Results 181–200 of 1060 for speaker:Mr George Stevenson

Mine Shafts (7 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: A press release issued by the Minister for Industry and Energy in December 1993 clearly said that home owners would be entitled to investigations to establish the status of the mine shafts and, in some circumstances, the cost of making them safe. Will the Minister give an assurance that that will happen, because the Coal Authority is refusing to do anything of the sort?

Mine Shafts (7 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: rose—

Mine Shafts (7 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I apologise for interjecting like this but, with respect to the Minister, my concern is increasing. He said that he would try to help us and our constituents, but so far he has not done so. He talks about possible responses and how the Law Society's 1991 guidelines are being adhered to. For the first time, those guidelines mention 20 m. He will recall that I gave two instances of responses to...

Mine Shafts (7 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: On the Minister's proposed liaison, as I think he called it, with the Coal Authority, the mind boggles. However, when that happens, will he mention the Law Society guidelines of 1991, which for the first time mentioned a radius of 20 m, and the fact—I shall provide the Minister with copies—that I have in my hand two searches from the Coal Authority dated 1995 that make no mention of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (8 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: When the Secretary of State has discussions with our European Union partners, will he raise the issue of the agrimonetary system? The Secretary of State will know that a significant proportion of the 6 per cent. increase in farm incomes is a result of the devaluation of sterling and the agrimonetary system. What specific proposals does the Secretary of State have in mind to reform that...

Business of the House (15 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: In view of the recent opinion poll showing that 63 per cent. of the population blame the Government for the housing crisis, and the Shelter report that 700,000 people have lost their homes due to repossessions since 1985, will the Leader of the House provide a debate in Government time to discuss what can only be described as a national scandal presided over by the Government of which he is a...

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Costs of Holding Certain Inquiries etc. (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: As my hon. Friends have said, the amendment seeks to restrict the Government's undoubted ability and intention to increase the standard daily amount so that that can be done only once a year. I could not help wondering what the Government's attitude would be if the roles were reversed. If local authorities sought to impose charges on the Government as and when they wanted, what would the...

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Costs of Holding Certain Inquiries etc. (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: —as my hon. Friend suggests, shock, horror. I suspect, in fact I know, that the Government would say, "You can't do that." If local authorities were legally entitled to do it we would see a phalanx of Ministers on the Government Front Bench pressing us to change the law to stop those awful authorities. That would undoubtedly happen if the roles were reversed, so why do the Government find...

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Costs of Holding Certain Inquiries etc. (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: They have not thought about any of this. 8.15 pm We must dig deeper, and consider what the standard daily amounts are. They represent all the administrative costs, both direct and indirect, of the public inquiry. When we pressed the Under-Secretary of State in Committee about what the costs might be, we were all impressed by his silence—because silence was what we got. All that we could...

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Costs of Holding Certain Inquiries etc. (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I agree with my hon. Friend. In the light of the Government's intransigence in the matter, the amendment seeks to find a middle way. They will not tell us in any detail what the costs are likely to be. They have extended the scope of the costs because the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which the Bill seeks to amend, referred only to recoverable costs covering remuneration and allowances....

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Short Title, Interpretation, Financial Provision, and Extent (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: May I add my congratulations to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker? Of all the concerns that we have about the Government's proposals, this part of the Bill is the one that causes us the most concern. It is potentially the most dangerous part of the Bill, because it concerns the whole aspect of retrospection. By introducing the legislation in this way, the Government have acknowledged per se that ...

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Short Title, Interpretation, Financial Provision, and Extent (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I am glad that, after three minutes of my speech, I have apparently converted the Minister to the point that we want to make. I am extremely grateful for that intervention, because I cannot remember such a reaction from the Minister during all the hours we spent in Committee on this important point. I am extremely grateful for that intervention, as it encourages me to make some further...

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Short Title, Interpretation, Financial Provision, and Extent (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: In reply to the Minister's sedentary intervention, hon. Members would not need to believe me, because they are the Minister's words, not mine. He said that the Government are seeking retrospection because they do not want to be unfair to local authorities. The Minister is unique among his colleagues in holding that view. Of the army of Ministers who are masquerading under the collective term...

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Short Title, Interpretation, Financial Provision, and Extent (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Minister is the only Minister who does not want to be unfair to local authorities, and I agree with him. The local authorities are telling the Minister that they do not want retrospection. When my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz) spoke earlier about local government organisations, such as the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, I...

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Short Title, Interpretation, Financial Provision, and Extent (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: It is no good the Minister shaking his head, because those are the very words that he used. He said that local authorities do not want it. Now he says that they are okay and tells us not to worry; but where is the queue? I should like to know where my own local authority, Stoke-on-Trent city council, is in the queue. Is it second, third, hundredth or fiftieth? Where is it? I have checked: it...

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Short Title, Interpretation, Financial Provision, and Extent (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: The Minister says that no additional burden is proposed for local authorities. Does he accept that the scope of charges under the Bill is far wider than the scope contained in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990? If he confirms that, how can he argue that there is no additional financial burden?

Town and Country Planning (Costs of Enquiries etc.) Bill: Short Title, Interpretation, Financial Provision, and Extent (20 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I am sure that his predecessor would have done so.

New clause 8: Coal Authority Responsibility in Relation to Water from Abandoned Mines (27 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I shall make three brief arguments in support of the new clauses. First, I too represent a region that has had a mine tradition for many years and has suffered from industrial pollution and damage as a result of mining activity. Were it not for clear legislation, a district such as the Potteries would not have the clean air that it has today. The position regarding minewater is similar. My...

New clause 3: Departure directions (29 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: A golden assurance.

New clause 3: Departure directions (29 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: When we attempted in Committee to convince the Minister of the merits of the issues in new clause 3 and amendment No. 4, it would be fair to say that his general view was that he did not want to burden the Bill with details and minutiae. We tried to convince him that the issues were not details or minutiae but important principles. Although we accepted his argument that we were clearly not...


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