Canlyniadau 121–140 o 15571 ar gyfer speaker:Tony Blair

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: First, whether to give the information to the OECD was a decision of the Serious Fraud Office. Let me make it clear that the criticism of the Attorney-General in relation to this matter is completely unfair and wrong. If the right hon. and learned Gentleman wants to blame anyone, he can blame me. I am perfectly happy to take responsibility for it. Let me explain why I gave the advice that I...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: First of all, I do not negotiate these contracts. I am delighted, however, that we managed to win that contract, which protects thousands upon thousands of jobs in this country. Secondly, let me repeat again to the right hon. and learned Gentleman that I was asked for my advice as to what damage the investigation would do if it continued. I gave that advice, because of the huge importance of...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: We will certainly consider carefully what is in the private Member's Bill. My hon. Friend will know that we have already introduced certain protections. It is fair to say that concerns remain about the activities of some gangmasters, and it is important that we keep the matter under review. I am afraid that I cannot give my hon. Friend a commitment on the Bill today, but we will certainly...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Yes, it is absolutely right, but we must ensure that that can be done on a cost-effective basis and in a way that will provide the renewable energy that we want. So far we have not been able to find a satisfactory way of doing it, but we will continue to look at what we can do. In principle, of course we want it to happen, but it must be done in a way that is cost-effective.

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Before Opposition Members start shouting, we should understand the seriousness of the issue. About 1,300 suicides and 50 or more homicides are committed each year by people who are in touch with mental health services, and almost 15,000 people are under compulsory powers at any one time under the Mental Health Act 1983. We introduced the Mental Health Bill because we believe that we need to...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Obviously I do not agree with changing our trade union laws, but if we are talking about leadership campaigns, I might remind the right hon. Gentleman of what he said when he ran for the leadership of his party. He said: "consistency in politics is vital", and then proclaimed his support for grammar schools and selection. I think that rather than worrying about our deputy leadership campaign,...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: No, I do not agree with either of those statements—but let me return to the subject of leadership for a minute. May I give the House an update on the married couples allowance? Members will remember where we left it: the Tory policy was that married couples without children should receive the allowance, but gay couples would have to have kids. However, the Tory leader has now clarified the...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Actually, I am going to focus on the big picture. I say this with the greatest respect for all my colleagues who are standing for deputy leader, but the leadership is the important thing. We will have a leader who is strong; the Opposition have a leader who bears the imprint of the last person who sat on him.

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I agree with my hon. Friend. It is important that any companies engaged in promoting such goods have some sense of responsibility and some sensitivity to the feelings of others. I think that it is an immensely difficult area—the relationship between what happens in those games and the impact on young people. I have no doubt that this debate will go on for a significant period, but I agree...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I would have to look into that fairly carefully before I agreed with the premise behind the hon. Gentleman's question, if I may say so. As far as I am aware, any training that we give to the military of whatever country is training that also upholds respect for law and order, human rights and so on. I simply do not know about the particular instance that the hon. Gentleman mentions, but let...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: That seems a very reasonable comment to me. Let me point out that the minimum wage has now brought benefit to more than a million people in this country, in raising their living standards and their wages. It particularly helps women, and it is excellent that London is focusing on paying the living wage to the cleaners. I very much hope that those concerned will reverse their position, if the...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Obviously, we are trying in advance of the summit next week to gain allies and to co-ordinate positions with those who do not want a return to the constitutional treaty either, but do want a return to a conventional amending treaty. It is sensible for us to build allies in Europe. It is all very well for the hon. Gentleman to shake his head, but I want to take him back 10 years: in 1997,...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I certainly look forward to that possibility, and I will look very carefully at what my hon. Friend has said.

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: First of all, Parliament is always sovereign. It is always up to Parliament to decide what it wishes to do and what it wishes not to do. Parliamentary sovereignty always remains: that is a constitutional principle, and it is a constitutional fact. Secondly, as the right hon. Gentleman knows, the European convention is not to do with the European Union. It is a separate convention, to which we...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Obviously, terms and conditions must be negotiated by Remploy and its employees, but we are watching the situation very closely. My hon. Friend will know the difficulty. Many hon. Members, particularly Government Members, have Remploy factories in their constituencies. Remploy does excellent work, and it provides important jobs for people. On the other hand, it is important that it modernise...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: I think that, as the hon. Gentleman knows, the final decisions have yet to be made about which of the 16 bids will proceed to implementation. When the consultation ends on 22 June, all the proposals will be carefully assessed against the five criteria that we set out to councils last October. That means that proposals will not go forward unless we are convinced that they are affordable,...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Let me congratulate the trust on its 30th anniversary. In providing over 300 fellowships and a number of opportunities for Members of Parliament to interact with business, it has done immensely valuable work over the years. Many hon. Members on both sides of the House have benefited enormously from that work.

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: He obviously does not do irony in a good way, but let me tell the hon. Gentleman that what is more important than whether the Chancellor passed his school maths exams with flying colours is the fact that he has passed with flying colours his time as Chancellor for 10 years. I should thank the hon. Gentleman for giving me the opportunity to point out once again that, thanks to the Chancellor,...

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: Yes of course I agree with that, and I might be able to correspond with them about what help we can give them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Meh 2007)

Tony Blair: With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement on the G8 summit, which took place between 6 and 8 June in Heiligendamm in Germany. 1 pay tribute to Chancellor Merkel's outstanding chairmanship. The purpose of the summit was to take forward the agenda first established at the Gleneagles G8 summit of 2005, on climate change and Africa. On climate change, the scale of the...


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