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Results 121–140 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

Local Health Funding (15 May 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I am sure that my hon. Friend would want also to reiterate to the Minister the fact that prior to the switch in health authority, the hospital never had a deficit. It inherited one that has built up subsequently and which it has struggled to overcome, primarily owing to the low levels of funding that it receives. Its cost per patient is low, and its outcomes good, but under the financial...

Water Bills (South-West) (24 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: Will the Minister give way?

Water Bills (South-West) (24 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: On a point of order, Sir Nicholas.

Water Bills (South-West) (24 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: But I am listening.

Water Bills (South-West) (24 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: Thank you for those comments, Sir Nicholas. I have indeed had approaches from two Labour Members, and I think that some of my colleagues may also wish to speak, but they should let you know if that is the case. I welcome the opportunity to raise this issue, although, unfortunately, addressing Ministers on it is all too familiar. I have faced successive Ministers—both Labour and...

Water Bills (South-West) (24 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I strongly agree with the hon. Lady. Bills have started to rocket much higher in the past two or three years, with an average rise of 10 per cent. in this year alone.

Water Bills (South-West) (24 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: The hon. Lady advised me of her intent as well. The average bill that landed on doormats in the south-west in the past few weeks was £483, while the average metered bill was £378—well above the national average. For low-income families and the disabled, who may use quite high levels of water, especially those families with children, as the hon. Lady said, having a meter might not be a...

Water Bills (South-West) (24 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I will, and I believe that specific issues could be tabled for discussion at that meeting, for which it would be useful to have both Ministers present. It is worth making a few comparisons, because the Minister may not realise how high are the bills that we pay. Many Ministers pay charges in the capital and have earnings much higher than the average earnings in our part of the country. The...

Water Bills (South-West) (24 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I shall seek clarification from the Minister on that, and I shall come to that point shortly. DEFRA accepts that those changes will add to bills, but I do not think that its figures are very reliable. Rather than helping to reduce bills, the plans regarding private sewers will increase them. DEFRA estimates that the increase will be anything from £3 to £11, but the industry believes that it...

Water Bills (South-West) (24 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I shall come to regulatory issues in a moment, but I must make some progress or I shall run out of time. My hon. Friend the Member for Falmouth and Camborne (Julia Goldsworthy) secured an Adjournment debate in the main Chamber on 14 November 2005, when she was told that the Government's approach was to "tackle low incomes generally." Water bills in the region have continued to rise while we...

Local Government (Cornwall) (18 Apr 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I shall speak briefly as the Minister needs time to respond. I thank her for agreeing to allow flexibility in the timings. I passionately believe that Cornwall has a great future and that the people of Cornwall are better able to determine their future on the many issues that they face than people elsewhere. Many of the issues are unique to the county due to its geography, its isolation from...

Bill Presented: Communications Allowance (28 Mar 2007)

Matthew Taylor: That does not make it right.

[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Health Care (Cornwall) (20 Feb 2007)

Matthew Taylor: Will the Minister promise to take a personal interest in ensuring that the situation is rapidly turned around?

[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Health Care (Cornwall) (20 Feb 2007)

Matthew Taylor: We will try to warm things up during the course of the debate. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to secure this debate. The issue has raised considerable concern among Cornwall's MPs as a team; that can be judged by the turnout from Cornwall today. The out-of-hours service was run by a GP-led service, KernowDoc, for nine years. It was set up as a local, non-profit-making operation and...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — First Great Western (24 Jan 2007)

Matthew Taylor: On that last point, the hon. Gentleman rightly says that the buck stops with the Minister, and that is also true as regards the management of First Great Western. The Government have a real influence over the company, but there is no doubt that it has been cutting every corner that it can now that it has the franchise—it is there to make a fast buck. It is deliberately understaffing...

Bank Penalty Charges (16 Jan 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I want to press the Minister a little further, because, as he will know, the intentions of Parliament can be interpreted partly by the comments that are made in it. While he cannot comment on specific legal cases, it is evident that banks are avoiding court cases, presumably because they feel that they would lose them. Will he confirm that the intention behind the regulations was, as the OFT...

Bank Penalty Charges (16 Jan 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I think that everyone will be familiar with banks' charging system. I do not know whether the Minister has been subject to any penalty charges, but the fines are incurred when there is a lack of funds in the account to cover payments out, such as direct debits, bounced cheques and exceeding the overdraft limit. What may not be realised is that every year about one in four bank customers...

Bank Penalty Charges (16 Jan 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I share the hon. Gentleman's concern and agree that his proposal would be a step in the right direction. The truth is that with modern electronic banking, there is basically no cost to banks because it is their decision whether to allow money to be drawn, and they can do that automatically. The key issue is that banks should not make unreasonable charges. It is clearly unreasonable that...

Business of the House: Social Exclusion (11 Jan 2007)

Matthew Taylor: I congratulate the hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Mudie) on his speech. Arguably, his was the first Opposition speech on behalf of the next Prime Minister. Whether it will catapult him into office in a few months remains to be seen. I will be a little more moderate in some of my criticisms than the hon. Gentleman has been of Government Front Benchers. He certainly managed to do a rather...

Business of the House: Social Exclusion (11 Jan 2007)

Matthew Taylor: Good. Whether the Conservative party will ever be in a position where it will be held to account for that is another matter, but it is good that all of us can focus on the issue. The social exclusion unit—I would rather it were called the social inclusion unit—has not been as effective as was originally intended, as the hon. Member for Leeds, East said, and some of the recent changes...


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