Results 1–20 of 1279 for speaker:Mr Sydney Bidwell

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Mar 1992)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 10 march.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Mar 1992)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: Is the Prime Minister aware that the Home Office is withdrawing section 11 funding from all the colleges in the London borough of Ealing and that that adversely affects the Pathway further education centre in my constituency, where we have the largest concentration of people from the new Commonwealth? I find that totally objectionable from a Government who are shaping up to borrow and spend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Education (25 Feb 1992)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals he has arising out of the report on primary education by Alexander, Rose and Woodhead.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Education (25 Feb 1992)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: I welcome the right and learned Gentleman to the Dispatch Box—I did not think that he was going to answer this question as he looked a bit tired sitting on the Bench there. I am glad that he did answer it, as I wanted to ask him this: has he learnt any lessons from the report, particularly those related to ability streaming? He is known to have favoured that, but it is rejected by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 14 January.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: Is the Prime Minister aware that conflicting views about the future of the railways are coming from No. 10 Downing street and from the Secretary of State for Transport? It is said that the Prime Minister has a view. May the House hear it today? There is an old saying, "This is no way to run a railway"—I suggest that this is no way to run a Government either.

British Nationality (27 Mar 1991)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: The House knows that a considerable number of people from the Indian sub-continent have settled in my constituency. The long delay in achieving naturalisation is a source of considerable worry. I do not know whether the Minister really understands why people did not immediately apply for British citizenship when it was first offered. For many families the reasons are complex. If people go...

British Nationality (27 Mar 1991)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: One hopes that that is so and that the Minister's optimism will bear fruit. Such a long waiting period is absolutely disgraceful; it cannot be described just as a matter for regret. I emphasise the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Darling) about the EC. There will be much more movement within the Community, not just to take holidays but to take up job...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Waiting Lists ( 5 Mar 1991)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: To ask the Secretary of Stale for Health what steps he is taking to bring about a reduction in hospital waiting lists.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Waiting Lists ( 5 Mar 1991)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: What kind of national health service are the Government running when patients waiting for surgical treatment, such as hip replacements, are told that they may have to wait for years in some parts of the country but that if they come to London, they can get the job done in a matter of weeks if they are prepared to pay for it? That is forcing poor people to have a whip round among their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Homelessness (27 Feb 1991)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his estimate on the current levels of homelessness in Greater London.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Homelessness (27 Feb 1991)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: Will the Minister comment on the vicious and brutal 103 per cent. increase in rents for council house tenants since the Tories came back into power in the London borough of Ealing? Does not he understand that that is bound to lead to extra homelessness among those who cannot afford to pay?

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic Bill: Random Breath Testing at Roadside Checkpoints (26 Feb 1991)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: The hon. Member for Eltham (Mr. Bottomley) has experience as a junior Transport Minister, but he said nothing to convince me that my Front-Bench colleagues are wrong. Any additional activity should be pursued in the campaign to stop drinking and driving. As has been said earlier, people who drink and drive have a lethal weapon in their hands. That is enormously dangerous. Those people are...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic Bill: Random Breath Testing at Roadside Checkpoints (26 Feb 1991)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: I am almost the Father of the House, and I take my hat off to the right hon. Gentleman for his lifelong campaign on this matter. However, I think he got hold of the wrong end of the stick when he alluded to alcohol making people feel pleasant. Alcoholics suffer from a major disease, and some such people fall to the floor and break limbs. That is not too pleasant.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Brewing Industry ( 5 Dec 1990)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from the Director General of Fair Trading on the implementation of Government regulations on the brewing industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Brewing Industry ( 5 Dec 1990)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: Does the Minister realise that many people in the industry are worried about the apparent climb-down by the Government on the brewing industry question? Will the Minister ask the Office of Fair Trading to monitor what are known as swap arrangements in the industry, or is he too mindful of the brewers' donations to the coffers of the Tory party?

Orders of the Day — Community Charges (Substitute Setting) Bill ( 3 Dec 1990)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: Does not the nation understand that that is the prime reason why the right hon. Member for Finchley (Mrs. Thatcher) is not still our Prime Minister?

Heathrow Express Railway Bill [Lords] (17 Oct 1990)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: I must plead a constituency interest in this matter and remind the House that I am a former railway worker. I know every inch of the railway. If we go back far enough, I was a goods guard and shunter. When the hon. Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway) made a plea for a stop at Ealing Common, it reminded me of someone who asked me whether a train stopped at Paddington. I said, "Blimey,...

Heathrow Express Railway Bill [Lords] (17 Oct 1990)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: I used to be a resident of Hayes and this matter never worried me when I lived there, so the hon. Gentleman probably knows more about it than I do. Although I often motor and walk around that area, I am sure that he knows more than I do about the spur extension near his constituency and across Stockley industrial estate. There was a derailment last year very close to the houses I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Paintings ( 2 Jul 1990)

Mr Sydney Bidwell: May I draw the attention of the Minister and of the Opposition spokesman, my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Mr. Fisher), to the resumption of the exhibition of paintings and art by Members of both Houses? The exhibition opens officially tomorrow morning, but the works are already displayed in all their glory. There are some fine exhibits on show and admission is free....


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