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Results 141–160 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

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

Matthew Taylor: I strongly agree. I am experiencing all this myself, because I have a seven-week-old baby son. Both the maternity services—excellent but overstretched individuals—and health visitors, who are too overstretched to make the visits that should in theory take place, are rightly targeting where they think the greatest pressures are, but the fact that resources are so stretched does nothing to...

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

Matthew Taylor: The hon. Gentleman is right. I represent a poorest-income county. We have very high levels of self-employment because there are few other employment opportunities. We have one of the highest levels of self-employment and small businesses in the country, but we also have low incomes and high levels of social exclusion and other poverty issues. The Government have, to a degree, recognised some...

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

Matthew Taylor: The Minister talks about work paying. The Government have certainly saved substantial sums in benefits and other payments, but she is probably aware that the figures for the working age population show that although there has been a shift into work, the proportion in poverty has remained the same. That suggests that because much of that work is low-paid or part-time, the Government have...

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

Matthew Taylor: I am sure that the right hon. Lady and the Government are right to highlight that group of people. She will probably be aware that Save the Children and others have highlighted the fact that about a million children are still in what they term severe poverty—with an income less than 40 per cent. of median income. They are very much the kind of people whom she has described. However, the...

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

Matthew Taylor: The Minister says that we must tackle parenting issues. I strongly support the Government on that. Does she agree, however, that a lot more could be done in schools as regards child development by encouraging older children to work with younger children? With the breakdown of extended families and fewer people living in extended communities, everyone is growing up with less experience of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Social Exclusion (13 Dec 2006)

Matthew Taylor: Does the Minister agree that among those who are most excluded in society are the elderly, disabled and parents of young families, who do not have a car and live in rural communities without access to many services? One in four or five families in rural areas have no access to a car. In such circumstances, has she used her influence to try to persuade her colleagues not to announce the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (7 Nov 2006)

Matthew Taylor: What the average household council tax is in (a) England and (b) Cornwall.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (7 Nov 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I am glad that the Minister has confirmed that council tax in Cornwall remains below the national average, but can he give some reassurance that any changes to council tax will not be made in such a way as to penalise areas such as our own, where house prices—especially because of the purchase of second homes—are way above the national average, but incomes are 25 per cent. below? It is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Post Office (1 Nov 2006)

Matthew Taylor: This is a classic example of the Government's policy not being joined up. The Prime Minister says that he wants to keep post offices open, yet the Department for Work and Pensions has been bullying people to move their benefit claims from post offices to banks. People no longer know whether the Post Office card account will be maintained. Furthermore, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who...

Beach Safety (17 Oct 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I want to be clear about what the Minister is saying. She seems to be saying that the Government want safety to be provided, and that they encourage local authorities to provide it and do not want them to withdraw it. However, the Government do not want to make it a statutory obligation, because they would then have an obligation to ensure that the appropriate funds were available. Is that...

Beach Safety (17 Oct 2006)

Matthew Taylor: As I am sure that my hon. Friend is aware—I want the Minister to reflect on this—the availability of effective and cheap bodysuits and wetsuits means that many beaches are being heavily used right through the year. This is not simply a matter of whether local authorities can maintain the cover that they used to provide. There is now a need for much more extensive cover through the year...

Learning Disability Services (Cornwall) (11 Jul 2006)

Matthew Taylor: People both inside and outside the House will be shocked by those appalling events, none more so than people in Cornwall. While there were terrible shortcomings at a local level, the Minister will accept that the inspection regime, which should have guaranteed that those individuals' interests were well protected, failed. Can she confirm that there will be an immediate step up in unannounced...

China Clay Industry (11 Jul 2006)

Matthew Taylor: It is an important point; I do not want to give the impression that I think the company is about to pull out overnight. I think that it has a strategy in place, and I hope that that will retain jobs, but there is a limited resource. The company is under continued pressure. However, I agree that it is important, for the sake of morale, for the community to understand that there is work, and to...

China Clay Industry (11 Jul 2006)

Matthew Taylor: It is a matter in which the region advises, but Ministers dispose, so the Minister's colleagues at the Department for Transport take the decision. Also, the issue has arisen in the consultation exercise at regional level. I hope that the Minister will raise it. We shall have a much better idea by the time Parliament returns in the autumn, and perhaps the Minister will be willing then, if we...

China Clay Industry (11 Jul 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I welcome the opportunity to have this urgent debate on the devastating news that has hit mid-Cornwall, and particularly the china clay community, not just about some 800 direct job losses in Imerys, but about the loss of as many knock-on jobs and, significantly, the fact that china clay will no longer compete in a major sector of the market against overseas competition. This is not...

China Clay Industry (11 Jul 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I agree. It is worth noting that this announcement has also led to the lowest morale that I can remember, not just in the clay industry, but in St. Austell and the wider community, including Fowey, Par docks and the other affected areas in my hon. Friend's constituency. I hope that the Minister will be able to bring a glimmer of hope to that devastated community. I do not intend to make any...

China Clay Industry (11 Jul 2006)

Matthew Taylor: Convergence funding is important. We in Cornwall are fortunate to have objective 1 funding, which is the highest level of European support. That has been matched by the Government. We are the only place in the UK poor enough to get convergence funding, but there is a still a question about the match funding. It is difficult for the Government to put that in place quickly, but we urgently...

Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Social Exclusion (21 Jun 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I am glad to hear that the Minister is not satisfied with the Government's record—she has considerable reason not to be. The Government have already missed their target for cutting child poverty and there is not one hon. Member who has not experienced cases in their surgery of poor families who are hit by demands for thousands of pounds because of Government failures in the tax credit...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 24 — Admissions administration (24 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I very much agree with the hon. Gentleman's argument. Would he go further and advocate getting rid of the grammar school system in places such as Kent and Buckinghamshire? He has just described the system as socially divisive. If it is socially divisive in one place, surely it is in another.

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