Results 161–180 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

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Department for Communities and Local Government — Private Rented Sector (4 Mar 2014)

Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend agree that we need to address the problem of people who cause a massive nuisance to their neighbours, because the present laws and practices are quite pathetic?

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Department for Communities and Local Government — Private Rented Sector (4 Mar 2014)

Frank Dobson: I commend the speech by my new hon. Friend the Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane), who represents the great city of Manchester. He is one of the few people who could survive a headline saying “New MP for Sale” without being investigated by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. I congratulate him on the wit and intellect that he used in his maiden speech, and on the...

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Department for Communities and Local Government — Private Rented Sector (4 Mar 2014)

Frank Dobson: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. I think I invented the phrase “social cleansing” and sometimes I refer to it as the lowland clearances, which might be of interest to our colleagues in Scotland. A headline in The Sunday Times stated: “Buy-to-let returns top 10 % a year: Investors piling into the market as yields soar”. The supply is not soaring, but the yields are and it is time...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Frank Dobson: I shall try to be very brief. The Home Secretary’s proposal to extend her powers in respect of the removal of British citizenship from a limited and specific group of people must be assessed against the judgment that it is in the national interest or for the public good. I have to say that I have never heard anyone give a single example of Britain’s having benefited from some...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Frank Dobson: I entirely agree. That is why I am doubtful about the capacity to take away people’s British citizenship. There is a substantial Somali community in my constituency. Needless to say, it includes quite a few testosterone-exuding young men who are very upset about what is happening in Somalia, and who are dubious about what the British Government are or are not doing. However, a much bigger...

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Frank Dobson: It may be a fault in me that I did not understand the Home Secretary’s reply to my question earlier. Will she confirm that the child of someone who had acquired British citizenship would be subject to the law that she envisages?

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Frank Dobson: If that is the case, what powers did the Home Secretary use to take citizenship away from my constituent Mahdi Hashi, who was then kidnapped by the Americans in Somalia and is now in court in New York?

Immigration Bill: New Clause 11 — Supplementary provision (30 Jan 2014)

Frank Dobson: When I first became a Member of this House, anyone born in Britain automatically became a British citizen. That right was taken away by the Thatcher Government. Will this law apply to the children of people who have acquired British citizenship?

Shrewsbury 24 (Release of Papers): Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2014)

Frank Dobson: The right hon. Gentleman has referred to a Hungarian neo-Nazi who intends to come to my constituency this Sunday to organise an anti-Semitic rally. That is the constituency that contains the Jewish museum, where the national launch of the Holocaust memorial day commemoration will take place on Monday. Does he share my view, which I have expressed to the Home Secretary, that she should use the...

Business of the House: High-speed Rail (19 Dec 2013)

Frank Dobson: It would be idle of me to pretend that I am in favour of this project. In view of the fact that the report pays very little attention to compensation and mitigation measures, will my hon. Friend agree to the Committee looking into the proposition that the measures for compensation and mitigation that apply in my constituency are not even half as good as those measures outside London? For...

Tributes to Nelson Mandela (9 Dec 2013)

Frank Dobson: It is a great honour to take part in this tribute to Nelson Mandela. As far as I am concerned, it is almost as good as the magic moment when I sat with my wife in Westminster Hall as he addressed both Houses of our Parliament as the democratically elected President of all South Africans. I know that I speak on behalf of people in my constituency, Holborn and St Pancras, because they have a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (19 Nov 2013)

Frank Dobson: Does the Secretary of State not agree that the horrors of Mid Staffs were taking place at the same time that wonderful first-class care, from both a clinical and compassionate point of view, was available in many hospitals throughout the country? Is he confident that the measures that he is putting forward now will ensure that the worst performing hospitals will raise their standards to those...

Water Industry (5 Nov 2013)

Frank Dobson: rose—

Water Industry (5 Nov 2013)

Frank Dobson: May I urge the hon. Gentleman not to use the word “earns”, because it has a sensation that they deserve the money? The best way to describe it is probably to say that they are “being paid”.

Water Industry (5 Nov 2013)

Frank Dobson: Does the right hon. Gentleman not agree that it would be ludicrous to expect the British taxpayer to bail out a company that was partly owned by Chinese taxpayers? If Chinese taxpayers want to invest in Thames Water, they should bear the brunt of any charges that the company might incur. The scheme is going to cost £4 billion, but Thames Water’s shareholders have already benefited from £6...

Water Industry (5 Nov 2013)

Frank Dobson: Surely Yorkshire Water has access to a device that will identify where the aforesaid kink is and does not need to dig up two miles of road.

Water Industry (5 Nov 2013)

Frank Dobson: When the hon. Gentleman was talking to the new boss of Ofwat, did he draw to his attention the marked reluctance of the water industry to pay the proper amount of tax, bearing it in mind that the aforesaid new boss of Ofwat, when he was at Anglian, made pretty sure it kept its tax liability to a minimum?

Water Industry (5 Nov 2013)

Frank Dobson: I congratulate the Members who secured this welcome debate. Until recently, there had been a general consensus that the privatised water industry was a success. That was a consensus to which I never subscribed, whether in government or in opposition. It is far from being a success. We must not allow the water industry to get away with all sorts of technical explanations for why it cannot do...

Water Industry (5 Nov 2013)

Frank Dobson: The next word in my notes is “reservoirs”. Every substantial reservoir that the water companies use was built when the industry was in the public sector. The private sector has not increased reservoir capacity in this country since privatisation in 1989-90.


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