Results 2821–2836 of 2836 for speaker:Mike Gapes

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (2 Dec 1992)

Mike Gapes: Does my right hon. Friend agree that his definition of federal is different from that of the Italians, Spaniards and Germans? Government in Germany is greatly decentralised and the system was introduced with the support of the British and other occupation forces and the British trade union movement. That system was designed to be internally decentralised. Does he also agree that many people...

European Communities (Amendment) Bill (4 Nov 1992)

Mike Gapes: Does the Prime Minister agree that the declaration adopted at Birmingham stated that there could be no change to the Maastricht treaty? If so, how can the Prime Minister argue that the Danish position has been made clear, when the Danish Government are arguing for a legally binding change? How can there be a legally binding change that will satisfy the needs of the Danish people while. at the...

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Appeals Bill (2 Nov 1992)

Mike Gapes: In my maiden speech in May. I pledged to fight against the reintroduction of the discriminatory, racist and unjust asylum proposals that had been introduced in the previous Parliament. I regret, having read the Bill in detail, that there arc so many bad clauses and ill-thought-out proposals in it. My constituency contains a large number of people whose parents or grandparents came as refugees...

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Appeals Bill (2 Nov 1992)

Mike Gapes: No. We must work for a more democratic and accountable Community. We must give more powers to this Parliament and the European Parliament so that they can resist bureaucrats, unelected officials and Ministers who choose to hide behind decisions taken in secret by saying that the result is not their responsibility. We must have democratic accountability. Instead, the Government propose that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pre-school Education (20 Oct 1992)

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what is the national average of the proportion of three and four-year-olds in pre-school education in each local educational authority area; and what is the figure for Redbridge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pre-school Education (20 Oct 1992)

Mike Gapes: Information that I obtained from the Library shows that in the current year the Government are giving nearly £745 for every three and four-year-old in Redbridge—yet the figures that the Minister just provided reveal that Redbridge, which is controlled by a Conservative council, has a deplorable record by comparison with the average local education authority. When will the Government ensure...

Prayers: United Nations Operations (25 Sep 1992)

Mike Gapes: Contrary to what an American academic said a few years ago, history is not dead; it is back with a vengeance. What we see in the former Yugoslavia is due to historic animosities and feuds, but I regret to say that it has also been contributed to by the mistakes of a number of countries in Europe and internationally. I want the Minister to explain why, if 11 European Community countries are...

Prayers: United Nations Operations (25 Sep 1992)

Mike Gapes: Yes, I prefer an honest answer to a dishonest answer. But there must be clear monitoring of the situation so that we know the facts and can have a full debate in the House before we go down the slippery slope of 20,000, 30,000, 50,000 or 100,000 British troops being deployed as part of the massive force that might be needed to contain the conflict.

Prayers: United Nations Operations (25 Sep 1992)

Mike Gapes: Has the Foreign Secretary seen the Financial Times today? It contains a report that the Croations are seizing territory in the south-west of Bosnia and preparing its partition. The Foreign Secretary has not mentioned that issue—will he comment on it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Employment, Greater London (7 Jul 1992)

Mike Gapes: Does the Minister agree that unemployment in London continues to rise week by week and day by day? Does he accept that the Government are responsible for that? Is it not time that they stopped saying that they can do nothing about it and started to take action to put people back to work?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Recession (10 Jun 1992)

Mike Gapes: To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he next plans to meet representatives of the south-east CBI to discuss the effects of the recession on industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Recession (10 Jun 1992)

Mike Gapes: Why, given the jobs crisis in the south-east, has the Minister no such meetings planned? In view of the crisis in docklands and especially in Canary Wharf, the difficulties with the channel tunnel project and his so-called initiatives for east London corridors—we do not hear much about them at the moment—why is he doing nothing to deal with the serious jobs crisis in my constituency,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EC Presidency (3 Jun 1992)

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government proposes to do during its presidency of the Council of Ministers of the European Community.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EC Presidency (3 Jun 1992)

Mike Gapes: In view of the Danish people's rejection of the Maastricht treaty, which they clearly saw as more about a bankers' Europe than a people's or social Europe, what proposals will the Government bring forward to amend the treaty to get rid of the excessively restrictive monetarist provisions such as the 3 per cent. budget deficit proviso? Will the Foreign Secretary also accept his...

Foreign Affairs (8 May 1992)

Mike Gapes: I congratulate you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, on your appointment. You are new to your post and I am new to the House. As a new Member, I was given advice by some of my colleagues. Some people said, "You should try to be non-controversial, but then you risk being boring." Other people said, "You should try to be controversial, but then you risk being interrupted." I hope that I shall strike a...


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