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Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Information in Connection with Proposals for Abolition of Authorities (22 May 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: I shall not give way. I remind hon. Members that Ken Livingstone, when he was advocating the abolition of the GLC in 1979, said that it was not only because he did not believe that two tiers of local government were necessary, but because I think it would have been a major saving and would have released massive resources which could have been put to far more productive use and I think that...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Information in Connection with Proposals for Abolition of Authorities (22 May 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: I shall give way in a moment. Bearing in mind the commitment that has been stressed by GLC members to preventing abolition, there is doubt that the GLC will co-operate in providing information to the Secretary of State, unless it and its officers are statutorily obliged to do so. Most of us who have been involved with the GLC appreciate that the Labour administration thrives on gimmicks. The...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Information in Connection with Proposals for Abolition of Authorities (22 May 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: The answer to the intervention by the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) is that his case—

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Information in Connection with Proposals for Abolition of Authorities (22 May 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: The will is there. If I cannot answer the hon. Gentleman now, perhaps I shall have an opportunity to do so at another time. I assure him that I have answers. For example, I draw attention to the agenda for the GLC's full council meeting, which is taking place today at county hall. It contains a motion for debate tabled by the Conservative opposition relating to the purchase of properties by...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Information in Connection with Proposals for Abolition of Authorities (22 May 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: The argument that I am adducing will become clear to Labour Members as I proceed. I am illustrating a point that is very relevant to the amendment that is before the Committee. The Conservative opposition on the GLC has tabled a motion for debate this afternoon relating to the purchase of properties by the GLEB, a body that was set up by the GLC. It would appear that the GLEB is building up...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Information in Connection with Proposals for Abolition of Authorities (22 May 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am relating my remarks to the argument that information should be made available. If Labour Members will stop interrupting me and allow me to continue, they will see how relevant my argument is. The GLEB is building up a massive land bank with the assistance of generous mortgages from the GLC and to date the GLEB has spent £13·774 million on acquiring 28 sites. From where did that money come?

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Information in Connection with Proposals for Abolition of Authorities (22 May 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: The point will become clear to Labour Members — I am sure that my hon. Friends already appreciate it—if they will allow me to to proceed. None of the facts that I am giving was made public, and that is why my argument relates to the need for information to be made available. From where did the GLEB get the money for those purchases? It came from the GLC in the form of mortgages. It is...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Information in Connection with Proposals for Abolition of Authorities (22 May 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: Thank you, Miss Boothroyd. I am coming to the end of my speech. All the property transactions to which I referred were, until recently, covered by confidential classifications. In fact, the confidentiality of the relevant reports was lifted only last week after the Conservative GLC opposition raised the matter in a motion for debate on the full council agenda to draw attention to the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (3 Dec 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: I speak as an hon. Member who has many constituents who work in Greater London and as the only Conservative Member who is still a serving member of the GLC, to which I was first elected in 1977. There have been quite a few changes on the GLC since 1977. One of the most interesting is the Pauline conversion of Ken Livingstone. What has persuaded the man who called for the abolition of the GLC...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (3 Dec 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: The majority of GLC Conservative members support the abolition of the GLC as it stands. Secondly, I have already qualified the £4,000 per job which Mr. Livingstone quoted. The cost is well over £16,000. The GLC's extraordinary attitude to jobs is further highlighted by its attempt to impose a lorry ban at night and weekends in London. In Broxbourne a large number of people are employed in...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (3 Dec 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: I shall give way in a moment. The antics of the GLC women's committee have been well documented in the press. The same criticisms—the lack of statutory responsibility for such a body and the huge sums that are being spent with no conceivable benefits—can be made. Unfortunately, the story does not stop there.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (3 Dec 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: I remind the hon. Gentleman that four GLC Labour members caused by-elections but that only 25 per cent. of the electorate bothered to turn out to vote. Because the GLC has so little to do, even the committees that have some statutory purpose have tried to extend their areas of activity beyond what is normally considered to be the province of local government. At the same time, the level of...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (3 Dec 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: rose—

Estimates Day: County Hospital, Lea Valley (18 Dec 1984)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am grateful for the opportunity to put the case for a new county hospital in the Lea Valley area of Hertfordshire. I shall preface my argument by saying that in my constituency there are no hospital beds for a population of 86,954 in 1981, projected to rise to about 91,000 in 1991. Health care provision for the area is distorted by this simple fact, and it makes proper care for the region...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: NHS (Expenditure Plans) (12 Feb 1985)

Mrs Marion Roe: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by how much, in real terms, the Government's spending plans for the National Health Service in the next three years have increased since 1979, and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: NHS (Expenditure Plans) (12 Feb 1985)

Mrs Marion Roe: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for his reply. Have the Government made any real cuts in capital expenditure on the National Health Service?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Dutch Horticulture Industry (14 Feb 1985)

Mrs Marion Roe: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made in attempts to prevent the Dutch Government from subsidising its horticulture industry through cheap gas prices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Dutch Horticulture Industry (14 Feb 1985)

Mrs Marion Roe: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his reply, but will he accept that the reintroduction of preferential gas prices for Dutch growers has been a matter of concern to United Kingdom glasshouse growers? Even if it is halted now, a competitive advantage, particularly against the long-season protected crop producer, will have been gained by the Dutch during the winter months because of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Mar 1985)

Mrs Marion Roe: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 5 March.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Mar 1985)

Mrs Marion Roe: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, out of a total of 32 London boroughs, only seven councils supported the Labour GLC in its threat to approve an illegal budget on Thursday? Will she join the majority of Londoners in urging all Labour GLC councillors in their deliberations this afternoon on the estimates to adjust the GLC budget so that it does not exceed the limits set down by the Government?


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