve those problems. However, part of the problem has been being in a single currency zone with a single interest rate. It has been impossible for the European Central Bank to set an interest rate that is appropriate for all of the members. The euro interest rates are...

House of Lords Reform (23 Feb 2005)

John Maples: The hon. Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) has been grappling with one of the real difficulties, but I think I will be the only dissenting voice in today's debate. I take some comfort from the fact that there is another dissenting voice, which is that of the only person who really matters in this argument—the Prime Minister. As long as the two of us agree, we will probably get our way. I am...

Iraq (31 Jan 2005)

John Maples: The manner in which yesterday's elections appear to have been conducted is the best news to have come out of Iraq for a very long time, but it remains to be seen whether it improves the security situation. I rather doubt that that will be so in the short term, but, as more and more Iraqis show their support for the Government that they have elected, perhaps support for the terrorists will...

Homes for All: Five-year Plan (24 Jan 2005)

John Maples: May I take the Deputy Prime Minister further down the avenue opened by the hon. Member for The Wrekin (Peter Bradley) about the shortage of housing in rural areas, particularly in villages in the southern half of the country where the price has been driven up by demand from outsiders for attractive properties, perhaps for first homes but often for second homes? What he has announced today...

War against Terrorism (4 Nov 2004)

John Maples: The Minister may not have been entirely clear whether my hon. Friend was speaking for the full Conservative party or for his colleagues when he endorsed President Bush's victory. That was all.

War against Terrorism (4 Nov 2004)

John Maples: My hon. Friend the Member for Chichester (Mr. Tyrie) has made a typically thoughtful and all-encompassing speech about aspects of foreign affairs. I agree with much of what he said, and what he said about Iraq is almost entirely true. I have a long and substantial speech of my own brewing about Iraq; hon. Members will he happy that I am not going to make it today, but it is coming along. I...

War against Terrorism (4 Nov 2004)

John Maples: The right hon. Gentleman is implicitly critical of the US Administration's position on the Israel-Palestine problem. However, have they not taken a less forward role because they have come to the conclusion that Arafat is not a partner for peace and that, after what President Clinton tried to do at Camp David and Taba, there has been no point in pursuing the issue very aggressively? Given the...

War against Terrorism (4 Nov 2004)

John Maples: My point was that the Bush Administration paid no attention until 11 September precisely because of President Clinton's experience at Camp David and subsequently at Taba. He came to the conclusion, which the Bush Administration presumably understood, that no deal would be reached with Arafat, so it was a waste of time devoting attention to the issue.

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

John Maples: I would go along with some of what the hon. Member for Bury, North (Mr. Chaytor) said, but what he must face is that, while it may be legitimate for Parliament to take an interest in university admissions policies, if it tries to interfere in them, it is necessarily at the margin—saying to a university, "You should accept B rather than A, when you would have preferred A rather than B."...

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

John Maples: I take the hon. Gentleman's point, but I hope that he also takes mine: there is no point suggesting that 50 per cent. of the population should study academic subjects in the way that those at our leading universities do. That is absolutely right for some people, but I suspect that it is not right for as many as 50 per cent. The basis of those two educations is also different. Someone who will...

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

John Maples: I understand the argument about grammar schools and why many people felt strongly about abolishing them, but the hon. Gentleman has to acknowledge, as other people do, that when we abolished grammar schools we abolished a route for the bright working-class kid to get to Cambridge. Seventy-five per cent. of my year in my college at Cambridge came from the state sector and many of them were...

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

John Maples: I agree. There is a range of universities. People would argue about where the line is, but the Russell group provides fantastic education. The hon. Gentleman is right. When he and I went to university, not only was the percentage smaller but there were hardly any women there. I suspect that it has got more difficult for a man to get in. Much has been made of A-levels being a bad predictor of...

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

John Maples: I think that, with the top universities, that will not make any difference, because all the people who apply either have or are going to get three As anyway. It may help with other universities. I was talking about amending the A-level so that it is a better predictor of what degree people are going to get. I thought that that was the criticism of the A-level: it is not a good predictor of...

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

John Maples: Will the Minister give way?

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

John Maples: I understand that OFFA's purpose is to improve and monitor universities' access plans and that if a university wants to raise tuition fees above £1,150 a year, its plan must be approved by the director of OFFA. If the director of OFFA does not approve such a plan, presumably the university cannot raise its fees, in which case he has direct power over universities' admission policies.

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