Results 81–100 of 1300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Maples

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: The hon. Gentleman should pay more attention to my speeches. I had a ten-minute Bill on this subject in which I laid out exactly how that should be done. I proposed that the boundary commissions should reduce the number over a period of time: they should do so in stages every five years instead of every 15, and reduce the number by a certain amount on each occasion. I do not have my eye on...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: I do not think so, but this is not the occasion to debate that. I have instituted debates on the matter in the past, and I might try to do so again in future—and, if so, I would be happy to engage with my hon. Friend. Suffice it to say that I have 85,000 constituents and I do not think they have any difficulty in maintaining links with me.

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: rose—

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: I was simply offering a way of introducing a productivity gain to finance the pay increase, which is something we demand of other people. Abolishing the communications allowance would go a long way towards addressing the problem. Let me conclude by reiterating my two main points. First, we need an uprating mechanism that does not involve annual, or even biannual, decisions, but that just...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: I do not think that the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin) is right. The reason that a whopping great increase, as he put it, is recommended every so often is that increases have been suppressed by the Government for the previous four or five years. That is what has happened on every occasion. If we had a mechanism, for example, for implementing whatever increase had been applied...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: As regards my right hon. Friend's continuing double act with the hon. Member for Reading, West (Martin Salter), the point is not whether we have an independent mechanism for recommending pay but whether the recommendation is implemented. When we have had recommendations from independent mechanisms in the past, the Government have tended to say, "That's too much—we're going to whip our...

Bill Presented: Members' Allowances (24 Jan 2008)

John Maples: The right hon. and learned Lady and I have been in the House a long time. In the past, we have set links, but the problem is that when that link produces a reasonable pay increase, the Government say, "We can't afford it and it blows a hole in public sector pay policy." Whatever the mechanism, we have ultimate responsibility for our pay increases. If we create a link and the result is that we...

Orders of the Day: European Union (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 2008)

John Maples: Will the Foreign Secretary give way?

Orders of the Day: European Union (Amendment) Bill (21 Jan 2008)

John Maples: The question in which people are interested is whether there should be a referendum or not. The only excuse that the Foreign Secretary and the Government have for not holding a referendum is that this treaty is in some way fundamentally different from the constitution. However, a report by the European Scrutiny Committee stated "The Reform Treaty" —this one— "will introduce into the...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: The Government did not sell the shares in Northern Rock to its shareholders, but they did sell those in Railtrack, and that is the difference.

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I have not heard a speech like that in this place since the 1980s, so I am feeling quite nostalgic. The right hon. Member for Oldham, West and Royton (Mr. Meacher) was making the same speech back then, when I first came to this place. The difference is that there were then about 350 Labour MPs making that sort of speech, whereas now he is the lone and authentic voice of those days. I shall...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I am not sure whether good judgment and consistency necessarily go together. I certainly agree that good judgment is needed, but such situations are almost all one-off and ad hoc, and a judgment must be made on the day. The judgment made today might be different from the one made tomorrow. I suspect that judgments would have been different if a really big bank had been in trouble, rather than...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman was referring to BCCI when he said that he did not think that the Bank had been performing its regulatory function very well, but that was also a tough call. The call then was not "When do you rescue a bank?" but "When do you close it?" The criticism was that the bank should have had its licence suspended a few months earlier. I was there at the time,...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I do not think that the issues are the same when it comes to smaller banks without retail depositors. I think that the Government could let a small bank go. I do not think it would be appropriate to say where the line was drawn when we considered which banks to save, but certainly the smaller merchant banks would not have been included. They were professional investors who were taking their...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I do not think there is a conflict of interests, because our interest is in doing what is best in terms of public policy. It may be difficult to draw the line between which institutions to save and which not to save, but I do not think that that is made any more difficult when the regulator is also the lender of last resort. We had that system for a very long time, until 10 years ago. As I...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. I was staggered. Some of the people who were interviewed in that queue had deposited large six figure sums, which they said represented their life savings, in one building society. I agree with him. Perhaps a bit of education needs to be given as to the exact nature of the deposit protection, but of course they now have a Government guarantee, which is...

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I may have misheard the hon. Lady but I think that she said that it is right for the Government to guarantee depositors. Is she saying that the Government should guarantee all the liabilities of the British banking system? That seems to be what she is saying.

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: What is she saying then?

Orders of the Day: The Economy and Pensions (14 Nov 2007)

John Maples: I do not know whether the Chancellor is about to leave the subject of Northern Rock—I apologise if he is about to deal with this—but I wonder whether the Government's guarantee of Northern Rock's liabilities extends to the £11 billion of medium-term notes, which have maturities of up to six years and are held almost exclusively by professional investors and traded in public markets,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Risk (25 Oct 2007)

John Maples: In my constituency, we have had two "one in 30 years" floods in nine years, and the last time 2,000 properties flooded. The owners of those properties are worried that they will not be able to get insurance in the future. I suggest two things that the Secretary of State could do to help. First, there are too many agencies with responsibilities for different parts of the problem. It would be...


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