Results 41–60 of 5200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Frank Dobson

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Even in Birmingham there are doubts. There is a site called Washwood Heath. Everybody in Birmingham ranging from the far-left Trots to the chamber of commerce was in favour of redeveloping it with about 3,000 modern jobs in IT and bio-engineering, but—lo and behold—HS2 says, “Tough. We need it for some sidings. Total employees: 30.”

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: I think the right hon. Lady will confirm that she was present when our colleague, my hon. Friend the Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith), asked Sir David Higgins about the fact that they were going to tear through two bits of ancient woodland in her constituency. He reassured her that it was all right, because they would replant it!

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Generally speaking, I oppose referendums, but that opposition is slight by comparison with my opposition to the ludicrous High Speed 2 scheme, which is, it has to be said, both amateurish and grotesquely expensive. It used to be fashionable to say that things had been formulated on the back of a cigarette packet; it sounds as though it will be possible to do that on the front of a cigarette...

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Yes, indeed. Apart from those who are paid supporters of the scheme, it has virtually no supporters. When I say “paid supporters”, I am including some of the civil engineering advisers and consultants who are producing reports in favour because they are paid to do so. There is a danger that they are damaging the reputation of British civil engineering consultants.

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: That is so. I think that the right hon. Lady is probably regarded as being in the south-east, where 51% are against and 30% are in favour. In the London area, 48% are against and 34% are in favour. And so it goes on. The supporters of every political party are, on balance, against.

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: I think that for these purposes Somerset is probably part of the south-west, where 60% are against and 25% are in favour. I should also add a late wire from the course: as of yesterday, a Daily Mirror poll showed that 80% are against and 20% are in favour. There is something amiss if Parliament is not reflecting the views of the public, especially when they are so overwhelmingly in one...

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: There are mandates and there are mandates, are there not? One of the problems is that as each argument in favour of this ludicrous proposition fails, the proponents come up with another. The first one was speed. Oh, it was wonderful! People would be able to speed to Birmingham —or speed from Birmingham to London, but that tended not to get mentioned too much. Time would also be saved for...

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: The other problem is that the people behind the proposition live from hand to mouth. They said, “There’ll be a way around this, because we’ll be able to divert quite a lot of the local services that come into Euston to Old Oak Common and therefore relieve the pressure on Euston during the works period.” They have now admitted, however, that they cannot divert the local services to Old...

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Indeed. When the capacity argument fell through—the proponents threw in the towel—they turned to economic growth. However, if they look at virtually all the foreign experience, they will see that when a high-speed line is put in to a capital city, that capital city sucks in business and jobs from the other places on the line. That is significant to those who live in smaller towns near the...

HS2 Funding Referendum Bill (23 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Yes, I endorse that. Everyone who has had dealings with the Clerk, and with the other Clerks who have been involved from time to time, pays tribute to the help that they have been given in making their representations and getting their representations in order. However, try as they might, our procedures in relation to such matters are ridiculous. In the absence of proper parliamentary...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: National Health Service (21 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: I should point out that, partly as a result of earlier negotiations, we had secured an increase of £20 billion.

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: National Health Service (21 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: National Health Service (21 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Whatever people like or dislike about the language, I do not think anyone could deny that the NHS at the moment is struggling to care for patients in the way that the hard-working staff in the NHS would like to be able to care for them and to deal with them as promptly as they would like. Everyone recognises that the NHS is managing to cope only because of its amazingly dedicated staff doing...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: National Health Service (21 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: I entirely agree with that. The fact is that the services that can be provided at home need a higher priority than they have had in the past—under any Government. They need more staff with more time, because many of the people attempting to provide a service are given a quarter of an hour to dash in, help somebody wash or cook and then dash out again to rush along to somewhere else. If one...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: National Health Service (21 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Will the Secretary of State confirm that the only reason why he has been able to recruit British doctors is that the previous Government increased recruitment into medical schools by 35%?

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Steel Industry (14 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend agree that it was not helpful of the Government to refuse to find the loan for Sheffield Forgemasters that would have put it in a position to compete worldwide in nuclear engineering?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Terrorist Attacks (Paris) (14 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Is the Home Secretary satisfied with the capacity of the London fire and rescue service to respond to any terrorist outrages that may occur, in view of the current fire station closure programme, which includes the fire station at Clerkenwell, which serves an area that includes major hospitals, major railway stations and major tourist attractions that may very well be the premier targets of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: A and E (Major Incidents) (7 Jan 2015)

Frank Dobson: Does the Secretary of State accept the truth of the assertions by A and E doctors and nurses that the call handlers working for the 111 service are referring far more patients to A and E than happened when NHS Direct was staffed by nurses, who exercised professional discretion?


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