Results 101–120 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

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

Frank Dobson: I understand that, but if we had the detail, the House might decide that some amendments are so blindingly stupid that they should not be referred to the Select Committee in the first place. It remains the case that we are being asked to endorse these propositions without having seen them. Six groups of changes are, it is claimed, in response to the requirements of local people; four of them...

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

Frank Dobson: Pretty much, yes, although I am opposed to the daft £20 billion cheque in the first place, and have been all along. What bothers me, besides the famous “connected purposes” let out, is that we are also told: “That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.” According to HS2, the changes we are considering—or not really considering—this afternoon are minor, and we are placing...

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

Frank Dobson: The right hon. Lady’s point simply emphasises how the detail is important. With Euston, however, it is not a matter of detail. The current proposal that the House voted through has been abandoned. In fact, it was abandoned before the House voted it through. The situation is utterly crazy. The proposition included in the Bill was basically to build a rather elegant lean-to engine shed at the...

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

Frank Dobson: Although I understand the concerns of people who are directly affected by the propositions that are not quite before us this afternoon, my principal concern is the application of the Standing Orders to what is proposed and likely to be proposed at Euston, which will be the biggest building and engineering project in Britain for many a long year. Its impact will be phenomenal and I believe...

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

Frank Dobson: Again, I sympathise with the right hon. Lady, because nowhere has been subjected to the absolutely stupendous incompetence of HS2 more than my constituency. HS2 proposed a link with HS1. Everyone said that that was crackers, HS2 said it was wonderful and then it had to drop it. HS2 proposed the lean-to engine shed proposal. Lots of people said that that was crackers, HS2 said it was the only...

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

Frank Dobson: The point that I am trying to make to the Minister—and to anyone else who cares to listen—is that we are being asked to endorse the approach set out by the Government by incorporating it in Standing Orders of the House. That could be taken as a precedent that such a procedure may apply to the massive changes at Euston, not just to the important but none the less much smaller changes in...

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

Frank Dobson: The people now petitioning have already petitioned and paid their £20. Will they be able to petition without paying a further £20?

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

Frank Dobson: Consultation on this started in 2003. If this is a rush, how would my hon. Friend describe something that was slow?

bill presented: Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety) (1 Sep 2014)

Frank Dobson: Mitochondrial disease is horrible. It has dreadful effects on children and shortens their lives and there is no cure. The scientists at Newcastle university have been trying to improve the inadequate treatment services that are presently available and one of the reasons why they got involved in this research is that they do not see very much progress there. The replacement technique does not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: EU Council, Security and Middle East (1 Sep 2014)

Frank Dobson: I hope the Prime Minister accepts that no one in the House is more opposed to terrorism than I am—my constituency was subject to the Tavistock Square and Russell Square bombings. Does he agree that to be a British citizen is very precious, and that we need to be very careful about interfering with the rights of British citizens? If the security services know enough to finger people and say...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ukraine (Flight MH17) and Gaza (21 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: While Israel is rightly claiming its right of self-defence under international law, we cannot have international law for the Israelis and another international law for the Palestinians, and when is Britain, and more importantly the United States, going to bring pressure to bear to get the Israelis to comply with international law, to end the blockade of Gaza and the settlements on the west bank?

Global Health (Research and Development) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (8 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: Is it not also the case that in order to protect blood products and blood transfusions, this country has been spending the best part of £1 billion for the same reason?

Global Health (Research and Development) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (8 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: I congratulate the hon. Member for St Ives (Andrew George) on securing the debate. I have the privilege of representing probably the biggest concentration of biomedical research institutions in this country and in Europe, if not in the whole world. I must declare an interest as a member of the court of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and as a governor of the Royal...

Finance Bill: New Clause 14 — Report on the additional rate of income tax (1 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: I strongly support new clause 14. It would appear that the Treasury’s Orwellian motto is “Ignorance is strength”. It is not just that the Treasury will not have this study done, but it has not had it done and does not know the answer. The Government are clearly afraid of the answer; what have they got to hide? That is typical of the current Treasury position. On a number of occasions I...

Finance Bill: New Clause 14 — Report on the additional rate of income tax (1 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: No, I will not give way—[Interruption.] Well, I have sat here throughout the whole debate and listened to what other people had to say, so I am going to get a little further in. One thing that is particularly irksome for badly off people in this country is hearing apologists for the City talking about bankers’ compensation packages—compensation apparently for the horrid requirement that...

Finance Bill: New Clause 14 — Report on the additional rate of income tax (1 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: Will the Minister give way?

Finance Bill: New Clause 14 — Report on the additional rate of income tax (1 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: Can the Minister identify anything I said that was factually incorrect? [Interruption.]

Finance Bill: New Clause 14 — Report on the additional rate of income tax (1 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: Does the hon. Gentleman, as a Lib Dem, not recall that that date was significant in another way, as it was the day that the leader of the Liberal Democrats signed a pledge to get rid of tuition fees?

Finance Bill: New Clause 14 — Report on the additional rate of income tax (1 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: Uncharacteristically, I will come to the aid of the former right hon. Member for Hartlepool, because his sentence went on to say—and it was the same sentence— “providing they pay their fair share of tax”.

Finance Bill: New Clause 14 — Report on the additional rate of income tax (1 Jul 2014)

Frank Dobson: Is it not the case that the very well paid people who got the benefit are a collection of tax swindlers swindling the rest of the taxpayers, and should not everybody in the House be attending to changing the law so that such tax swindling cannot happen in the future?


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