Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Penrose

Orders of the Day — Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (6 Jun 2005)

John Penrose: I compliment everyone who made their maiden speech earlier today, including my hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Mrs. Villiers), who has now brought the grace and talent that she has been displaying in the European Parliament to help us here in Westminster. I also have difficult shoes to fill in trying to live up to the reputations of my predecessors as MPs for Weston-Super-Mare....

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (28 Jun 2005)

John Penrose: Much has been said this evening about the likelihood of cost overruns with a large and complicated Government IT project. My constituents are of the same opinion and are deeply concerned about the possible cost and time overruns. But I also want to speak about a more fundamental principle: civil liberties. There are two pillars that underpin our civil liberties in this country. One of them is...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 8 — Issue etc. of ID Cards (18 Oct 2005)

John Penrose: On the point about a regressive charge, does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is likely to fall most heavily on some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the public? In my constituency, we have a large proportion of pensioners, who are often on fixed incomes. Many of them will find it extremely hard to pay that additional tax, struggling as they are already with a number of...

Orders of the Day — Rights of Savers Bill (28 Oct 2005)

John Penrose: I support the Bill even though I accept that it does not do everything for everybody, and that there is a much larger issue at stake. It is wrong to oppose it because it fails to do the complete job all in one go. After all, it is a private Member's Bill and is necessarily limited in scope. I think that the Bill will help three groups in society, which all deserve help, if we can manage it....

Orders of the Day — Rights of Savers Bill (28 Oct 2005)

John Penrose: I accept that affordable housing will be part of the solution. However, I do not accept that it is the only answer. I think that the Bill sets out a useful and valuable contribution to helping people get on the housing ladder. It may not be the complete answer, but that does not mean that it is entirely a bad thing to do. The second group of people who will be helped by this measure are those...

Orders of the Day — Rights of Savers Bill (28 Oct 2005)

John Penrose: I draw the hon. Lady's attention to two points. First, the analogy with the USA is perhaps not an apposite one. The scheme that we are discussing is based on the Canadian model, which does not have the same parameters within which the USA model currently exists. Secondly—this point relates particularly to adult further education—last night I attended a governors' meeting of my local FE...

Orders of the Day — Rights of Savers Bill (28 Oct 2005)

John Penrose: Is the hon. Gentleman seriously suggesting that falling savings rates are a good thing and rising savings rates a bad thing? If he is, no economist would ever agree with him.

Petitions — IsItFair Campaign (9 Nov 2005)

John Penrose: I wish to present a petition on behalf of—[Interruption.]

Petitions — IsItFair Campaign (9 Nov 2005)

John Penrose: I wish to present a petition on behalf of the Weston-super-Mare senior citizens forum and the Winscombe and district senior citizens forum, of which I have the honour to be president. 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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Further Education (24 Nov 2005)

John Penrose: Is the Minister aware that in my part of Somerset, Weston-super-Mare college, of which I am a governor, is suffering—along with many other colleges throughout the country—from a problem that the Association of Colleges has identified as arising from the introduction of the new entitlement to free level 2 courses? That has meant a substantial loss of fee income to FE colleges from large...

Pensions Commission Report (30 Nov 2005)

John Penrose: Does the Secretary of State accept that if the Government decide to go ahead with the Turner report's recommendation for a national pension savings scheme, it will be essential to have sufficient safeguards in place to prevent future occupants of No. 11 Downing street from mounting a smash-and-grab raid on what we hope will be a mounting pot of individual savings over many years? To pick up...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Payment by Results System (20 Dec 2005)

John Penrose: Does the Secretary of State accept that the gradual introduction of payment by results puts highly efficient hospitals such as my own in Weston-super-Mare at a comparative disadvantage? Such hospitals would gain more cash, perhaps to repay financial deficits rather faster, if they were allowed to have payment by results across the whole range of services that they currently offer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Airports (17 Jan 2006)

John Penrose: Will the Minister please consider carefully the potential growth of Bristol international airport, on the edge of my constituency of Weston-super-Mare? The growth plans it has outlined will inevitably result in significantly increased car traffic to and from the airport site. That will lead, inevitably, to greater road congestion in the area around the airport. Will she consider in particular...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Jan 2006)

John Penrose: Will the Prime Minister please arrange an urgent review of the financial settlement for NHS dentistry funding in Weston-super-Mare? As he undertakes that review, will he bear it in mind that the vast majority of adult provision of such dentistry in Weston-super-Mare is undertaken by just one practice, which deals with 22,000 patients, and that it has been told that, starting this April, it...

Addiction Treatment Centres (Weston-super-Mare) (24 Jan 2006)

John Penrose: About two to three years ago, I encountered a growing wave of concern in my constituency about the number of drug addicts that my constituents saw in and around the town. On inquiring into the problem in some depth the following year, I decided to launch the Cleaner Weston campaign in the summer of 2004. The aims of that campaign of which I have already provided details to the Minister were...

Addiction Treatment Centres (Weston-super-Mare) (24 Jan 2006)

John Penrose: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. On his first point, a potentially good example of an accreditation scheme is being introduced in north Somerset, and I hope that the Minister will agree to consider that as a pilot scheme that might be rolled out across the country. I shall return to his second point presently, as I plan to address that issue later. As I was saying, the quality of...

Addiction Treatment Centres (Weston-super-Mare) (24 Jan 2006)

John Penrose: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As part of a complete care package and plan, typically after leaving treatment, most care plans will involve a series of steps through half-way houses, dry houses, education and training and voluntary work as a way of re-entering society as one of its fully functioning members. My hon. Friend is correct to point out that people can fall through the cracks...

Addiction Treatment Centres (Weston-super-Mare) (24 Jan 2006)

John Penrose: One fact of which the Minister may not be aware, but which has developed in Weston-super-Mare in recent months, is that the national probation service has tightened up considerably in response to some of the points that I have been raising. It has withdrawn its patronage from one or two of the addiction, treatment or support places in Weston-super-Mare as a result.

Pensions (31 Jan 2006)

John Penrose: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there is something unexpected about the Government's apparent commitment to final salary schemes in the public sector, given that Lord Turner has said that the people who end up on high final salaries—typically the few most senior people in a final salary scheme—will have paid the smallest percentage of their lifetime earnings to achieve their final...

Dentistry (1 Mar 2006)

John Penrose: I am sure that dentists will be pleased to hear those figures. However, will the Minister explain how the technical application of the new contract has led to the situation in my constituency about which I wrote to the Secretary of State on 19 January? The single major NHS dentist in the area, whose practice covers 22,000 people, expects to lose 30 per cent. of those patients—that is,...

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