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Results 201–220 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

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address — [First Day] (15 Nov 2006)

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Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address — [First Day] (15 Nov 2006)

Paul Goodman: If the Government are going to act tough on terror—and rightly—can the Prime Minister explain to the House why only £476,000 of suspect funds has been seized in six years?

Business of the House (2 Nov 2006)

Paul Goodman: Returning to the subject of the Olympics, the Leader of the House will be aware that Tablighi Jamaat is a fundamentalist group that arguably acts as a magnet for extremism. It is seeking to build the largest mosque in Europe in east London, which may act as the Islamic quarter for the Olympics. Given the fact that there have been calls for an independent inquiry and the seriousness of the...

Faith Schools (1 Nov 2006)

Paul Goodman: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr. Jones. I apologise for the fact that my voice is not in better working order. I congratulate the hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris) on securing the debate. I think of him, perhaps wrongly, as the Richard Dawkins of the House of Commons, in respect of the doggedness and ingenuity with which he puts his arguments. The hon....

Faith Schools (1 Nov 2006)

Paul Goodman: The hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon has done us a service by obtaining the debate. It has proved that in practice it is hard, if not impossible, to separate the question of admissions, which he raised at the start of his remarks, from the question of faith schools generally. That was proved by the remarks of the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland (Dr. Kumar)....

Faith Schools (1 Nov 2006)

Paul Goodman: I see one. I am also not an expert on Islamism, which I would define as being the perversion and distortion of a great and noble religion. Islamism has three features that concern me.

Faith Schools (1 Nov 2006)

Paul Goodman: The hon. Gentleman's first question leads me to exactly where I want to go. I am going there and to admissions directly, but I shall do so via this route of Islamism. As I see it, there are three features of Islamism. One is the extreme distinction that it draws between what it calls the "house of Islam" and the "house of war". I understand that it is not a feature of mainstream Muslim...

Faith Schools (1 Nov 2006)

Paul Goodman: The question is: how do we best not allow that? My answer is that it would be better if more Muslim schools were in the state sector, where they can be regulated, inspected and subject to all the norms that the Department for Education and Skills applies. That is where admissions comes in. If Muslim schools were compelled to take 25 per cent. of their pupils from non-Muslim backgrounds, would...

NHS (Buckinghamshire) (18 Oct 2006)

Paul Goodman: I am extremely grateful to have obtained this debate on the national health service in Buckinghamshire. Right at the start, I want to present the apologies of my hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs. Gillan), who is convalescing after an emergency hip operation and is thus unable to be here today. When I spoke to her on the phone two days ago, she specifically asked me to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Credits (13 Jul 2006)

Paul Goodman: The Paymaster General is making a spirited attempt to defend the indefensible, but the real culprit is not the Paymaster General—I will pay her that compliment—but the Chancellor. He invented the system, which is riddled with error and fraud. The Treasury itself concedes that nearly half of all payments are wrong. Week after week, the Chancellor answers questions about world poverty,...

Orders of the Day: Clause 99 — Amendment of section 29 of the Energy Act 2004 (5 Jul 2006)

Paul Goodman: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate. As this might be my last chance to contribute to the Bill, I should like to pause and thank everyone from PricewaterhouseCoopers and elsewhere who has provided me with advice on technical aspects of the Bill over the past few weeks. It is appropriate to use the word "technical" for clause 99 because, as the hon. Member for...

Orders of the Day: Clause 99 — Amendment of section 29 of the Energy Act 2004 (5 Jul 2006)

Paul Goodman: I am surprised that the Minister did not ask me that in Committee. However, the line of inquiry that I am about to pursue is the same as the one that I pursued in Committee. Strictly speaking, it is not predicated on the Energy Act 2004 but on the question of whether a private company would enjoy the tax advantages enjoyed by public companies. As I said, I am not entirely satisfied with the...

Orders of the Day: Clause 99 — Amendment of section 29 of the Energy Act 2004 (5 Jul 2006)

Paul Goodman: Indeed. Clause 99 aims to preserve the intended effect of section 29 of the Energy Act, to which the Paymaster General referred. According to the explanatory notes on the clause, which the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West will have read, section 29 is intended to ensure "that accounting entries made by certain publicly owned companies in the British Nuclear Fuels Group, arising from...

Orders of the Day: Clause 99 — Amendment of section 29 of the Energy Act 2004 (5 Jul 2006)

Paul Goodman: The Paymaster General said a moment ago, no doubt accurately, that these clauses are about looking back. But is it not important at least to explore who will be doing this clear-up work, given that it would appear that a private company may be doing it and enjoying tax advantages that were designed for the public sector?

Finance (No. 2) Bill [Ways and Means]: New Clause 9 — Energy efficiency and water conservation: fiscal and economic report (4 Jul 2006)

Paul Goodman: The House owes a debt to the hon. Member for Nottingham, South (Alan Simpson) and to all his accomplices, if that is exactly the right word, for enabling us to debate microgeneration, energy efficiency and sustainability under the terms of the Finance Bill. Indeed, as the hon. Gentleman emphasised, those accomplices come from all parts of the House, and include my hon. Friend the Member for...

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

Paul Goodman: It depends— [Laughter.] It depends on which of the two definitions of rural area one accepts. The Liberal Democrats have not been able to tell us which of the two they accept, so when they laughed, they were laughing at themselves.

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

Paul Goodman: The hon. Gentleman plainly has not read the list of amendments in front of him grouped under the heading "Hydrocarbon oil duty and vehicle excise duty". He will see, if he reads it, that amendments Nos. 123, 129 and 125, which are all part of this group, refer to vehicle excise duty. I suggest that next time, he read the selection list before making an intervention. Since the earlier...

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

Paul Goodman: I cannot resist the invitation from my hon. Friend.

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

Paul Goodman: My hon. Friend is never lost for an apt quotation, and I cannot think of a more apt one myself, although he may well be on his feet in a moment to suggest another. I turn to the tests of simplicity and of fraud. Registering vehicles that belong to households with a postcode in a remote rural area for lower rates of VED is scarcely likely to be simple in practice. As the Financial Secretary...

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

Paul Goodman: The hon. Gentleman is trying his best to cap my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (John Bercow), but I will give him a serious answer. It is significant that the Liberal Democrats have left the definition in the hands of the Treasury. If they had a workable definition they would have included it in the new clause rather than pass the parcel to the Financial Secretary. As new clause 4 and...


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