Results 81–100 of 907 for speaker:Dr Jim Marshall

Business of the House (28 Jan 1999)

Dr Jim Marshall: Will my right hon. Friend try to ensure that we have a full three hours for the debate on the revenue support grant settlement for England on Thursday of next week? Will she seek to discourage those of my right hon. and hon. Friends who merely wish to congratulate the Government from participating in the debate, so that those of us who have serious concerns about the settlement are able to speak?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Fairness at Work White Paper (21 Jan 1999)

Dr Jim Marshall: Does my hon. Friend accept that many family members work in companies that employ fewer than 20 people and that, in some cases, those are among the worst employers in the country? In view of that, will he give further thought to reducing the number of employees in a company who are excluded from the provisions of the proposed legislation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: St. Helena (19 Jan 1999)

Dr Jim Marshall: Is my hon. Friend alluding to the charge that many of us made against the then Government, that in 1981 the citizens of St. Helena and other dependent territories were treated cynically as pawns, to ensure that that Government did not face continuing embarrassment over large influxes into the United Kingdom of residents of Hong Kong when Britain was negotiating the handover of that territory?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Tobacco (15 Dec 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: I declare an interest as a smoker. Although I welcome the Government's proposals, I am sceptical about their likely success. If the Government are serious about curbing smoking, why do not they adopt a fiscal approach and massively increase the price of cigarettes, so that people cannot afford to buy them? The Government could also levy a windfall tax on the tobacco companies, so that they...

European Union (3 Dec 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way on the point about British leadership in that particular field. I refer to British leadership in another field, which he did not mention when he referred to the agenda for the Vienna Heads of Government meeting—the common foreign and security policy. Continental Europe is alight with views about what the Government and my right hon....

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (24 Nov 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: I shall not follow the path trodden not so lightly by the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (Sir M. Spicer), who seems bemused and obsessed by conspiracy theories. I have my own doubts about the relationship between the Prime Minister and the Liberal Democrats, but they do not resonate with the hon. Gentleman's views. I join others in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (24 Nov 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: The House will be pleased to know that the houses involved have now been pulled down, so none of it is likely to occur again. I agree with everything that my right hon. Friend the Member for South Shields said about the freedom of information legislation. I am sorry that it did not appear this time, and I hope that the Government will honour their commitment to introduce it in next year's...

Business of the House (29 Oct 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: Does my right hon. Friend recall that, some time ago, the Modernisation Committee reported on the need to improve the scrutiny of European legislation, both within the House as a whole and within its specific Committees? Can she give a firm undertaking that those recommendations will be debated on the Floor of the House before this Session ends so that they can come into effect in the next...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Social Chapter (29 Oct 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: Do not those three directives represent a small increase in protection for people in the workplace? Could not that protection be better obtained by enhancing the role of trade unions in the workplace? Will my hon. Friend go a little further than the Secretary of State and confirm that there will be no significant alterations to the principles outlined in the "Fairness at Work" White Paper?

Business of the House (22 Oct 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: Has my right hon. Friend seen the words attributed to the Prime Minister this week on the European Union and defence? If she has, could she explain in greater detail than was given in the press what he had in mind on that relationship? If she cannot do that now, could she encourage him to come to the House to flesh out his ideas so that ordinary Members of Parliament can hear his views, and...

Business of the House (30 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: May I welcome my right hon. Friend to her new position? When she is thinking about business for next Session, will she consider the possibility of holding a series of debates, preferably opened by the Prime Minister, to give the House an opportunity to debate the performance of each Government Department? I do not wish to cause my right hon. Friend any embarrassment, but will she ensure that...

Immigration and Asylum (27 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: May I welcome my right hon. Friend's statement in general, but make two specific points? The Home Secretary has already made it clear that there will be a right of appeal and a charge for visitors. What will the charge be, and does he intend to cover the cost of the appeal system through a charge on visitors who appeal? My second point relates to asylum seekers. My right hon. Friend appears...

Immigration and Asylum (27 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: I have not seen the White Paper yet.

NATO Enlargement (17 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for not allowing my perhaps over-long intervention on the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) to prejudice your judgment as to who should follow him. I am grateful. I share the concern expressed by hon. Members on both sides of the House about the nature of the ratification process for the protocols and treaties. I hope that the Modernisation...

NATO Enlargement (17 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: You are quite right, Mr. Deputy Speaker; nor do the hon. Gentleman's remarks have any relevance to the point that I am making.

NATO Enlargement (17 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: I am grateful for that information. I realise that shadow Ministers, as well as real Ministers, have appointments that they have to keep; however, I pointed out the absence of shadow Ministers today because it shows the degree of importance that the Opposition attach to the subject of our debate. Many of us have important things to be doing elsewhere in the United Kingdom today. I am sure...

NATO Enlargement (17 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: As I was saying, I have been a member of CND most of my adult life. One of my criticisms of NATO was its undue emphasis on the possible use of nuclear weapons. I still hold that view, and I do not intend to apologise for that to the House or to the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis). Nevertheless, there is no doubt that NATO has been one of the most successful military and...

NATO Enlargement (17 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: The hon. Gentleman mentioned the possible entry of the Baltic states into the European Union. He said that they would automatically enter the WEU. I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence will correct that impression. It does not work that way around. It has become a precondition of entry into the WEU that a member state of the European Union must also be a...

NATO Enlargement (17 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: I apologise. I hope that it will be sooner rather than later. Perhaps we could alter the rules so that entry into the EU would mean automatic entry into the WEU.

NATO Enlargement (17 Jul 1998)

Dr Jim Marshall: I am listening to my right hon. Friend with great interest. He places great credibility on the military input of the three new countries to NATO. I ask him to back-pedal a little on that proposition, because the contribution of those nations to the campaign in Bosnia is currently the total contribution that they will be able to make to NATO's future defence. Will my right hon. Friend...

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