Results 121–140 of 4922 for speaker:Hugh Bayley

Orders of the Day — Railways Bill: General Duties of the Franchising Director (1 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: The Opposition welcome Lords amendment No. 108, which deletes the 26-week cut-off period for extensions of consultation in respect of closures. However, unlike the Minister and Conservative Members, we fear that it will have to be invoked because the privatisation is not just a sale of the railways, it is likely to be a closing down sale of the railways. It is disingenuous of the Minister to...

Orders of the Day — Railways Bill (Allocation of Time): Supplemental (2 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: I would like the House to stop playing I spy and to debate the guillotine motion. The right hon. Member for Shropshire, North (Mr. Biffen) was right when he said that in introducing the motion at such an early stage, the Government showed contempt for the House. They brought 470 Lords amendments before the House and we dealt with 100 last night. Still the Government want to stifle debate....

Orders of the Day — Railways Bill (Allocation of Time): Supplemental (2 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: If the House had been given time properly to consider all the amendments, it would have had an opportunity to debate future investment levels. There will be no such debate, so I want the Minister to say how investment levels for rolling stock, signalling, track and infrastructure will be maintained at historic levels. If that is not done, there will be huge redundancies in the rail...

Orders of the Day — Railways Bill (Allocation of Time): Supplemental (2 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: I do not think that any embarrassment caused by the release of that document will land on the shoulders of the chief executive of British Rail; it will land on those of the Minister, who was told by the chief executive that, in relation to the rail privatisation proposals, he was in a hole and still digging". He told the Minister for Public Transport at that meeting that he would have nothing...

Railways Bill: Public Sector Operators Not to Be Franchisees (2 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Railways Bill: Pensions. (2 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: The pensions issue has been a long and sorry saga, yet the Government still do not recognise that, for most railwaymen and women, their pensions represent their life savings. That is why there has been such an outcry from the pensioners about the Government's proposals for their scheme. The Secretary of State's motion to disagree with the Lords amendment would tear up the Government's...

Railways Bill: Pensions. (2 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: I refer the Minister to the letter from Derek Fowler, chairman of the trustees, to the Secretary of State, dated 26 October: I certainly did not envisage the cash payments would cease indefinitely when I signed the memorandum, hence its reference to retiming. If there is any misunderstanding, it is on the part of the Minister. In the memorandum of understanding signed on 20 July, the words...

Clause 22: Public Sector Operators Not to Be Franchisees (3 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Clause 22: Public Sector Operators Not to Be Franchisees (3 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: The Secretary of State's speech contained three fatal errors. First, he said that, because we have spent hundreds of hours debating this Bill, we need not debate it any longer. But we have never debated this proposal from the Lords. It has never come before either House until today. Secondly, the amendment allows the franchising director to rule out absolutely any BR bid unless it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rolling Stock (29 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how soon the train leasing companies created as a result of the passage of the Railways Act 1993 will be in a position to order the construction of new railway rolling stock.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rolling Stock (29 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: Does the Minister accept that if no work is done by the leasing companies to prepare for giving orders early next year, some of the important manufacturing companies in Britain will have unacceptable, and possibly fatal, delays in their order books? The Minister gave a press conference in my constituency a couple of months ago, at which he looked forward to a time when rail rolling stock...

Orders of the Day — Sunday Trading Bill (29 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: I must tell the hon. Member for Gillingham (Mr. Couchman) that I have not experienced the flood of public opinion to which he referred, with people knocking on my door or writing to me demanding the right to shop on Sundays. I have received 101 unsolicited letters on the issue, 78 of which were from people who supported either the Keep Sunday Special option or the RSAR option. Twenty came...

Orders of the Day — Sunday Trading Bill (29 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: Yes, I accept that; I am being partial. The House must make a choice and, faced with a choice between the interests of big business and those of small business, the interests of large retailers—as my hon. Friend the Member for Huddersfield (Mr. Sheerman) said, the biggest of four control 61 per cent. of the market—against the interests of a range of shops that provide a great deal of...

Orders of the Day — Sunday Trading Bill (29 Nov 1993)

Hugh Bayley: If it is a DIY store, all DIY stores would be able to open. Michael Frampton, a jeweller in my constituency, sent me an article from the Financial Times, which said that Shopping Hours Reform Council directors have no objection to a statutory enforcement of the SHRC proposals, but he points out that they have not abided by the current statute law. There are 2 million shopworkers whose...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Citizens Charter (6 Dec 1993)

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Government intend to increase or reduce the number of citizens charters in the forthcoming year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Citizens Charter (6 Dec 1993)

Hugh Bayley: Does the hon. Gentleman see the need to protect the quality of service and the efficient use of public money spent by the Franchising Director in purchasing public service rail services by extending the passengers charter to the private sector companies which will be running rail services in the future, or is there to be a different quality threshold for private rail operators than there is...

Orders of the Day — Business of the House (12 Jan 1994)

Hugh Bayley: What a farce it is when the Leader of the House comes here—

Orders of the Day — Business of the House (12 Jan 1994)

Hugh Bayley: Is it not a farce, Madam Speaker, when the Leader of the House comes here at half-past 12 at night to rearrange tomorrow's business? What other Parliament in the western world would have a Leader of the House tearing up the following day's agenda, and denying the Opposition the opportunity to debate an important issue involving the national health service? I have put in for it myself. What...

Orders of the Day — Non-Domestic Rating Bill (12 Jan 1994)

Hugh Bayley: The Minister has mentioned my constituency, where many properties will face such enormous increases in their business tax when the uniform business rate is introduced that they will not reach anywhere near the revaluation level at the end of the five-year transitional period. What guarantee can the Minister give that those businesses will not face an enormous £2,000, £5,000, £10,000, or...


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