Results 1–20 of 11963 for speaker:Philip Hammond

Written Answers — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers (12 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on employing staff to assist special advisers in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — International Development: Departmental ICT (13 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information technology projects initiated by his Department have been cancelled prior to completion in the last five years; and what the cost of each such project was to the public purse.

Written Answers — Duchy of Lancaster: Departmental Languages (15 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants in the Prime Minister's Office received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his Office incurred in providing such coaching; in what languages such coaching was provided; and whether the Prime Minister has received such coaching.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Post Office Card Account: Contracts (15 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the cost to his Department of reimbursing participants in the Post Office Card Account tendering process for their reasonable bid costs.

Written Answers — Scotland: Departmental Catering (19 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) directly-operated and (b) franchised catering outlets his Department provides for staff.

Written Answers — Scotland: Departmental Coaching: Languages (19 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his Department incurred in providing such coaching; and in what languages such coaching was provided.

Written Answers — Health: Departmental Languages (19 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his Department incurred in providing such coaching; and in what languages such coaching was provided.

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: The Financial Secretary mentioned the proposals for the acceleration of energy and broadband projects. It is clear from the Government's response that they were not certain at the time whether that would have budgetary implications for the UK. Is he any clearer now whether the proposals would have budgetary implications for the UK Exchequer?

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: The motion invites the House to take note of the Commission papers and to endorse the Government's response to them. Hon. Members will have noted that the Financial Secretary told us that the Chancellor has already gone to ECOFIN to discuss them, so people will draw their own conclusions about the Prime Minister's commitment to parliamentary government and how much our deliberations are...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: None of us likes to read about bank write-offs on that scale, and we all recognise that some very poor professional judgment has been exercised. But I would say to the hon. Gentleman that it was no good the Prime Minister feigning shock and horror yesterday at the fact that British banks have been making loans to Johnny Foreigner. He was happy enough to claim the credit for London's role as a...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. No effective due diligence was exercised, and we have to ensure that, as the Government get involved more deeply with the bank, they conduct an effective independent audit of the quality of the assets they propose to underwrite, so that the insurance they propose to put in place can be properly and fairly priced.

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: I do not know which of my comments the hon. Gentleman has interpreted in that way. We had little choice in this situation but to inject public funding into the banks most at risk. The Government cannot allow the UK banking system to fail, which is why the official Opposition supported the action that the Government took in October. It is not something that we were happy about, but it was...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: No, I must make a little progress, if the hon. Gentleman will allow me. The Government's response needs to spell out more clearly and emphatically where there may be a role for the EU and where the challenges that have to be tackled should be tackled multilaterally by the relevant Governments. Of course, the Government have a competitive claim of their own, which the Minister set out. The...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. This is an international crisis and it needs to be dealt with in collaboration with Governments around the world, but it is obvious to me that it would be a mistake to have a regional focus on what is an international problem. Of course we need to work with Governments and major financial markets across the world, but we should not be sidetracked on to...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: My right hon. Friend anticipates what I was about to say. There is no recognition of the conflict with the principles and objectives of the Lisbon agenda that arises from the flow of damaging regulation. The Government's response broadly consists of agreeing, as they have done before, with the objectives of the Lisbon agenda, but they need to focus on the problem of the continuing flow of...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: I am not sure that the consensus of economic opinion sees the rapid collapse in inflation as an entirely a good thing. We are heading rapidly into deflationary territory, with growth in the retail prices index below 1 per cent. and falling at the fastest rate since the early 1980s. The Minister is far too smart and well informed to think that that is entirely good news. It is good news if the...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: While the hon. Gentleman is on the subject of the budgetary framework, has he considered the impact on UK demand and the UK fiscal position of the much higher price that our contributions to the Union will cost the UK Government as a result of the depreciation of sterling against the euro?

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: After that rant and tirade I wonder whether it is worth the effort, but the hon. Gentleman did ask a question. The Opposition's position is clearly that interest rate decisions are for the Monetary Policy Committee. If he were to look at the motion that we have tabled for tomorrow's debate, he would see that we acknowledge that the reason why interest rates have fallen is perfectly...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: The hon. Gentleman has made a point about US policy on specific industries—I assume it was an allusion to the car industry, in which I know the hon. Member for Luton, North (Kelvin Hopkins) has an interest—so can he tell us what Lib Dem policy is on support for the UK motor industry?

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Departmental Languages (20 Jan 2009)

Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his Department incurred in providing such coaching; and in what languages such coaching was provided.


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