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Results 1–20 of 2245 for speaker:Peter Ainsworth

Prayers: Action for the Countryside (26 Jun 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: I am delighted to support the motion, and I thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make my maiden speech. The debate concerns issue of great interest not only to those who work and live in the countryside but to those who visit it. It touches on issues of some profundity, because the well-being, appearance and size of the countryside have been entrusted to our generation—as to...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Urban Development Bill (3 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: Reference has been made to the complexity of the Bill. I am forced to say that the speech of the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Mr. Soley) has not made it any simpler for me, at least. I am sure that it will be a popular Bill, since its guiding spirit is the desire, long associated with Conservative Members —but, frankly, for less time with Opposition Members— that people should be enabled...

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: I hesitate to correct you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but it is Peter. The hon. Member for Redcar (Ms. Mowlam) told us that Opposition Members intend to vote against the Bill on Third Reading, for reasons which have nothing to do with the Bill. That seems to be becoming a habit with Opposition Members. Last night, they voted against a motion for reasons which had nothing to do with the substantive...

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: Had the hon. Lady listened to an earlier part of my speech she would have heard me pay tribute to our civil servants and the work that they do. However, there is no denying that there remain areas of activity where sectional trade union interests still come before the interests of the public. Many of the Government's reforms in recent years have gone a long way towards improving that situation.

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: I am talking about a general attitude, which is well known to Conservative Members and will be widely recognised in the country. I speak as someone who has served for some years on a local council in central London. I am only too familiar with the attitude of the public sector unions and the precedence that, not always but all too often, they place on their own interests at the expense of...

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: I agree with my hon. Friend. It would be wrong if my remarks were interpreted in a generalised way, because I am talking about incidents and tendencies of which we are well aware.

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: That was on a different point. If the hon. Gentleman does not yet understand the point that I have been trying to make, I do not think that he ever will. Sadly, the attitude of which I have been speaking goes hand in hand with a tendency towards centralisation. Therefore, it is not surprising, though perhaps somewhat depressing, that Opposition Members appear to deride the idea of delegation...

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: In that case, I am surprised at Labour Members' attitude tonight. I am pleased to say that the confusion displayed by Opposition Members did not extend to their colleagues in another place. As has been pointed out, the noble Baroness Turner supported the principle at the heart of the Bill and made it clear that she did not regard it as a blueprint for privatisation. I am sorry to find that...

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: I am talking not about history but about what is happening today. I was most impressed by what the National Audit Office had to say today about its work. It gave specific examples of the real-costs benefits which are accruing from its work. I applaud its efforts and wish it well. There is a new spirit of accountability abroad in our public departments. Opposition Members continue to deride...

Orders of the Day — Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 1992)

Peter Ainsworth: I should be delighted to spend a great deal of time discussing the new spirit of accountability in Wandsworth council, on which I served for six years, where it is applied to enormously beneficial effect. The Benefits Agency has been dealt with by hon. Members at great length. It is becoming increasingly clear that Opposition Members have no serious commitment to improving the quality of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jan 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: Further to what my right hon. Friend said, does he agree that one of the best ways of helping British industry would be to cut the red tape bureaucracy and regulation with which it has been overburdened for far too long? Does he agree that a new deregulation drive would help industry to create new jobs?

New clause 15: Saving for Designated Heritage Properties (9 Feb 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

New clause 15: 'heritage Area (9 Feb 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: Even if the hon. Member for Burnley (Mr. Pike) is correct about the way in which estates have looked after their properties over the years—many of us would disagree—I cannot understand why he seems to suggest that we should not protect national heritage properties today.

New clause 15: 'heritage Area (9 Feb 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: Will my hon. Friend consider the plight of the abbey of Cluny in that context?

New clause 15: 'heritage Area (9 Feb 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: I was clearly mistaken earlier when I saw furrowed brows on the Government's Front Bench and took them to betoken gloom. They clearly betokened pensiveness. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Minister for his thoughtful response to the new clause and amendments. In view of the words that he has just spoken and the undertakings that he has given, in the hope that he will continue to liaise...

M25 (Widening) (18 Feb 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: I wish to raise a matter that is of considerable and growing concern not only to my constituents in Surrey, East but to people throughout Surrey and the whole of the south-eastern region whose homes, towns, villages, fields and woodlands are close to the M25. Although it is in Surrey that the Department of Transport's proposals are at present most keenly felt, since it is in Surrey that the...

M25 (Widening) (18 Feb 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. We certainly need to consider carefully the issue of created traffic, which is the problem to which she refers. What happens when the capacity envisaged under the proposals for junctions 12 to 15 of the M25 fills up? Do we enlarge again and again? We are talking about a road on green belt land. My hon. Friend will undoubtedly share my...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: It is abundantly clear that the Opposition do not like the Budget, but it is less clear what measures they recommend to enhance the recovery which is already under way. The debate has already lasted for more than two days, but we have not heard a single positive suggestion from the Opposition about what they would do. Are we to hear one from the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr....

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: This is an encouraging day for jobs. It is a good Budget for jobs and it is good for the economy as a whole. I fear that it is a bad day for the Opposition, who have yet to produce one positive idea about what they would have done if confronted with the problem that faced my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer as he was preparing his Budget. The key problem was clear and...

Orders of the Day — M25 (Link Roads) (1 Apr 1993)

Peter Ainsworth: Were this not a matter of great concern to my constituents and people throughout the south-east and further afield, I might feel some embarassment about raising it tonight. It is, after all, only some two months since I had cause to detain my hon. Friend the Minister for Roads and Traffic over the same issue. In saying how grateful I am to see him here tonight, at this late hour, I must also...


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