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Results 101–120 of 10000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Timms

Orders of the Day — Cold Weather Payments (Barking and Dagenham) (27 Feb 1996)

Stephen Timms: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Ms Hodge) on securing the debate, and on the powerful case she made on behalf of her constituents in both Barking and Dagenham. My constituency adjoins those of my hon. Friend and of my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford, South (Mr. Gapes). That being so, I am very familiar with the problems that they have described. I associate myself with...

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (29 Feb 1996)

Stephen Timms: May I welcome unreservedly the Secretary of State's comments about Stratford international station? He has always taken a close interest in east London, and I congratulate him on his decision. Will he join me in saluting the eight-year, Newham council-led campaign for that station, supported strongly and determinedly by hon. Members on both sides of the House? Will he confirm that the station...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: Did the Prime Minister have the Chancellor's authority when he promised to abolish capital gains tax?

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I apologise for being absent from the Chamber for a fair part of this debate: I was attending the Select Committee on the Treasury. The background to the debate is the disastrous failure of Conservative economic policy in the past 15 years. I was sharply reminded of that failure at the weekend when dealing with constituents and, in particular, when responding to a letter from a couple who...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am making a critique of the Government's policy and I intend to deal in some detail with tax. I should be grateful if the hon. Gentleman would wait until I get to that subject. The effects of what I am describing are profound. Families are stretched as both parents are forced to work long hours, giving them less time for their children. Youngsters in low-income families are being denied...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am dealing with the Government's economic policies, which are the subject of the motion, and will continue to do so. I want to concentrate on the Government's intentions for inheritance tax. The plan that has been unveiled to abolish inheritance tax epitomises the Government's abandonment of the one-nation ideal for a lurch to the right. There was a time when the Prime Minister's...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am interested in the hon. Gentleman's comments. The Institute for Fiscal Studies is an extremely reputable body. I shall gladly send a copy of the report to the hon. Gentleman as it makes thought-provoking reading. He should pay close attention to it as it shows the extent to which affluence is inherited in Britain today. The key factor influencing prosperity is not merit or ability, but...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I do not think that the threshold should be lowered and it has not been uprated in line with inflation in recent years. I am concerned about the enormous handouts to those with the biggest estates and the huge sums of money from which they would benefit if inheritance tax were abolished. I think that there is a case for raising the threshold somewhat—I do not argue with that, if it is the...

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Residual Liabilities) Bill (12 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: Notwithstanding what the article in the Financial Times said this morning, is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Secretary of State told the Treasury Select Committee that the Bill was not needed in order to complete those PFI deals?

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Residual Liabilities) Bill (12 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I begin by apologising to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and to the House for not being present at the beginning of the debate, but I was serving on Committees elsewhere in the House. I support the Opposition amendment which sets out in crystal clear terms the problems with the Bill. The problem with the private finance initiative in the major hospital projects on which Conservative Members have...

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Residual Liabilities) Bill (12 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The possibility of a private finance initiative to raise the standard of GP premises has been considered by one of the trusts in the region, but I take your point. The community health service trust has considered that possibility, but I will endeavour to relate my remarks more closely to the Bill. As the reasoned amendment sets out, trusts may...

Orders of the Day — London Regional Transport Bill (13 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that even though that hospital project was mentioned in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's speech, still no contract has been signed to complete it?

Orders of the Day — London Regional Transport Bill (13 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I apologise to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and the House, as although I was present at the beginning of the debate, I had to leave the Chamber to attend a meeting of the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee and therefore missed much of the earlier part of the debate. It is a remarkable comment on the Government's management of the private finance initiative that we should be spending...

Orders of the Day — London Regional Transport Bill (13 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman's point, which makes exactly my argument. We are not gaining anything new. We are just deferring payment to future years. Since those payments will have to be made for many years to come, there will in future years be fewer resources available for the investment in transport infrastructure that we all want around London and elsewhere. When additional...

Orders of the Day — London Regional Transport Bill (13 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I entirely accept that. That very fact means that there is potential for the use of private finance in developing London's transport network, about which I shall make some specific points and cite some instances in which I think it will be particularly important.

Orders of the Day — London Regional Transport Bill (13 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I was not present for that exchange, but I entirely agree with him that splitting up the underground network in the way that he has implied would be a seriously retrograde step. It is most important that we maintain an integrated, publicly owned underground network. Nobody can deny that there is a need for additional capital investment in London Transport at...

Orders of the Day — London Regional Transport Bill (13 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: Consistently throughout my speech I have said that I accept the need for private investment in the development of London's transport, so I agree with the Minister there. However, what I want to emphasise is the fact that London First says that last year's Budget was the first test of the programme and that it failed to provide the level of funds called for in our Programme.

Orders of the Day — London Regional Transport Bill (13 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I do not agree with that at all. Indeed, as I said earlier, what we saw yesterday was an attempt to shift risk away from the private sector and back into the public sector. The word "sham" could well be used in that connection, to describe the attempts to use private finance in the health service. I have said throughout the debate that we need private finance in the development of London's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: China (3 Apr 1996)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the promotion of human rights in China. [22620]


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