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Results 1–20 of 5000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tom Brake

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Power of Local Authority to Continue to Assist Pupils (10 Jun 1997)

Tom Brake: I congratulate the hon. Member for Slough (Fiona Mactaggart) on her excellent maiden speech. She could have mentioned ICI Paints of Slough, a company for which I worked in the past. I thank the electors of Carshalton and Wallington for electing me and for putting their trust in me, as other hon. Members have thanked their electors. Let me mention my predecessor, Nigel Forman, who...

Health Services (London) (20 Jun 1997)

Tom Brake: I, too, welcome the statement. I should like to make the House aware of the meeting that I had with representatives of Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth. They revealed that they are £14 million in the red and are cutting back on elective surgery, with waiting lists going up from 12 months to 18 months. I do not want to pre-empt the panel's findings, but I think that it will inevitably find that...

Opposition Day: London Underground (25 Jun 1997)

Tom Brake: I welcome the opportunity to discuss the future of London Underground, a subject close to the heart of Londoners who, according to its annual report, make 2.5 million journeys each day. I must start by questioning why the Opposition have chosen the tube as the subject of today's debate. I assume that they are not trying to draw attention to their own record while in government because, as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Patient Care (22 Jul 1997)

Tom Brake: Is the Secretary of State aware that nurses at the accident and emergency unit at St. Helier hospital in Carshalton, who are directly involved with patient care, are currently balloting for industrial action because of concerns about the quality of patient care at the hospital? Does he have any plans to take action to ensure that the threat of industrial action is averted?

Adjournment (Summer) (30 Jul 1997)

Tom Brake: I congratulate the hon. Member for Burton (Mrs. Dean) on her maiden speech, which was thoughtful and composed; she gave us many reasons to visit her constituency, not least the breweries that are based there, and I am grateful to her for not emulating her predecessor by talking for four hours or more. I should declare an interest in my topic, albeit a non-pecuniary one. I want to discuss the...

Adjournment (Summer) (30 Jul 1997)

Tom Brake: Will the hon. Gentleman comment on the implications of an increase in coal-fired generation for the Government's carbon dioxide emission targets?

Opposition Day: Rural Life (4 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: Does my hon. Friend agree that it was unfortunate that Ministers said that rural land was up for grabs? Does he agree that the matter of 4.4 million homes needs to be treated with great sensitivity and in consultation with the rural and urban communities that will be affected by that massive development?

Road Safety (5 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: I thank the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney) for initiating this morning's debate. Britain's road safety record is good, but there is no doubt that it can be improved on. We often hear the past 18 years mentioned in derogatory terms; in this case, we can congratulate the previous Administration on what they achieved in that time. The hon. Member for Stafford outlined certain measures...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (10 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: The hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall), who is no longer in the Chamber, represents a constituency that I, too, have visited. I wonder whether anyone in the Chamber has not visited it, in fact. He said in his maiden speech today that he was a bearded nonentity. That is certainly not true. Within seconds of his starting his maiden speech, many of his hon. Friends had come into the Chamber...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (10 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: Will the hon. Gentleman explain why he believes that if the London assembly were given the powers of the Government office for London or of quangos, it would inevitably—as he has stressed on several occasions—take powers away from local government?

Housing (12 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: I thank the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) for initiating today's debate on an issue that affects rural constituencies and suburban ones such as mine. The hon. Member for Stroud has already explained why there will be an increase in the number of households. That there will be is indisputable, but there is doubt about the number of homes that might be required. A figure of 4.4 million has...

Housing (12 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I was saying only that there is some debate about the accuracy of the figure of 4.4 million. I am not suggesting that only 500,000 new houses are required; simply that there is a difference of view among experts about the figure. For that reason, the Government should consider a phased release of land rather than do everything in one go.

Housing (12 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: The Government should re-examine the projections, otherwise builders will embark unnecessarily on a massive building programme. I should like to know whether demand can be reduced. The previous Government attempted to use social engineering with back to basics, but I am not suggesting that route. Demand cannot be reduced by social engineering, but something can be done about the 800,000...

Housing (12 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: In my constituency, BP has very successfully decontaminated land by removing topsoil and cleaning the environment. Decontamination has already happened. I do not think that there are any problems with decontaminating some land. As a last resort, green-field sites will undoubtedly have to be used. Organisations that one would never have expected to support such development are already saying,...

Traffic Lights (Left Turns) (12 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: If the Minister's Department is to consider the possibility of cars turning left at traffic lights, could it also consider the possibility of cyclists doing the same?

Clause 9: Supplementary Report (24 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: I will comment briefly on the clause. The commission will be established with agreed terms of reference and objectives. It will then deliberate and report back. The Secretary of State may not like the recommendations that the commission makes, but would it be democratic to overrule those recommendations as clause 9 would allow? What would be the Secretary of State's purpose in overriding the...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (26 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: I welcome the concession which I believe the Minister made when he said that he had no objection in principle to more than one question on the ballot paper. That is interesting and makes it even more important that, in the other place, the issue of questions on the ballot paper is considered closely. Perhaps we can now engage in a sensible dialogue. Perhaps the Government have listened to the...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (26 Nov 1997)

Tom Brake: Yes, even cattle prods. It is not too late for the Government to listen to Londoners' views and swallow their pride, in taking on board a second question. The Government's pride is at stake. I hope that they will grasp the opportunity to introduce a second question.

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill: Backdating of Benefit (10 Dec 1997)

Tom Brake: At lunchtime today I spoke at the Sutton carers forum, which represents 20,000 carers in that London borough. Hon. Members will probably not be surprised to learn that carers are alarmed by the Government's proposals relating to invalid care allowance and its backdating by only one month. I want to quote from a letter that was handed to me by a constituent at the meeting. He gave up a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Kyoto Conference (16 Dec 1997)

Tom Brake: If he will make a statement on the outcome of the climate change conference in Kyoto. [19396]


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