Results 1–20 of 1060 for speaker:Mr George Stevenson

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (20 May 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: I intend to refer to my constituency of Stoke-on-Trent, South, but before doing so I offer my congratulations to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am sure that they will be among the many that you have already received. While I am in the congratulatory mode, every hon. Member will have noted that Stoke City beat Stockport County in the Autoglass Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday. We shall all want to...

Common Agricultural Policy (12 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: I do not think that the hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) would deny that reform of the common agricultural policy was necessary. We all agree that any reform must benefit consumers, taxpayers, the environment, our obligations to free international trade, farmers, workers in the industry, rural areas and, perhaps most important, must bring some stability, which has been long overdue in the...

Common Agricultural Policy (12 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Minister concede that, although we in the United Kingdom may be self-sufficient in lamb, the EC as a whole is not?

Local Government Finance (24 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: The Minister said that these reports will enable local authorities to prepare for the introduction of the council tax. That statement may be consistent with the political convenience by means of which the Government hope to extricate themselves from the mess that they have created in terms of local government finance. However, it will add to the confusion of many of my constituents and, I...

Local Government Finance (24 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: I am grateful, Madam Deputy Speaker. I shall give way if it is in order to do so on a point which you have ruled out of order.

Local Government Finance (24 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: I am grateful for your advice, Madam Deputy Speaker, because you have saved me the trouble of answering that question. We were told that £156.1 million will be available for the introduction of the council tax—75 per cent. to come from the Government and 25 per cent. from local authorities. I had intended to emphasise the fact that that will be an extra unfair burden on local authorities,...

Local Government Finance (24 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: If the hon. Gentleman examines the proposals as a whole he will see that a different picture emerges—it is a system as discriminatory as the SSAs. He did not challenge the example that I gave of my local Labour-controlled authority being so heavily discriminated against in terms of the SSAs, and nor did he challenge my contention that the attitude behind the SSAs is absolutely critical to...

Local Government Finance (24 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: rose—

Local Government Finance (24 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles)—one of his hon. Friends—confirmed precisely that?

Community Charges (24 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: The Minister will appreciate that my intervention is as crucial as those of Conservative Members. Something is clearly wrong with the SSAs when Stoke-on-Trent receives £657 per head, and Wandsworth and Westminster receive £1,500 or £1,600 per head. Is there a time limit on the Minister's willingness to receive representations from local authorities that believe that their SSAs are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Jun 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Is the Prime Minister aware that thousands of people throughout the country are being denied access to his social fund as the result of a mistake that is admitted by the Department of Social Security? Does the Prime Minister accept that nonsense will be made of the much-vaunted citizens charter until mistakes by public authorities and bodies are acknowledged and the people who have suffered...

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (6 Jul 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: There can be no doubt that the situation is deteriorating beyond the Government's expectations, and that it continues to raise fundamental issues. We need not apologise to hon. Members who criticise us for raising such issues. In European Community terms, we are talking about the effectiveness of common policies and freedom of trade. In United Kingdom terms, we are talking about a continuing...

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (6 Jul 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: I thank the Minister for offering that advice to me. I am always grateful for it, as he knows from our debates on these issues in other places. However, the Government were forced to change their mind. They did so reluctantly, after pressure from the Opposition forced them into it. Reference has been made to changes in the processing and rendering industry. The use of lower temperatures may...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: EC Working Time Directive (7 Jul 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Is the Secretary of State prepared to tell the House whether she discussed with her counterparts in the European Community the fact that workers in this country who are involved in perfectly legitimate industrial action can be sacked arbitrarily and that this is the only European Community country in which that disgraceful situation pertains? What action is she prepared to take about the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Personal Social Services (14 Jul 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she last met the Association of Metropolitan Authorities to discuss its concerns regarding the personal social services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Personal Social Services (14 Jul 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Will the Minister acknowledge the continuing concern that is felt in Stoke-on-Trent and elsewhere about the Government's intentions for the funding of community care? What progress has been made in the Government's discussions with the AMA on the principle of ring-fencing community care resources? Given that these are the last health questions before the recess, will the Minister state...

Coal Industry (19 Oct 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that his statement is another example of the sickening betrayal that the public have recognised in the past week? Does he realise that the public require a complete stop on pit closures so that the complex issues to which he referred can be considered in depth? Is he aware that, seven months ago, the Trentham complex, which is in my constituency,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Job Creation (4 Nov 1992)

Mr George Stevenson: Is the Minister aware that even the pathetic efforts of his Department to aid British industry are being effectively undermined by policies that have been established by the Treasury, which seeks to impose a further VAT burden on industry by requiring it to pay VAT on account rather than in arrears? In my constituency, that is causing an additional serious burden, which is costing jobs. What...

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

Mr George Stevenson: Does the right hon. Gentleman recognise that a serious disagreement between the United States and the European Community has been over the discredited and expensive oilseeds regime in the European Community? Will he—

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

Mr George Stevenson: I intend to refer to the GATT negotiations, Madam Speaker, including sheep.


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