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Health Authorities (Deficits) (16 Oct 1996)

Stephen Timms: I was unable to seek the Minister's permission because of the early start of the debate. I hope that I shall nevertheless be allowed to speak briefly.

Health Authorities (Deficits) (16 Oct 1996)

Stephen Timms: I accept your guidance, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and am grateful for this opportunity to participate in the debate. I reiterate the grave concern felt in east London about the scale of the deficit facing the East London and the City health authority. An exercise is being conducted within the authority to identify savings to bridge the gap in funding. We expect to be told the outcome of the review...

Health Authorities (Deficits) (16 Oct 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am following with great interest the important points that my hon. Friend is making. He mentioned unsatisfactory answers from the Department of Health. Did he notice an answer that the Minister gave me this week? I asked about the amount of private capital that had been committed so far to health service schemes and to the private finance initiative. I was told that the information was not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Sensorily Impaired Pupils (24 Jul 1996)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many pupils with hearing impairments are being taught in mainstream schools. [37271]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Sensorily Impaired Pupils (24 Jul 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am aware of the Minister's close personal interest in this matter. In the light of that, does she agree that we need data on the numbers and experiences of youngsters with disabilities in mainstream schools so that we can ensure that mainstreaming is working effectively for them? Should not such data be collected by the Government?

Bill Presented: The Economy (17 Jul 1996)

Stephen Timms: During Nelson Mandela's visit to London last week, the joy and celebration surrounding the President were palpable. We can be proud of the welcome that our communities gave to a man who restored many people's faith in politics. The welcome for President Mandela in Brixton was warmer than ever, but he saw there a side of modern Britain that I suspect the Government would rather he had not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephones (Fraudulent Charging) (17 Jul 1996)

Stephen Timms: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the level of fraudulent charging for international calls to premium rate telephone services available outside the United Kingdom. [36074]

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephones (Fraudulent Charging) (17 Jul 1996)

Stephen Timms: Did the Minister read an article in the Scottish Sunday Mail a week ago, which documented a number of cases of people who had received large bills for calls to overseas premium rate services that they were adamant they had not made and no one else had access to their telephone lines to make? Does the Minister agree that British Telecom's approach—that those people are all lying or are...

Clause 1: Multiplex Services and Digital Programme Services (2 Jul 1996)

Stephen Timms: I wish to speak to amendments Nos. 142, 143, 144 and 145, which are in my name. The distinction that the Bill draws between programme services and additional data services in the licensing of digital television multiplexes is unnecessary and unhelpful. The further requirement that multiplex operators will be obliged to ensure that at least 90 per cent. of their capacity comprises what are...

Clause 1: Multiplex Services and Digital Programme Services (2 Jul 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that excellent point. That service is exactly the type of innovative and imaginative new service that we will see growing up very rapidly. We must ensure that the regulatory framework allows the potential of digital television to grow and prosper. My amendments are not prescriptive or restrictive, and they do not set a minimum level for additional...

New clause 4: Duty of Independent Television Commission and Radio Authority to Promote Quality in Programmes (1 Jul 1996)

Stephen Timms: I support the new clause. As my hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin) said, in Committee the Minister's position on quality was initially somewhat confused, but in discussion it became much clearer. He was pressed by Opposition members of the Committee on that point and, in response, said that, in his view, the Bill did allow the ITC to apply quality criteria by...

Prayers: Private Finance Initiative (26 Jun 1996)

Stephen Timms: Two months ago, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury addressed a conference on the private finance initiative in the health service. Apparently, without a hint of irony, he stood before the delegates and said: Many of the hospital managers here today can testify that PFI has meant that their own local scheme has finally been able to get off the ground. There were looks of blank...

Prayers: Private Finance Initiative (26 Jun 1996)

Stephen Timms: I understand that that is not the reason. Perhaps the Minister will be able to give us more: information. I am interested to know why that is the case. At the moment, none of the projects is going forward. Before saying a little more about the PFI in the health service, I wish to make some general comments. The PFI is in trouble, and not only in the health service. It seems that no Sunday...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Small Businesses (13 May 1996)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to improve the competitiveness of small businesses. [27679]

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Small Businesses (13 May 1996)

Stephen Timms: Why, then, have the Government placed the new burden on small businesses of having to check the immigration status of job applicants? Would not it have been better for the Government to have supported Labour's amendment to the Asylum and Immigration Bill, which would have exempted firms with fewer than 10 employees from that requirement and from the £5,000 fine when they get it wrong?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Land Mines (7 May 1996)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on anti-personnel land mines. [26919]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Land Mines (7 May 1996)

Stephen Timms: Will the Minister join me in commending the ban introduced by the French Government on the production, stockpiling and export of all anti-personnel land mines? Why have the British Government not done the same?

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Residual Liabilities) Bill: Transfer of Residual Liabilities: Scotland (1 May 1996)

Stephen Timms: I apologise for being absent for much of the opening speeches. I was attending a meeting of the Treasury Committee. Indeed, I want to refer to evidence that it took on the private finance initiative in the health service. The debate on the Bill has revealed very deep confusion about the funding of the health service, not least on the part of Ministers responsible for it. The Secretary of...

Habitual Residence Test (29 Apr 1996)

Stephen Timms: In October 1993, the Secretary of State for Social Security stood before the Conservative party conference and described a new scourge which he said was sweeping the continent. In the abusive terms that our European partners have come to expect from the British Government, he employed a range of "'Allo, 'Allo" accents to conjure up a vivid picture of benefit tourists—back packers and the...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: National Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (29 Apr 1996)

Stephen Timms: It has been clear in this debate that there is widespread support for a national mandatory licensing scheme for HMOs. There is, for instance, support from organisations such as the Campaign for Bedsit Rights and Shelter, and from organisations representing tenants and would-be tenants. I suppose that no one will find that surprising. There is also support from the regulatory sector, from the...


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