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Results 41–60 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

Opposition Day: Government Economic Policies (20 Jan 1987)

David Clelland: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Rate Fund Revenue Accounts (21 Jan 1987)

David Clelland: The most worrying aspect of this part of the Bill is that it implies that further dictatorial powers will be conferred on the Secretary of State. Clause 1(6)(b) refers to any other account specified in respect of the year concerned by the Secretary of State. Such statements can be found throughout the Bill, and, indeed, this Government's history is riddled with such statements, giving more...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Rate Fund Revenue Accounts: Further Provisions (21 Jan 1987)

David Clelland: It is not only unreasonable and unfair but unnecessary for the Government to impose these further restrictions on local authorities. After all, in their accounting practices and finances, local authorities are more open than any other organisation, probably including even central Government. Local government accounts can be scrutinised by electors and auditors. They are run in a professional...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

David Clelland: I beg to move amendment No. 193, in page 6, line 16, leave out subsection (4) and insert— '(4) For the purposes of section 8 below the maximum limit in relation to a designated authority shall be such amount in the pound, expressed in pence, the effect of which shall be that the authority's relevant expenditure (as defined in section 3(1) of this Act) for the financial year beginning in...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

David Clelland: The Government want to control the national and the local contribution to local government finance. That has been their declared policy since they were elected, although I do not recall it being talked about too much before they were elected, and the Bill reaffirms that policy. Whereas previously the concept of rate capping was assumed by most people to be a method of limiting rate rises, we...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

David Clelland: I could not agree more with my hon. Friend. The representations that we made to the Secretary of State on 24 November fell on deaf ears, because the right hon. Gentleman was aware when he spoke to us that the Bill was being prepared, and our representations came to naught. Now that the Bill is before us, we find that all the newly rate-capped authorities—regardless of whether they applied...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (26 Jan 1987)

David Clelland: Is the Minister saying that every authority in Britain whose expenditure has increased by 11 per cent. over that period has been rate-capped?

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grants Bill (4 Feb 1987)

David Clelland: Does my hon. Friend agree that the city of Newscastle, in the metropolitan borough of Gateshead, stands to lose about £10 million as a result of these measures? These authorities share an inner area partnership. As a result of the Government's financial regime the authorities now have to reduce expenditure by more than twice as much as they will receive in inner area partnership grant. Does...

Business of the House (5 Feb 1987)

David Clelland: I draw the attenion of the Leader of the House to early-day motion 524 on Council Aid. [That this House congratulates the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead Council and War on Want on the successful launch of Council aid; recognises the potential of this latest initiative to relieve poverty and suffering in the Third World; and calls upon local authorities throughout the United Kingdom to play...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: 16-plus Students (17 Feb 1987)

David Clelland: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of young people aged 16-plus years have remained in full-time education in each of the last five years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: 16-plus Students (17 Feb 1987)

David Clelland: Is the Minister aware that the staying-on rate in my constituency is well below the national figures that she has just given? Does she agree that the reason for that is the financial pressure on young people in the poorer regions who, because they seek financial independence as well as support for the family, are forced to abandon education in their search for paid training, employment or...

Business of the House (26 Feb 1987)

David Clelland: May I draw the right hon. Gentleman's attention to early-day motion 365 on the subject of Play Board, in the name of myself and 89 other hon. Members from both sides of the House? [That this House reiterates its support for the advancement of children's play, as expressed in Early Day Motion 363 which was tabled on 23rd March 1982; welcomes the establishment in 1983 and continued funding of...

Inner City Areas (6 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Greenwich (Mrs. Barnes) on her competent and confident maiden speech. She showed a grasp of the problems of her constituents, and as only 15 months ago I, too, came to this place following the harrowing experience of a by-election, I understand her feelings today. She made kind reference to her predecessor which we in the Labour party particularly...

Inner City Areas (6 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: I will give the hon. Gentleman something else to think about. We have seen rising crime and street riots in our inner cities. That is what the Prime Minister calls "harmony". If that is harmony, God help us all if ever she gets nasty.

Inner City Areas (6 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: It is a sign of the effects of rising unemployment and the fear of people for their jobs. If the hon. Gentleman had listened to what I said, instead of concentrating on his intervention, he would know I said that we had the longest, bitterest industrial dispute in our history. That goes without challenge. The Prime Minister's other promise was, "Where there is despair, may we bring hope"....

Inner City Areas (6 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: I take my hon. Friend's point. Indeed, Gateshead council is attempting to resolve its great problems in education. Unfortunately, it is being held up by the parochial views of one or two parents, which we hope will shortly be sorted out. [Interruption.] With the help of the Government. We must get the authority of the Secretary of State for Education and Science before we can go ahead with...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Restrictions on Rating and Precepting (11 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: I am grateful to have the opportunity to say a word or two on behalf of the metropolitan borough of Gateshead. Until this moment, this has been a Newham debate. Perhaps that is just, because, as my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, North-East (Mr. Leighton) said, the Bill has major importance for Newham. Unfortunately, it is of minor importance to the metropolitan borough of Gateshead. If...

Estimates Day: Local Government Finance Bill (Allocation of Time) (11 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: Whatever the Government may say and the Minister has said tonight about the need to make progress on the Bill to void chaos in the local government budget-making process, the Bill needs all the close scrutiny it can get. That has been demonstrated by the number of changes and amendments—the Minister mentioned a figure of 300—which have already been made both in this House and the other...

Estimates Day: Local Government Finance Bill (Allocation of Time) (11 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: I am trying to point out that proceeding with such haste on the Bill has already caused considerable chaos. If we proceed in such haste again tonight, it is likely to cause further chaos. In doing so I am pointing to the chaos that has already been caused in places, such as Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It received the news that its rate limit had been reduced by 0·05p three hours before the council...

Business of the House (12 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: In view of the Prime Minister's comment that those who are democratically elected must learn to take responsibility for their actions, will the Leader of the House draw the attention of the right hon. Lady to page 9 of today's copy of the Newcastle Journal, which carries a photograph of hundreds of my constituents queuing for free EEC food, some of whom described butter as a luxury? Is that...


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