Results 101–120 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

Deferred Division: Post Office Closures (19 Mar 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: I completely agree with my hon. Friend about the sort of vintage hypocrisy that we hear on the Opposition Benches, which is certainly not the way to make progress on what we all believe is an important part of our British way of life. We will not be enticed to support the Tories' gesturing until they are prepared to come up with the bucks to make it possible. At the moment, that does not seem...

Deferred Division: Post Office Closures (19 Mar 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Of course not, and if it is wholly profitable, that is great, but it should not be subsidised. The issue I want to come on to is what counts as profitable. What is the proper definition of "profitable"? This is where I want to encourage the Minister to look further into the facts. In connection with the Adjournment debate that I mentioned, I looked into exactly how much it cost to run some...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Post Office Closures (19 Mar 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: How would the hon. Lady's list of proper concerns square with the Lib Dems' proposal to privatise the Post Office and, presumably, keep just the profitable ones, of which there are only about 4,000?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Post Office Closures (19 Mar 2008)

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

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Post Office Closures (19 Mar 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: The hon. Gentleman talks about maintaining viable post offices, but in fact only 4,000 post offices in this country are profitable—a word that he previously used. How many of the other 10,000 would he subsidise, and how many of them would be expendable under his plan?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Mar 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 12 March.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Mar 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: The strength of the economy, with the minimum wage and tax credits for children, coupled with my right hon. Friend's commitment to reducing child poverty, means that in my constituency and elsewhere, thousands of young people are now free from that scourge. Given the ambitious target of my right hon. Friend and the Labour Government to eradicate child poverty by 2020, what further...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: rose—

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: rose—

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: With regard to perception, is not another problem the substantial incomes that some Members—not most—receive from outside the House? She mentioned career development in the House, and that is great, but surely career development outside the House is something different. Should we not have a system where there is a relatively generous allowance from the House, less whatever income is...

NHS Maternity Services (East Sussex) (23 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: I am grateful to have this unexpected opportunity to contribute to this debate, and I apologise that I was not here when it began. Most especially, I apologise to the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Waterson) for not seeking his permission to speak, but I did not know that I would have the chance. I sympathise with what the hon. Member for Eastbourne has said, and he is right to suggest that...

NHS Maternity Services (East Sussex) (23 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Perhaps I am wrong; I do not know. However, local authorities at one end of the county took one view while authorities at the other end took another. There was a bit of a turf war and not quite the unanimity that the House has been led to believe there was. The real issue is whether the right decision was taken. Who should have received the benefit of the consultant-led service? There is no...

NHS Maternity Services (East Sussex) (23 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Yes, I agree that it is important that an arrangement be in place, so that there are facilities for dealing with such emergencies in the accident and emergency departments, which will continue to exist. Of course, that is not the first choice, because although it may well save the mother's life, the chance of saving the baby's life is smaller, unless expertise is readily available. That is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Obesity (23 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: I welcome the statement, but may I pursue the point about taxation? Given that incentives will be needed to get couch potatoes to the gym, is there not a case for tax relief on gym membership?

Post Office Closures (Hastings and Rye) (16 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: I appreciate that my hon. Friend may not be able to answer my question today, but all the aspects that he has listed are specific to a branch. I have given him the figures. Out of £24,000, only £6,000 was attributed to that element. That means that £18,000—three quarters of the sum—is attributable to something else, to which he has not referred. I want to know about that.

Post Office Closures (Hastings and Rye) (16 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: Nearly 60 per cent. of older people say that the local post office is essential to their lives, according to a recent Help the Aged survey. We have just heard a petition against the closure of the post office in another constituency. The post office is a much loved institution, and I want to tell my hon. Friend the Minister for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs that I am proud of the...

Post Office Closures (Hastings and Rye) (16 Jan 2008)

Michael Jabez Foster: If that is the case, I certainly would agree. In my constituency there are thousands who have not just taken to the streets outside the post offices, but signed a petition against the closures, which they consider so important. I hope that such petitions will be given greater weight than my hon. Friend suggests. It is the foresight of this Government that makes this debate possible. The...

Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund Bill: Fisheries (6 Dec 2007)

Michael Jabez Foster: I always want to come along to such debates and speak on behalf of the fishermen of Hastings and Rye. The issue excites me because I have always lived in Hastings and Rye—well, Hastings, anyway—and the fishermen are an integral part of our local community. They are the true conservationists. For centuries, they have exercised their birthright to fish in the channel as inshore fishermen,...

Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund Bill: Fisheries (6 Dec 2007)

Michael Jabez Foster: The question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, West (Martin Salter) is one that my constituents in Hastings and Rye and under-10 m fishermen around the country will want to know the answer to. They will want to be sure that, should there be a Conservative Government, they will not go back on the Minister's wise decision to hold off imposing a size of bass that is different from...


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