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Results 1–20 of 2000 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 Taylor of Goss Moor

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Community Land Trusts (4 Feb 2009)

Matthew Taylor: My report was obviously about rural areas, where exception sites can, in principle, allow the bringing forward of land at low value because that is the only use it might have. In the urban setting, particularly where there is a form of public sector land, I wonder whether there might not be a reverse exception process whereby the exception is that the land is only available for certain kinds...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Community Land Trusts (4 Feb 2009)

Matthew Taylor: I welcome the comments of everyone who has spoken, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton (Linda Gilroy) on initiating the debate. I am glad to have a few minutes to address the issues. My principal concern is about rural communities. If the papers are to be believed, there will be a formal response to my report relatively soon. If so, the debate is well timed on two...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Community Land Trusts (4 Feb 2009)

Matthew Taylor: I agree, and I do not want to take anything away from the urban problems, because they exist, too. We worry about an ageing population and how it will be supported if there are not enough people in work to provide facilities, but we are experimenting that situation in our rural villages right now, because it is already happening there, not because there are no young people, but because they...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Community Land Trusts (4 Feb 2009)

Matthew Taylor: I am sure that the Minister is right on that, but I think that he will also accept that, if the planning officers see themselves as gamekeepers whose job is to say no to much of this development, to apply very strict criteria or to say that a community is already unsustainable, and they will not allow anything to happen there, what ought to be quite quick and simple loses its certainty and...

Business of the House: Regional Select Committees (Membership) (3 Mar 2009)

Matthew Taylor: The Deputy Leader of the House understands that I oppose the principle of Committees that reflect the make-up of the House rather than the democratic will of the region on behalf of which they are meant to act. However, on the specific motions, his response about Parliamentary Private Secretaries was inadequate. Under the proposed system, one PPS in our regional Select Committee will be...

Points of Order (17 Mar 2009)

Matthew Taylor: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should say that the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Prisk) is aware that I have sought to raise this point of order on behalf of a number of Members, and in the long-term interests of all of us in the House. Mr. Speaker, you will be aware that you and successive Speakers have underlined the fact that MPs who take up local casework and local...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: rose—

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: rose—

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: Given the right hon. Gentleman's passionate commitment on the subject and his concerns about the treaty, which I do not doubt, will he clarify what will happen if, as is likely, the treaty goes through? If the treaty were in place and the Conservatives were in government, what exactly would they put to the British people in a referendum to enable them to vote on the concerns that the right...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: Did my hon. Friend notice that when the shadow Foreign Secretary, the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague), listed changes to the EU that had been set out in manifestos or passed through referendums, he omitted to mention the Single European Act—a surprising omission, given that that was the fundamental change that moved us from the Common Market to a single European Union?...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: To avoid playing games, will the hon. Gentleman explain something to the Liberal Democrats? If he, as a Labour Member, cannot persuade the Government to deliver the referendum that he wants—or, indeed, an in/out referendum, which he says he also supports—how does he think the Liberal Democrats would persuade a Labour Prime Minister?

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I am very pleased to have the opportunity to initiate this debate, although I would probably be more pleased if I had not initiated rather a lot of similar debates over the past 20-odd years. In a sense, this feels like a return to old ground, but as I speak I think that it will become clear that I am not looking simply to repeat what has been said before. There are some immediate issues to...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: My hon. Friend is spot on. To give an example, the average bill of a south-west pensioner on a meter suggests that they will spend almost 10 per cent. of their pension on water bills. For those who are unmetered, the average bill implies that they will spend 15 per cent. People in my area have the lowest incomes in the country, so the impact is felt much more broadly. In London, where wages...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: There is a real concern that there has been precious little progress on this subject over 10 years of Labour government. As I say, there is an opportunity for substantial change, and that is what I am looking for. There has been some effort at mitigation, as my hon. Friend knows, and I shall talk about that in a moment. Nevertheless, more fundamental change is needed.

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I do not have the figure, but I suspect that it is lower, and there is evidence that people with meters use somewhat less water, for obvious reasons. Irrespective of the introduction of water meters, however, there has been a universal increase in water usage because of the move to dishwashers, washing machines and all those other things that make quite intensive use of water. In the long...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: If the cost were spread across the country the implication for water bills would be extremely small and the benefit for people in the south-west would be extremely large. When the Conservatives privatised water they promised that what I have been talking about would not happen. They said that they had put enough money in the pot from privatisation receipts to pay for the clean-up. That was a...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: The hon. Lady can explain what the Conservative party has to offer in her speech later.

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: Indeed. It is possible that the hon. Member for Vale of York has done the same.

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that comment, although I am not sure that I would use the word "detail" to describe the errors made in privatisation. In my part of the world, that detail is regarded as pretty fundamental. Apart from that, I agree with much of what he said. I do indeed want to turn to the discussion of practical measures, which I think the Minister is open to considering....

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: As it happens, that was exactly where I was about to turn in my remarks, but I wanted to outline the context to some of the targeted measures, because even for a rising block tariff it would probably be necessary for measures to address the needs of the most vulnerable, whether through the benefits system or specific changes in tariffs to affect individuals. Indeed, we know that that would be...


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