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Results 161–180 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

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: rose—

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I could have intervened on my hon. Friend the Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey (Simon Hughes) or on the Minister to make this point. Members here support another issue, although perhaps not universally. We should reform funding in a way that increases local activity rather than leads to the centralisation of the parties. That is my big concern about tying funding to past electoral...

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: On that point, it depends on how the question is phrased. Polling has been carried out asking people whether they want state funding in order to clean up the act. There is majority support for state funding if that could be achieved.

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I welcome the opportunity to raise—for the third time in the past six years—the issue of party funding. I see some of the same faces joining us for the debate. In the past, the issue has been associated with the review by the Electoral Commission. I shall try to feed into that debate, although it will not surprise anyone that part of the motivation for calling this debate, in which a...

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: The right hon. Gentleman intervened marginally before I was about to say that the issue has consumed all three political parties. To put it bluntly, I shall not defend the Liberal Democrats any more than I intend to defend the Conservative party or the Labour party. I am not in a position to give the detailed answers for which he asked; that is a matter for the Electoral Commission. The...

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: It would be slightly odd if I defended the Liberal Democrats, given that I have consistently argued that political parties should not receive such major donations. The only defence that I would give is that, as long as we have a political system in which some parties receive major donations from multi-millionaires, all the parties will inevitably seek such donations in order to compete....

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I am sure that my hon. Friend the Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey will do that, but I understand that the Electoral Commission has looked at the issue and has so far been pleased that the answer is yes.

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: The position so far is as I described, but the commission continues to investigate. However, my hon. Friend the Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey might want to add some information.

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: The Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru have received major donations in the past. The same applies across the board, although I do not know whether any donations have been received in illegal circumstances. We have heard public criticism from Members on both sides of the House, including from leading Members who are in a position to know. We have read the Labour party treasurer's...

Party Political Funding (2 May 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I believe that, in a functioning democracy, we should build on the support that we can win from individuals. That obviously needs cash, but it can be done through small donations and small contributions. It should not be in the power of an individual to bias political outcomes because they happen to be able to write a very large cheque. There are two issues. The first is the power of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Sub-post Offices (23 Mar 2006)

Matthew Taylor: How many sub-post offices have closed since 1997.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Sub-post Offices (23 Mar 2006)

Matthew Taylor: The Minister is presumably aware that across the country tens of thousands of pensioners are trying to support their local post offices and keep them open by using the Post Office card account. He may think it is right to close those post offices in 2010 and to write to pensioners urging them to change to a bank account, but I do not agree. Does he condemn the fact that the Pension Service is...

Second Homes (Cornwall) (28 Feb 2006)

Matthew Taylor: rose—

Second Homes (Cornwall) (28 Feb 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I welcome the opportunity to have this debate, and welcome the Minister for Housing and Planning. This issue has been on-running for some time in our part of the world and in national parks and other areas that are popular for holiday-making. In Cornwall, it has reached crisis point with homelessness figures and the unaffordability of local housing to local people on local wages. Many people...

Second Homes (Cornwall) (28 Feb 2006)

Matthew Taylor: My hon. Friend makes a good point about the Scillies, but the problem is not only there, it also affects popular holiday communities around Cornwall. Official figures for St. Just in Roseland parish show that there are 234 second and holiday homes and 596 homes in which people are in full-time residence. Second home ownership in some Cornish parishes is as high as 80 per cent., taking holiday...

Second Homes (Cornwall) (28 Feb 2006)

Matthew Taylor: My hon. Friend is right, and I was about to come to the reduced use of local services. Those services include not only schools, but pubs, post offices and buses, and reduced use sometimes results in the closure of services. I shall give a couple of examples. The first is from my constituency. St. Mawes is a large community but the combination of retirees and the holiday market means that it...

Second Homes (Cornwall) (28 Feb 2006)

Matthew Taylor: I thank my hon. Friend. These shocking figures come from new research, although the Minister may have seen similar material from his civil servants. It has taken a great deal of work to put the material together because it is not readily available through the local authority due to the difficulties in determining what is actually going on. I want the Minister to consider some serious...

Petition — Council Tax (1 Feb 2006)

Matthew Taylor: This year, under Government plans, council tax payers once again face increases that are more than twice the rate of inflation. With average bills already well over £1,000, many people on low incomes, such as pensioners, face having to pay as much as 10 per cent. of their annual income in council tax. In contrast, high earners, such as the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for...

Civil Nuclear Power (17 Jan 2006)

Matthew Taylor: We have successfully made a case on a financial basis for many years because the evidence has proved us right on every occasion. Does my hon. Friend accept that there is now an equally fundamental argument? Government Members try to make the case for nuclear power by saying that it is a way of tackling the energy and climate change problems that we face. What message is being sent to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Regeneration Funding (8 Dec 2005)

Matthew Taylor: What progress has been made on Government proposals to repatriate economic regeneration funding from the EU.


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