Results 161–180 of 368 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 Saatchi

Tax Credits Bill (12 Jun 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, the amendment seeks to leave out Clause 1. In moving the amendment, I return to the history of tax credits. We still find it troubling that we have not received the assurance we had hoped to receive: that the process over the past five years of the introduction, abolition and replacement of tax credits on a regular basis would not continue. Perhaps the Minister will assure us that...

Tax Credits Bill (12 Jun 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I am happy to accept the Minister's wish that a period of calm should ensue, for the benefit of all the people who are the beneficiaries of tax credits. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Tax Credits Bill (12 Jun 2002)

Lord Saatchi: moved Amendment No. 1: Page 1, line 6, after first "credit" insert "or benefit"

Tax Credits Bill (12 Jun 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, in moving Amendment No. 1, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 2, 3 and 4 standing in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Higgins. Before doing so, perhaps I may once again draw the attention of noble Lords to the declaration of interest which I made at the commencement of the Second Reading of this Bill. The issue touched on by this group of amendments was debated at length...

Andy Hood (12 Jun 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I am so glad that the Minister has taken back that remark, because it was going to prevent me thanking the noble and learned Lord the Leader of the House sincerely for allowing this Private Notice Question. Is the Minister aware that at the end of an excellent debate in your Lordships' House on 1st May, his colleague, the Cabinet Office Minister, gave many noble Lords the impression...

Economic Growth (22 May 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, if the Government's record of economic forecasting is as reliable as the Minister suggests, why is it that in Budget 2001 the Government forecast their own need for borrowing to be £34 billion and yet, just a year later, in Budget 2002, they forecast that they will need to borrow more than double that—£72 billion?

Audio-books: VAT (16 May 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, if the Pandora's box can never be opened, can the Minister say why, in another place, the Paymaster General said that no accurate estimate is available of the cost to the Exchequer of zero rating audio-books? Why is there no such estimate? May we have one?

Government Expenditure (15 May 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, may I underline the seriousness of the Question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Barnett, and that asked by my noble friend Lord Campbell—neither of which the Minister seemed to take very seriously? Am I right in saying that, last year, the Secretary of State for Transport underspent by £350 million? Will the Minister give the House an assurance that there will be no...

Civil Service Act (1 May 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I join the noble Lord, Lord McNally, in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Holme, for the extraordinary timeliness of his debate and also for providing in his introduction an overview of a situation which the noble Lord, Lord Sheldon, referred to as a matter of public concern and urgency, and which the noble Lord, Lord Butler, called "dangerous". The noble Lord, Lord Holme, has brought...

Taxation (1 May 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, perhaps I may refer the Minister to page 12 of the Red Book, where it says that a person on 50 per cent of median earnings—about £10,700 a year—will pay an additional £1.65 a week in tax. Why are the Government raising the tax paid by people who are below their own official poverty line?

Tax Credits Bill (23 Apr 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her introduction of the Bill to your Lordships' House. On these Benches we have often said that there is a great deal of expertise in your Lordships' House on matters of this kind. I believe that Parliament is very fortunate to have the Minister, my noble friend Lord Higgins and the noble Earl, Lord Russell—perhaps three of the greatest experts in the...

Tax Credits Bill (23 Apr 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, that has yet to be seen. We shall find out. If Bills were persons, this Bill would be a kind and generous soul, rather like the Minister, who was kind and generous only last week in arranging a personal briefing for many of the speakers in this debate. There, I am afraid, the resemblance between the Bill and the Minister ends. While the noble Baroness is always admirably clear and...

Special Advisers (22 Apr 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, is it not the Government's insistence on centrally managed command and control of micro targets throughout the public services that explains both why the targets are rarely met and why so many people feel that the impartiality and neutrality of the Civil Service is being compromised?

Public Services (10 Apr 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, for initiating the debate and for the manner in which she opened it. As the noble Lord, Lord Ezra, said, it was an impeccably constructed speech. When I first started this job, I was told that it was important that, after one had given a speech, in the Bishops' Bar they would be able to answer the question: what did he say? In the...

Public Services (10 Apr 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl. I did not say that I thought that money was not required—of course it is. I hope that I have pointed out that the scale of the sums required to bring our standards up to those of others is so vast that it makes the tinkering that takes place completely inadequate. The poor people whom I have described pay the most tax and receive the worst services in...

Government Policy (27 Mar 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I am told that under our new rules I should declare an interest, which I now do, as a governor of the London School of Economics and as a director of the Centre for Policy Studies. Like other noble Lords, I am most grateful to my noble friend Lord Patten for initiating the debate, first because of its timeliness. As my noble friend Lord Brooke said, this is the first time in a long...

Central Government: Audit and Accountability (13 Mar 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for letting me have an earlyish copy of the Statement this morning. It is a splendid aim, shared on all sides of the House, to give the public sector a proper balance sheet and proper accounts, based on clear, simple and rigorously defined rules. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the noble Lord, Lord Sharman—I am sorry to see that he is not in his...

Parliament (13 Mar 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, on this occasion, as on several others when my noble friend Lord Norton has initiated debates in your Lordships' House on the constitution and related matters, we are most grateful to him for highlighting and so expertly analysing a major problem—that is, that the glorious idea of representation, which is perhaps the essence of our political system, has somehow been lost. I...

Railtrack: Investment Risk (13 Mar 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that, as a result of the errors of omission or commission that the Government may or may not have made in the case of Railtrack, we the taxpayers will have to pay an extra £1 billion in interest payments to banks to compensate them for the perceived decline in the Government's credit rating?

London Underground (13 Mar 2002)

Lord Saatchi: My Lords, does not the Question reflect the growing concern that the dangerous practice that has been revealed recently in the private sector of hiding a build-up of debt off the balance sheet might now creep into the public accounts via the public/private partnerships? Is not full disclosure the answer? Will the Government publish an analysis of the full amount of public liability that is,...


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