Results 21–40 of 1265 for speaker:Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: City Institutions (16 Jan 1992)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has any plans to meet the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss the City institutions.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: City Institutions (16 Jan 1992)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Self-regulation in the City was meant to be a panacea which would solve most existing problems. Since then we have had Polly Peck, Brent Walker, the scandal of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, and then the greatest scandal of all—the Maxwell scandal. As self-regulation is proving somewhat less than satisfactory, is it not time to consider establishing a Securities and Exchange...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Permanent Secretaries (13 Jan 1992)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. Friend agree that nothing is more insulting to women—whether it is said by women or men—than talk of setting targets for the number of women to be in top posts? Has it not been proved in the House that a woman can get to the top job in the land? Whether that is achieved by a woman on this side or the other side of the House, to talk of women gaining promotion as part of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. Friend accept that only the very wealthy or the very foolish can afford to go to the libel courts for justice? If ordinary people are to have justice, perhaps a jury should find whether somebody is guilty of libel, but these £250,000 and £500,000 judgments are not justice but folly. Should not judges be able to decide what award is justified?

Education (Schools) Bill (19 Nov 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, which is directly to do with you. All of us in the House are great admirers of Sir Winston Churchill. However, before the names of rooms in the House are changed—such as the Harcourt Room being renamed the Churchill Room—is it not right that, as when Ernest Bevin's bust was put in a place to which the whole House agreed, before names are changed...

"Competing For Quality" (18 Nov 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my hon. Friend accept that at last, after generations, the words "public service" will mean what they say, and not just public employment? Does it not show a lack of confidence among Opposition Members that they do not think that those in public employment can really compete? I have more faith in their members than they have.

Autumn Statement (6 Nov 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. Friend agree that someone listening only to the black propaganda about what we are doing to destroy the national health service would be forgiven for believing that the money spent is going down, whereas the chart shows that, since 1978–79, the money spent has increased from £6·5 billion to £34 billion—a 50 per cent. increase in real terms. That shows a great...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Spending (5 Nov 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. Friend agree that those figures sit ill with the, I am sure honourable, argument of the Opposition that we are trying to close the health service? How can we be spending two thirds more on capital equipment? My right hon. Friend must be wrong when he says that we are spending 4·3 per cent. more in real terms on the health service than when we came to office. The Opposition...

Prayers: Debate on the Address (31 Oct 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Prayers: Debate on the Address (31 Oct 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Why?

Prayers: Debate on the Address (31 Oct 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Will my right hon. Friend—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh!"] I am too generous; it is in my nature. Will the right hon. Gentleman, before he comes to the end of his speech, let us know where he stands on the Common Market? The Labour party has had seven views on the Common Market in 20 years. Does it stand for negotiating for Britain or for a federal Europe? It cannot stand astride the fence for ever....

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Financial Fraud (14 Oct 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that it is nonsensical to talk about fraud as victimless crime? I have in mind those who are involved with the BCCI scandal and many other such matters. I ask my right hon. and learned Friend to accept that it is not a criticism of the Serious Fraud Office to say that it would be better if it could have more staff and if there could be greater...

Bank of Credit and Commerce: International (22 Jul 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. Friend accept that there should be some sympathy with the Leader of the Opposition because of the excellent situation resulting from my right hon. Friend's G7 talks and negotiations? This whole point is meant to cloud those negotiations. Is it not odd that the party that wants fully to support the Common Market is one reason why we have problems with the BCCI? Is it not...

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence): Bank of Credit and Commerce International (22 Jul 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: The hon. Member for Brent, South (Mr. Boateng) did not like my saying, "Rubbish," from a seated position, so I shall say it from a standing position. It was rubbish to suggest that the Government were reticent about holding the inquiry, or that the inquiry is being held to hide something. The one certainty of our judicial system is that no Lord Justice will be used or abused by any...

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence): Bank of Credit and Commerce International (22 Jul 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: I agree with that point. The list is clear and it is there for good reason. Anyone who wants to lend or borrow money can look at that list. If the Opposition are saying that when there is a list this long of category A and B banks, one should lend to an inferior bank, they do not know much about local government finance.

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence): Bank of Credit and Commerce International (22 Jul 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. In a short debate, is it right that the summings up should continue for half an hour? This is meant to be a private Members' day.

New Clause 3: Mandatory Reports to Be Made by Banks (15 Jul 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: It is not true.

New Clause 3: Mandatory Reports to Be Made by Banks (15 Jul 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Is there not a paradox in what the hon. Gentleman is saying? Local authorities' money should never be put at risk in any way: it is not their own money to invest in schemes that will earn interest. Some extra risk must be incurred by those who invest in the smaller, marginal banks, rather than in A or B banks. Why should community charge payers' money be endangered? The hon. Gentleman cannot...

New Clause 3: Mandatory Reports to Be Made by Banks (15 Jul 1991)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Although my hon. Friend's idea sounds good, is not there a flaw in it? BCCI had worldwide ramifications and hundreds of thousands of customers. Would not his idea end up with non-executive directors who were almost full-time directors and a large staff to serve them? My hon. Friend's idea sounds good, but I do not believe that it would work in practice.


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