Results 6321–6340 of 6394 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Redwood

Opposition Day: Seamen's Dispute (11 May 1988)

John Redwood: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Seamen's Dispute (11 May 1988)

John Redwood: rose—

Opposition Day: Housing Benefit (Changes) (27 Apr 1988)

John Redwood: The review of social security rightly began by asking the fundamental question, where does poverty lie? In a period when pensioners enjoy occupational pensions and often own their own houses, the inquiry discovered that poverty is now concentrated largely on low-income families, on single-parent family groups and on the disabled, and that whereas 20 years ago pensioners retired just on the...

Opposition Day: Housing Benefit (Changes) (27 Apr 1988)

John Redwood: The hon. Gentleman forgets that all those on income support are compensated for the 20 per cent. of the rates they pay. He also forgets that the reason why some of those people are no longer in the tax net is that the Government have taken almost 2 million lower paid people out of taxation altogether and made a substantial improvement in their lifestyle because they no longer have to pay that...

Opposition Day: Housing Benefit (Changes) (27 Apr 1988)

John Redwood: It was my right hon. and hon. Friends who drew attention to some provisions that needed amending. I welcome their interventions and am delighted by my right hon Friend's response. The Opposition are now in the position of having to defend every element of the old system, knowing that, in practice, it was rotten. Have they forgotten the fact that, if claimants' circumstances changed, they had...

Clause 39: Occupied Hereditaments: Liability (21 Apr 1988)

John Redwood: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is a more hazardous enterprise to combine a revaluation with a change in poundage to a national average poundage? Does he not concede that it might be better to take the necessary powers to cancel the 1990 revaluation and to move to a system in which rates are revalued when rents are revised, or when leases are changed or freeholds change hands? There...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Scale of personal community charge payments (18 Apr 1988)

John Redwood: Does my hon. Friend agree that under the Government's scheme, 9 million people are protected because they are on lower incomes and that, furthermore, all those protected under his scheme are protected because he has preserved the Government's protection, not by virtue of his own scheme? Therefore, if the matter is one of principle, is not that principle taken care of in the Government's...

Health and Medicines Bill: Hospital Domestic Services (13 Apr 1988)

John Redwood: I oppose the new clause. It is always disappointing when the Opposition come forward with ideas which are backward-looking and which in many ways conflict with the principles for which the National Health Service should stand. The NHS should be a national service, and to be a national service it needs common standards, some central direction and mission and some common administration and...

Health and Medicines Bill: Hospital Domestic Services (13 Apr 1988)

John Redwood: I do not entirely agree with the hon. Lady's analysis that only four of the performance indicators relate to the quality of care. Many of them relate to staff usage in relation to patient numbers and many people would suggest that that is a proxy for some elements of the quality of care. The majority of indicators are based on such ratios and calculations. I hope that the House will agree...

Urban Policy (Scotland) (29 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: What scope is there for increasing asset sales and raising more money that way from underused or badly managed assets in the public sector and for attracting more private capital? Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that it would be a sign of even greater success for Scotland when he can come to the House and say that the economy is so flourishing that the amount of dependency and...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: Will the hon. Gentleman explain why we should believe his forecasts now when, in October 1986, he was reported in The Guardian as saying that Government policies had no chance of bringing down unemployment? If everything is so awful, why is unemployment falling more quickly here than anywhere else in western Europe, and why do we have the fastest growth rate?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his magnificent display of fiscal pyrotechnics. As always, Opposition Members have tried to dampen them down and ruin the display. It was intriguing to hear the hon. Member for Dagenham (Mr. Gould) trying to suggest that the tremendous success which my right hon. Friend has pulled off is due entirely to the presence of...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: The right hon. Gentleman is quite right, but what matters is the change over the years. It will he less helpful next year than in previous years, and it has declined this year. To put the matter in perspective, the contribution to the balance of payments from oil revenues is forecast as £2·5 billion, while the contribution from the service sector—which which has been a great...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: I hope that, as a proportion of gross national product, that will happen before the end of this Parliament. If not, it will certainly happen before the end of the subsequent Conservative Administration, during which the Government will continue their policy of tax reduction to below a 20 per cent. standard rate. A rate of 20 per cent. is a feasible objective for this Parliament. The...

Social Security Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (14 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: rose—

Social Security Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (14 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there will be a substantial increase in the social security budget next year, as set out in the White Paper on public spending? Will he tell the House when a Labour Government were able to increase spending and cut taxes at the same time and reduce borrowing? I do not think that a Labour Government have ever been able to do that.

Social Security Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (14 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: We are witnessing today a drama which I think has been plotted for many weeks. It is a drama that the Opposition have long-planned, because they cannot bear the fact that we are about to see a Budget which will lower borrowing, cut taxes and endorse large increases in public spending, all at the same time. Those pubic spending increases were announced in the usual way in the Autumn Statement....

Social Security Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (14 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: I am well aware of that. I am sure that the hon. Member for Coventry, South-East (Mr. Nellist) is also well aware that the amendments are changed by the provisions of this latest piece of social security legislation. The district offices are well aware that social security legislation is making its way through the House. They need to know exactly what has been agreed by the House in good time...

Social Security Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (14 Mar 1988)

John Redwood: I should like to deal with this point first and then I shall give way.


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