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Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: CHILD SUPPORT ADVISORY COMMITTE (No.2) (22 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: In supporting the case made by my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) for a child support advisory committee, I wish to concentrate on one aspect of the system that has been created—the formula by which maintenance assessments from absent parents are calculated, and especially the protected income provisions. I am grateful for work that has been carried out by...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: CHILD MAINTENANCE DISREGARD (No. 2) (22 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: All of us are aware of the enormous problems caused by child support legislation, and many believe that the changes that we are now considering offer the last chance to get the system right and in a form that will be defensible, widely supported and able to function properly. I had hoped and expected that there would be serious scrutiny of the proposals in Committee and an attempt to reach an...

Orders of the Day — Gas Bill: 'Duties of relevant gas shipper or supplier in relation to gas fittings (16 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: On the basis of our visit, does my hon. Friend agree that the facility at Bromley-by-Bow is an impressive operation which has been the beneficiary of substantial investment by British Gas in the recent past? Does he further agree that there is a link between the uncertainty which now hangs over that operation, and perhaps others like it, which the amendment addresses, and the marked fall in...

Business of the House (11 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: The Leader of the House will be aware that we have just been through a period of exceptionally severe air pollution, the worst in Britain for 40 years. The committee that advises the Government on the medical aspects of pollution episodes has drawn attention to the serious health risks that arise from such episodes. Will the right hon. Gentleman offer us an early opportunity to debate the...

Opposition Day: National Health Service (London) (10 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: Six months ago, when we last debated the health service in London, I raised concerns about the future shape of community health services in east London. At that time deep anxiety was expressed about the proposal to have a single trust-run community health service for Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and the City. I was delighted when the Government announced at the beginning of December that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Habitual Residence Test (1 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many appeals there have been against refusal of benefit under the habitual residence test; and how many appeals have resulted in an award of benefit. [20123]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Habitual Residence Test (1 May 1995)

Stephen Timms: The Secretary of State will be aware that, in an Adjournment debate on 21 March, the Under-Secretary, the hon. Member for Monmouth (Mr. Evans), told the House that the information was available. I do not blame him for that error, which exemplifies the enormous amount of confusion that there has been in both his Department and the Benefits Agency over the test since its introduction. Is the...

National Health Service (East London) (26 Apr 1995)

Stephen Timms: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing) on having secured the debate. I shall add a few brief remarks of my own, because I want to comment on the level of resources available for health services in east London. Before I do so, I shall express one note of commendation for a recent Government decision, because this is the first opportunity that I have had to do...

New clause 1: Discretionary Share Option Schemes in the Privatised Utilities (3 Apr 1995)

Stephen Timms: Does the difficulty not lie in the fact that customers of those companies are the victims of what is happening? Shareholders may, in a narrow sense, think that they benefit from that activity, hut surely it is the customers who are suffering. They are the ones who need to he given a voice.

New clause 1: Discretionary Share Option Schemes in the Privatised Utilities (3 Apr 1995)

Stephen Timms: May I give the hon. Gentleman the example of Thames Water? Last week, it was revealed that it had agreed with the regulator that it would invest £2.1 billion, and that it would set its prices according to that agreement. Now it has emerged that, in the next five years, it will invest only £1.75 billion; therefore, it is investing significantly less than had been agreed. Undoubtedly that is...

New clause 1: Discretionary Share Option Schemes in the Privatised Utilities (3 Apr 1995)

Stephen Timms: How is it possible to introduce competition into the water industry? In reality, cannot costs be cut in that industry only by reducing the level of service to the customers?

London Airports (Transport Links) (3 Apr 1995)

Stephen Timms: Will the study take account of the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher), which represents a consensus on the need to promote development east of London to ease development pressures west of London? Will the study have that concern especially in mind? Following the right hon. Gentleman's welcome remarks about developing the rail links between Stansted,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (3 Apr 1995)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his policy in respect of the objective for the channel tunnel rail link announced by the former Secretary of State in 1991, with special reference to economic regeneration in east London. [15700]

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (3 Apr 1995)

Stephen Timms: May I remind the Minister that when the former Secretary of State made the announcement in 1991, he was explicit that his commitment was to regeneration in east London, where it is most needed and where, as the Government's own figures confirm, the levels of urban deprivation are highest? Do the Government remain committed to regeneration specifically in east London, as announced in 1991,...

Business of the House (30 Mar 1995)

Stephen Timms: Can the Leader of the House offer us an early debate on the regulation of the water industry, given the revelations this week that the water companies have negotiated with their regulator a high level of investment, but are actually committing a lower level of investment, the difference being used effectively to prop up their share prices in the meantime? I imagine that all right hon. and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Ethiopia (29 Mar 1995)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the human rights record in Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement. [14960]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Ethiopia (29 Mar 1995)

Stephen Timms: Is the Minister aware that Amnesty International says that there is an emerging problem of disappearances among Government opponents in Ethiopia? Has he seen the statement issued in London on 15 March by the Ethiopian asylum support group expressing its concern that human rights violations are spreading from the political to the religious, social and cultural spheres? What representations...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Intergovernmental Conference (23 Mar 1995)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the priorities for the Government in relation to agriculture at the intergovernmental conference in 1996. [13893]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Intergovernmental Conference (23 Mar 1995)

Stephen Timms: What further consideration has the right hon. Gentleman given to the sugar regime, given the impact on jobs at Tate and Lyle in east London?

Habitual Residence Test (Newham) (21 Mar 1995)

Stephen Timms: I am grateful for this opportunity to bring the habitual residence requirement for income-related benefits before the House. Ten days ago, I received a letter from the Newham docklands citizens advice bureau which expressed its alarm at clients who we think have acted in a reasonable way but who are in danger of becoming destitute as a result of the habitual residence test". I share its...


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