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Results 281–300 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

Orders of the Day — Childcare Bill (28 Nov 2005)

Paul Goodman: I was concerned that my hon. Friend was about to ask me a form of question that he has been known to deploy about whether I was familiar with this clause or that clause in the Bill, which I might have overlooked. I am glad that he asked a question to which I can simply say, "Yes." I certainly hope that the Minister will provide that assurance. The Secretary of State's brief remarks about the...

Orders of the Day — Childcare Bill (28 Nov 2005)

Paul Goodman: My hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (John Bercow) referred to clauses 12 and 13, but clause 11 states: "An English local authority must prepare assessments of the sufficiency of the provision of child care". That too will surely bring costs in its wake. Should not my right hon. Friend add that to her list of costs?

Orders of the Day — Childcare Bill (28 Nov 2005)

Paul Goodman: The Secretary of State referred to the new duties that the Bill would impose on local authorities. Will she make more funding available so that they can fulfil those duties effectively?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (28 Nov 2005)

Paul Goodman: The Government have been in power for eight years and it is time that they took responsibility for the state of the CSA. The Prime Minister said yesterday that the CSA has basic design problems. Only a fortnight ago in this House, he said that the CSA is not suited to its job. With the CSA, as with incapacity benefit, the running seems to be being made by Downing street and not by the...

Welfare Reform and Incapacity Benefit (22 Nov 2005)

Paul Goodman: You are the Government.

Petitions — IsItFair Campaign (9 Nov 2005)

Paul Goodman: I wish to present a petition of about 50 of my constituents representing the IsItFair council tax protest campaign. The petition declares: That the year-on-year, inflation-busting increases in Council Tax are causing hardship to many and take no account of ability to pay; further that the proposed property revaluation and re-banding exercise will make an already flawed system even worse. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: DNA Database (7 Nov 2005)

Paul Goodman: What discussions has the Minister had, or is intending to have, with his counterparts at the Department of Health about any connection between the database and the ID card scheme, as well any connection between the database and the new national computer network that the Department is introducing?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Support Agency (31 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: It has been claimed that, since his appointment, the Secretary of State has given advice to DNA Bioscience about CSA contracts. So far, those claims have not specifically been denied. To clear up the matter, will he either deny or confirm them?

Child Support Agency (26 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: I must take my attention from the interesting and thoughtful speech that the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) has just made and congratulate the hon. Member for Romsey (Sandra Gidley) on securing the debate. She set the tone at the start when she said that she and her constituents feel—as, she feels sure, do CSA staff—a deep and prolonged sense of frustration. The hon. Member for...

Mixed Sex Wards (Marlow) (19 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: I wish to present a petition on behalf of some 50 of my constituents, which reads as follows. To the House of Commons. The Petition of Marlow Evening Townswomen's Guild, Declares that despite numerous promises throughout the last decade, hospital patients are still being treated in mixed sex wards and bays. The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to...

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: According to the Department's own figures, fraud savings in 1995–96, when my right hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Mr. Lilley) was in office, amounted to £1.4 billion. However, the latest figures put the total at £0.9 billion, which suggests that my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr. Dunne) was right. In addition, although I accept that the Minister is producing...

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: I begin my speech in this important debate by briefly telling the story of Martin Crowson. Mr. Crowson, who is from Manchester, said that he was virtually unable to walk. On that basis, he made a claim and was paid more than £17,000 in incapacity benefits. Last May, it was reported that Mr. Crowson had been sentenced and jailed by a Manchester court after certificates were unearthed that...

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: That will come as news of great interest to the waiting media. I could go on to tell the story of Gloria Taylor from south Wales who received £13,000 in benefits, while simultaneously having £200,000 in savings; or the story of David Graham, who received more than £4,000 in disability benefits after claiming that he could walk no further than 30 yd at a stretch, but was discovered to be...

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: The hon. Gentleman also reads the tabloids. Lizzy Bardsley was ordered to pay back some £7,000 worth of benefits after receiving almost £4,000 worth of media fees, but I will not labour the point. The House will unite in agreeing that, as the Minister rightly said at the beginning, every pound erroneously paid out by the Department because of fraud or error is a pound that could have gone...

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: The Minister shakes his head. If he wants to intervene, I am very happy to let him do so. The Prime Minister suggested in his letter—I quote from the Channel 4 report—that "benefits should be time limited. People should not claim it after two years and would move on to other benefits or no benefits . . . many could be £30 to £40 a week worse off". Labour Members may have seen those...

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: The Minister asks whether I agree in return, which means that he is conceding my point and conceding that the two are not comparable. In 1997, he fought the election on the manifesto pledge that Labour "will maintain action against benefit fraud". Labour was not saying that the then Government were doing nothing at all; it was saying that we were doing something and that it would build on it....

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: When a figure in the document assesses the level of fraud in one year, and compares it with the level of fraud in another year, are those figures always drawn up on a comparable basis?

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: The Minister is therefore claiming that at no point in the document published today is a figure used in such a way as to suggest mistakenly that it is comparable one year with the other.

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: I thank the Minister for being so generous in giving way. He says that the level of fraud has fallen. What has happened to error, which is dealt with on page 26 of his document?

Combating Benefit Fraud (13 Oct 2005)

Paul Goodman: Can the Minister remind the House of whether the number of calls answered by the hotline last year rose or fell?


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