Results 101–120 of 3957 for speaker:Andrew Mitchell

Coal Industry (26 Jun 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: I am grateful for the chance to speak in the debate. I recognise the sincerity with which Labour Members prosecute any debate on the coal industry. There is a sort of agelessness about the way in which it is conducted. For many Labour Members it is clearly a measure of success if miners are kept in jobs, whereas Conservative Members believe in promoting a successful industry that can produce...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Housing Benefit (3 Jul 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: As the supplementary question referred to delays in local social security offices, and as the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) and I share at least one such office, would it not be fair to the staff who work in that office to make it plain to the House that normally they deal with every single claim that comes into the office within five days, and with most of them within 48 hours?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Jul 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 4 July.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Jul 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: I welcome the recently announced 6 per cent. decrease in the crime figures, unprecedented in the past 25 years, but does my right hon. Friend agree that in making progress in this important matter, it is extremely important to ensure that parents are held more responsible for the actions of their children?

Road Traffic (Driver Licensing and Information Systems) Bill [Lords]: Badgers (4 Jul 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: A petition from Mr. J. E. Hicks and 100,000 others: To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled. The Humble Petition of Citizens of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sheweth:— 1. that badger setts continue to be frequently attacked by persons using spades and terriers.2. that the Badgers Act 1973 does not include...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Child Care Facilities (17 Jul 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will encourage child care within the Civil Service to encourage recruitment and retention of staff.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Child Care Facilities (17 Jul 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: I thank my right hon. Friend for that encouraging reply. Does he agree that the effects of the demographic trough of which we are all aware, which mean that in Nottinghamshire 30 per cent. fewer children will be leaving school by 1995, underline the importance of good-quality child care, of career breaks and of other ways of encouraging part-timers back to work?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Chlorofluorocarbons (Fridges) (19 Jul 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: Should not the Government be praised for having raised public perception of this important matter? Will my hon. Friend congratulate Gedling borough council on the specific initiatives that it has taken, on its own or with other local authorities, to organise the collection and reclamation of old domestic refrigerators and other domestic and commercial freezer units?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Coal (24 Jul 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the date upon which British Coal will break even.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Coal (24 Jul 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that the contracts will be inextricably linked to British Coal's ability to break even? Does he agree that it is important to apply both the carrot and the stick to an industry whose productivity has risen by nearly 50 per cent. during the past three years? Did he notice the enthusiasm and dedication of the Nottinghamshire mineworkers when he visited the...

Community Care (17 Oct 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: I have no doubt that this is one of the most important debates in which it has been my good fortune to be called to speak, because it is about one of our most challenging social issues. As a civilised society, we have an opportunity to put in place a structure that can make a real contribution and a tremendous difference to the quality of life of some of our most vulnerable constituents. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Mobility (31 Oct 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: Has not the Government's extremely successful right-to-buy policy been very helpful in assisting mobility of labour? Was not that policy specifically resisted, root and branch, by the Opposition who were converted only very late in the day?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Unleaded Petrol (8 Nov 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: Is my hon. Friend aware that in my constituency of Gedling only three garages were selling unleaded petrol at the start of the year, but now virtually every garage in my constituency sells it? Is not that a tribute both to the wisdom of using the market mechanism to achieve this important environmental objective, and to the wisdom, good sense and responsibility of my constituents?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Coal (13 Nov 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: When my right hon. Friend next talks to the chairman of British Coal, will he point out that although his announcement last week may not have been very good news for the nuclear industry, it is potentially extremely good news for the coal industry and for the future of new coal technologies? Will he point out that the coal industry has everything to gain from increasing its competitiveness...

Health and Social Security (27 Nov 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: I am grateful for the chance to follow the hon. Member for Greenwich (Mrs. Barnes) and find encouraging the extent to which, from what she said, the Government can expect to receive support from the Social Democratic party when the health Bill which was published last week comes before the House. Although we are primarily discussing health today, this is a debate on the Loyal Address and I...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr. Hardy) must have had difficulty keeping a straight face during his loud opposition to the Bill. It is an excellent Bill, and I look forward to explaining why. I am sure that we all enjoyed the speech by the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson), whom all hon. Members came to like and respect in his previous job. He too has a brass neck to...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: I am happy to answer that question. The remarkable statistic is that 265 Conservative Members either did not support the Bill or did not vote for it. The hon. Gentleman knows those facts as he was here on that night whereas many of his party were not. The people of Nottinghamshire are aware of that. The Bill underlines the strong support that the Government have given to the mining industry....

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: I am sorry, I will not give way because I am under a time constraint. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will understand. The generators also have an excellent deal. Effectively, prices have been frozen over the past two and a half years and now prices will be frozen for another three years, so they will have five and a half years of fixed coal prices on 400 million tonnes of coal. In other...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Religious Education (14 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: Does my hon. Friend accept that many hon. Members welcome the opportunity of greater integration in education in Northern Ireland? We also welcome what he said yesterday when we debated the order on education in Northern Ireland. Does he agree that many parents would like to see those opportunities extended or at least would like to see greater co-operation between different denominations and...

Adjournment (Christmas) (20 Dec 1989)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. Friend could do it himself.

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