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Results 181–200 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Goodman

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: Does the 398,000 figure relate to people living in rural areas, or to people living in sparsely populated rural areas?

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mrs. Heal. It is also a pleasure—after listening to some of the Second Reading speeches and some of the speeches that have been made today—to take part in this Finance Bill debate for the first time. I am sorry that I cannot respond directly to the Economic Secretary, who, in a bold, combative and assertive statement, said that the Conservative...

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: I look forward to doing that in Committee, but I am afraid that I would be ruled out of order today. We are debating vehicle excise duty, to which I turn now. In respect of VED, the right hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife said: "There should be a substantial increase in the top rate of Vehicle Excise Duty." That is nice and plain, and the hon. Member for Eastleigh helpfully chipped...

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: I shall have a good deal to say about that amendment in a moment, but I thought that Liberal Democrat Members were the ones unfamiliar with Finance Bill procedure. I do not see the point of tabling an amendment that cannot be voted on, nor of tabling an amendment that directly contradicts another one.

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: The hon. Lady claims that an amendment that could not be voted on made a substantial contribution to last year's Bill, but—

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: I shall return to the specifics of the amendments, (Mrs. Heal) even if I disappoint some Labour Members by doing so. We have been told why the Liberal Democrats tabled the amendments that we can discuss fully and vote on: households in sparsely populated rural areas have special transport and social needs. People in rural areas who farm or work on the land, it is argued, often need larger...

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: I am aware of that, but I must not be drawn back into metaphysical speculation about an amendment that I cannot describe. Were I able to do so, I would be able to answer the point, but you would rule me out of order Mrs. Heal, so as I do not want to provoke your wrath I shall press on. Regardless of the Liberal Democrats' internal discussions, one conclusion is certain. Before seeking to...

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: If so, the Liberal Democrats might have found a clearer way to spell out a full definition in their amendments. Furthermore, Members and other people with an interest in the measures may find other definitions of "sparsely populated rural area", which could be introduced in the Standing Committee. There could be some controversy—at the very least—in the hon. Lady sticking so precisely to...

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: I am glad to have that clarification from the person who is clearly leading for the Liberal Democrats in this debate. If the hon. Gentleman looks at the amendment paper, he will see that the amendment to table A, which deals with people who have registered cars before 23 March, applies to a cut in the rate for all vehicles, including the most polluting. I shall come to that point in a...

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: I shall come to all that in the clause stand debate. If the hon. Lady is not happy with my answer, I will be happy to give way to her. As I said, we cannot discuss in detail a tax rise proposed in an amendment that was not selected for debate, so I will not seek to explore further the mystery of how the Liberal Democrats propose simultaneously to raise a tax while leaving it completely...

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: As the hon. Gentleman has such confidence in his party's amendment, can he confirm that his party will be putting it to the vote?

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: So that we are all clear, may I ask the hon. Gentleman, who is making the second Front-Bench speech on behalf of his party, which is his preferred amendment for table B? Is it amendment No. 21 or amendment No. 26?

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: Given that we have not had the chance to vote on the Liberal Democrat amendments for reasons that have not been satisfactorily explained, I shall contribute briefly to the stand part debate. Tables A and B are the key to the clause. It is clearly sensible in principle to use the tax system to encourage motorists to go green. It therefore follows that one should tax the most polluting vehicles...

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: I apologise but I want to allow the Financial Secretary time to reply. We cannot say now whether, in 2009, the incentives will be part of an overall package that tries to reduce the tax take—which the Liberal Democrats propose today—whether they will be revenue-neutral or constitute an increase. In summary, the Government are heading in the right direction by introducing a new zero bottom...

Disabled People (4 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: As the then Conservative spokesman to whom the Minister referred, may I point out that saying that something might happen is not a prophecy? May I also ask her about the timing of the debate in 2004 to which she referred? The debate in 2004 took place on European election day. The debate today is taking place on local election day. Could she arrange for our next debate on this subject to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Credits (11 May 2006)

Paul Goodman: Talking of running down the tax credit system, the Paymaster General may have read a recent report by the Fabian Society that said that tax credits were associated with "complexity and administrative problems", that they posed "risks" for low-income families and that they were "perceived negatively" by many families. The report was welcomed as "very important" by a very important person: the...

[Mr. Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Junior Football Clubs (6 Jun 2006)

Paul Goodman: Mr. Chope, it is a pleasure to see you in the Chair. I shall also be brief, because much of the ground has already been covered. I shall begin by congratulating the hon. Member for East Lothian (Anne Moffat) on securing the debate. She has been involved with early-day motion 2178, as has her hon. Friend the Member for Dundee, West (Mr. McGovern). I am far from an expert on the world of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Climate Change (Taxation) (15 Jun 2006)

Paul Goodman: The Chancellor recently claimed that one of his favourite memories is Paul Gascoigne's goal against Scotland in 1996, but Whelan claims that, after the goal, the Chancellor was so upset that he would not speak to him for weeks. Which of the Chancellor's claims is more credible—his claim that people support his climate change levy, rather than a proper tax or levy on carbon, or his claim...

Finance (No. 2) Bill [Ways and Means]: New Clause 4 — Fuel duty (remote areas) (4 Jul 2006)

Paul Goodman: We welcome with enthusiasm the opportunity once again to debate hydrocarbon oils. Indeed, this debate has a familiar ring, although on this occasion we do not have present the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne), who during the debate in the Committee of the whole House seemed, as far as I could see, to lead for the Liberal Democrat Front Bench. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for...


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