Michael Fabricant: I have the honour to address the House for the first time, and to represent the interests of the people of Mid-Staffordshire. I follow in the footsteps of two Members of Parliament. My immediate predecessor was Sylvia Heal, who sat on the Opposition Benches. She made history with the largest swing to the Labour party since the 1930s. Many people in the House and in the constituency found her...
Michael Fabricant: Will my hon. Friend acknowledge that, sad though it is that unemployment has gone up, Britain has the lowest proportion of unemployed anywhere in the European Community, apart from Denmark, and that 2 million more people are employed than in 1983?
Michael Fabricant: My right hon. Friend will be aware that, on the restructuring of the Independent Broadcasting Authority into the Independent Television Commission and the Radio Authority, the engineering division was privatised and became National Transcommunications. Does my right hon. Friend have similar plans so to privatise BBC Engineering? Is he aware that, because the BBC produces its own programmes,...
Michael Fabricant: Is my hon. Friend aware that upward-only clauses in leases are unlawful in certain European countries?
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of overseas aid is used for the procurement overseas of British goods and services.
Michael Fabricant: Do British manufacturers derive any export benefit from multilateral aid—aid given through the European Commission or, indeed, through agencies of the United Nations?
Michael Fabricant: Is my right hon. Friend aware that despite the ever growing recession in Germany over £360 million worth of property in central London has recently been bought by German investment trusts? Is not this a demonstration, by putting their deutschmarks where their mouths are, of confidence in British economic policy?
Michael Fabricant: The figures do not add up.
Michael Fabricant: I congratulate the Chancellor on the autumn statement. Despite what the hon. Member for Birmingham, Small Heath (Mr. Godsiff) might think, I am from the real world. I will indulge the House, if I may, in the sense that, for the past 10 years, I was in manufacturing, and may be a small microcosm of the British economy. I have always maintained that it is manufacturing that made this country...
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will visit mid-Staffordshire to assess the effect of traffic on town centres.
Michael Fabricant: Is my hon. Friend aware of the huge traffic build-up that occurs when travelling north and south on the A51 through Rugeley and Brereton? Is he aware of the even more desperate need of a bypass in Stone, which is an ancient and beautiful market town?
Michael Fabricant: The hon. Lady would do credit to the BBC drama department.
Michael Fabricant: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that, in terms of programme hours and output per licence fee, the BBC is one of the most efficient broadcasting organisations in Europe? Will he also confirm that, unlike Labour Front Benchers with their scaremongering—which, incidentally, would do credit to the BBC's drama unit—the National Heritage Department has reached no firm conclusion? This is a...
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he is taking to promote tourism in Londonderry.
Michael Fabricant: Will my hon. Friend join me in paying tribute to people from all the communities in Londonderry for their hard work in regenerating the centre of that city and making it a tourist attraction? Will he also join me in paying tribute to the people of Helen's Bay, Portrush, Newcastle and all parts of Northern Ireland, and all the beautiful places that I know exist there, because I have visited...
Michael Fabricant: On a point of order, Madam Speaker.
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if she will make a further statement on the impact on employment prospects of the autumn statement proposals.
Michael Fabricant: Can my right hon. Friend confirm precisely how many new job opportunities she thinks that the autumn statement has created for unemployed people?
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 1 December.
Michael Fabricant: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the MO figure for money supply, the amount of cash flowing around in the economy, has increased by 3 per cent. this month over the same figure last year and, while not trying to allude to any botanic connection, would he agree that this is at least an encouraging sign for the economy?