Results 141–160 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

Orders of the Day: New Clause 8 — Designation of Part 2 Territories: Omission of United States of America (10 May 2006)

John Maples: I rise to support everything that has been said by the three Members who have spoken. My hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Grieve) made the speech that I should have liked to make in the debate. He covered the issues lucidly and made his points persuasively, and I should simply like to add some brief remarks. First, I want to put things in context. Until 11 September 2001, we...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 8 — Designation of Part 2 Territories: Omission of United States of America (10 May 2006)

John Maples: I am sorry. I was looking at the wrong Minister. Perhaps she is not so new to the job. I ask her to think seriously about this issue, because British citizens are being put at risk of serious injustice. The case of Ian Norris involves price fixing, which was not a criminal offence here at the time when he committed it. If the dual criminality rule were properly applied, he could not be...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Delegation of police authority functions (10 May 2006)

John Maples: We have just had a 25-minute debate on community policing in north Wales in the middle of a debate on the reorganisation of police forces across the country. I would like to drag the debate back to that broader' subject. I want to speak in support of amendment No. 82. I am not, in general, in favour of referendums. I take the points that the Minister made and I think that, on the whole,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 May 2006)

John Maples: I offer my support to the Prime Minister on his decision to relieve the Deputy Prime Minister of departmental responsibilities—it is very good for all of us to see nine years of unremitting incompetence finally rewarded. However, I want to go further in my support, because the Prime Minister has been criticised for allowing the Deputy Prime Minister to keep his salary and the vast perks of...

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

John Maples: I agree almost entirely with the analysis put forward by the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell (Matthew Taylor). We could spend this hour and a half scoring party points off each other, but it would be a terrible waste of time. We all have this problem, and if we have to raise money to pay for party politics, it is much easier for party treasurers to raise it in large donations. That...

Rural Payments Agency (27 Mar 2006)

John Maples: But the Secretary of State designed the scheme herself; she did not have to introduce it. She announced it more than a year ago. Now she is saying that it was not until 14 March that she was aware of how badly wrong it was going—although many of us had been writing to her for weeks telling her that exactly this was going to happen. If she thinks that her Minister has been doing a good job...

Orders of the Day — Education and Inspections Bill (15 Mar 2006)

John Maples: I share the lukewarm support expressed by the right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Mr. Raynsford). I shall support the Bill. I am sorry that the Secretary of State is leaving the Chamber: I was going to say some nice things about the intelligence and eloquence of her speech being a walking argument for the highly selective education that she enjoyed. Our time is very restricted, and...

Orders of the Day — Education and Inspections Bill (15 Mar 2006)

John Maples: I wish that I thought that that was true; however, the hon. Lady is absolutely right to mention this issue. Very bright children in constituencies such as mine whose parents can afford to send them to independent schools will be all right; it is the bright working class kids whom the hon. Lady is concerned about who are getting left behind. This Bill goes nowhere near far enough; indeed, it...

Orders of the Day — Education and Inspections Bill (15 Mar 2006)

John Maples: No. I am not particularly arguing for the creation of new grammar schools, because there may be other solutions, but if I were I would not locate them in constituencies such as mine; I would put them in constituencies such as the inner-city one that I used to represent.

Orders of the Day — Education and Inspections Bill (15 Mar 2006)

John Maples: No, I am in the middle of making a point. That way, bright children from poor backgrounds who are currently being let down would have a school with the critical mass to enable them to aspire to achieve their potential. It is not constituencies such as mine that have this problem; it is those that many Labour Members represent. I do not understand why "no selection" has become such an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cyprus (7 Feb 2006)

John Maples: I am glad, as are many of us, that the Foreign Secretary went to see President Talat, who has proved to be a good and constructive leader of the Turkish Cypriots and who tried very hard to reach an agreement on the Annan proposals. That is in contrast to President Papadopoulos, who many of us believe negotiated in bad faith throughout that period and had no intention ever of endorsing Annan...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Presidency (10 Jan 2006)

John Maples: In the Foreign Secretary's written statement, he said that in "intensive bilateral contacts"— presumably in this case with Spain—it was agreed to "extend transitional cohesion funding for Spain until 2013, and grant additional funding for Ceuta and Melilla."—[ Official Report, 14 December 2005; Vol. 440, c. 151WS.] Can he tell us specifically what we got in exchange from Spain, perhaps...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Equalisation) (7 Dec 2005)

John Maples: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to equalise of the size of parliamentary constituencies; and for connected purposes. The catchy title was not my first choice; I wanted to call the Bill the rotten boroughs Bill, because that is what we have at the moment. Those of us who did our history before the national curriculum was introduced thought that this problem had been...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Equalisation) (7 Dec 2005)

John Maples: I am endorsed by my hon. Friend the Member for Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner), who comments from a sedentary position. I took the precaution of discussing the matter with him in advance. I think that the Isle of Wight is a special case, and if it chooses to be under-represented, that is its choice. The huge disparity between the other over and under-represented constituencies, however, arises...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Officers (Administration) (7 Nov 2005)

John Maples: Many hon. Members hope that the reorganisation of police forces on which the Government are consulting will lead to a reduction in administrative burdens, although we remain to be convinced of that. Those of us who represent rural areas with small police forces must weigh that against what we think will be a reduction in local democratic accountability and pressure on rural policing because...

Point of Order (1 Nov 2005)

John Maples: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wonder whether I may seek your guidance. Question 10 was the only question on the Order Paper concerning the middle east peace process, and not a single Conservative Member was called. What can we do to make sure that more balanced discussions of these questions take place, other than being lucky enough to have a question come up in the first 10 on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: Education White Paper (27 Oct 2005)

John Maples: I do not imagine that during discussions with the Prime Minister the Secretary of State had much time left over from putting out the row with the Deputy Prime Minister to discuss the problems in Stratford-on-Avon schools, but had she done so she would have found that there are three schools, all of which are completely full. The situation is getting worse because of Government housing...

Schools White Paper (25 Oct 2005)

John Maples: When the right hon. Lady's predecessor announced last summer the policy of allowing successful and popular schools to expand, it became clear a couple of days later that that did not apply to grammar schools, which we have in south Warwickshire—like them or not, they are an essential part of the provision. Will her policy allow the inclusion of grammar schools in the ability of successful...

European Council (20 Jun 2005)

John Maples: I understand why the Prime Minister has closely linked the possibility of the reform of the rebate to the reform of the CAP, but it looks like that linkage might be rather difficult to achieve. Issues such as the elimination of external tariffs, the genuine completion of the single market, the services directive and the completion of the Lisbon agenda, which he promoted, are tremendously...

European Affairs (15 Jun 2005)

John Maples: The Foreign Secretary links the rebate precisely to reform of the CAP. I understand why, because one gives rise to the need for the other. However, it might be difficult to get that reform, and there are other things that we want from the EU, such as implementation of the services directive, genuine completion of the single market and external tariff reform—perhaps even their elimination....


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