Results 21–40 of 1060 for speaker:Mr George Stevenson

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Sheep Regime (5 Nov 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Secretary of State accept that, along with problems concerning sheep, the oilseeds regime is a big problem? Does he realise that if the European Community were to accept the GATT panel ruling relating to the oilseeds regime, progress on the GATT negotiations generally might be possible?

Autumn Statement (18 Nov 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: The autumn statement can rightly be described as containing very small crumbs of little comfort. It should have been about reversing our industrial and economic decline and establishing a structure for long-term growth. In reality, it continues to destroy credibility and it certainly does not hold out the prospects for an improvement in confidence. The main reason is that the Government have...

Sunday Trading (26 Nov 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Home Secretary give us a little more information about employee protection? His qualifications following his initial statement about employee protection will fill many people with anxiety. We need an assurance that employee protection will be absolutely guaranteed. Furthermore, what is the Home Secretary's view on the position of local authorities like Stoke-on-Trent, which have...

Revenue Support Grant (England) (26 Nov 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: The Secretary of State claims that the council tax is fair. Is he aware that its relief provisions for disabled people are grossly unfair, because someone in the top band can claim relief for disablement, taking him down to the next lowest band, but there is no band into which someone who is in the bottom band can fall? The right hon. and learned Gentleman's proposals and the council tax...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Steel Production (2 Dec 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the prospects for steel production in 1992 and in 1993; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Steel Production (2 Dec 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Is the Minister aware that his response will be seen as another example of the Government's attitude towards industry, which reeks of complacency? In the light of the recent statement by the chairman of British Steel that up to 50,000 additional jobs could be lost as a result of this Government-inspired recession and of the dumping of cheap steel imports, especially from eastern Europe, into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Training Board (3 Dec 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: In the light of that response, should not the question posed be not so much about core funding for the board in central England but whether or not the boards have a future? Given the Government's negative response in respect of wages councils and similar bodies, will the Minister give a commitment that ATBs will continue with Government support, even if core funding is changed?

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Citizens Charter (15 Feb 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the Minister accept that, despite the citizens charter, many people who rely on the activities —or inactivities—of the Benefits Agency are suffering badly because of its inefficiency? Because of that serious problem, will the Minister undertake urgently to review the provision of compensation for those who are adversely affected by that inadequate service? Will he report to the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Coal Review (17 Mar 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the President of the Board of Trade realise that hardly anyone in the country does not believe that his major preoccupation is trying to cobble together a deal to get out of the hole that he has dug for himself? Will he take this opportunity to reject claims that he has not taken fully into account the reports from the Select Committees on Trade and Industry and on Employment in his...

Coal Industry (25 Mar 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the right hon. Gentleman understand that as a result of today's announcement, which must be described as one of the greatest examples of industrial butchery that the country has ever seen, he will qualify his nickname of Tarzan to become the political equivalent of Hannibal Lecter? He never mentioned the unemployment that will be created when the measures contained in the statement are...

Points of Order (29 Mar 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. You referred to the official documents being presented to the House. The Secretary of State laid considerable emphasis on article 30 of the treaty of Rome. Article 31 of the treaty requires lists of products and services that are subject to quantitative restrictions to be agreed by member states. I have checked with the Library. No such list is available. I...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (30 Mar 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the fourth resource among the elements of resource that member states contribute to the financing of the Community is a percentage of VAT receipts? As member states increase their VAT receipts, they increase their contributions to the Community. Accordingly, does he agree that that fourth resource should not be expanded—[Interruption.]—by the decision of...

Agricultural Prices (31 Mar 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: The motion asks us to take note of the prices … and on related measures, 1993–94: and supports the Government's intention to negotiate an outcome … that will take account of the interests of United Kingdom producers and consumers, builds upon the 1992 Common Agricultural Policy reforms,". I read that out purposely, because we need to examine carefully exactly what we are building on....

Agricultural Prices (31 Mar 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: rose—

Agricultural Prices (31 Mar 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: Forgive me, Mr. Deputy Speaker, if I say that the Minister is obviously bored to tears. That is obvious from his presentation. He referred to the unanimous agreement of the Council to allow the French Government to subsidise its sheep producers, and then he related that to the way in which we were capturing more of the French market. Surely the logic of that is that if we capture even more of...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: National Insurance (1 Apr 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Minister confirm that the proposed increases in national insurance contributions are not only a complete abdication of the promises given by the Conservative party at the election, but another increase in the overall level of taxation that the country is suffering? Will he further confirm that the overall level of taxation is now higher than it was when the Government took office in 1979?

No-fly Zone (Bosnia) (1 Apr 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: While welcoming the United Nations resolution on the enforcement of the no-fly zone, I understand that it is the first time that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been involved in that way. Given that the British are in command of the rapid reaction force under NATO, what are the implications for the rapid reaction force of the resolution and decision? Does the Minister rule out the...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (15 Apr 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: I have one basic proposition to offer in support of the motion that the Committee report progress. As a relatively new Member—although I do not know how long one can continue to describe oneself as new—I found the contribution of the hon. Member for Eltham (Mr. Bottomley) very flippant. I believe that all hon. Members, irrespective of their points of view, must recognise that there are...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (15 Apr 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: I am prepared to accept the hon. Gentleman's reading of the record because that is a matter of fact, but I cannot accept or otherwise the interpretation he puts on it, as I am sure he will understand. In all the deliberations of the Committee on this fundamental issue, there has never been any doubt that, one way or another, it must be voted on. I wanted a vote on amendment No. 27 because it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Miners (Unemployment Insurance) (21 Apr 1993)

Mr George Stevenson: Is the Minister aware that any insurance that may be available against job losses is no substitute for a job? In my constituency, it is estimated that the proposed cruel closure of Trentham colliery will lead to 4,400 people losing their jobs with a loss to the local economy of £84 million. Is the Minister prepared to assure us that the resources available to create employment will reflect...


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