Results 161–180 of 1060 for speaker:Mr George Stevenson

Bills Presented: European Union (1 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: The Prime Minister has expressed his caution about entering a single currency, but will he answer a question? If the conditions are right and if the criteria are met, would he then agree to join a single currency—yes or no?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ethnic Minorities (21 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment has been made of the effects on schools of changes in section 11 funding; and if she will make a statement. [13245]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ethnic Minorities (21 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Is the Minister aware that his response will be greeted with dismay throughout the country? Does he realise that section 11 cuts are having disastrous effects on pupils whose first language is not English? Will the Minister urgently intervene to restore the damaging cuts before further irreparable harm is done to that vital service?

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: The hallmarks of the European Commission proposals that we are debating are complacency in action and chronic uncertainty. Having listened to the Secretary of State's speech, I am afraid that the Government appear to have taken the same attitude. However, while we have that complacency, inaction and uncertainty we have remorseless cost increases. I shall return to that subject later. The...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman's intervention, and I will return to that point later in my contribution. However, I must set the record straight: I have never been a member of the European Court; nor have I appeared before it. Unfortunately, the Government hold the record for the number of times that they have been dragged before the European Court over a variety of issues. I am sure...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I am not sure what support my views may enjoy among other members of the European Community. I have not yet tested my views to that extent; although I floated them during my term in the European Parliament. I am not even sure whether my views have widespread support on these shores. However, I am certain that the present British Government's attitude stands no chance of gaining the support...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: No, I would like to make a little progress. How are the Government responding to the situation? I would describe their response as nothing short of incredible. The Government motion refers to the Government's determination to ensure that EU agricultural spending is effectively restrained". It goes on to say that the House should note that UK farm incomes rose by 6.9 per cent. over the last...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I realise that the hon. Gentleman was trying to make a useful intervention, and I am grateful to him. We need to recognise that the 1992 reforms are at best misnamed. They were forced on the European Community by budgetary crises and the GATT negotiations. Inevitably, the future will force on us further reforms, but they will be for different reasons. There is no doubt that unless firm...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Is my hon. Friend aware that the ability to develop a home market in meat is compromised by the lack of licensed abattoirs? According to the MAFF report there are about 1,400 licensed red-meat abattoirs, approximately 800 of which are on temporary derogations and could close at the end of the year unless they are brought up to structural standards. The Government seem oblivious to the problem

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Sugar Regime (23 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: If that is so, would the Minister care to explain why the British Government have just agreed to European Commission proposals on the sugar regime that effectively mean no change whatever in the next five years? How does he square that with his apparent enthusiasm for change in the sugar quota regime?

Education Cuts (29 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: The Secretary of State talks about standards and opportunities. Nearly every school in my constituency faces cuts in teaching staff. I have met head teachers, and they blame not the authority but the Secretary of State for failing to fund the teachers pay increase. How will those cuts improve standards and opportunities in my constituency?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Far East (30 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Is the Chancellor aware of the flood of investment from this country to the far east? For example, Royal Doulton in my constituency has just announced its intention to build a factory and create 600 jobs in Indonesia. Is he concerned about this so-called out-sourcing? How is it in Britain's interests? Is it not just another example of the export of jobs?

Business of the House (30 Mar 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Leader of the House arrange for a statement on the Government's failure to generate the feel-good factor? Following the announcement by Northern Foods that it will close a factory in my constituency, with the loss of 320 jobs, will he arrange for the President of the Board of Trade to come the House next week and explain to my constituents why they should feel good about losing their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Airspace Restrictions (3 Apr 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Does not the Secretary of State agree that one of the greatest restrictions on airspace is its reservation for military use both in this country and in the European Union? Does that not restrict commercial carriers in obtaining the additional slots that they require? Has he assessed that position recently? If he has, will he advise us on the outcome of that assessment? If he has not, is he...

New clause 1: Discretionary Share Option Schemes in the Privatised Utilities (3 Apr 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I think that I am right in saying that the Standing Committee on the Finance Bill had 25 sittings. Obviously, it discussed many issues, but I suspect that this is the one that the public will consider very carefully. It is difficult to identify many of the other issues that we discussed in our number-crunching sittings in Committee as being in the forefront of public consciousness. The...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: CHILD MAINTENANCE DISREGARD (No. 2) (22 May 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: On Friday, I attended a meeting in Stoke-on-Trent involving people who had been seriously affected by the ignominious activities of the Child Support Agency. One reason for their continuing anger is their belief—justified, in my view—that any resources acquired by the agency are, in the main, not being passed on to the children whom, according to the Government, the whole mechanism is...

Orders of the Day — Child Support Bill: Departure Directions (22 May 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: In arguing for this element to be considered for departure, we aim to instil a further degree of fairness in the starting point, otherwise the whole system becomes the subject of further suspicion. The inclusion of child care costs would enhance that aim. As has been stated, in the main such costs are borne by lone parents. The Government may be worried that accepting the proposal will open...

Mine Shafts (7 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: I am grateful for the opportunity to put before the House an extremely serious situation which is affecting many hundreds of my constituents and which has the potential to affect many thousands more. Although the subject of the debate is described by a single word on the Order Paper, I am particularly concerned with the events that led up to that situation which arises as a result of the...

Mine Shafts (7 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Does not the fact that the Minister wrote to me in the most reassuring terms in December 1993 enclosing a copy of the Law Society's press release prove that the Government accepted de facto what British Coal and the Law Society had done?

Mine Shafts (7 Jun 1995)

Mr George Stevenson: Will my hon. Friend reflect on the fact that, in the three cases in our area in which writs have been issued against the Coal Authority, all of which are legally aided, people have been required to pay contributions of up to £150 per month? My hon. Friend will realise that that effectively debars from the legal system people with a strong case who have been the victims of injustice.

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