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Results 81–100 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

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

David Clelland: I congratulate the hon. Member for Cheadle (Mr. Day) on his maiden speech. I note that one of his interests is industry. Coming from the north-east, I agree that success can happen in the north. Our complaint is that, all too often, the Government's activities have denied our ability to exploit our potential. However, the hon. Gentleman displayed a confidence and competence—if,...

Opposition Day: Transport (17 Nov 1987)

David Clelland: Would the hon. Gentleman care to tell the House by how much BREL's operations in the city of York have been run down over the last couple of years?

Opposition Day: Transport (17 Nov 1987)

David Clelland: No parliamentary debate about transport would be complete without representation from Tyne and Wear, which has a transport system rivalling even that of the Docklands light railway. Tyne and Wear has one of the most advanced passenger transport systems in the world, incorporating a metro light railway system and full integration with accompanying bus services. I shall explain to the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal-fired Power Stations (23 Nov 1987)

David Clelland: Is the Secretary of State aware that the lack of investment in coal mines, which obviously has something to do with the question of new power stations — [Interruption.] New power stations will need coal, and it is the lack of investment in coal mines that has led to the proposed closure of Huwood Engineering in Gateshead, with the loss of 600 jobs. What does the Minister intend to do about...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Confederation of British Industry (26 Nov 1987)

David Clelland: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met the director general of the CBI; and what was discussed.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Confederation of British Industry (26 Nov 1987)

David Clelland: Was there any discussion on the needs of British industry in the areas of education, investment, research and development and our poor record in that area when compared with other industrial countries? What initiatives will the Minister announce to help British industry catch up and compete with our European neighbours?

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Assistance by the Commissioner in Actions Against Employers (8 Feb 1988)

David Clelland: I should like to preface my remarks by saying that the Government have not produced a shred of evidence that there is a need for the commissioner for the rights of trade union members, whereas there is ample evidence of the need for the protection of the rights of employees. It is obvious to the most casual of observers that the creation of the commissioner is to facilitate deliberately...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Assistance by the Commissioner in Actions Against Employers (8 Feb 1988)

David Clelland: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. The legal aid that the commissioner will willingly provide for action against the union will not be available to assist in any action against the employer. The resources of the taxpayer, to the tune of some 1·5 million per year, are to be made available to those who wish to take issue with their union, while at the same time the same Government are...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Assistance by the Commissioner in Actions Against Employers (8 Feb 1988)

David Clelland: I accept your ruling, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am trying to draw a comparison between the legal aid system and the operation of the commissioner. To some extent, there must be a parallel—the inherent unfairness of what will be provided under the commission compared with the more serious cases under the legal aid system. I am trying to show the need to make the operation of the commissioner...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Assistance by the Commissioner in Actions Against Employers (8 Feb 1988)

David Clelland: Does my hon. Friend agree that, although there is no upper limit in the Bill in respect of the cost of the commissioner to the taxpayer, the Government propose to save £10 million a year on the legal aid system? Surely this again shows the Government's priorities when it comes to justice and fairness.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Assistance by the Commissioner in Actions Against Employers (8 Feb 1988)

David Clelland: Does my hon. Friend agree that the only qualifications needed are those of an agent provocateur? That is why Mr. David Hart fits the bill so well.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Right Not to Be Unjustifiably Disciplined (8 Feb 1988)

David Clelland: Round the Prime Minister's neck?

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Right Not to Be Unjustifiably Disciplined (8 Feb 1988)

David Clelland: My hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham. North (Mr. Allen) referred — it seems a long time ago now—to the Donovan report, the Royal Commission on trade unions and employers' associations which met between 1965 and 1968. I have a copy here. It may look a little dog-eared, but that is not because I have just taken it from the dusty shelves of the Library. I bought it when I was a shop...

Employment Bill: Extension to Non-Voting Positions of Duty to Hold Elections (8 Feb 1988)

David Clelland: And who elects him?

Televising of the House (9 Feb 1988)

David Clelland: Does my hon. Friend agree that editors — whether press, sound broadcasting or television editors—are more concerned with publishing what the public finds interesting than with the public interest, which could be a million miles away from that?

Orders of the Day — Regional Development Grants (Termination) Bill (10 Mar 1988)

David Clelland: I am listening with incredulity to what the hon. Member is saying about the reaction to the measure in the north-east, because I have here a copy of the minutes of the Northern Development Company, of which the CBI is an important part. The company's head of overseas operations has reported that the likely effects of RDG termination on inward investment … would make the task of attracting...

Orders of the Day — Regional Development Grants (Termination) Bill (10 Mar 1988)

David Clelland: This Bill is a classic case of missed opportunity. It is more significant for what it leaves out than for what it includes. While I should be the first to acknowledge that the present system of regional aid is anything but perfect and would welcome meaningful proposals to amend and extend the system, I believe that the proposals before us are entirely negative. The Bill does nothing to allay...

Business of the House (14 Apr 1988)

David Clelland: Will the Leader of the House ensure that sufficient time is set aside during the debate on the poll tax to discuss the importance of the Government amendment affecting the finance of local transport? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this amendment threatens further to disrupt transport in the metropolitan areas, especially in Tyne and Wear, which had a transport system that was the envy...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Scale of personal community charge payments (18 Apr 1988)

David Clelland: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the statement by the Secretary of State that the system of rebates is designed to help the poorest is the same as the statement that was made when housing benefit was introduced? However, this month we have found that millions of people are losing because of changes in the benefits system. What guarantee is there that there will not be changes in the...

Orders of the Day — Petitions: Pensioners (18 Apr 1988)

David Clelland: I wish to submit a petition from pensioners who are living in and around my constituency in Tyne Bridge. It has been organised and submitted by the Tyne and Wear. Durham and District Pensioners Association and other pensioners. The petition sheweth, That pensioners will suffer great hardship because of the introduction of the poll tax, increases in the price of electricity and the meagre...


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