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Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (14 Jan 1997)

Stephen Timms: I begin by adding my congratulations to those that have already been expressed to my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley, East (Mr. Ennis) on his speech. It is not long since I was in his position after a by-election. I enjoyed his speech and the film "Brassed Off". At this late stage in the debate I will confine my remarks to three areas: first, the increase in duty on fuel contained in...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (14 Jan 1997)

Stephen Timms: Will the Chief Secretary give way on that point?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Thames Gateway (13 Jan 1997)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what are his priorities for transport investment in the Thames gateway area. [8775]

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Thames Gateway (13 Jan 1997)

Stephen Timms: Does the Minister share my concern about the threat to the prospect of regeneration of the Thames gateway arising from the current investment crisis at London Underground? Is it true, as the Evening Standard reports today, that the reopening of the East London line will be delayed for another two years? Does he deprecate, as I do, the deferral for two years of the planned refurbishment of...

East London and the City Health Authority (18 Dec 1996)

Stephen Timms: I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing) on securing this important debate. East London health services have the most overstretched staff, who work in the shabbiest conditions and deal with the highest levels of ill health in the country. It is scandalous that they struggle in the 1990s in decrepit conditions that were obsolete in the 1970s. Whatever...

Orders of the Day — Telecommunications (Fraud) Bill (13 Dec 1996)

Stephen Timms: The Minister mentioned the Bill's importance for the mobile telephone industry. Will he confirm that the cable communications industry also awaits the powers that the Bill will provide it to combat fraud?

European Union (11 Dec 1996)

Stephen Timms: The hon. Member for Gillingham (Mr. Couchman) made an interesting speech, but the question that I wish to raise at the conclusion of today's debate is what sort of nation we want Britain to be in the future. Those in the Conservative party who attack the Prime Minister's policy frequently tell us what they do not want our future to be. They do not want us to be part of a federal European...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Nov 1996)

Stephen Timms: I appreciated the colourful contribution by the hon. Member for Finchley (Mr. Booth). I am grateful to him and to my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Springburn (Mr. Martin) for leaving me time to contribute to the debate. As I listened to the Chancellor yesterday, I wished that I could introduce him to my constituent, a young man who visited the House of Commons for a meeting two weeks...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (27 Nov 1996)

Stephen Timms: Will the Chief Secretary confirm that the UK's inflation performance was the 11th worst in Europe?

Local Government Finance (27 Nov 1996)

Stephen Timms: The Secretary of State is aware of the difficulties in which several local authorities—including mine—find themselves, arising from the fact that the capital financing element of the SSA reflects notional, not actual, borrowing. Disappointingly, that anomaly has not been addressed; that part of the SSA for Newham has fallen this year. Can the Secretary of State hold out any hope that his...

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Stephen Timms: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Stephen Timms: Was the right hon. Gentleman not a Whip on the Finance Bill when the measure was passed in 1981?

Prayers: Improving Schools Programme (1 Nov 1996)

Stephen Timms: I very much welcome the debate, and I agree with what the hon. Member for Norwich, North (Mr. Thompson) said about the desirability of avoiding party point scoring on this important subject. I welcome the opportunity to draw attention to and celebrate the improvements in standards achieved by the three secondary schools in my constituency in the past year, as a good deal could be learned from...

Prayers: Improving Schools Programme (1 Nov 1996)

Stephen Timms: My point is that the individual we are talking about has, as chair of Newham education authority, presided over the very programme that I have been describing, which has focused wholly on raising standards in our schools. It is beyond dispute that the programme has produced impressive results, but it must continue, because there is still more to be done. I conclude with a brief comment on...

Orders of the Day — The Economy (30 Oct 1996)

Stephen Timms: There is a sense of unreality about today's debate. On the one hand, we have the Chancellor's sunny claims about the wonderful state of the economy and our being the enterprise centre of Europe; and there are statistics that can be called upon to support that version of reality. On the other hand, however, there is the growing fear that what we have today is just another pre-election boom...

Health Authorities (Deficits) (16 Oct 1996)

Stephen Timms: rose—

Health Authorities (Deficits) (16 Oct 1996)

Stephen Timms: I was unable to seek the Minister's permission because of the early start of the debate. I hope that I shall nevertheless be allowed to speak briefly.

Health Authorities (Deficits) (16 Oct 1996)

Stephen Timms: I accept your guidance, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and am grateful for this opportunity to participate in the debate. I reiterate the grave concern felt in east London about the scale of the deficit facing the East London and the City health authority. An exercise is being conducted within the authority to identify savings to bridge the gap in funding. We expect to be told the outcome of the review...

Health Authorities (Deficits) (16 Oct 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am following with great interest the important points that my hon. Friend is making. He mentioned unsatisfactory answers from the Department of Health. Did he notice an answer that the Minister gave me this week? I asked about the amount of private capital that had been committed so far to health service schemes and to the private finance initiative. I was told that the information was not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Sensorily Impaired Pupils (24 Jul 1996)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many pupils with hearing impairments are being taught in mainstream schools. [37271]


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