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Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Habitual Residence Test (25 Feb 1997)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what recent assessment his Department has made of the operation of the habitual residence test. [15740]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Habitual Residence Test (25 Feb 1997)

Stephen Timms: Does the Minister agree that there are continuing problems with the operation of the test, not least with the inconsistent way that it is being applied by different offices? First, does he agree that benefits offices should be encouraged to work as closely as possible with advice agencies to ensure that people attending habitual residence interviews are well informed beforehand as to what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (20 Feb 1997)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the number of police officers serving in the Metropolitan police. [15289]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (20 Feb 1997)

Stephen Timms: In reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Woolwich (Mr. Austin-Walker), the Minister provided figures on 18 February at columns 532–35 showing that the number of Metropolitan police constables has fallen across London since 1992. In the past year, the number of constables has decreased in the Forest Gate district which serves my constituency and in London as a whole. Did the...

Further Education (19 Feb 1997)

Stephen Timms: I am pleased that my hon. Friend has drawn attention to this important matter. In Newham and similar areas, college expansions have been funded by regeneration grants from Europe, city challenge and elsewhere, and have been tied to funding for increased student places. If funding is no longer available for such expansion, the danger is that they will have to repay those regeneration grants.

Further Education (19 Feb 1997)

Stephen Timms: Has my hon. Friend seen the letter from the Secretary of State for Education and Employment to the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans), dated 10 January, in which she reaffirmed the demand-led element of the funding formula, only for that element to be withdrawn two and a half weeks later?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Great Lakes (27 Jan 1997)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of his Department's bilateral and multilateral budget was allocated to the Great Lakes area of Africa in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [11142]

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Great Lakes (27 Jan 1997)

Stephen Timms: I thank the Minister for that answer. In view of his earlier answer, will he reassure the House and the country by expressing outrage at last week's revelation that British arms were supplied to Hutu extremists in Rwanda? Does he agree that it is extremely important that the perpetrators of genocide in Rwanda are rapidly brought to justice if we are to ensure that the welcome British and...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Special Treatment for Certain Distributions (23 Jan 1997)

Stephen Timms: I wish briefly to put three specific questions to the Minister. First, why have the Government taken so long to stop this abuse? The original announcement of the proposals on 8 October last appeared to be linked to Reuters' proposed special dividend, but the Government could have acted much earlier. Special dividends were used in the bids for a number of electricity companies in 1995 and by...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Groups Containing Bodies of Different Descriptions (23 Jan 1997)

Stephen Timms: I rise to support the amendment—

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Groups Containing Bodies of Different Descriptions (23 Jan 1997)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful to you, Mr. Morris, for that clarification. I welcome the clause, because it signifies, as my hon. Friend the Member for Sherwood (Mr. Tipping) explained, a change of heart by the Government and a recognition that the hole in the VAT receipts is now the biggest threat to public finances and to control of the public sector borrowing requirement. The clause is one of a small...

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?


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