Results 3921–3940 of 3954 for speaker:Andrew Mitchell

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Economic Growth (14 Apr 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: Are not those figures an eloquent testimony to the success of the Government's economic policies? Is it not interesting to note that in the last year, when we have had growth of 4·5 per cent., we have been firmly at the top of the international league of growth of our major competitor countries?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (31 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the miners at the Gedling colliery in my constituency on the figures that were announced earlier this week, which show that productivity over the last year has increased by nearly 25 per cent.? Does she agree that increased productivity and greater competitiveness offer the best guarantee for the long-term interests of the industry, not only...

Orders of the Day — Economic Developments (Nottinghamshire) (10 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: rose—

Orders of the Day — Economic Developments (Nottinghamshire) (10 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: I am extremely grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. The hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms. Short) raised an important matter, but, unfortunately, she has been furnished with only half the facts. One of the principal aspects of the debate on this development was whether permission should be granted for housing to be constructed in the area. The borough council fully accepts that...

Orders of the Day — Economic Developments (Nottinghamshire) (10 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: I accept the hon. Gentleman's point, but we must continue to stimulate local economic development. Tourism in the county can play a role in that. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not pooh-pooh one of the two or three initiatives which are currently under consideration and which, together, constitute a great deal more than one independent and isolated idea.

Orders of the Day — Economic Developments (Nottinghamshire) (10 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: I am grateful for this opportunity to debate economic developments in Nottinghamshire. I apologise to my hon. Friend the Minister for having kept him up so late, especially as he has a heavy schedule ahead of him. I am grateful to him for agreeing to reply to the debate. This subject is of particular interest to my constituents and to the people of Nottinghamshire. It is also of great...

Orders of the Day — Economic Developments (Nottinghamshire) (10 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for giving me the chance to make the point that NDE is specifically a private sector initiative and its main and central purpose is to bring private sector bite to the problems of rejuvenating those parts of Nottingham which need it. I should make it clear that it is, in a real sense, a radical departure from what has happened in the past. There is plenty of...

Orders of the Day — Economic Developments (Nottinghamshire) (10 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Lady need hardly ask me that in this place. The area has huge potential. In the last 10 days the Robin Hood centre, another new concept for Nottinghamshire, went public to raise £2·5 million to open a "Tales of Robin Hood" centre. That is a further example of capitalising on this important aspect of our history—albeit late in the day. Other new thoughts include setting up an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Action for Cities Campaign (9 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: Will my right hon. and learned Friend take this opportunity to praise the work of the private sector, especially in Nottingham, and in particular the work of David White and his colleagues on the Nottingham development enterprise hoard? That board has done much to ensure that the private sector responds to the need to renew those areas of Nottingham that require such renewal.

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Business Sponsorship Scheme (7 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Minister for the Arts how many new corporate sponsors of the arts have been brought in during the last 12 months as a result of the business sponsorship incentive scheme.

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Business Sponsorship Scheme (7 Mar 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: Can my right hon. Friend say how many first-time corporate sponsors returned to repeat their generosity in subsequent years?

Local Government Finance Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Feb 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: I am grateful for the chance to make a brief contribution to the debate. I hope that the Leader of the House will now consider whether we should have a debate about the procedures of the House, particularly to have a close look at the way in which we handle these timetable motions. Along with most of my hon. Friends on the Committee, I have sat relatively quietly listening to the arguments...

Local Government Finance Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Feb 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Gentleman has almost answered his own point. Such people are covered by rebates. Monks and nuns, who are outside the state support system, have taken vows of poverty and do not receive benefit. They are clearly exceptions to the normal rules. The principal reason why I support this generous timetable motion is that time will now be specifically allocated to ensure the scrutiny of...

Local Government Finance Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Feb 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: The hon. Member asks what that means. One of the major points that came out of the guillotine debate on the Education Reform Bill—

Local Government Finance Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Feb 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: I apologise for allowing myself to be led up the garden path by the hon. Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham). It tends to happen a great deal in Committee. We must ensure that the measure proceeds in an orderly, structured, and rapid way. Those of us who were previously involved in inner-city areas, who saw the way in which businesses were treated by Left-wing authorities in respect of...

Local Government Finance Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Feb 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: That is untrue. Most would readily agree that what we propose is an improvement on what exists. It depends whether they perceive themselves as gainers or losers. In inner-city areas of the type that I was talking about, one would have great difficulty finding any major business man who does not welcome the proposed changes in the system.

Local Government Finance Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Feb 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: My hon. and learned Friend the Minister made the key point in response to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) — that the proposals are widely welcomed as a major improvement on what we have at the moment.

Local Government Finance Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (22 Feb 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: With respect, the hon. Gentleman sows the seeds of his argument on fallow ground. He talked about chambers of commerce. Is he aware that, for example, the Nottingham chamber of commerce, one of the largest of these bodies in the country, is in favour of the terms of the proposals? The list that the hon. Gentleman trotted out will not stand up. My experience in Islington strongly supports the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Coal (15 Feb 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: When my right hon. Friend sees the chairman of British Coal, will he pass on his congratulations to the Nottinghamshire mineworkers, who have exceeded their previous figure for productivity per man shift three times this year? The figures is now 428 tonnes per man shift. Will he reflect that that figure would have continued to increase had it not been for the unfortunate disruption caused by...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Productivity (11 Feb 1988)

Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the growth of productivity in the United Kingdom economy over the period since 1980.


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