Results 61–80 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

Business of the House: Fisheries (20 Nov 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: My ambition is that my hon. Friend the recently appointed Minister will get it right. That is why I am making this plea today, but the problem is that decisions have been made over the years that appear illogical. No answer has been given to me or to my fishermen constituents as to why that should be, so I cannot think that the situation that I have just described can be anything other than a...

Business of the House: Fisheries (20 Nov 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: It is of course very important that there is certainty in funding for the future. Will the hon. Gentleman make it clear that, should a Conservative Government come to power and make the cuts being promised at the moment, the fisheries budget will be protected?

Business of the House: Fisheries (20 Nov 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: The hon. Gentleman referred to the fact that quota is property in the ownership of the over-10 metre fleet. I understand from my constituents that it was always given to them. It may have acquired a value since, rather like carbon credits have, but is not the answer that this belongs to the nation? Thus, there is no reason why we should not take the nation's property and distribute it in the...

Business of the House: Fisheries (20 Nov 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: My hon. Friend refers to the suggestion that local people should make local decisions. Will that include the local fishing industry, including, for instance, the New Under Ten Fishermen's Association—or NUTFA—for the 10-metre groups, and will the industry be involved in the decision about quota division within the powers that he is proposing?

Tax Credit Overpayments (22 Oct 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: The most popular payment introduced by this Government is the winter fuel payment, because poor people benefit from large lumps of money. They do not spend their money weekly. Obviously they need the basic income and income support, or whatever, to get them through the week, but it is things such as the cost of shoes, fuel bills and other big payments that they need help with. Lumps of money...

Tax Credit Overpayments (22 Oct 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: My right hon. Friend talks about the good cause basis. The section on the definition of good cause on the website states that more internal guidance on what constitutes a good cause exists. However, the Library tells me that it is protected by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 so it is not actually available. I am not talking about overpayments, but about people who would have been entitled...

Tax Credit Overpayments (22 Oct 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: I am grateful for the opportunity to launch this debate on tax credits, and in particular on repayments by those who fail to fill in their forms on time. The introduction of tax credits has made a huge difference to thousands of families in my constituency. Tax credits have made it possible for people with disabilities or young children to take on work and improve their circumstances. I am...

Tax Credit Overpayments (22 Oct 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: I am not suggesting that there should be no penalty for a failure to complete a return on time. The Tax Credit Act 2002 provides for the ability to fine or impose penalties for late returns. Indeed, under income tax legislation, late returns result in a penalty—£100 or £200, I think—which is absolutely right. However, late income tax returns, for example, do not result in the draconian...

Brass Bands (21 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: My right hon. Friend is diplomatic in the way that she describes the importance of music in all its forms. But is it not true that brass bands are important because people do not have to be posh to take part in a brass band, whereas in many other forms of music, whether rightly or wrongly, people feel inhibited and excluded?

Brass Bands (21 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Does my hon. Friend agree that that applies not only to company brass bands but even to Salvation Army bands, which are so integral to the brass band movement? A point was made earlier about seaside towns, and my seaside town, Hastings, has Sussex Brass, which finds it extremely difficult. Most importantly, when the band plays the deckchairs are full, so there is enormous public support for...

Brass Bands (21 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: I appreciate the fact that my hon. Friend does not want to make it a political issue, but is it not the case that not a single Tory, not a single Lib Dem nor a single Member of any other party has bothered to take part in this important debate?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Welfare Reform (21 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: My right hon. Friend has thought perhaps not the unthinkable, but the now thinkable because of the support that his Government have given people in the position that we are discussing. The mentally ill cannot always do work in the same way, and they can come and go. Flexibility of work is important, and that is often available only in the public sector, so does he agree that the public sector...

Orders of the Day: Employment Bill [Lords] (14 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day: Employment Bill [Lords] (14 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: The hon. Gentleman is now recanting the decision originally to vote against the minimum wage and he suggested that little of what my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Mr. Anderson) said was correct—except for the point about the British National party. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the BNP has absolutely no place in the trade union movement or, for that matter, in any part of public...

Orders of the Day: Employment Bill [Lords] (14 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day: Employment Bill [Lords] (14 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Will the hon. Gentleman give way once more?

Orders of the Day: Employment Bill [Lords] (14 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: rose—

Orders of the Day: Employment Bill [Lords] (14 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: That is very generous. The hon. Gentleman shares the justified prejudice of us all against the BNP. Does he agree that the trade union movement has a reasonable case, and that the Bill should reflect that by enabling it to expel BNP members?

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — Fishing Industry (9 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Would it not be a really good deal, because we would get 15 per cent. back from Europe? It is a good investment anyway for the UK.

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — Fishing Industry (9 Jul 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Would the hon. Gentleman commit to changing the quota system if he were able to make such a decision? That is, will he take quota from the over-10m fleet to give to the under-10m fleet?


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