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Results 61–80 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

Business of the House (19 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: May I draw the attention of the Leader of the House to early-day motion 690, which has attracted the support of 47 hon. Members? [That this House views with concern the proposal of the Minister of Sport to merge the function and role of Playboard with that of the Sports Council; and, in view of the negative responses to this proposal from many interested organisations, urges him to postpone a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Battlefield Nuclear Weapons (Europe) (24 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effects upon the British Army of the Rhine of NATO's possible use of battlefield nuclear weapons in Europe.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Battlefield Nuclear Weapons (Europe) (24 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: Will the Minister admit that the decision was taken in Montebello in 1983 to modernise battlefield nuclear shells, which are potentially lethal to British troops at the front and which are already in the NATO stockpile? Does he agree that Ministers have misled the House on this issue over the years and that they should now resign?

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (25 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: Where is the hon. Gentleman's evidence that businesses have been deterred by the rates from setting up in places such as Newcastle?

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (25 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: Is my hon. Friend aware that what he has just read out results from this Government's legislation which, in their words, was intended to simplify and clarify the system?

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (25 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: I welcome the opportunity to speak again on the subject of local government. After all that has been said over the past months and years, people may well wonder whether there is anything new to say about local government and local government finance. Had they listened to what the Secretary of State said in opening the debate, they would have definitely concluded that there was nothing new to...

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (25 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: The figures for Newcastle that I have state that businesses will be paying 40 per cent. less. If, as the Minister says, they will pay the same, I do not see how businesses will benefit from the uniform business rate.

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (25 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: If the Government think that that should be hailed as a boost for businesses in the area, they should give some evidence. In my view, the benefits to businesses in Newcastle depend entirely on the differences between the costs of setting up businesses in Newcastle, and those of setting up elsewhere, and on considerations such as the surrounding amenities—airports and road connections, for...

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (25 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: rose—

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (25 Mar 1987)

David Clelland: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I have listened carefully to the hon. Gentleman's speech, but I find it difficult to see what it has to do with the rate support grant — however regrettable the circumstances that he describes might be.

Higher Education and Research (1 Apr 1987)

David Clelland: Is the Secretary of State aware that his announcement reflects the Government's previous neglect of the education system and will be seen to have more to do with the approaching general election than a genuine interest in education? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware also that the university of Newcastle upon Tyne has recently announced a reduction of 140 academic posts as a direct result of...

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies (6 Apr 1987)

David Clelland: When I listen to Conservative Members talking about these issues, I often wonder whether we are living in the same country. Whenever we speak about the problems of the National Health Service, unemployment or industry, we are showered with statistics that are supposed to demonstrate the opposite to what everybody knows to be the truth. I am driven to the simple, if not original, question, "If...

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies (6 Apr 1987)

David Clelland: I am referring to the northern region as defined by the Department of the Environment, which we all understand as the northern region — not the north that some people seem to believe starts north of the Watford Gap. These statistics refer to those counties that comprise the northern region of England. That was a brief summary of the 1986 state of the region report, published this morning,...

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies (6 Apr 1987)

David Clelland: I note my hon. Friend's comments. There are many examples like the one that he underlined. Those examples counter earlier comments that people are now better off and that even those in the worst poverty are better off now then they have ever been. Hon. Members who believe that should face the problems and talk to people, like the girl my hon. Friend described, and try to convince them that...

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies (6 Apr 1987)

David Clelland: I shall develop that point later in my argument. However, the hon. Gentleman has agreed that the SDP is much closer to the Conservative party than to the Labour party. Mr. Horam and Mr. Rodgers, to whom I have referred, and others in the SDP first won their seats in Parliament by standing as Labour candidates. They won easily because of the loyalty and, in many cases, the lifetime support...

Bill Presented: Social and Economic Policies (6 Apr 1987)

David Clelland: I am interested in what the hon. Gentleman is saying about investment in the north-east by Nissan. Another Japanese company, Komatsu, has also invested in the north-east. However, that is not necessarily solely because of the Government's activities. Before the Tyne and Wear county council was abolished, it was principally responsible for Nissan coming to the area. It was certainly...

Rate Support Grant (England) (23 Jul 1987)

David Clelland: Is the Secretary of State aware that, although the decision to release the metropolitan borough of Gateshead from rate capping will be welcomed, given the financial regime that the Government have imposed on local government, that council can protect its services and jobs only at a cost to the ratepayer? Is he also aware that the continued rate capping of Newcastle, which shares inner-area...

Orders of the Day — Mr. John Lang (22 Oct 1987)

David Clelland: I bring to the House the case of Mr. John Lang, a resident of Gateshead, who was wrongly imprisoned for 14 months. The tragic story of John Lang's imprisonment began coincidentally when he arrived in London on the same night as another tragedy was taking place—that which occurred in the Heysel stadium in May 1985. That was two and a half years ago, and John Lang has still not recovered from...

Electricity Industry (Financial Targets) (3 Nov 1987)

David Clelland: Further to the right hon. Gentleman's earlier responses on the future of the power engineering industry, which will come as welcome news to my constituents who rely on Northern Engineering Industries for their livelihoods, will he assure the House that no part of the investment programme that he has announced today will be delayed by his determination to carry on with privatisation?

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (3 Nov 1987)

David Clelland: rose—


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