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Orders of the Day — The Economy (13 May 1992)

Gordon Prentice: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me for this, my first speech in the Chamber. It is an honour and a privilege to represent the people of Pendle, which is in north-east Lancashire. The constituency has been represented by good democratic socialists. It takes in the former seat of Nelson and Colne, which was held by Sydney Silverman for 23 years. He is still fondly remembered in the...

Petitions: Land Travel (28 Oct 1992)

Gordon Prentice: I shall concentrate on one aspect of the matter, the role of the insurance company, General Accident. This whole affair is a story of fraud and deception in which thousands of people, including many of my constituents, had their holiday dreams shattered. People such as Mr. and Mrs. Dalby of Carleton Road in Colne lost £500 of their hard-earned money. They were conned into believing that the...

Autumn Statement (18 Nov 1992)

Gordon Prentice: My constituency has a greater percentage of people employed in manufacturing than that of any other hon. Member. I shall return to that. The Chancellor said that the autumn statement is all about confidence, but people in my constituency and elsewhere will see it for what it is—a confidence trick. There have been so many promises of recovery and so many false dawns that nothing that the...

Autumn Statement (18 Nov 1992)

Gordon Prentice: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. You will gather that I feel strongly about this issue. Ordinary people will pay for the mistakes of the Conservatives. I see Tories snigger. They will probably find some way to twist the issue of Government borrowing. The PSBR of £44 billion comes from a party that in April told the British people that the implementation of the Labour party's manifesto...

Autumn Statement (18 Nov 1992)

Gordon Prentice: Is it rubbish? Work on civil airlines has been transferred from Hatfield to Taiwan. They should tell people in Hatfield about the transfer of technology.

Autumn Statement (18 Nov 1992)

Gordon Prentice: I agree that there has been an improvement with cars, but that is generated by Japanese companies, not indigenous United Kingdom companies. What about consumer durables such as washing machines? What about shipbuilding? Can Tory Members find something to laugh about a shipbuilding industry that has plummeted? What about cameras? Can they laugh about the motorcycle industry, the bus industry...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (14 Jan 1993)

Gordon Prentice: Even when countries operate under the rules, is it not the case that there may be circumstances in which the member states may decide that the rules do not apply? In the case of fines, the word "may" is used throughout the protocol.

Redundancies (Pendle) (20 Jan 1993)

Gordon Prentice: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 20, for the purpose of discussing an urgent and important matter, namely, the 574 redundancies announced in Pendle yesterday. Smith and Nephew is one of the largest employers in Pendle. Yesterday's decision to sack 574 people will reduce the work force by half in an area in which unemployment levels are already...

Remaining Private Members' Bills: Standard Spending Assessment (22 Jan 1993)

Gordon Prentice: No, my hon. Friend is thinking of my wife, the hon. Member for Lewisham, East (Mrs. Prentice).

Local Government Finance (England) (3 Feb 1993)

Gordon Prentice: I thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to follow the speech by the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr. Gill). I shall not take long, as I am conscious that many of my hon. Friends wish to speak in this debate. The hon. Member for Ludlow spent a great deal of time regaling the House with his difficulties in understanding the documents before us. I hope that I shall be able...

Local Government Finance (England) (3 Feb 1993)

Gordon Prentice: The member of Hammersmith and Fulham council who introduced it to loan swaps was Mr. Kim Howe, a Conservative leader of the council in 1981–82. If the hon. Gentleman wants to know the history of loan swaps in Hammersmith and Fulham, he should read the independent report, commissioned by the council and written by Mr. Van Veeder QC. It completely exonerates all Labour members of any...

Roads (Investment) (4 Feb 1993)

Gordon Prentice: While many people in the north-west will welcome the statement about the extension of the M65 from Blackburn to the M6, can the Secretary of State take the opportunity to end damaging speculation about the possible extension of the M65 eastwards over the Pennines? He will appreciate that it finishes in Colne in my constituency and that that has sterilised many acres of land there for far too long.

Royal Taxation (11 Feb 1993)

Gordon Prentice: Is the Prime Minister aware that the average inheritance in my constituency is £13,000, and that many people in Pendle will look askance at the special arrangements for inheritance that he has suggested today? Will the right hon. Gentleman compile an inventory showing which goods belong to the state and which belong to the monarch? No such inventory exists at present.

Business of the House (18 Feb 1993)

Gordon Prentice: Following the Prime Minister's statement last week on royal taxation, is there not a case for an early debate on that important matter? Is the Leader of the House aware that Prince Edward told my local paper, the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, that speculation about the extent of royal wealth, to the tune of £6·5 billion, was "absolute crap". Is there not a case for an urgent debate to shed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Mar 1993)

Gordon Prentice: Does the Prime Minister agree that the revelation that the Director General of the BBC has been avoiding tax on a massive scale leaves a very nasty taste in the month? Does he further agree that John Birt should pay back to the Inland Revenue all the tax avoided in his period as deputy director general?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Public Expenditure Reviews (4 Mar 1993)

Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria were used to select the four Government Departments to be included in the public expenditure reviews.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Public Expenditure Reviews (4 Mar 1993)

Gordon Prentice: Is there not a case, notwithstanding "Options for Change", for including defence in the public expenditure reviews, especially since the Financial Times tells us that this economically battered nation spends 4 per cent. of its gross domestic product on defence, compared with 3·4 per cent. by France and 2·2 per cent. by Germany? Is there not a case for the Government paying heed to the...

Textile Industry (Lancashire) (5 Mar 1993)

Gordon Prentice: I hope that you will bear with me, Mr. Deputy Speaker, because my voice is somewhat fragile. I shall begin with a story of our times. On 19 January, Smith and Nephew, one of Pendle's largest employers, announced that it was laying off 574 people and pulling out of cotton spilling, gauze weaving and denim production. That decision means that the United Kingdom will no longer make denim. That...

Textile Industry (Lancashire) (5 Mar 1993)

Gordon Prentice: Does the Minister accept that although productivity is important, the overall size of the industry is also critical? The textile industry is contracting to such an extent that we are losing the critical mass necessary for it to remain viable.

Orders of the Day — National Health Service (Charges) (15 Mar 1993)

Gordon Prentice: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.


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