Results 1–20 of 346 for speaker:Mr Matthew Banks

Prayers: Middle East Security (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: It is an enormous pleasure and privilege to initiate this important debate. It is the third debate that I have initiated on this subject in this Parliament and it is gratifying to see that there is interest across the Floor of the House. I hope that I shall be able to make the remarks that I want to make in a fashion that allows all those right hon. and hon. Members who wish to contribute to...

Prayers: Middle East Security (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. He makes his own point in his own way and I have some sympathy with it. One of the most important friends of Israel is the United States. I referred to US policy in the middle east on previous occasions in this Parliament. In view of the changes of Defence Secretary and Secretary of State in the United States, with Mrs. Madeleine Albright coming into...

Prayers: Middle East Security (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: I am grateful to my hon. Friend; that is an important point. It is recognised on all sides that the remarks made by people such as King Hussein have underlined the importance of his role. I shall touch on two or three other trouble spots in the Middle East, to which other hon. Members might also refer in their contributions. I am particularly concerned about Iran, Iraq and Libya. It is not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Investment (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: Will my hon. Friend continue to put pressure on Railtrack to implement, sooner rather than later, the multi-million-pound plans for upgrading the west coast main line? Does he accept that those of us who use the line regularly expect to experience an altogether higher level of service in the coming years as a result of Mr. Richard Branson's takeover of the line?

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Disabled Staff (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that this is not simply a matter of statistics, but that the House has to try to set an example and lead the rest of the country? Although we recognise that this is an ancient building, over a period we need to make further investment to make it more accessible, not just to visitors but to people who work here.

Social Security (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: Not one policy.

Social Security (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: The Labour party has come a long way in this Parliament: I recall that, several years ago, we would listen to the sharp wit of the right hon. Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) or the dulcet tones of the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith), and we would have one or more votes on the orders; now, the Labour party asks the usual channels for a full day's debate and...

Social Security (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: With no discourtesy to the hon. Lady, may I ask her about one point that she raised on the subject of war pensioners? Many of those who have war pensions, and who are young like me, get fed up with her crocodile tears. One reason the social security budget has blossomed is that the Government have encouraged so many people to apply for war pensions. If I had had £1 for every senior citizen...

Social Security (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: What about the environment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Exports (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what recent measures his Department has taken to promote United Kingdom exports. [15029]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Exports (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply. Will he confirm that the Government have put in place other substantial measures to help British exporters win contracts overseas? Does he agree that it is important that British diplomats abroad are concerned not only with good diplomacy, but with continuing to bat hard to help British companies win export orders, which secure British jobs at home?

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: Tell us where Paddy is.

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: I have never used it.

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: What about choice?

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: Will the hon. Lady give way on that point?

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me so early in this important debate on the national health service. Before coming to the substance of my remarks, I shall take a moment to join the hon. Member for Belfast, South (Rev. Martin Smyth) in his expression of sorrow. We were all sorry to hear of the family bereavement of the Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, my hon. Friend...

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: The hon. Member for Caithness and Sutherland drew attention to the fact that the Secretary of State is not present. In his opening remarks, the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey said that this morning he had visited health service premises in his constituency with his right hon. Friend the Member for Yeovil.

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for clarifying that point. It is even more disappointing that his right hon. Friend has not bothered to turn up for a debate initiated by his party. Either this is an important subject for the Liberal Democrats or it is not.

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: With the greatest respect to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Jones), he stayed for about 20 minutes and did not even hear the end of the opening speech by his hon. Friend the Member for Southwark and Bermondsey. It was suggested that I will have difficulties at the next election, but I suspect that there will be a number of Conservative gains from the Liberal Democrats. I shall return...

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Matthew Banks: I am afraid that I cannot agree with the hon. Gentleman on that, for two reasons. In fact, I am sure that there are others, but I shall mention two. First, the Audit Commission is there to ensure that we receive value for money. I do not think that its task is to do what the hon. Gentleman has suggested, although in certain circumstances I retain an open mind. Secondly, I believe that such a...


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