Results 121–140 of 1060 for speaker:Mr George Stevenson

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (20 Oct 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the Minister recall his predecessor's statement in May 1992 to the effect that the CAP reforms were good for Britain, good for farmers and good for the taxpayer? Is he aware that, between 1992 and next week's estimates, the CAP budget will have increased by £6.3 billion? How can that be good for the taxpayer, the consumer or the average family, who are paying £20 a week more than they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 1 November.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Prime Minister confirm the complete absence of any mention of privatisation of the Post Office in the last Tory party manifesto? Is he aware of the complete absence of any public support for that latest piece of Government dogma? Will he now take this opportunity to do the country a service and rescue the President of the Board of Trade by withdrawing that absurd proposal?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Finance) Bill (28 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Finance) Bill (28 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: I am grateful to the Chancellor for giving way. In that context, will he confirm that between 1992 and 1995 common agricultural policy expenditure under his Government has increased from £21 billion to almost £27 billion—an increase of 25 per cent?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Finance) Bill (28 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: There can be little doubt that fraud is a justifiable cause for concern, and that it is growing. One of the main reasons why fraud is growing is the complete failure, especially by the Government, to control, let alone eliminate, it. The Court of Auditors reports in the past 10 years or so have shown that it believes that at least 10 per cent. of the European Community budget is subject to...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (30 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: rose—

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (30 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Give us the answer.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (30 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (30 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: First, I congratulate the Chancellor of the Exchequer—Conservative Members may be a little surprised about that, but I congratulate him on his sheer brass neck. We are witnessing a classic Conservative strategy: first create the problems and then claim the credit when they begin to be less of a problem. The Conservative party and the Government would love people to forget the past 15 years...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (30 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am still on a learning curve, and I apologise if I gave offence to any right hon. or hon. Member. I return to what is a very important point. The people do not trust the Government, not because they have produced a compensation package which they keep pushing, but because the Government broke their promises. That is why people are angry, and that is the...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (30 Nov 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: I can tell the hon. Gentleman quite openly that I do not accept the unemployment figures because they are false. I said earlier, however, that some improvements are apparent in the economy, but as I pointed out, they have nothing to do with Government policy. The Government have benefited from them almost by accident and the hon. Gentleman knows that as well as anyone else. We could make a...

Local Government Finance (1 Dec 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the Secretary of State realise that if local authorities—especially Labour ones—have used their balances to protect local services, it is because that is what local people want, despite the Government onslaught against local government finance? If the 2.2 per cent. overall settlement is to include special transitional grant, does the Secretary of State accept that that is a cut in...

New clause 1: Entry into Force (Own Resources) (7 Dec 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: In considering the accounting mechanisms for own resources, I agree with right hon. and hon. Members who have stated clearly that we cannot engage in that exercise without examining the demands on those own resources. I also agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith) that a continued majority demand on those own resources is the common agricultural policy. It is no...

New clause 1: Entry into Force (Own Resources) (7 Dec 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Without going into the detail of particular expenditure headings under the common agricultural guarantee fund, I have tried to show the crucial relationship between own resources and expenditure. The two cannot be divorced. We cannot say that we will concoct an amount of revenue to be spent, but that we are not sure how it will be spent. In a letter sent to me today by the Paymaster General,...

New clause 1: Entry into Force (Own Resources) (7 Dec 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: I am grateful for the Paymaster General's undertaking, as was communicated to me by letter, that the agricultural guideline will not be breached. First, does that include not deferring expenditure from this year to future years simply to keep within the guideline? Secondly, does that mean that such elements as the monetary reserve, which is not within the guideline, will not be used?

New clause 1: Entry into Force (Own Resources) (7 Dec 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Perhaps my hon. Friend will reflect on the question that I put to the Paymaster General, to which he did not respond. We are talking about how revenue is expended as well as how it is raised. I argue that transferring significant parts of agriculture expenditure from one year to the next constitutes a de facto breach of the current guidelines.

New clause 3: Entry into Force (Protection of Financial Interests) (7 Dec 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Is it not strange that Conservative Members should make the comments that they have, given that a Conservative Government have presided over and agreed to a £5 billion increase in common agricultural policy expenditure since 1992–93?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (8 Dec 1994)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the Minister agree that the sugar sector would be a crucial part of any CAP reform and that any reform of that sector would heavily depend on our commitments under the general agreement on tariffs and trade, which requires the European Community to reduce its sugar exports by about 36 per cent? Does he further agree that the two basic ways of achieving that are to reduce the quota or to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Inward Investment (11 Jan 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Is it not true that much of the so-called "investment" has been in the form of takeovers and asset swaps, some of which have turned out to be no more than asset strips? Is the President of the Board of Trade aware of the activities of the Dupont company, for example, which acquired much of the capacity of ICI and resulted in many plant closures and job losses? Will the Minister inquire into...


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