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Results 61–80 of 3000 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 Hammond

Dentistry (1 Mar 2006)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend has obviously had extensive conversations with his primary care trust. Has it given him any indication of the possible implications of the 12-monthly block payments that are coming through on its funding and deficit next year?

Dentistry (1 Mar 2006)

Stephen Hammond: We have heard a lot about access, which is the key point. The hon. Gentleman has described what is happening in his constituency, and that has been the tale throughout the House. One question that the Minister has to answer today is how many dentists who had previously resigned from the NHS will come back to the NHS under this contract. Surely the answer is zero, and that is a failure of access.

Orders of the Day — Road Safety Bill [Lords] (8 Mar 2006)

Stephen Hammond: One could take the alternative view—that the measure was telling people how to conform to the law.

Buses (Deregulation) (15 Mar 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Like all other hon. Members, I wish the Minister well when she stands down from her Front-Bench role. Today is the first and last time that we shall have the opportunity to debate together. I note that the hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley (Graham Stringer) has been consistent on this subject throughout his long period in Parliament. Today, he has been a forceful advocate for his side of...

Buses (Deregulation) (15 Mar 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I have a minute left, so I am sorry but I will not. The paragon of virtue that London has been described as must be carefully considered before we go too far in saying that everything in London is wonderful and everything elsewhere in the world is not. The hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley said that quality bus corridors would not necessarily ensure greater reliability or quality, but that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Mar 2006)

Stephen Hammond: My constituency is part of the outer-London borough of Merton. Our schools are under severe financial pressure. Part of the reason for that is that we pay our teachers the inner-London weighting, but do not receive from the Government the same grant as inner-London boroughs. Will the Deputy Prime Minister agree to meet me to discuss that anomaly and commit today to sort out that inequity for...

First Great Western Franchise (25 Apr 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Like the hon. Member for Rochdale (Paul Rowen), I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen) on securing this debate. My hon. Friend's eloquence has brought colour to it as much as his fashion statement and glasses. I was elected last year and I am grateful to him for his kind advice and hospitality over the past year. This is an important debate because clearly...

First Great Western Franchise (25 Apr 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I did not know that, but I am not surprised. That is a consequence of the proposed timetable, and the same is happening throughout the west and south-west. Such reductions will be a real problem when trying to persuade local people to go to local urban centres and centres of regional economic development. That will be a major consequence, and people will either lose employment or be forced...

First Great Western Franchise (25 Apr 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making that important point. We have heard a number of comments from other hon. Members about lines being cut. We have not said much about Hampshire, but clearly the timetable has implications for Hampshire. I shall not continue to detail the cuts because I want to leave time for the Minister to reply, as do most hon. Members. While I was in Plymouth I had...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (2 May 2006)

Stephen Hammond: In his response to my hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling), the Secretary of State revealed that the Government have few plans, if any, to increase capacity, for we all know that Thameslink has no start date or funding. In the past year, however, there have been price rises that passenger groups have described as "eye-wateringly" high. Are not those rises evidence that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pensions Reform (8 May 2006)

Stephen Hammond: What recent discussions there have been between his Department and the Treasury on pensions reform.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pensions Reform (8 May 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Has the Minister noted the comments of the deputy director of the CBI in response to the Turner Commission, that compelling firms to contribute to pensions would jeopardise jobs and growth and would be counterproductive to improving pensions savings in the long term? Is that the view of the DWP and the Treasury, and if not, why not?

Oral Answers to Questions — Constitutional Affairs: Legal Aid (9 May 2006)

Stephen Hammond: If she will make a statement on the report of Lord Carter's review of legal aid.

Oral Answers to Questions — Constitutional Affairs: Legal Aid (9 May 2006)

Stephen Hammond: On behalf of all my colleagues, may I welcome the hon. and learned Lady to her new role? However, is she not concerned that Lord Carter's review will inevitably result in larger solicitors firms that adopt a depersonalised production-line approach to legal aid being favoured over the high-quality localised service provided by small firms? What will she do to prevent that?

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Management of the National Health Service (9 May 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Management of the National Health Service (9 May 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I want to make two brief points. First, I welcome the two new Ministers—the hon. Members for Leigh (Andy Burnham) and for Bury, South (Mr. Lewis)—to their posts and wish them success. I have sat through the long debate, in which we had, with one notable exception, thought-provoking, valid contributions of quality. My first point is a macro point. No hon. Member wants the NHS to be out of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Probation Service (15 May 2006)

Stephen Hammond: What steps he is taking to improve the monitoring of offenders by the probation service when released from prison on licence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Probation Service (15 May 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I thank the Minister for that answer, but he must accept that Home Office funding cuts have meant that only 10 per cent. of potentially dangerous offenders are interviewed by the Parole Board. Surely the Home Office must accept some responsibility for that. Can he tell the House what he and his new colleagues will do to rectify that situation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rural/Community Railway Lines (13 Jun 2006)

Stephen Hammond: In the Minister's answers to my hon. Friends, he reiterated the Government's rhetoric that rural, community and light rail are important to them. However, if they really believed their own rhetoric, they would not be closing rural railway lines but increasing their usage, and they would have spent more than 0.3 per cent. of the Department for Transport's budget on light rail. The consultation...

Local Transport Funding (21 Jun 2006)

Stephen Hammond: As a Member for a London constituency, I am interested to hear the hon. Gentleman's eulogy. Perhaps he can tell us what the average use of a London bus is.


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