Results 1–20 of 6348 for speaker:Lord Foster of Bath

Environment, Local Government and Education (12 May 1992)

Don Foster: I am grateful for this opportunity to speak in the House for the first time, but I am equally grateful to the electors of Bath for giving me the opportunity to do so. I hope that right hon. and hon. Members do not think me disingenuous if I begin by paying tribute to my predecessor, Mr. Chris Patten, for whom I have considerable regard. I wish him and his family well when he takes up his new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Grant-maintained Schools (19 May 1992)

Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will set out the Government's long-term plans for the expansion of the grant-maintained schools sector.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Grant-maintained Schools (19 May 1992)

Don Foster: I am sure that the Secretary of State is well aware of anxiety throughout the country about the large number of educational changes that have taken place in recent years and the lack of consultation about them. Will he give us an assurance that there will be adequate time for consultation on the new legislation that he proposes? Furthermore, will he give an assurance that consultation will...

Clause 2: Increasing Non-Domestic Rates (2 Jun 1992)

Don Foster: I do not know whether the Minister did it deliberately, but he certainly misrepresented the comments made by my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Jones) when he moved the amendment. My hon. Friend made it clear that we welcome the moves that the Government are making to give support to businesses and in particular to small businesses. My hon. Friend's amendment seeks to increase...

Science and Technology (11 Jun 1992)

Don Foster: Like many other Members, I begin by congratulating the right hon. Member for Bristol, West (Mr. Waldegrave) on his appointment as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. I also very much welcome the establishment of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Hon. Members may not be aware that, although I live close to my constituency of Bath, I do not live in it but in Bristol, so the...

Science and Technology (11 Jun 1992)

Don Foster: That is right; I retract my remark—but at least both admitted that they had got to the end of the book. I would far prefer to have debated with them the way in which Tycho Brahe lost his nose or the activities of James Prescott Joule on his honeymoon—both make interesting stories. I was interested in the speech of the hon. Member for Motherwell, South (Dr. Bray). It was constructive and...

Science and Technology (11 Jun 1992)

Don Foster: People in the faculty of engineering in the university in the Chancellor of the Duchy's constituency have problems about the continuity of research funds. I do not claim to be an expert, but I understand that one of the problems is that research council funding cannot be continued for more than a year. There is also a problem about carrying forward deficits and surpluses. I hope that the...

Science and Technology (11 Jun 1992)

Don Foster: I am grateful for that example. The Chancellor of the Duchy spoke about initiatives that he proposes. I am glad that he is to implement a commitment in the Conservative manifesto about the intermediate centres. That was dealt with in the Liberal Democrat manifesto in slightly different language. We call them regional technology transfer centres, but the principle is the same. I hope that he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Local Management of Schools (23 Jun 1992)

Don Foster: Many schools in my constituency are in budgetary difficulties because of a 4 per cent. budget cut brought about by poll-tax-capping legislation. According to the county treasurer's estimate, there will be a 10 per cent. cut next year. What advice does the Secretary of State give those schools?

Adjournment (Summer) (9 Jul 1992)

Don Foster: I congratulate the hon. Member for High Peak (Mr. Hendry) on what I, too, thought was an excellent maiden speech. However, he suggested that many hon. Members had not visited High Peak. My parents lived and worked in his constituency for many years and I had the opportunity to visit it on many occasions. While I accept the way in which he extolled the beauty of his constituency, I am not...

Orders of the Day — Education (Assisted Places) (15 Jul 1992)

Don Foster: In view of the way in which the debate has ranged widely, it is important to state that Liberal Democrats have no antipathy per se to the independent sector. We are more than willing to discuss ways in which the state and independent sectors could work together. I was interested to hear what the hon. Member for Dartford (Mr. Dunn) said about the possibility of the independent sector making a...

Orders of the Day — Education (Assisted Places) (15 Jul 1992)

Don Foster: I am grateful to the Minister. We have heard it already. In view of the fact that we are expected to support the large real terms increase contained in the order, it seems perfectly proper before we do so to question whether the scheme has been successful, according to the conditions originally laid down for it, and whether it has provided value for money. As other hon. Members have said,...

Orders of the Day — Education (Assisted Places) (15 Jul 1992)

Don Foster: I am grateful for the intervention because it suggests that the hon. Member for Bristol, North-West (Mr. Stern) does not support many of the detailed schemes that the Government have introduced. The Government have told us that the only way to assess success in schools is through a complex testing and reporting of results procedure. Clearly the hon. Gentleman does not support his Front-Bench...

Orders of the Day — Education (Assisted Places) (15 Jul 1992)

Don Foster: indicated dissent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teachers' Pay and Conditions (20 Oct 1992)

Don Foster: Does the Secretary of State accept that his attitude towards teachers' pay and his many other recent attacks on teachers are lowering the morale of the teaching profession? What is his reaction to the comments made in an allegedly confidential document from the Conservative research department which, referring to the Secretary of State, spoke of Too much 'fire and brimstone' and ill-defined...

Petitions: Land Travel (28 Oct 1992)

Don Foster: As the hon. Gentleman will know, Land Travel's headquarters were in my constitu-ency. Many hon. Members will know that many people in my constituency have suffered because of the collapse of the company—not only customers but employees of Land Travel. I hope that the hon. Gentleman shares my pleasure at the fact that a number of former employees of Land Travel who were in no way implicated...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (9 Nov 1992)

Don Foster: May I begin, even in his absence, by congratulating the Secretary of State on delivering a speech which at least he enjoyed? Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it and I suspect that many people who are truly concerned about education would not have done so. I far preferred the measured speech of the hon. Member for City of Durham (Mr. Steinberg).

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (9 Nov 1992)

Don Foster: I thought he might. The Bill is the 17th education measure that the Government have introduced in the past 13 years. One gets the impression that the Tory approach is, "We shall keep on trying and might get it right one day." I believe that the Bill fails to get it right, and I hope to explain why I so believe. I also hope to deal with one or two of the points that the Secretary of State...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (9 Nov 1992)

Don Foster: I have already said that I will turn to the points raised by the Secretary of State in a few minutes. I will pick up that point if the hon. Gentleman will wait a few moments. As we understand it, the Secretary of State has received hundreds of responses to the White Paper. I and many other hon. Members have received copies of many of those responses, which make interesting reading. The hon....

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (10 Nov 1992)

Don Foster: I thought that I had responded to the accusation made in the Secretary of State's opening remarks on that point. He referred to an article that appeared in a local newspaper in my constituency. I hope that the Minister will now accept that that newspaper reported only the first half of my remarks, which are totally consistent with the policy document to which he subsequently referred—that...

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