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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Private Finance Initiative (13 Jul 1995)

Stephen Timms: The Minister will be aware that the Belgian high-speed rail link to the channel tunnel is being built and that the French high-speed rail network has been operating for a number of years, yet in Britain this week fundamental questions have been raised about whether our high-speed rail link to the channel tunnel can be funded. In those circumstances, does the Minister agree that the...

Bill Presented: The Economy (12 Jul 1995)

Stephen Timms: I have only a few minutes and I want to make only one point, picking up from where the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Mr. Forman) left off. We face a crisis of inadequate investment in Britain, which the Government have failed to resolve. That has been the Government's central economic failure in the past 16 years. We are a long way from seeing the investment-led recovery that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: CAP Fraud (6 Jul 1995)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cases of common agricultural policy fraud were identified in the United Kingdom in 1994. [31170]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: CAP Fraud (6 Jul 1995)

Stephen Timms: I welcome the right hon. and learned Gentleman to his new post. Given the alarming scale of CAP fraud, is it not remarkable that the Government do not use the full allocation made available to them through the CAP for tackling fraud? Is the Minister aware that the proportion of the available allocation that has been used by the Government fell from 81 per cent. in 1993 to 74 per cent. in...

Local Government (30 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: I begin by commending the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Wilshire), who said that he refused to take part in the shenanigans this morning. To some extent, the hon. Member for Tayside, North (Mr. Walker) took the same stance. They struck a different tone from the one with which the debate began. In opening the debate, the Minister Without Portfolio engaged in pure party propaganda. He made...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Curriculum Reviews (27 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment she has made of the experience in other countries of permanent standing bodies to review the school curriculum in key subject areas. [29119]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Curriculum Reviews (27 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: I thank the Minister for that response. Is he aware of the growing concern about the effectiveness of the current ad hoc arrangements for curriculum review, not least because those who are undertaking the review are thrown together for a short while and barely have time to get on top of the subject, let alone come up with effective review proposals? Will the Minister comment on the...

Petition: Digital Television (22 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: I hope that the Secretary of State will be able to comment in advance of the White Paper on one related, but more specific, point. Can he tell the House what the Government's view is on the initiatives to produce a common European standard for the digital interface for broadcasting? Do they support that initiative? The right hon. Gentleman will be aware that, in some parts of the United...

Petition: Digital Television (22 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: Does my hon. Friend agree that this is an extremely urgent matter because, if there is not a Government initiative, a real danger exists that, for example, the satellite broadcasters might go ahead in the absence of a Government framework, steal a march, and determine the future direction of broadcasting in this country without any steer from Her Majesty's Government? Does he agree that...

Petition: Digital Television (22 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: Given that, as my hon. Friend said, digital technology will be adopted by the cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasters, how optimistic is he that they will all introduce the same standard in bringing that technology into use, or is there a danger that different players in the broadcasting industry might adopt different standards and cause considerable damage as a result?

Stratford School (14 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: My point was that, with local authority schools, it has been possible to provide support to help them recover. That has happened in the past, but it has not yet happened at Stratford. We are anxious that it should.

Stratford School (14 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: I begin this debate about Stratford school by commending the Minister of State, Department for Education on his admirably frank statement last month about the problems at the school. The press notice issued by the Department for Education on 5 May 1995 said: The most recent report from Ofsted shows that standards of teaching and learning remain poor, that management is inadequate, and that...

Stratford School (14 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. He points out correctly that the delays in providing much-needed schools in the south of the borough are undoubtedly related to the fact that the closure was not permitted to go ahead. Last month, the Minister announced that he intended to appoint four new governors to Stratford school, and I had the opportunity to meet one of them on Monday. I...

Drug Misuse (9 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: I listened with great interest to the speech by the hon. Member for Ryedale (Mr. Greenway). I want to echo a number of his comments, particularly those about the need for consistent core funding for some of the drug work which has been established in recent years but which has now been either shut down or threatened with closure because the core funding to allow it to continue is not...

Drug Misuse (9 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: The problem is that that distinction will not be apparent to pupils. They will want to understand whether they are dealing with people who are there to provide advice or with people who are there to report them to the police. Teachers will have real difficulties in taking the strategy forward and understanding what they are supposed to be doing. I would like a clearer focus on the need,...

Drug Misuse (9 Jun 1995)

Stephen Timms: I endorse what the Leader of the House said about the contribution of the people who are working on the ground. Why will the drug action teams have only one at most representative from such people in their membership? The construction of drug action teams seems somewhat top heavy, with a preponderance of chief executives and chief constables and perhaps one co-opted voluntary sector...

Cross-media Ownership (23 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: The Secretary of State's proposals deal with regulating the media market at a regional level. How important does he regard the retention of regional identities in media terms, and how important was that consideration during the framing of the proposals? Does he accept that, if we are to secure the retention of those identities in the long term, proposals will have to be brought to this House...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: CHILD SUPPORT ADVISORY COMMITTE (No.2) (22 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: In supporting the case made by my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) for a child support advisory committee, I wish to concentrate on one aspect of the system that has been created—the formula by which maintenance assessments from absent parents are calculated, and especially the protected income provisions. I am grateful for work that has been carried out by...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: CHILD MAINTENANCE DISREGARD (No. 2) (22 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: All of us are aware of the enormous problems caused by child support legislation, and many believe that the changes that we are now considering offer the last chance to get the system right and in a form that will be defensible, widely supported and able to function properly. I had hoped and expected that there would be serious scrutiny of the proposals in Committee and an attempt to reach an...

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill: 'Duties of relevant gas shipper or supplier in relation to gas fittings (16 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: On the basis of our visit, does my hon. Friend agree that the facility at Bromley-by-Bow is an impressive operation which has been the beneficiary of substantial investment by British Gas in the recent past? Does he further agree that there is a link between the uncertainty which now hangs over that operation, and perhaps others like it, which the amendment addresses, and the marked fall in...

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