Mr John Watson

Former MP for Skipton and Ripon

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Recent appearances

  • Orders of the Day — Coal Industry 27 Apr 1987

    I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's desire to strike a balance in a debate such as this, but is he not coming near to saying that because open-cast mining employs fewer people, so is endemically more efficient, it should be discouraged on economic grounds?
  • Settle-Carlisle Railway Line 11 Feb 1987

  • Settle-Carlisle Railway Line 11 Feb 1987

    I do, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the debate. I can be quite brief because I simply wish to make two points that may not have been fully aired in the debate during the past year. First, it is now almost 20 years since this line was last considered for closure. In 1967, the conclusion reached was that the line should remain open. It is instructive...

More of Mr John Watson’s recent appearances


Former MP for Skipton and Ripon

Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 18 May 1987 — General election

Also represented Skipton

Future MPs in this constituency

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