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Olympics: Financial Markets (19 Jan 2009)

Frank Dobson: I welcome my right hon. Friend's statement, but does he accept that this bail-out of Tory bankers will be acceptable to the people of this country only if they can be assured that there will be strict national and international regulation of banking to prevent such a catastrophe from occurring again, and severe constraints on pay and bonuses in all the banks that are receiving public money?...

Olympics: Gaza (19 Jan 2009)

Frank Dobson: Following the point made by the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd), as the Navy will be deployed in preventing the importation of arms, can we at least seriously consider whether it should be deployed to ensure the importation by sea of any goods that the Palestinians need? We would thus restore the Royal Navy to its ancient task of ensuring the freedom of the seas and...

Employment Retention: Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (3 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: The Coroners and Justice Bill proposes the use of intercept evidence in coroners courts. If interception takes place in countries other than the United Kingdom, it is admissible in our courts. Bugging people's cars, homes or suits, for that matter, is allowed in our courts. Why can we not make more progress in regard to intercept evidence obtained here?

Prayers: Fuel Poverty Bill (20 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) on his good fortune in doing well in the ballot. I broadly support his Bill, because fuel poverty has dire effects on the health and the quality of life of the people who suffer from it. It is a curious irony that the badly-off, who live in badly insulated homes, are not only cold but pay energy companies more to be left cold...

Prayers: Fuel Poverty Bill (20 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: We all have to recognise, though, that that will leave the Government bound by any decision that we take and subject to something over which, at the moment, they have no control: the variation in fuel prices. If we are really going to deal with the problem of fuel poverty, we need worldwide to do something about fuel prices. Fuel poverty here causes some deaths; fuel poverty in the third...

Prayers: Fuel Poverty Bill (20 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: I am saying that it would be affordable, and if we introduced a windfall tax just on Shell and BP, we could pay for it. However, no doubt some of the people contributing to the Tory party—be they bankers or those in the energy industries—would be very upset and would say to the Leader of the Opposition, "Don't do horrible things like that. That would be most unfair on our shareholders,...

Prayers: Fuel Poverty Bill (20 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: I am sure that that is the case. I can remember being mocked by the people then sitting on the Government Benches when I was shadow Energy Secretary when I said that the policies being pursued—the dash for gas, as I formulated it—meant that we would eventually become dependent on gas supplies from such utterly reliable sources as the then Soviet Union or Algeria. Lo and behold, that is...

Prayers: Fuel Poverty Bill (20 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: We have a civil nuclear power programme. The biggest problem with a further civil nuclear power programme, if it is proposed, is that it will cost about 10 times as much as people say it will, and it will take 10 times as long to build. I give as an example Dungeness B nuclear power station which, 35 years later, may eventually produce the amount of electricity that it was supposed to...

Prayers: Fuel Poverty Bill (20 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: Only international intervention would decouple the relationship. Up to now, it seems to have suited the consumer countries and the producer countries to go along with the private sector in agreeing to a totally absurd arrangement. The biggest problem was probably the United States, which is usually seen as a consumer of oil and gas, but it is also a major producer, and it is somewhat...

Prayers: Fuel Poverty Bill (20 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: Perhaps you could buy indulgences.

Prayers: Fuel Poverty Bill (20 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: As someone who is in favour of getting votes in his constituency, I must rush to point out that I would not like to see the Secretary of State for the Environment, or whatever the post is called these days, banged up, because he is one of my constituents and I assume that he usually votes for me.

Prayers: Fuel Poverty Bill (20 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: Would the Secretary of State be banged up in a well-insulated cell?

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: Ever since the underground fire in King's Cross station in my constituency in the 1980s, I have been pressing—first as an Opposition Member, then as a member of the Government and now as a Government Back Bencher—for reform of the coroners' system. Generally speaking, it is unsatisfactory, so I welcome most of the provisions in the Bill. It seems to me, however, that the coroner...

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: More narrowly, I was challenging any Member of the House to identify a case in which a judge has decided to set aside an assertion by a member of the Government that national security was at stake. I do not think that there are any such examples.

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: My right hon. Friend may have come up with one.

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: That is all very well, but it would all be part of a process, which would begin, "Old reliable Jack, he wouldn't start off this process unless there were a threat to national security or relations with a friendly state." The judge will be part of a process that has been started off, and is unlikely to put a chock under the wheels at a later stage. It would be possible, but it is very...

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: No, I am finishing. What could be more important than open explanation of a death? On such standards, a secret inquest is no inquest at all.

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: If there are other ways, why would the Secretary of State start the process in the first place?

Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: Some people will feel that I am looking to the past, but we have to accept that the British economy, the world economy and what we call the real economy are in serious trouble because of the crash of the casino economy run by bankers for the benefit of bankers. It has become fashionable to say, "Let's not be too hard on the bankers." I agree, because it is impossible to be too hard on the...

Council Tax Rebate: The Economy (31 Mar 2009)

Frank Dobson: Yes, indeed. We were told that if these people did not get huge pay and bonuses, they might go elsewhere, to Dubai, Mumbai or Shanghai. I am trying to envisage the interview. They might be asked, "Who did you say you were working for in the City of London? Was it Lehman Brothers, Royal Bank of Scotland or HBOS? Were you helping Bernard Madoff, or were you working at Merrill Lynch?" The idea...


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