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Results 1–20 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

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Early Intervention (Finance) (13 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) for securing the debate and for the way in which he has pursued the issue over such a long period. He has followed an unusual and possibly unique path by taking on executive responsibility, as chair of One Nottingham, for programmes in his constituency, while pursuing Ministers and policy issues in the House. He has pursued...

Tax Credits (Working Parents) (14 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I begin by apologising for my lack of punctuality at the start of this debate, Mr. Weir. I am delighted that we are sitting under your chairmanship this afternoon. As others have done, I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck) on securing the debate. I welcome her deep and sustained interest in the topics that she has discussed in this very...

Tax Credits (Working Parents) (14 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: The hon. Gentleman is right to note that HMRC is a UK-wide organisation. It certainly works in Wales as well, and I shall be happy to drop him a line setting out the details. Having mentioned Jobcentre Plus, let me pick up the point that my hon. Friend the Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North made about the "better off in work" calculations, which are important. From everything that...

Tax Credits (Working Parents) (14 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I am happy to drop my hon. Friend a line about that, perhaps following discussion with DCSF officials. The hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs. Miller) said that the Prime Minister's commitment had been watered down or withdrawn, but that is not the case. Indeed, the White Paper that was published yesterday sets out the first step in delivering that commitment for two-year-olds as well. There...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I beg to move, That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 14938/08, Commission Communication: From financial crisis to recovery: A European framework for action and No. 16097/08, Commission Communication: A European economic recovery plan, and endorses the Government's approach to discussions with European partners on these issues. I welcome the opportunity to debate the...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I do not recognise the figure that the right hon. Gentleman gives, but I can tell him that the Commission has recognised that, in these exceptional circumstances, countries—including those in the euro area—may well exceed the 3 per cent. limit. As I said, at the euro-area summit of 12 October, we took the lead with steps to stabilise the banking system. In the pre-Budget report, my right...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: No; in fact, if anything it is the other way round. The measures that we introduced in the UK inspired large parts of the European plan, and of course we were closely involved in the discussions that led up to the plan that is before the House this afternoon.

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I think that the right hon. Gentleman is familiar with the five tests that the Government have set as preconditions for considering entry to the single currency. I shall take his contribution as a statement in support of those arrangements. This crisis has impacted on all members of the European Union. The euro area is already in recession, after a fall in GDP for the second consecutive...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: Clearly, if the European Union spends more than otherwise would have been the case, there will be implications, but we are waiting for the detail of those proposals, which I anticipate will be provided quite soon. The plan supports our fiscal stimulus, and provides further support for actions to front-load public expenditure, which we have just touched on, and assist small and medium-sized...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I completely disagree with the hon. Gentleman's characterisation. The single market in Europe is of immense value to the UK as well as to the other member states. The ability to produce a plan along these lines to achieve a unified response to the crisis demonstrates once again the value to the UK of our membership of the European Union.

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I do not agree at all, and I do not believe that the great majority of UK businesses would either. The European Union accounts for a very large proportion of our trade, and the fact that the single market is in place has been greatly to our assistance. It is one of the reasons why in the past few years we have attracted such an enormous amount of foreign direct investment—more than any...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I can reassure the hon. Gentleman that we are closely in touch with the European Union on these matters and therefore we do not expect unpleasant surprises in that department. It may also be necessary to help countries that have been hit particularly hard by the financial crisis and to support their domestic economies and to prevent cross-border contagion. The G20 summit in Washington...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I have not read the report to which the hon. Gentleman refers. We are certainly seeing an increase in unemployment right around the world. I was Employment Minister a year ago, and for a period I was able to announce in successive months more people in work in the UK than we have ever had before. The position today looks radically different; that is why we are putting in place the measures...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: Has the hon. Gentleman seen today's inflation figures, which show a sharp and welcome fall in inflation, reflecting in large part, as the Office for National Statistics has said, the effectiveness of the VAT cut, as it is passed through to consumer prices?

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I do not think that the hon. Gentleman can duck my hon. Friend's question so easily. Let us take the transport budget, for example. What the hon. Gentleman is proposing is that, with effect from two and a half months' time, that budget will be reduced by £840 million. Where is the money going to come from?

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: The hon. Gentleman is simply going to have to do better than that. He is proposing changes with effect from two and a half months' time. He is telling the House that he has a proposal and he is asking the House to vote for it. It is a proposal to reduce Government spending by £5 billion, as he said, with effect from two and a half months from today. Where is the money going to come from?

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I beg to move an amendment, to leave out from "House" to the end of the Question and add: "recognises the effects the global financial instability is having across the world and on the UK economy; notes that, as a result of Government action on financial stability, no individual depositor in a UK financial institution has lost savings; notes that the cut in value added tax, increased child...

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: The household saving ratio has increased, but I shall come to what I have to say about savings in a few moments and I shall respond to the rather ill-thought-out proposal that the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge put forward.

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: The hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge has just told the House that inflation is falling too fast. The projection that we set out at the time of the pre-Budget report is broadly right—inflation is likely to be on target next year. Although the hon. Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham (Daniel Kawczynski) is right to say that 3.1 per cent. is outside the Government's target range, the...

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Stephen Timms: I think that we do rule out £5 billion-worth of spending cuts in two and a half months' time.


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