Results 181–200 of 500 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Michael Jabez Foster

Local Government Finance (6 Feb 2006)

Michael Jabez Foster: If the learned leader of East Sussex county council uses such economics and believes that the increase is only 0.6 per cent. that is why the council is in such a pickle. The truth is, it is 2.1 per cent.—the 0.6 per cent. relates to his total budget, not the grant, so he is obviously seeking to mislead. Even if that were not the case, there is absolutely no reason why he should close such...

Health and Social Care Services (30 Jan 2006)

Michael Jabez Foster: How will my right hon. Friend ensure that the target intentions that she mentioned affect Hastings, which is a very poor area within a rich region? Will the changes to the PCT mean that that will be diluted? How will she ensure that poor areas within rich areas benefit in the way that she intends?

Orders of the Day — Work and Families Bill: New Clause 1 — Administration of statutory leave payments (18 Jan 2006)

Michael Jabez Foster: It is enormously difficult to decide what regulation to get rid of when another is introduced. The hon. Lady has said what a good idea these regulations are. Can she give an example of a regulation that she would get rid of, to help us out?

Orders of the Day — Work and Families Bill: New Clause 1 — Administration of statutory leave payments (18 Jan 2006)

Michael Jabez Foster: Is the hon. Lady simply talking about who should pay for the regulations, rather than whether the regulations should be introduced? I thought that she was arguing that certain regulations were unnecessary. However, she now seems to be arguing about who should pay. What substantive regulations would she get rid of?

Orders of the Day — Terrorism Bill: Clause 23 — Extension of period of detention by judicial Authority (9 Nov 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: We do not know, because it never happened. The right hon. Gentleman has suggested that arrests should be made later, following further surveillance and so on. If he had taken the trouble to speak to local police chiefs, as many of us have, they would have told him that this measure is about the prevention of terrorism, not its detection. Therefore, it is not always possible for the police to...

Asylum Seekers (10 Oct 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: My hon. Friend the Minister has gone to a great deal of trouble to explain what he intends to do, but he appears to be developing a very complex system, as my hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow (Mr. Gerrard) says. Has the Minister made any assessment of the obligations and costs that these measures will place on his office, and of whether any extra resources will be provided to support...

Iraq (10 Oct 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: Once again, my right hon. Friend has set out a balanced statement of the successes and the challenges that remain. Yesterday, Lord Boyce, a former defence chief, said how demoralising it is for our troops to hear only the bad news in the media. Is there anything my right hon. Friend can do to highlight more of the successes, so that the "Today" programme could at least take them on board?

Tax Credits (12 Jul 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: Is the Minister aware that people are frequently phoning the Department and being told to leave it until the end of the year? That is one of the problems. It is an administrative problem and I have considerable evidence of people being told not to supply their information, but to wait until the end of the year so that it can be sorted out then.

Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jul 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: My right hon. Friend and his colleagues have done brilliantly in doubling overseas aid for the poorest in the world after many years of mean-spiritedness. However, does he agree that, as France is apparently spending more of its gross domestic product on aid and is closer to the 0.7 per cent. than we are, it is a matter of national honour that we do something at least to match that?

Local Taxation (4 Jul 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: The hon. Lady is quite right: the system is tough on those on fixed incomes. But how would that be helped by the policy proposed by the Conservatives—at least at the last election—to freeze Government support to local government, which would push council taxes up even further?

Orders of the Day — Consumer Credit Bill (9 Jun 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: I begin by congratulating the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells (Greg Clark) on the competence of his maiden speech. He is of course very nearly my neighbour, joined as we are not at the hip but by the A21; he can be assured that I will join him in pursuing such issues. Given the competence of his performance today, no one in this place would say, "Hopeless—start again." He is to be greatly...

Orders of the Day — Consumer Credit Bill (9 Jun 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: Is it not the case that very high interest rates usually reflect the fact that the loan should not have been made? That is the issue. If lenders were barred from charging a high interest rate, they would be out of the market. I acknowledge, of course, the problem of illegal lending.

Orders of the Day — Consumer Credit Bill (9 Jun 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: My hon. Friend obviously does not want to make the case law today even though many of us wish that he would. Is not the issue that if the matter is left to the courts, the man on the Clapham omnibus will provide the test—an objective test? Credit, however, is very much a subjective problem, and poor people lose out. Does he not agree that the test should at the very least include the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Eastbourne District General Hospital (22 Mar 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: Whatever the challenges facing East Sussex county council, it is failing to comply with its statutory obligations to move people from hospital. Will my hon. Friend give health authorities the authority to make placements in order to empty beds and to send the bill to the council?

Budget Resolutions — Amendment of the Law (16 Mar 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: The hon. Gentleman's generalisations about regulation are all very interesting, but can he name just three specific regulations that he considers damaging to industry?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Mar 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: Will my right hon. Friend congratulate the staff at the Conquest hospital in Hastings who, because of investment, have been doing such sterling work, but are under pressure at the moment due to 97 per cent. occupancy? That is down to a Tory county council refusing to unblock beds. Will my right hon. Friend give authority to the health authorities to place those patients in proper places so...

Commission for Africa (14 Mar 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his comments, but I urge him not to accept that corruption, however bad, should limit the amount of our aid. May I remind him that Lord Soper once said that if corruption halved aid, that would be a reason to give twice as much?

Police Tetra Masts (Sussex) (1 Mar 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: My contribution will be very brief, because I appreciate that I did not give notice beforehand. I just want to make one or two comments from the eastern end of the county. It is important that we do not take a Luddite view of an important development in the protection of the citizen and the solving of crime. I want to explain the position from Hastings. The Tetra system came into effect in...

Police Tetra Masts (Sussex) (1 Mar 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: I appreciate that the masts are sited across the Rother area, but as to the precise spots, as no one has contacted me, obviously I do not know. Why would I? People are fast to contact their very available and accessible Members of Parliament if they have a problem, but that is not the case; the case is that the police say that the system is essential and must not be compromised as a result of...

Police Tetra Masts (Sussex) (1 Mar 2005)

Michael Jabez Foster: Of course I do not know the detail, because it is unimportant. Democracy is about who is in charge, and we know who is in charge on the Sussex police authority. It is Tory led, with a Tory chairman, and if there were a Labour chair and a Labour authority it would be an authority over which I suspect I would have some influence. The hon. Gentleman has less interest in influencing his own party...

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