Results 18061–18080 of 50000 for speaker:Stephen Timms OR speaker:Stephen Timms OR speaker:Stephen Timms

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Residual Liabilities) Bill (12 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: Notwithstanding what the article in the Financial Times said this morning, is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Secretary of State told the Treasury Select Committee that the Bill was not needed in order to complete those PFI deals?

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I apologise for being absent from the Chamber for a fair part of this debate: I was attending the Select Committee on the Treasury. The background to the debate is the disastrous failure of Conservative economic policy in the past 15 years. I was sharply reminded of that failure at the weekend when dealing with constituents and, in particular, when responding to a letter from a couple who...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am making a critique of the Government's policy and I intend to deal in some detail with tax. I should be grateful if the hon. Gentleman would wait until I get to that subject. The effects of what I am describing are profound. Families are stretched as both parents are forced to work long hours, giving them less time for their children. Youngsters in low-income families are being denied...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am dealing with the Government's economic policies, which are the subject of the motion, and will continue to do so. I want to concentrate on the Government's intentions for inheritance tax. The plan that has been unveiled to abolish inheritance tax epitomises the Government's abandonment of the one-nation ideal for a lurch to the right. There was a time when the Prime Minister's...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I am interested in the hon. Gentleman's comments. The Institute for Fiscal Studies is an extremely reputable body. I shall gladly send a copy of the report to the hon. Gentleman as it makes thought-provoking reading. He should pay close attention to it as it shows the extent to which affluence is inherited in Britain today. The key factor influencing prosperity is not merit or ability, but...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: I do not think that the threshold should be lowered and it has not been uprated in line with inflation in recent years. I am concerned about the enormous handouts to those with the biggest estates and the huge sums of money from which they would benefit if inheritance tax were abolished. I think that there is a case for raising the threshold somewhat—I do not argue with that, if it is the...

The Economy (4 Mar 1996)

Stephen Timms: Did the Prime Minister have the Chancellor's authority when he promised to abolish capital gains tax?

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (29 Feb 1996)

Stephen Timms: May I welcome unreservedly the Secretary of State's comments about Stratford international station? He has always taken a close interest in east London, and I congratulate him on his decision. Will he join me in saluting the eight-year, Newham council-led campaign for that station, supported strongly and determinedly by hon. Members on both sides of the House? Will he confirm that the station...

Orders of the Day — Cold Weather Payments (Barking and Dagenham) (27 Feb 1996)

Stephen Timms: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Ms Hodge) on securing the debate, and on the powerful case she made on behalf of her constituents in both Barking and Dagenham. My constituency adjoins those of my hon. Friend and of my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford, South (Mr. Gapes). That being so, I am very familiar with the problems that they have described. I associate myself with...

Points of Order (14 Feb 1996)

Stephen Timms: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Newham general hospital last month issued a remarkable press release attacking the cuts that it was being forced to make as a result of reductions in Government funding. In that context, is it in order for the Secretary of State for Health to be claiming improvements in services at that hospital?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (12 Feb 1996)

Stephen Timms: Will the Secretary of State confirm that, when he makes that announcement, he will also announce the Government's decision on intermediate stations? Will he further confirm that, in making that decision, the Government will honour the commitment made by the right hon. Gentleman's predecessor in 1991 that the rail link will bring economic regeneration to east London?

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill (29 Jan 1996)

Stephen Timms: I wish to concentrate on the homelessness provisions in the Bill, which I think are deeply worrying. I am worried because of what I have observed as a member of the council in Newham in east London since 1984, and as a member of the housing committee throughout that time. After I was elected in June 1984, I was appointed to a sub-committee that was directed to address the problem of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Asylum Seekers (23 Jan 1996)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security to what extent his proposals for reducing the scope for asylum seekers to claim income support apply to the provision of free school meals to their children. [8800]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Asylum Seekers (23 Jan 1996)

Stephen Timms: Can the Secretary of State confirm that some asylum seekers will not be permitted to work, will not be able to claim any benefits, and will now not be able to claim free school meals for their children? How does he expect them to live?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Burglaries (18 Jan 1996)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the change in recorded offences of burglary in London during the 12-month period to June 1995; and what comparisons he has made with the national change over the same period. [7843]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Burglaries (18 Jan 1996)

Stephen Timms: I thank the Home Secretary for that answer. He has confirmed that, at a time when there was a welcome fall in the level of burglary throughout the country generally, there appears still to have been an increase in London. What proposals does he have to tackle the rise in burglary in London? Why is it that, despite the promises that there will be extra police officers, there are 400 fewer in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Telephone Numbers (17 Jan 1996)

Stephen Timms: To ask the President of the Board of Trade which EU countries have adopted the 04 prefix for mobile telephone numbers and which 06; and if he will make a statement. [7907]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Telephone Numbers (17 Jan 1996)

Stephen Timms: Is the Minister aware that the current proposal appears to be that the UK will adopt the digit 4, whereas France and the Netherlands have adopted 6, and Germany is likely to do the same? Is not this one area in which, notwithstanding Conservative difficulties over European issues, everyone would agree that there should be a common European approach? Is the Minister also aware of the...

Asylum Seekers (Benefits) (11 Jan 1996)

Stephen Timms: The Secretary of State knows that the Social Security Advisory Committee, which he appointed, has recommended to him that the proposals that he made should not only be abandoned, but scrapped. Given that he appointed that committee and that the report's recommendation about asylum seekers is perfectly explicit, why has he rejected its recommendations?


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