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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 1993)

Michael Fabricant: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that subsidiarity can be applied retrospectively as well as prospectively and that that means that any European legislation which has been laid before the House and which we have had to rubber stamp since 1986 can—if it meets the subsidiarity test—be either amended or swept aside?

Orders of the Day — Welsh Language Bill [Lords] (26 May 1993)

Michael Fabricant: I rise with some trepidation, especially following the speech of the hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. Morgan), whose logic and train of thought left me at times bereft of speech, which is unusual for me. I hope that I meet the criterion of the hon. Gentleman in that I rise not as a conventional Tory. I can claim some right to speak on the Bill. My mother was brought up in Aberavon. She may...

Orders of the Day — Welsh Language Bill [Lords] (26 May 1993)

Michael Fabricant: It will not necessarily be excluded. The hon. and learned Gentleman raised that matter earlier with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and, as he said, the matter will be discussed in detail in Committee. No one in Wales would thank us if we forced private companies to incur new duties and extra costs that would not be experienced elsewhere in the United Kingdom. It was wise not to...

Orders of the Day — Welsh Language Bill [Lords] (26 May 1993)

Michael Fabricant: Removing the burden from the state gives resources to the private sector. I remind the hon. Gentleman that Governments do not create jobs; they are created by the private sector. What the hon. Gentleman suggests would drive business from the United Kingdom generally and from the Principality in particular. I worked for BBC Wales in Bangor and Cardiff for longer than I worked for Radio...

Orders of the Day — Welsh Language Bill [Lords] (26 May 1993)

Michael Fabricant: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his intervention. I applaud the Government for spending more than £7·5 million to support the Welsh language and for offering in the Bill a bright future for a language that has enriched the kingdom for centuries. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has made it quite clear that he will listen in Committee to all views and will seek to...

Orders of the Day — Welsh Language Bill [Lords] (26 May 1993)

Michael Fabricant: Is there not a dichotomy in that, when an institution tries to promote a language, at the same time it stops that language's flexibility, which prevents it from becoming a modern language? I think especially of the Institute Francaise, which has tried to preserve French in aspic as a 19th-century language. In many ways, that has damaged its prospects as a language for the 21st century.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Patients (8 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients treated in NHS hospitals receive their treatment (a) immediately, (b) within a month and (c) within a year; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Patients (8 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: Does my right hon. Friend agree that that is excellent news and is a true vindication of Conservative policy in reducing waiting lists? On the subject of waiting lists, would she care to speculate on how long Conservative Members will have to wait for Labour Members to make up their minds on their policies for the national health service?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Family life (9 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what research his Department has undertaken into family life and Sunday church attendance in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Family life (9 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's answer. Is he aware that other research has shown that more people regularly worship in Scotland on Sundays than in England and Wales? Is he aware also that Scotland is unique in the United Kingdom, in that people are able to shop legally on Sundays in Scotland? Does my hon. Friend agree that England and Wales have a lot to learn from Scotland and that shops...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Schools (Testing) (15 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to the testing of pupils in special schools.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Special Schools (Testing) (15 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his helpful answer. However, will he concede that special schools are, by their very nature, special, and so are the children who are taught in them? Will he consider, perhaps at the meeting that we are to have later this month, placing greater emphasis on continual assessment and slightly less emphasis on exam results? But will he continue to press that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Subsidiarity (16 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to consider legislation passed since 1986 for possible amendment or repeal on the grounds of subsidiarity and unsuitability for the United Kingdom, after the Brussels European Council of December 1993.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Subsidiarity (16 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: Will my hon. Friend undertake to double and redouble his efforts to apply subsidiarity not only prospectively but retrospectively after the Brussels summit? If he finds difficulty in applying the principle retrospectively because there is no mechanism to do so, will my hon. Friend work with his European colleagues to try to find such a mechanism?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 17 June.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: Following his Cabinet meeting this morning, will my right hon. Friend unequivocally assure the House that—despite the rumours and smears from the Labour party, which preys on the fears of the most vulnerable in our society—the national health service and welfare state always were, are, and for ever will be safe in Conservative hands?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Canada (Trade) (21 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what action he is taking to improve bilateral trade between businesses based in Wales and those in Canada.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Canada (Trade) (21 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that a bilateral trade agreement exists between the United Kingdom and Ontario? Is that not especially appropriate, given the many Canadian companies that invest in Wales? Does my right hon. Friend agree that that investment is not only because of our non-signing of the social chapter, and not only because of our low inflation, our low interest rates and our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Nuclear Weapons (22 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: Does my hon. Friend agree that we also need a sub-strategic nuclear weapon? Does he not believe that for a deterrent to be effective, people such as Saddam Hussein have to believe that, if they use nuclear weapons, we have something with which to strike back?

Prayers: Children (25 Jun 1993)

Michael Fabricant: I take many of the points that the hon. Lady makes regarding soft drinks, but does she commend the Independent Television Commission for preventing in this country something that happens on a dreadful scale in the United States—the linking of cartoon films with toys that are available, the suggestion being that if a child does not have a particular toy that is shown on a cartoon there is...


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