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Results 161–180 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

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr. Gale. The Financial Secretary's response on clause 8 was, in essence, "We've consulted a lot and we're really trying to get this right." His response on clause 7 was, "We're trying to arrange things in such a way that we can't be accused of stifling the industry with a colossal tax burden, or of giving it inducements in the form of a tax bonanza...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: I am grateful to the Financial Secretary for making that clear, and he brings me neatly to my concluding point, which is that more information on clauses 7 and 8 is yet to come to light. I am sure that the record of this debate will be read with interest by many people who have an interest, commercial or otherwise, in the issues. We will not oppose the clause, but I tell the Financial...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: The hon. Gentleman cannot answer my question, which proves the difficulty of tabling amendments at this stage. However, to answer his question directly, we might table amendments on Report. A great deal will depend on what the Financial Secretary says and what we conclude when we mull over his remarks.

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: The hon. Member for Wirral, West is getting himself into difficulty. I certainly cannot reach any conclusions without hearing from the Financial Secretary. We also want a reassurance from the Minister that the measures will not have the consequences for the industry that have been suggested. As the hon. Member for Wirral, West makes his way towards the Chair, may I say that although we have...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: The hon. Gentleman says "Come on", but this was widely reported in the media from sources that included Labour MPs, so I simply want to know the answer.

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: I would be delighted to give way, for the first time in the consideration of this year's Finance Bill, to the hon. Gentleman.

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: I suspect that the Financial Secretary is in a position to say more to the Committee than he might consider wise, but I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, who signed an early-day motion questioning the decision to place the regional casino in Manchester, for raising that point. Finally, what would be the effect of the changes when combined with what the industry describes as double taxation...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate and in proceedings on the Finance Bill for the first time and it a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mrs. Heal. It is also a pleasure to see the Financial Secretary, who I suspect will be doing much of the heavy lifting for this year's Finance Bill. I know that he looks forward to that with unrestrained enthusiasm. I am mindful that, shortly after I...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: I will certainly give way to the hon. Gentleman. I look forward to hearing from him many times during the passage of this year's Finance Bill.

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: I will address the hon. Gentleman's question in a moment. It is important at the outset to set out the concerns. Ian Burke said that the change had been imposed without consultation and that it was not signalled ahead of the Budget in any meeting with either the Treasury or the DCMS. Mr. Hawskwood concluded that the Chancellor "had closed the door on remote gambling". While independent...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Rates of gaming duty (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: If the hon. Gentleman can tell me in full what those effects will be, I will be grateful to hear from him.

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Charges and rates for 2007-08 (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: You could not be less popular.

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Charges and rates for 2007-08 (30 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: The hon. Lady said that there were restrictions on what can be tabled. I presume that she was referring to the tabling of any amendment that would raise a tax. Will she confirm that last year her party tabled tax-raising amendments in relation to vehicle excise duty?

Integration and Cohesion (17 Apr 2007)

Paul Goodman: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr. Olner. I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce this debate on integration and cohesion in Britain. I am sure we all agree that public discussion about integration and cohesion has travelled a long way in recent years—from Lord Parekh's commission for the future of multi-ethnic Britain, to Ted Cantle's report on the 2001 riots, to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Smith Institute (29 Mar 2007)

Paul Goodman: The Chief Secretary's first answer was extremely helpful, so let us try another question on him. How many of the monthly events to which he referred did the Chancellor attend? We do not need the details; we just want to know how many he attended.

Bill Presented: Northern Ireland (St. Andrews Agreement) (No. 2) Bill (27 Mar 2007)

Paul Goodman: I thought that I heard the Secretary of State say earlier—I may be wrong—that he had always been prepared to extend the deadline if the parties could find an agreed way forward together. Did I hear the Secretary of State say that? Is the hon. Gentleman convinced that that was the case?

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2007)

Paul Goodman: It is a pleasure to speak in this second day of the Budget debate, and it is an equal pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Mr. Lilley) who, at the beginning of his remarks, made a point that had been very much on my mind this afternoon. Yesterday, when the Budget statement was delivered, the Government Benches were packed with Labour Members and they...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2007)

Paul Goodman: Indeed. Could it be that they have worked out something about the Budget that the Chancellor did not tell them yesterday? I suspect that the answer is yes, and I shall come to that point later. However, we have had some good speeches. As one would expect from a member of the Education Select Committee, the hon. Member for Warrington, North (Helen Jones)—the only Labour Member who is...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2007)

Paul Goodman: I was pondering that point not only while I was crafting my remarks but while I was listening to the opening speeches this afternoon. One would certainly have expected that, and one would also have expected the Chancellor to admit to the House yesterday that, in growth terms, Britain comes in at 22nd out of the EU's 27 members. Instead, he referred only to the G7. We need strong savings, and...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2007)

Paul Goodman: We told the Chancellor radically to reform corporation tax. Only a few days afterwards, in the Budget he was forced to follow our lead—Conservative policy again. We certainly congratulate him on that. We told him to grow his spending slower than the economy. In his Budget, he is finally sharing the proceeds of growth—Conservative policy. [ Interruption. ] I can tell the Government deputy...


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