Results 1561–1580 of 1607 for speaker:Mr Richard Page

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Inflation (22 Jan 1979)

Mr Richard Page: As, unfortunately, it appears that the rate of inflation is now starting to rise again—

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Inflation (22 Jan 1979)

Mr Richard Page: I said "unfortunately". The housewives in my constituency have to pay the bills, like everyone else. As, unfortunately, it appears that the rate of inflation is now starting to rise again, can the Secretary of State tell us what the Treasury estimates are for the rate by the end of this year?

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill (18 Jan 1979)

Mr Richard Page: I shall deal only with the part of the measure which involves the National Enterprise Board. I shall leave to other hon. Members who are more directly concerned with the Development Agencies matters which involve Scotland and Wales. The NEB was unaware that such a large sum was to be proposed and I understand that it has no immediate plans for the utilisation of anything more than a part of...

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill (18 Jan 1979)

Mr Richard Page: I do not want to get on to the subject of the Government's breeding. The more they eat, the bigger they grow, and the bigger they grow the more they want. What I know for certain is that the British taxpayer is getting sick and tired of providing the lettuce. I should not mind any investment that was successful. With my industrial background, having worked on the shop floor, I have a fairly...

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill (18 Jan 1979)

Mr Richard Page: I have two comments to make on the Minister's intervention. First, I did not say "my area". I mentioned the Northern region, and I particularly referred to the university advantages, not in my area but in the Northern region. Second, it is the duty of any Member of Parliament, while this Government are throwing money around, to grab as much for his constituency as possible. That is the truth.

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill (18 Jan 1979)

Mr Richard Page: Is not that what I said? There are now over 40 companies in the NEB, and it is only right that we should carry out some comparison between the NEB and other industrial companies to measure the success of the NEB operation. There are, of course, the straight accounting difficulties of drawing direct comparisons, and my hon. Friend the Member for Arundel pointed out the difficulty of doing...

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill (18 Jan 1979)

Mr Richard Page: I take the hon. Gentleman's point. I believe that this is one of the problems with the NEB, that it is trying to be several things it should not be, and I should like to come on to the point of what I see as the real role of the NEB in our economy later. The NEB, of course, cannot provide the investment required from this sort of profitability. As I have already said, parallels with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: British Leyland (15 Jan 1979)

Mr Richard Page: asked the Secretary of State for Industry when he plans to meet the chairman of British Leyland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: British Leyland (15 Jan 1979)

Mr Richard Page: When the Minister next meets the chairman of British Leyland, will he congratulate him on the recent improvement in British Leyland's productivity and industrial relations? Will he also urge upon him, in view of British Leyland's ageing design in middle-range vehicles, that some form of evaluation should be carried out with a suitable Continental manufacturer so that its designs can possibly...

Regional Policy and Industry (12 Dec 1978)

Mr Richard Page: I congratulate the hon. Member for Rossendale (Mr. Noble) on an able speech. We may differ in our approach to the regions, but our aim is the same—to get people working and give them a better standard of living. This debate brings to mind the remarks of the hon. Member for Chester-le-Street (Mr. Radice) two Fridays ago and of the right hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Willey) a week...

Regional Policy and Industry (12 Dec 1978)

Mr Richard Page: I am just about to resume my seat.

Regional Policy and Industry (12 Dec 1978)

Mr Richard Page: I was about to sit down. The hon. Gentleman should wait to see our manifesto. He will then realise that we have a regional development policy. The Labour Party produced a manifesto over the weekend. I could throw the wish to nationalise every part of industry at the hon. Gentleman. We have had more Socialism in the last four years than ever before. Our industrial productivity has been as flat...

Regional Policy and Industry (12 Dec 1978)

Mr Richard Page: A depressed area should be given aid to bring it back to the normal level of operation of the rest of the country. It should not be given a perpetual crutch. It should receive surgery, if necessary. There should be hospital treatment, rather than condemning such an area to the geriatric ward. This is exactly what has happened in Workington. It is now coming up to levels elsewhere. It is not a...

Regional Policy and Industry (12 Dec 1978)

Mr Richard Page: Does the Minister really feel that with 1,500,000 unemployed in this country he is being progressive enough? We have an unemployment rate of 7.4 per cent. in Workington. Under the Conservatives, it was down to 5 per cent.

Regional Policy and Industry (12 Dec 1978)

Mr Richard Page: I agree that the money supply was inflated then, but since 1974 it has been running at high levels. Under the Minister's fantastic policies, production has yet to equal that of the three-day week and 1½ million are unemployed, with hundreds of thousands hidden in job creation schemes. With all the jobs created and saved, why is not unemployment down to 600,000?

Industrial Development (Northern Region) (1 Dec 1978)

Mr Richard Page: The motion before the House, as has already been pointed out, carries on directly from the debate last week on unemployment in the North. I should like to thank the hon. Member for Chester-le-Street (Mr. Radice) for curtailing his speech and thereby allowing me to make a short contribution to the debate. In the debate last week it was brutally obvious, as more and more hon. Members made...

Employment Protection (Amendment) (No. 2) (25 Jul 1978)

Mr Richard Page: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to further amend the Employment Protection Act 1975. The amendment would be to allow the extension of the initial 26-week period from starting employment to 52 weeks before the implementation of this Act. The reason behind the amendment is, bluntly, to remove any inhibition in this area which an employer may have over offering initial...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Registration (12 Jul 1978)

Mr Richard Page: In supporting the amendment, I think that we should initially consider it in a slightly broader context. At first sight, it does not seem overwhelmingly important, but if we consider it as a strand of the rope which ties the hands of our small and middle-sized businesses, we can see that it is vital to slacken the strand or to break it altogether. The small and medium business, the...

Windscale (Special Development Order) (15 May 1978)

Mr Richard Page: In this very natural follow-on to the debate on 22nd March, when some hon. Members have been able to present their views, a few of them with considerable emotion, in view of the short time available and the fact that I was lucky enough to be called in the last debate on this issue, I do not intend to spend hours talking about the problems of nuclear proliferation. I believe firmly that if a...

Orders of the Day — Iron and Steel (Amendment) Bill (11 May 1978)

Mr Richard Page: I wish to make two quick points, the first being of a general nature and the second of constituency interest, as I am one of the few Conservative Members with a steel works in their area [HON. MEMBERS: "Not for long."] We all say that sort of thing. Let us wait and see. I should welcome a General Election today to prove the point. I am fairly confident of what the result would be and maybe...


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