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Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Children in War Zones (10 Dec 1997)

Stephen Timms: What steps she is taking to encourage implementation of the Machel recommendations on children in war zones. [18427]

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Children in War Zones (10 Dec 1997)

Stephen Timms: I very much welcome my hon. Friend's reply. He will know that the report for the United Nations Children Fund, for which Mrs. Machel was responsible, highlighted the issue of households headed by children. He will also know that it is estimated that there could be 80,000 such households in Rwanda following the conflict there, that there are many more in Uganda as a result of the conflict in...

Minister without Portfolio (Millennium Experience): Millennium Experience (8 Dec 1997)

Stephen Timms: I wonder whether my hon. Friend is aware that the millennium dome is already a spectacular site from my constituency [Interruption.]—indeed it is—north of the river. Rather than listen to the consultants who are the pre-occupation of Conservative Members, will he consider asking school children in my constituency for ideas about the content of the exhibition in that dome, because they...

Local Government Finance (England) (2 Dec 1997)

Stephen Timms: I particularly welcome the new emphasis on fairness in my right hon. Friend's announcement, and the change to the treatment of capital financing charges in the formula. Will he join me in paying tribute to the long fight by the Newham Needs campaign for the abolition of the concept of notional debt, which played such a significant part of the formula used by the Conservatives? Will my right...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Stephen Timms: We have just listened to a remarkable speech by the hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs. Gillan). The subject of the debate is innovation and the role of small firms and the context for it is the Government's response to the third report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, which was published last month. I do not know whether the hon. Lady has read it or is...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Stephen Timms: I will be pleased to concentrate most of my remarks on the subject of innovation, but a response is required to the lengthy speech that we have just heard from the hon. Lady. Not only has the Conservative party ceased to listen to small businesses: on the single currency, it has ceased to listen to the big businesses represented by the Confederation of British Industry. From the Labour...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Stephen Timms: I am well aware of the view of the small business representatives to whom I have spoken, and the view of the CBI, which is shared by the hon. Member for Esher and Walton, who is sitting next to the hon. Lady. That view is very different from the dogmatic view taken by the Conservative party. My hon. Friend the Minister has been listening to small businesses. She spoke at a remarkable and...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Stephen Timms: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention and pay tribute to his work in this field as a member of the previous Government. I accept that these are complex matters, but my point is that the United Kingdom science base is in a parlous state and we are losing investment as a result. The Government should turn their attention to that in a way that the previous Government failed to do.

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Stephen Timms: I thank my hon. Friend for making a telling point and I agree with him. The issue of the research infrastructure ought to be at the centre of this debate and I shall concentrate on that subject during the remainder of my speech. My central point in welcoming the Government response to the House of Lords Select Committee report concerns the problem facing small businesses that want to exploit...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Stephen Timms: I entirely agree with the hon. Lady. That is an important point and my hon. Friend the Minister is also committed to that approach. My point is that there is much innovation in our universities that is not finding its way to commercial exploitation. Today's debate must be about how we can change that so that small businesses have access to that innovation and can exploit it commercially, in...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Stephen Timms: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, but there is also a large manufacturing sector in London. I am told that there are more people working in manufacturing in London than in the whole of the northern region. It is therefore vitally important that the businesses that employ those people are innovative and the Government are rightly turning their attention to how that can be achieved. The...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Stephen Timms: I was interested to hear the hon. Lady's constituency correspondence, but I wonder whether she will now come to the subject of the debate, which is innovation in small businesses.

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Stephen Timms: The hon. Lady encouraged the House in the 24th minute of her speech by mentioning innovation. Perhaps she could turn her attention to that, which is the subject of the debate.

Wireless Telegraphy Bill [Lords] (29 Oct 1997)

Stephen Timms: I am pleased to follow the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood)—I followed his speech with interest. It is extraordinary that he launched such a savage attack on a measure that was in the Conservative party's manifesto. It will be interesting to see whether other Conservative Members follow his line and oppose their manifesto, or whether some of them agreed with the manifesto on...

Wireless Telegraphy Bill [Lords] (29 Oct 1997)

Stephen Timms: It is difficult to say how much money will be raised by the Bill, but there is no doubt that an orderly approach to spectrum allocation, which is enshrined in this Bill and which was in the Conservative party's manifesto, is the right way to go. My discussions with people in the industry suggest that that is overwhelmingly their view as well. The mobile operators do not oppose the Bill in...

Wireless Telegraphy Bill [Lords] (29 Oct 1997)

Stephen Timms: The hon. Gentleman has misunderstood what my hon. Friend said. He made it clear that existing operators will not be participating in auctions, but that does not mean that they will not be paying charges. The appropriate mechanism for that will be set out in the Bill.

Wireless Telegraphy Bill [Lords] (29 Oct 1997)

Stephen Timms: The hon. Gentleman is supporting my argument; there will be charges on existing operators. I want to know how those charging mechanisms will be established. I do not know whether Conservative Members agree with their spokesman, but I have no objection to charging for the radio spectrum or to the competitive mechanism that is enshrined in the Bill. Those proposals are entirely appropriate and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jul 1997)

Stephen Timms: The Prime Minister will be aware that, of the 6 million or so personal pensions sold since 1988, at least 500,000 were missold, in that people who bought them would have been better off had they kept what they began with. The determination that the Government have shown in sorting out that mess is welcome, and I welcome what my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary said about that this morning....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: European Year against Racism and Xenophobia (7 Jul 1997)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he plans to contribute to the European Year against Racism and Xenophobia. [5511]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: European Year against Racism and Xenophobia (7 Jul 1997)

Stephen Timms: How refreshing it is to hear a Minister being positive and enthusiastic about that European initiative. Does he agree that we should celebrate and enjoy the multiracial character of our nation including, for example, at the Trades Union Congress "Respect" conference this weekend? Is my hon. Friend willing to accompany me to one of the events in Newham's programme to mark the year, which I had...


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