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Results 1–20 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Austin Mitchell

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: This is a difficult and somewhat moving moment in which to give a final speech in Parliament, made impossible by the need to compress 38 years of thoughts into five minutes of gabble. I realised that it was time for me to go when I found that, although I was still able to ask smart questions in the Public Accounts Committee, I was totally unable to hear the answers. That made it difficult to...

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: Unfortunately, I forgot to mention the Yorkshire Post, which is Yorkshire’s national newspaper, so I would like the Minister to include it in his roll of honour.

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: It is a pleasure to stand here as the chair of the NUJ parliamentary group, but to crack a Ken Dodd joke, it is a pleasure to be standing anywhere at my age. I am delighted to support the secretary of the group, my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell), in his efforts today. He has given us a litany of decline that is striking in its impact. It has hit journalists...

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: I shall be coming to my comments on the BBC very shortly. I apologise for not responding immediately to my hon. Friend’s question. I have to have a translator, not to translate things from English into Yorkshire dialect, but because I am stone deaf. I was going to argue that there are more cheering points. Grimsby and north-east Lincolnshire, because it is a real community—unlike most...

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: There are alternative ways for the BBC to help out the newspapers financially. It now observes a requirement to buy stories from the local television stations—indeed, it has begun to buy stories from Estuary TV in my constituency. That is a good thing. There is no reason why the BBC should not buy stories from local newspaper journalists, provided that the money goes to the journalists, not...

[Sir Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — backbench business — Local Newspapers (19 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: Yes. That is the argument. It must be an additional subsidy. I must admit that when I was a television journalist, my first recourse was to steal stories from the local newspapers. There is no reason why such stories should not be developed and sold by local newspapers. We have had too great a website imperialism by the BBC. It might provide competition, but it is also taking viewers, readers...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: I will not follow the hon. Member for Braintree (Mr Newmark) into his fantasy world; the Government seem to be in danger of moving into a fantasy world where it is as if all the nation’s problems have been solved by the miraculous efforts of this Chancellor. The Budget seemed to me to be a matter of the Government moving furniture around a room in which they have just had four years of a...

Premier Motor Auctions (17 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: Will the Minister tell us what is happening about the Tomlinson report, which is a review of a series of very similar cases to this one, but concerning RBS? That demands action, too.

Premier Motor Auctions (17 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: The tale I want to tell today is an everyday story of business folk who have been robbed of their company by big banks acting in collusion with one of the big four accountancy houses—two sets of robbers, both too big to be touched by the machinery of regulation that we have. It is a story that is told several times in the Tomlinson report; those stories relate mainly to the Royal Bank of...

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day] — Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Communities and Local Government: Devolution in England (2 Mar 2015)

Austin Mitchell: I want to speak as a partial and not wildly enthusiastic supporter of the Select Committee’s report and as a very long-standing advocate for devolution. In 1974, with the late Richard Wainwright, I formed the campaign for the north, back in the days of Redcliffe-Maud, beyond recall, in a first example of the Lib-Lab pact. When the Labour Government had the Prescott proposals for regional...

Foreign Exchange Transactions (3 Feb 2015)

Austin Mitchell: I am grateful to the Minister for her reply, but the difficulties that she has posed are not insuperable—they can be overcome. A time stamp is easier with electronic trading than with other forms of trading, but it should be used in all kinds of trades, because if there is a time stamp the client has the ability to look at the price range that day. The client might not know the total...

Foreign Exchange Transactions (3 Feb 2015)

Austin Mitchell: I am most grateful for the extra three minutes, Ms Dorries. I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the important issue of the time-stamping of all customer transactions in the foreign exchange markets. Time-stamping would prevent points from being skimmed off for the profit of the bank or the dealers, which is robbing customers of millions of pounds every year. In other words, it is...

Backbench Business: Fishing Industry (11 Dec 2014)

Austin Mitchell: I beg to move, That this House has considered the fishing industry. May I first express my delight in moving this motion and opening this debate, which is a great honour? I have participated in more fishing debates in 38 years than Britain has had quota cuts in its fishing catches, and I am afraid that it has always been a long-term rearguard action to prevent the decline of fishing. Such...

Backbench Business: Fishing Industry (11 Dec 2014)

Austin Mitchell: I strongly agree with the hon. Lady. That is the danger that I want to avoid. I am inciting the Minister to fight to protect the industry in order to prevent that eventuality, because what happened to the Bristol channel must not be allowed to happen to the rest of the country. The prospects for the wider industry following the European Council meeting are gloomy indeed. The problems are...

Backbench Business: Fishing Industry (11 Dec 2014)

Austin Mitchell: That is exactly right. That is what I want to achieve, as will emerge from my speech, whether it proves to be passionate, discursive or very boring. As I have said, the problems caused by the cuts will be compounded by the discard ban, which will be unenforceable. Moreover, if fish are to be expensively dumped in landfill rather than being discarded at sea, we shall need more ports at which...

Backbench Business: Money Creation and Society (20 Nov 2014)

Austin Mitchell: I welcome this debate and congratulate hon. Friends on securing it, because we have not debated this matter for over 100 years, and it is time we did so. This House and the Government are obsessed with money and the economy, but we never debate the creation of money or credit, and we should, because, when it comes to our present economic situation and the way the banks and the economy are...

Backbench Business: Money Creation and Society (20 Nov 2014)

Austin Mitchell: The hon. Gentleman often asks tricky questions, but this one is perfectly clear-cut. The credit supply for the peripheral and old industrial parts of the economy, which include Scotland, but also Grimsby, has been totally inadequate, and the banks have been totally reluctant to invest there. I once argued for helicopter money, as Simon Jenkins has proposed, whereby we stimulate the economy by...

Backbench Business: Money Creation and Society (20 Nov 2014)

Austin Mitchell: I am sorry—I am mid-diatribe and do not want to be interrupted. It has proved possible to print money. The Americans have done it—there has been well over $1 trillion of quantitative easing in the United States. The European Central Bank is now contemplating it, as Mr Draghi casts around for desperate solutions to the stagnation that has hit the eurozone. The Japanese, surprisingly, did...

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 Oct 2014)

Austin Mitchell: I support the proposal to repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. I congratulate the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) and his colleagues on raising the issue. It seems to me that we should have much shorter Parliaments. It is possible to have fixed terms, but there has to be a right or an ability to end a Parliament in circumstances such as war, economic crisis or...

Backbench Business: Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (23 Oct 2014)

Austin Mitchell: There could be a combination of the two. That happens in Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand, there is a fixed three-year term, but the Prime Minister can call an election earlier. The Executive has to have that right and power. Most Governments work out their three-year term and do not go earlier. Some go earlier to seize a particular moment or because of an emergency. We have to give...


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