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Results 21–40 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Goodman

Hydrofluorocarbons Limitation: Clause 5 — MPs' financial interests rules (30 Jun 2009)

Paul Goodman: I want to try a question on the Secretary of State that has nothing to do with Kelly or with the words "code" or "rules", but is pertinent to what he says. As he knows and as colleagues have said, the new rules that require Members to declare how many hours they work outside this place come into effect tomorrow. According to clause 5, a series of rules will be established. Subsection (6)...

Hydrofluorocarbons Limitation: Schedule 1 — Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (30 Jun 2009)

Paul Goodman: Does my hon. and learned Friend believe that a judge's enthusiasm for serving on this body will be enhanced by the possibility, which the Justice Secretary has confirmed, that it may be scrapped at a later date if Sir Christopher Kelly turns out to dislike it?

Parliamentary Standards Bill (29 Jun 2009)

Paul Goodman: The Prime Minister has, in effect, handed us this Bill rather like a man handing a motorway map to a group of dejected, demoralised and, I am afraid in a few cases, discredited travellers. Like a map, the Bill contains features—a new authority here, a new penalty there. Some of them are unproblematic; others, as we have heard, are rather more of a problem. None the less, as we have heard...

Parliamentary Standards Bill (29 Jun 2009)

Paul Goodman: But my prediction is that there will be still fewer rebellions if the Bill goes through in its present form. Ministers know full well that very few Members who work part-time for charities or for businesses, or as doctors or at the Bar, will be able to fend off the exhibitionists and fanatics who grovel before the voters in every constituency pledging that, unlike the sitting Member, they...

Parliamentary Standards Bill (29 Jun 2009)

Paul Goodman: My hon. Friend makes his point very well. That is why Ministers favour neither the old-fashioned idea of the elected representative nor the fully modern idea of the full-time legislator who is not a member of the Executive, citing the separation of powers as it exists in the United States. It is no wonder that the Prime Minister has handed us this map without a destination, or that the...

Parliamentary Standards Bill (29 Jun 2009)

Paul Goodman: My hon. and learned Friend says, unhesitatingly, yes, and he will know, as we all do, that the Bill threatens to create a vicious circle whereby Members are punished by the courts for representing interests, and punished by our constituents for not representing them—completing the process whereby, increasingly, I am afraid, Members are transformed into box-ticking clones. We are all asked...

[Mr. Martin Caton in the Chair] — Middle East (24 Jun 2009)

Paul Goodman: I shall be extremely brief, Mr. Caton. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Suffolk (Mr. Spring) on obtaining this extremely important debate. He concentrated necessarily on Syria and Britain's strategic interests abroad. He also touched on Britain's security interests at home, and it is that point that I would like briefly to amplify. It is undeniable that the main threat to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Parliamentary Standards (23 Jun 2009)

Paul Goodman: Most of my constituents and those of other Members would believe that being a Minister is a second job. Given that, why should not the same conditions of transparency apply to Ministers as apply to any other second job?

Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [ Lords] (1 Jun 2009)

Paul Goodman: My right hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk, Coastal (Mr. Gummer) has just made a brief speech combining deep local feeling with an expert reading of aspects of the Bill. His speech was entirely appropriate because we have had an expert, well-informed and wide-ranging debate since 3.30 pm, as no statement preceded it. I have been in the Chamber since then, so I have heard all the speeches...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Parliamentary Standards Authority (20 May 2009)

Paul Goodman: Just to round off, Members of Parliament are either elected representatives, who are free to work outside this place, or professional politicians, who are not, and are therefore entirely dependent on the taxpayer as members of a political class, separate and distinct from those who elect them. What is the Government's view?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Equality Bill (11 May 2009)

Paul Goodman: The right hon. Lady refers to the briefings that she had received, which gives me a chance to raise the matter that my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) did not have time for me to raise. The briefing from the Roman Catholic Bishops conference states: "The Bill creates competing rights with no indication of how problems should be resolved." I assume this is a reference...

Business of the House (7 May 2009)

Paul Goodman: My hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry) has done great work in his constituency by helping to set up a job club, and other Members of this House are looking at establishing similar initiatives. Will there be an opportunity in the reasonably near future for a debate on unemployment and employment, so that hon. Members can consider practical ways to help their constituents during...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Violent Extremism (Prevention) (21 Apr 2009)

Paul Goodman: As the Secretary of State has answered this question herself, may I first say to her that we believe she had no alternative to the course that she took in suspending relations with the Muslim Council of Britain? Let me now return to the question. The House will have noted that, for the second time, the Secretary of State was unable to give my hon. Friend the Member for Monmouth (David T.C....

Petitions: Nick Cousins (1 Apr 2009)

Paul Goodman: Can the Minister confirm whether that letter would include what I described as the whole misconduct question if my constituent gave permission for the letter to be written?

Petitions: Nick Cousins (1 Apr 2009)

Paul Goodman: I am grateful to have secured this debate today. I want to tell part of the story of my constituent, Nick Cousins, because that will allow me to ask how a teacher who has never been found guilty by a court is now unlikely to be able to return to his vocation because, in effect, of the intervention of the Government and their agencies. The story raises serious questions about the balance—in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: International Terrorism (24 Mar 2009)

Paul Goodman: It has been confirmed in the past week that the Department for Communities and Local Government is only now compiling a central list of exactly where the £12 million of preventing violent extremism money has gone this year. That makes it very hard to see what due diligence has been exercised. Can the Home Secretary give the House an unequivocal guarantee that none of that money has gone...

Business of the House (19 Mar 2009)

Paul Goodman: The Leader of the House will be aware that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has now written to you, Mr. Speaker, to confirm that details of this year's programme of spending on preventing violent extremism will be published. I raised the matter in business questions last week. However, the letter also confirms that the Department does not currently hold the details....

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Race Equality (12 Mar 2009)

Paul Goodman: Does the hon. Lady agree, given that we have a debate once a year on anti-Semitism, that the time may well have come to give serious consideration to having a debate in Government time on Islamophobia?

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Race Equality (12 Mar 2009)

Paul Goodman: This is the first time that I, too, have had the good fortune to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Bayley. I welcome this debate on future strategy on race equality and, like the Minister, I am delighted at the presence of the other two Front-Bench Members. I also congratulate the Minister on his speech, which contained a minimum—if not none—of the party political nonsense that sometimes...


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