Results 161–180 of 1265 for speaker:Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark

Britoil (Special Share) (20 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. Friend accept that, apart from spurious anger, some of the other comments expressed today have been unfair to the biggest and most profitable British company, which is one of the top four companies in the world? The taxation income brought in by British Petroleum and the thousands of millions of pounds that it has invested in North sea oil brings us huge tax revenues, huge...

Local Government Finance (19 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Will my right hon. Friend accept, from someone who does not love the community charge, that I think that he has done extraordinarily well to get £3 billion extra out of the Treasury? Is it not somewhat alarming and disturbing to hear £3 billion called "a piffling sum"? If £3 billion is a piffling sum, God knows what the socialists would spend. Surely the whole idea of local government is...

Points of Order (16 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: If this matter is as important as the Leader of the Opposition says—[HON. MEMBERS: "It is."]—and if it is of such national moment, why has the right hon. Gentleman decided to go to America to sell his country short instead of doing what he would call defending his country at home?

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Trade Union Side (16 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there is a problem for the Refreshment Department and that it would be better—for security reasons alone—if there were more permanent staff? Does he agree that, because of the wage scales of the refreshment staff in the restaurants, the turnover is very high, and that most people think that what those staff are paid is well below what they could earn...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: British Rail (9 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my hon. Friend the Minister accept that if Japan, America, France and Germany find a need to subsidise railways as a public service, it cannot be a sound policy to keep on pushing up InterCity and commuter fares in the vain hope of selling off something which, if it is to be profitable, will leave us with three private lines? Will the Minister accept that railways are a necessary part of...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Bank Loans (5 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. Friend accept that when he appeared before the Treasury Select Committee, some hon. Members pointed out that organisations like the Halifax building society were making offers such as, "Take a second mortgage and have the trip of a lifetime round the world"? Many of us are pleased that, at long last, the Treasury is taking the view that long-term investment is good for the...

Estimates Day: Class II, Vote 2 (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Why?

Estimates Day: Class II, Vote 2 (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does not the hon. Gentleman understand that GNP in Russia is dropping by 5 per cent. a year? How can giving the Russians £20 billion bolster anything unless there is real change?

Estimates Day: Class II, Vote 2 (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Such debates are always fascinating. Yesterday there was one kind of Germany and today, it is said, there is another. This time last year we would never have dreamed of the changes that have taken place. It is natural for politicians, particularly leading politicians, to talk about splendid visions, the ideals of what we should be doing and the money that we should be giving—usually other...

Estimates Day: Class II, Vote 2 (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: No, other people wish to take part. [HON. MEMBERS: "Give way!") I cannot refuse that challenge.

Estimates Day: Class II, Vote 2 (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: I agree with the hon. Lady that each country and each debt is an individual problem. Hungary, however, is adopting the right attitude, having said that it does not want to rephase its debt because it believes that it can earn its way out of the crisis. It may well be that because Poland has so much moribund industry, as the right hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Dr. Owen) said, we have...

Estimates Day: Class II, Vote 2 (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Where will the money come from?

Estimates Day: Class II, Vote 2 (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: rose—

Estimates Day: Class II, Vote 2 (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Estimates Day: Class II, Vote 2 (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Yes. Does my right hon. Friend accept that a great deal of sentimental twaddle is talked about Mr. Gorbachev and what he wants to do for Russia and for the world? Chancellor Kohl wants to invest £20 billion of the money of all of us in Russia to save Mr. Gorbachev. Until Mr. Gorbachev stops trying to improve communism and attempts to change the communist system, stops giving Cuba $5 billion...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: National Insurance (2 Jul 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Is not it true that, since the Conservative party came to power, most people who pay national insurance have saved over £3 a week on it, but under the Opposition's glorious plan, the people whom the Opposition laud as those whom they want to encourage—those earning between £15,000 and £20,000 a year—will pay £9 a week more? They would not pay that in national insurance; the fraud is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Major Weapons (19 Jun 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my hon. Friend accept that it is a strange world in which we live? Over the past seven years the Opposition parties have urged Her Majesty's Government to cut defence expenditure. As soon as we obey and do what we think is in the best interests of this country, and cut defence expenditure, both Opposition parties start to whinge and whine about the effects on their constituents.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (13 Jun 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. Friend accept that in the House and in the world there is a great feeling for world Jewry and the problems that they suffered in the great war? But does my right hon. Friend also accept that there is a feeling that the new Government in Israel are set upon a path that may drag us all into another conflict from which nobody could gain? Will he urge the new Government in...

European Community (Developments) (11 Jun 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: We all get carried away by these lovely Alice-in-Wonderland phrases about a greater Europe and a greater world, but does my right hon. Friend not agree that, if we are to get the Common Market right, whether in 1992 or at any other time, we ought to be talking not about who will be allowed to join but about who is to deal, as the Court of Auditors says, with the shambles of the fraud that is...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Investment Growth (EC) (7 Jun 1990)

Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the figures are encouraging even if they do not meet the needs of the Opposition? Does he also agree, however, that one of the most important things that we must do is to encourage manufacturing industry to invest in new plant and machinery? When we come to consider new concessions they should be given to manufacturing industry, not to private individuals...


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