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Results 101–120 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Duty to Set Substituted Amounts (20 Apr 1988)

David Clelland: I, too, shall be brief because of the disgraceful shortage of time to discuss this important issue. The Government's case appears to be based on the argument that PTAs are not accountable. Yet only a couple of years ago the Government abolished democratically elected councils which were directly accountable to the people who elected them and were responsible for running transport. We know...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Duty to Set Substituted Amounts (20 Apr 1988)

David Clelland: Is it not a fact that it is because that situation has not arisen that this measure has been brought before the House tonight? That is what I mean by openly canvassing secession.

Clause 1: Permitted Hours (27 Apr 1988)

David Clelland: The Minister will be aware that the differences between the licensing procedures of clubs and pubs have existed for many years and that pubs and clubs have been allowed the same number of hours. Will he explain why there should now be a difference in the total number of hours they are allowed?

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Right to a Ballot Before Industrial Action (24 May 1988)

David Clelland: It appears that our arguments are falling on not only deaf ears but absent ones. The Secretary of State has decided to leave the Chamber, which does not leave much room for optimism that our arguments will be listened to. I urge the Minister to listen carefully to the arguments and, even at this late stage, to reject the amendment. If the amendment is passed it will cause serious problems...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Right to a Ballot Before Industrial Action (24 May 1988)

David Clelland: I am grateful to the Minister for clarifying my point about work to rule. He has confirmed that a work to rule would be industrial action. Is he therefore saying that in British law a court will now be able to order workers not to work to the rules which the employer has laid down?

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Election addresses (24 May 1988)

David Clelland: I had not intended to speak in the debate, but the hon. Member for Colne Valley (Mr. Riddick) has provoked me into doing so. I, too, believe that trade union members ought to have the maximum information about the people whom they are to elect. That is quite right and no one would argue with it. However, we continue to argue that free and independent organisations should be able to make such...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Election addresses (24 May 1988)

David Clelland: There is no opportunity for candidates for local government or Members of Parliament standing for re-election to have their election addresses paid for by the state, as may be the case under the amendment, or indeed to oblige any other organisation to pay for election propaganda. That is just another demonstration of the special treatment that the Government mete out only to trade unions.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Election addresses (24 May 1988)

David Clelland: If it is right in principle that trade unions should give candidates the opportunity and the resources to send out an election address, albeit within the limitations of the Bill, why does the same principle not apply to local government and, indeed, to parliamentary candidates? Should the principle not apply equally? It may even be argued that it is more important in local government and...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Provisions Supplemental to Section 19 (24 May 1988)

David Clelland: It seems entirely unreasonable that, when a trade union is to have proceedings instituted against it, it should be informed in retrospect that the commissioner is to assist those taking the proceedings. We object in principle to the commissioner. I pointed out in Committee, and I have mentioned again today, that the installation of a commissioner of this sort is contrary to the Government's...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Imports (Tax Cuts) (14 Jul 1988)

David Clelland: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the impact of top rate tax cuts on imports.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Imports (Tax Cuts) (14 Jul 1988)

David Clelland: Will the Minister confirm that Britain's balance of trade in cars with West Germany has deteriorated more sharply than any other part of the balance of trade since 1979? Will he also confirm that his £2 billion tax give-away to those on the highest tax rates will find its way into the purchase of BMWs, Audis and Porsches, which will further deteriorate the balance of trade in cars?

Business of the House (14 Jul 1988)

David Clelland: In all seriousness, will the Leader of the House reconsider the answer that he gave a few moments ago to my hon. Friend the Member for Gateshead, East (Ms. Quin)? Will he arrange for an early statement on what the Government intend to do to prevent the closure of Marconi in Gateshead, with the loss of 450 jobs? Will he repudiate the answer given by the Minister of Trade and Industry...

Opposition Day: Transport Policies (26 Jul 1988)

David Clelland: The hon. Lady may be aware that Tyne and Wear did have such integration between the light railway system and the buses, but that that has been destroyed by the Governments privatisation policy. The Government have destroyed integration and the promotion of co-ordination. Their privatisation policies led, first, to duplication, and eventually to the elimination of transport systems for the...

Opposition Day: Transport Policies (26 Jul 1988)

David Clelland: When I put that point to the Secretary f State for the Environment, he replied that deregulation had led to buses queuing for people instead of people queuing for buses. If that is the Secretary of State's view of efficiency, it is no wonder that our transport system is in such a mess.

Business of the House (20 Oct 1988)

David Clelland: Notwithstanding his previous answer on the subject, will the Leader of the House make arrangements for an early statement on the Government's position on the hostile takeover bid for Scottish and Newcastle Breweries, the Newcastle half of which is in my constituency? Is he aware that, although the people of Tyneside may be willing to accept Australian Neighbours, they are not willing to...

Broadcasting (White Paper) (7 Nov 1988)

David Clelland: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, even if the Government were to succeed in preventing a concentration of ownership, the danger is that an increase in competition for advertisers, together with the so-called "light touch" regime, will mean that the overwhelming influence will be in the hands of the advertisers? That will lead to restrictions in choice and the lowering of standards....

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Building (28 Nov 1988)

David Clelland: Does the Secretary of State's programme include the completion of improvements to the A69 between Carlisle and Newcastle? If not, when can we expect the improvements to be completed?

Orders of the Day — Environment and Industry (28 Nov 1988)

David Clelland: At the beginning of today's debate the Secretary of State for the Environment made the rather curious statement that my hon. Friend the Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham) was seeking obscurity by making a radio broadcast. If my hon. Friend wants obscurity, he should speak from the Back Benches in this House when so few hon. Members are present. All the predictions were that the Gracious...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: City Technology Colleges (20 Dec 1988)

David Clelland: The Secretary of State will be aware that one of the sites that he has in mind is in Gateshead in my constituency, but is he aware that the amount of money that he intends to spend on that school is more than the total that he has allowed the local authority for all its schools? Is not that a disgrace? Since it was recently revealed that only 7 per cent. of his hon. Friends support priority...


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