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Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (Supplementary Credit Approvals) Bill (17 Jun 1997)

Philip Hammond: I am delighted to make my maiden speech in the debate on this short but important Bill, which will have a significant effect on many of my constituents. A number of my hon. Friends who are new Members have already made their maiden speeches. My tardiness owes something to Disraeli's advice to a new Member: "It is better they wonder why you do not speak than that they wonder why you do." It...

Closed Circuit Television (30 Jul 1997)

Philip Hammond: Perhaps I could draw my hon. Friend's attention to my constituency, which has two borough councils. Runnymede has a Conservative-controlled authority and Elmbridge is controlled by a coalition of Liberal Democrats and ratepayers. Runnymede recently switched on a splendid CCTV scheme, which already makes a significant contribution to controlling local crime. Perhaps more importantly, it is...

Orders of the Day — Fossil Fuel Levy Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1997)

Philip Hammond: The Bill's stated intention to remove a potential anomaly in the market when the nuclear contracts change next year is in itself uncontroversial, but it is wrapped in a permissive form that endows the Minister with additional powers. To introduce it when reviews are still under way and before we know their conclusions raises broader issues. The fossil fuel levy, and the non-fossil fuel...

Orders of the Day — Fossil Fuel Levy Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1997)

Philip Hammond: I understood the Minister perfectly. I think that I was heading in the right direction. I am seeking to establish whether the Minister's review, and the other Government reviews, could lead to a broadening of the scope of the NFFO obligation, which would be financed from the fossil fuel levy. At present, the levy is low and the marketplace distortion that we are talking about avoiding would...

Orders of the Day — Fossil Fuel Levy Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1997)

Philip Hammond: My hon. Friend anticipates my next point. The non-fossil fuel obligation has undoubtedly been a success, but we must ask ourselves where we should go in future. There is evidence that many consumers are willing to pay a premium for renewable, or green, energy. Studies in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and even limited market experience, have already shown that there is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Nov 1997)

Philip Hammond: Will the Prime Minister explain what he sought to achieve in asking Sir Patrick Neill's advice on 7 November about the propriety of accepting a further donation from Mr. Ecclestone when he has already told the House that he decided on 5 November not to accept such a donation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Amsterdam Treaty (25 Nov 1997)

Philip Hammond: If he will make a statement on those provisions of the Amsterdam treaty title on immigration, asylum and visas that allow the United Kingdom to opt in subject to national veto. [15988]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Amsterdam Treaty (25 Nov 1997)

Philip Hammond: Does the Foreign Secretary accept responsibility for the late-night blunder during the negotiation of this title of the treaty, which led the Prime Minister inadvertently to mislead the House on 18 June this year, when he said that, if Britain decided to enter into those parts of the treaty, no other country could block us?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Inflation (27 Nov 1997)

Philip Hammond: What assessment he has made of the measures that will be required to control domestic inflation, with particular reference to house prices, in the event of United Kingdom interest rates converging with those prevailing in the other major economies of the EU. [16588]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Inflation (27 Nov 1997)

Philip Hammond: Will the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that, in pursuing convergence of interest rates so as to achieve his objective of joining a single currency, he will not find that he has to increase the tax burden on the British people in order to achieve his inflation targets?

Burdens on Business (1 Dec 1997)

Philip Hammond: Did the hon. Gentleman have an opportunity, during that dinner with senior members of the CBI, to discuss their outright opposition to the minimum wage?

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill (16 Dec 1997)

Philip Hammond: There is complete agreement among Conservative Members that achievement of a high-wage and high-productivity economy is a desirable objective. The way of achieving that objective is through labour market flexibility and sustainable economic growth. The Bill will deliver neither of those. It is an ill-conceived piece of legislation and a hangover from Labour's past. It is an IOU—

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill (16 Dec 1997)

Philip Hammond: So soon!

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill (16 Dec 1997)

Philip Hammond: We have prepared the ground—as economic growth continues—to generate just that: a high-wage and high-productivity economy. The Bill is an IOU to the Government's paymasters in the trade unions—an IOU which, I suspect, many senior Ministers would love to tear up but dare not. It is difficult to imagine a debate that will necessarily be as ill-informed as this one. It is...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill (16 Dec 1997)

Philip Hammond: Of course I do not support the repeal of that Act. As I have said, I believe that the legislation may force some small businesses into the black economy—I am thinking of businesses with only one or two employees such as the examples given earlier—where employers and employees will conspire together to protect their jobs and their businesses. Small businesses were promised proper...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill (16 Dec 1997)

Philip Hammond: The hon. Gentleman is speculating about what the minimum wage level will be. Perhaps he knows something that we do not. Perhaps the Minister would care to come to my constituency and explain to the dedicated mothers who work as classroom assistants in the primary schools—

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill (16 Dec 1997)

Philip Hammond: I will not give way. Will the Minister explain to those mothers why their jobs should be put at risk? The legislation does not concede that there is a gradient between purely voluntary work and work motivated entirely by earning power. Many thousands of people in this country work for mixed motives, including many pensioners. They will no longer be able to take pin money jobs doing work they...

Business of the House (15 Jan 1998)

Philip Hammond: Is the right hon. Lady aware that Budget day, 17 March, is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland? Does she feel that that is appropriate?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jan 1998)

Philip Hammond: Will the Prime Minister accept that there is a contradiction at the heart of the Government's employment policy? The Government propose a welfare-to-work programme that is based on the premise that lowering employment costs creates jobs, yet they are imposing a minimum wage that will increase employment costs while claiming that that will not destroy jobs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Minimum Wage (5 Feb 1998)

Philip Hammond: What representations she has received from her ministerial colleagues with regard to the exclusion of groups of workers, occupations or sectors of industry from the scope of the national minimum wage. [25703]


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