Results 101–120 of 1060 for speaker:Mr George Stevenson

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Air Passenger Duty (31 Jan 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Any Conservative Member who talks about trust on taxation is on very thin ice. I am prepared to debate the principles of taxation with any Conservative Member but I fear that you, Dame Janet, would not allow me to today. In any case, the hon. Gentleman's intervention added not one iota to our debate. Under the Government's proposals, journeys that start outside the United Kingdom will be...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Air Passenger Duty (31 Jan 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Quite. Why are the Government prepared to build in such unworkable and anomalous systems? Why will they not reconsider? The tax will be in danger of losing all credibility because of the anomalies. We are told that domestic tax will be levied on the first leg of a flight, but not on the return leg, provided that the return leg is from the original airport of destination. That, too, will need...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Air Passenger Duty (31 Jan 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: That is another issue that the Government have not considered. This is a tax on success. I am sure that Conservative Members will recognise that phrase because they have used it often enough. The more passengers an airline carries, the more tax it will pay. However, the loss-making but vital routes will be in danger of being pushed into the financial abyss. This is the worst of all possible...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Air Passenger Duty (31 Jan 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: I do not want to take up too much time, but if I had sufficient time I could give an endless list of serious objections to the tax. My hon. Friend has mentioned one. I cannot answer his question, but the Minister should answer it. Such schemes were introduced by the airlines because of the vicious competition. To qualify for such a scheme a person has to buy an airline ticket and will pay the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Air Passenger Duty (31 Jan 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: If my hon. Friend is correct, he makes a valid point. Either way, the matter must be addressed. People claiming their entitlement under the various schemes initiated by the airlines have to present their tickets at an airport before they travel. Do they have to pay tax again? If so, surely that is double taxation. You are in enough trouble with single taxation: I expect that when you impose...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Air Passenger Duty (31 Jan 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: If my words implied any such thing, I apologise unreservedly, Dame Janet. I am sure that you will allow me the luxury of making it clear, however, that I do not apologise to one Conservative Member. This is an important point which must be addressed and I hope that in the summing up speech the anomalies that have been identified will be addressed. The more that is known about them, the more...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (2 Mar 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: The right hon. Gentleman said that Opposition Members had not worked in industry. Would he care to tell us how many coal mines he had worked in before he closed them, and how many industries of any kind he has worked in, as part of a Government who have presided over the destruction of manufacturing in this country?

Orders of the Day — Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill (11 Mar 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Does my hon. Friend share the concern expressed by many people that, as the labour market is forced to become more flexible and employers become more selective in their employment policies, unless the Bill is put on the statute book, discrimination in employment opportunities for people with disabilities is likely to get far worse?

Common Agricultural Policy (24 Mar 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Can the hon. Gentleman give an assessment of what the possible reduction in the price of food as a result of the cut in cereal prices might be, say, over the next three years?

Common Agricultural Policy (24 Mar 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: I should like to begin by expressing agreement with the comment of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food that this debate must be viewed in context. Its context is the reform of the common agricultural policy. The right hon. Lady was right to say that the farmers are to be commended. We should, indeed, commend the workers and all those who live in increasingly difficult...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Pay (14 Apr 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Chancellor accept that the real take-home pay to which he refers has been affected by the amount of money that is required for the common agricultural policy—for example, £28 per week is taken out of the take-home pay of the average family? It is estimated that an increase of some £6 billion will be required between 1992 and 1995 because of the agricultural policy. Will the...

Opposition Day: Family Policy (14 Apr 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: How does the Secretary of State equate the record increases in taxation that the Government are imposing on the average family with her contention that the Government seek to reduce the tensions within families? Is not it a fact that those massive and record increases, which are bound to hit hardest those on the lowest incomes, will increase rather than decrease the tensions in families?

New clause 1: Premises for the Provision of Child Care (19 Apr 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Given our appalling child care record in comparison with that of any European country that the hon. Gentleman cares to mention, does he accept the proposition that, whatever balance the Government have constructed over the past 15 years, it is self-evident that it is not working? Secondly, does he accept that the new clause represents but a small step in the direction of attempting to shift...

Orders of the Day — Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill: Handling of Redundancies (10 May 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: The Government have made great play of the alleged reduction in unemployment, but every Member of the House knows that there is still a great fear of unemployment and the knock on the door that says, "You're out of a job. " The Government's proposal will make that fear much worse. It will hit morale and make people feel that the Government have embarked on a course which, step by step, will...

Orders of the Day — Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill: Handling of Redundancies (10 May 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: I hope that the Minister will forgive me for intervening, as I was not a member of the Standing Committee. When he refers to "necessary protection" in the context of the new clause, is he telling us that protection under the relevant sections of the Act referred to is a necessary protection?

Opposition Day: Europe and the Environment (11 May 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Would the right hon. Gentleman care to tell the House how much of the extra £6 billion—the Commission's figure —that the CAP will cost between 1991–92 and 1995–96 will be devoted to environmental improvement?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Drug Abuse (19 May 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Is the Home Secretary aware of the specific dangers attributed to the continued use of so-called poppers? Is he further aware of the research done in the United States which clearly shows that the free use of so-called poppers reduces the effectiveness of the immune system? In the light of representations made, for example, by Staffordshire county council and other authorities, what action...

Business of the House (16 Jun 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Leader of the House arrange next week for the President of the Board of Trade to make a statement about one of the most well-known British companies—Wedgwood—which is embarking on the expansion of its production facilities in another country? Does not such action fly in the face of the Government's claim that the climate in this country now favours investment? Does not he realise...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Retail Industry (19 Oct 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the Secretary of State accept that traditional town and city-centre markets are an important part of the retail industry? Does he recognise that, in their dash for deregulation, the Government propose to remove local-authority market franchise rights? That will cause severe damage in areas such as my constituency in Stoke-on-Trent. Will the Secretary of State instigate an urgent review...

Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill: Repeal of Certain Provisions Relating to Gipsy Sites (19 Oct 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: I should like to get away from the undoubted party politics in Cornwall to the issue before us this evening. The fundamental question is whether the Government proposals will lead to an improvement in what is, by common consent, a matter that causes serious worry—the provision of reasonable accommodation for the needs of the gipsy population in this country. Will the Government proposals...


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