Results 81–100 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

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Frank Dobson: Does the hon. Gentleman acknowledge that average annual economic growth during the Callaghan and Wilson Governments was almost exactly equal to the miraculous levels achieved during Mrs Thatcher’s prime ministership?

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Frank Dobson: rose—

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Frank Dobson: There have been references to the ladder of opportunity. Education and training are a major part of that. It is this Government who have taken away the education maintenance allowance, which allowed large numbers of working class children to stay on at school, at college and in training. Taking that away has shifted several steps out of the ladder of opportunity.

High Speed 2 (Compensation) (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: I do not wish to delay the Minister in turning his attention to the tunnel, but can he explain why the terms for urban areas are different from those for rural areas?

High Speed 2 (Compensation) (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: My constituents might not fancy the idea of a new station, but what they really do not want is having to live next to a construction site for a decade or more. That is what they are bothered about.

High Speed 2 (Compensation) (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: In my area, around Euston, people will be living next to the biggest construction site in Europe for 10 or 15 years. They will be living within a yard of the works. However, they will be entitled to no compensation at all. As the right hon. Lady will know, uncertainty is a major source of blight. The revised proposals for Euston were supposed to be presented next month, but that has now been...

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: It is customary to begin a speech by declaring an interest, but in this case I can declare a disinterest, as I am not standing at the next general election. Also, so far as I know, in the year of the great expenses scandal my expenses were the lowest of any Member of Parliament. However, I am firmly opposed to the Bill, and not because it does not go far enough, as the hon. Member for...

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: That is what I believe in. I do not believe that introducing a recall system will further that degree of independence. There is a brilliant example from my own constituency —not me, I rush to point out. My distinguished predecessor, Lena Jeger, was the Member for Holborn and St Pancras South, which was an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic constituency in the 1960s. Lena Jeger was an advocate of...

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: It is no good people who do not agree with me shaking their heads, because I am sure that is the truth.

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: Yes, but she would have been put to all the bother and expense of fighting for her seat in the middle of a parliamentary—

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: I know that is the idea, and that is what is wrong with it. That is why it is a stupid idea. This is intended to punish certain individuals, but it would have the effect of persuading a lot of other people who were feeling a bit edgy about things not to go ahead and stick to their principles because they might be set upon. That would not necessarily be done by an innocent group of individual...

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: Is the last paragraph of the hon. Gentleman’s speech in favour of recall or against it?

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 Oct 2014)

Frank Dobson: The hon. Gentleman appears to be saying that even if we accepted his extreme version of recall, it would not work because not enough people would take part.

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 Oct 2014)

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

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

Frank Dobson: The one thing that is certain is that no one in this House or anywhere else can be certain that the policies we are being asked to endorse will succeed. If we look at the track record of the interventions of the French, British and Americans in the middle east since the collapse of the Ottoman empire, we see that the odds look as though we will not succeed, because everything else has gone...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

Frank Dobson: That may be true, but it must be said that without the American intervention from the air, the chances are that ISIS would now be in control of Baghdad. They had to be stopped militarily and one function of the air attacks is to deprive them of their use of heavy weaponry, to give those who are opposed to them a better chance of defeating them. It is necessary, therefore, it seems to me, to...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

Frank Dobson: It is certainly true that part of our tradition—which we sometimes fall short of, and have done in the past—is to promote decency and democracy worldwide. We have an obligation to help all those countries who are trying to maintain democracy or to establish it in the face of extremism. But in this case there was not just the possibility but the likelihood that Iraq as a sovereign state...

Business of the House: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (9 Sep 2014)

Frank Dobson: But the point—I have clearly failed to make it—is that that area is to the west of the station, but there will now be similar problems to the east of the station.

Business of the House: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (9 Sep 2014)

Frank Dobson: David Higgins is apparently incapable of distinguishing between the land around the stations. The redevelopment at King’s Cross took place on useless, empty, brownfield railway land; the land on both sides of Euston station is not brownfield land to be rescued by some Australian missionary, but a place where people live, go about their business and send their children to school, and...

Business of the House: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (9 Sep 2014)

Frank Dobson: The debate this afternoon strikes me as rather strange, as we are being asked to give the existing Select Committee power to consider amendments that we have not seen, which is fairly unusual in the House of Commons. If we are asked to agree to some amendment, we have usually had the opportunity to read and digest them and possibly to consult other people about them. The environmental...


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