Canlyniadau 81–100 o 15571 ar gyfer speaker:Tony Blair

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: As my hon. Friend knows, I have only got a week to go and I am not keen on making too many more enemies. However, I will have to doubly disappoint him. First, I think that Lord Adonis has done a superb job on the city academy programme. Secondly, although Lord Harris is from a different political party, as a result of the work he has done in education, not least in Peckham, he has given some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: It is precisely because of the concerns over whether people are paying an appropriate level of tax that a review has been set up that will report around the time of the pre-Budget report later this year. However, it is important to distinguish between that question, which it is perfectly legitimate to raise, and condemning all the work that private equity companies do, because that would not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I know that the Liberal Democrats like to say, "Here is this great pot of gold that is waiting to be redistributed to the families of the country." Incidentally, it is just nonsense. However, there are real issues here, and they have been raised right across the political spectrum and by sensible people within the private equity field itself. The serious way of approaching this is to examine...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: My hon. Friend raises a perfectly reasonable point, and it is one of the reasons we are committed to spending an additional £600 million in this financial year on our costal defences. Since 1997, we have invested some £4 billion in coastal defences. This is an indication of how, over time, as a result of the changing climate, countries will have to invest very large sums in protecting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I fear that the bitter experience will be felt on the hon. Gentleman's side of the House once my right hon. Friend gets going.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I can assure my hon. Friend that, as I explained to those representatives when I met them, I will take a close interest in this issue right up to the time of my departure. It is a very live issue that we are considering.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I understand the hon. Gentleman's concern and the desire for a new road crossing. The trouble is, as he knows, there is a dispute. He called it a squabble, but unfortunately the view he expressed is not shared by some of the local authorities. The trouble is that it will, in the end, have to be resolved at a local level. I know that the Department for Transport is also engaged with the issue...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I congratulate my hon. Friend on the campaign that he has mounted for some recognition for the Bevin Boys and the extraordinary work that they did in world war two, without which our war effort would have been seriously hindered. We will have a special commemorative badge for the Bevin Boys, and we will announce that later today. It will provide some recognition for the tremendous work that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I am sure that over the course of my right hon. Friend's premiership he will want to carry on changes that we have been making. For example, we now have a Freedom of Information Act and devolution, which we have never had before. We also have a London Assembly and Mayor, which we have not had before. I am sure that such changes will continue over the years and fortunately, in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I have never agreed that, in itself, prison is what works, but if people are committing violent offences or are a threat or danger to the public, it is important that they are imprisoned, if that is what a court feels is appropriate. There are more people in prison because sentences have been getting tougher. I mentioned a few moments ago the more than 5,000 people who have been recalled to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: First, I am sure that the whole House will join the hon. Gentleman in sending condolences to the family of his constituent who died. Secondly, we of course regret that the dispute is going on. Thirdly, I will be happy to look into the matter and to correspond with him about it. Obviously, we want the maritime service to return to full strength as quickly as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I recall the LIFT scheme in my hon. Friend's constituency, and it is one of the many around the country that have led to some 2,500 GP premises being renovated. In 1997, 50 per cent. of the NHS estate was older than the NHS itself, but today that figure is 20 per cent. As a result of that massive capital investment, waiting times are falling and we are also able to provide the most up-to-date...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I think that I prefer to say that investment on any scale can be made only because my right hon. Friend the Chancellor has run the most effective economy in this country for 30 years or more. We are able to invest in health and education because of the sensible policies of this Labour Chancellor, not because of the SNP's economic policies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend, and the Government are making a financial commitment to supporting refugee week. It is right for us to reduce the number of unfounded claims and make sure that only genuine asylum seekers can claim asylum here, but none the less we must make it clear that this country should always be open to genuine refugees fleeing tyranny. This country has a very proud...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: The position on Iraq was the position of the whole Government. I happen to believe that removing Saddam was the right thing to do, as is standing up against those people who would by terrorism prevent democracy from flourishing in Iraq. I pay tribute to the support provided by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor. It is important that those fighting us in Iraq understand that our position on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I am aware of the case and I sympathise with Samantha and her family. I assure my hon. Friend that full consular support is being provided to the family by UK consular staff in Houston and Mexico City. We are also in touch with the FBI about the case, and are ready to give every support to the US and Mexico's FBI to ensure the safe return of Sebastian.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: We must be careful, because many people have travel opportunities, particularly on cheap flights, that they have never had before. As politicians we must be careful that we do not appear to say that opening up such opportunities for people is somehow wrong. The best way to deal with aviation is through the European Union emissions trading system. As a result of the work done by the Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: In addition, we have the minimum wage, paid holidays, extra increases in child benefit and all the investment that has gone into this country over the past few years. The reason we have been able to invest, as I said a moment or two ago, is that we have run a strong economy—my right hon. Friend the Chancellor has been its steward over that time. It is important always to recognise that for...

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Departments: Sign Language (19 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Although British Sign Language is not used on the Number 10 website, my Office is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, including those who have hearing impairments. For example, the website provides transcripts and captions for audio and audio-visual material.

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Africa (18 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. Copies of these lists are available in the Library of the House. Information on the number of officials accompanying Ministers on overseas visits is included in the list. All Ministers' travel arrangements are in accordance with the...


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