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Merchant Shipping Bill: Constitution of Commission (30 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many of us on both sides of the House have met Trinity House representatives and have had discussions with them? They have submitted papers and various proposals. None of them has suggested the root and branch alteration and opposition that the hon. Gentleman is advancing.

Merchant Shipping Bill: Constitution of Commission (30 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: I want to intervene only very briefly, because I raised this matter in Committee. Like the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr. Ross), I am concerned about the position of pilots. I believe that all of us felt that three was too few on the ground of trying to ensure geographical representation. This was the issue that many pilots put to me very strongly indeed. If we can be assured that the...

Merchant Shipping Bill: Alteration of Penalties (30 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: I intervene only briefly in this debate. This is almost certainly the last speech that I will make in the House, as I am leaving—of my own volition, I may say. There should be no misunderstanding. There is no measure of more consequence to large numbers of my constituents than this Bill. I pay a sincere tribute to the Minister for the enormous amount of work he has done, not only in...

Public Expenditure (9 Mar 1979)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: I join in welcoming the opportunity we have been given by my hon. Friend the Member for Salford, East (Mr. Allaun) to raise the major issue of public expenditure, and its maintenance, at this critical time. I apologise for not being able to be here for the greater part of his opening speech. I do not intend to transgress by making a lengthy contribution. Nor do I want to follow the...

Orders of the Day — Countryside Bill (30 Jan 1979)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: Will my right hon. Friend clarify one point on this subject? Am I to understand from what he has said that this provision is, at present at any rate, exclusive to areas that might be designated as moorland conservation areas and would not apply to other areas, and thus is an advantage so far as that is concerned?

Orders of the Day — Countryside Bill (30 Jan 1979)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: The hon. Member is quite properly quoting from a report, but it is reports such as that that have recommended the type of reserve proposals which are being introduced.

Orders of the Day — Countryside Bill (30 Jan 1979)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: I feel a profound depression after listening to the speech of the hon. Member for Barkston Ash (Mr. Alison). It is the kind of specious argument that I always hear from those who ostensibly pretend that they are in favour of a general project and damn it in every single particular. One of the great troubles about the development of the national park movement and access to the countryside is...

Orders of the Day — Countryside Bill (30 Jan 1979)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: In conclusion, I hope that hon. Members opposite will think carefully before voting against the Bill. If they do so, they will be seen, especially by young people who are looking for new opportunities to go into the countryside, as seeking to prevent that health-giving, vital exercise and opportunity. They will be seen, as in the past, as trying to crib, confine and limit opportunities freely...

Orders of the Day — Countryside Bill (30 Jan 1979)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: "Honourable", not "right honourable".

Orders of the Day — Merchant Shipping Bill (30 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: I join in offering a welcome to the Bill, and I, like others, only wish that it had been possible for the Bill to have been introduced in the last Session—something for which many of us hoped and pressed. It is only fair for me to declare a strong constituency concern. In South Shields, at the mouth of the Tyne, we have one of the biggest seafaring communities in the country. There is there...

Orders of the Day — Merchant Shipping Bill (30 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: That point is fully understood. The pilot today is trained to very high requirements. I am in touch with many of the pilots and I appreciate the fears which they have expressed. We are delighted that such a big step forward has been taken in the treatment of seamen, including the issue of disciplinary powers. It is a real advance, and I was glad that my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Community Land Act (8 Nov 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: First, is my hon. Friend taking adequate note of the success of the land scheme in Wales? Secondly, is there any evidence that the instructions from Conservative Central Office to Tory-controlled local authorities have had a damaging effect on the use of the new regulations under the Community Land Act?

Ships' Officers (Training) (3 Aug 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: I am glad to have the opportunity of raising a question on which I have had considerable correspondence with my hon. Friend the Minister. It is a question that affects not only my constituency of South Shields on Tyneside very directly but, indeed, the whole country in a sense. It is concerned with the training of those who are to be responsible for our ships at sea, which is a matter of...

Ships' Officers (Training) (3 Aug 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: The point is that we are trying to use not that principle but the principle that this building has been approved as a proper building and that we can now begin to prepare for it, with the help of the Manpower Services Commission—which will cost us very little.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tankers (Oil Pollution) (24 Jul 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: asked the Secretary of State for Trade what current action he is taking to reduce the threat of oil pollution from tankers on United Kingdom coasts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Tankers (Oil Pollution) (24 Jul 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: Will my hon. Friend press forward with his attempt to get the 1973 international convention ratified, whether through the Merchant Shipping Bill or separately, and not be deterred by any blowing hot and cold on the Tory Benches, because it affects the safety of many of my seagoing constituents as well as the protection of our shores?

Dominica Termination of Association (21 Jul 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: It is only right that on an occasion such as this, those of us who in the past have had the good fortune to visit the island and be acquainted with some of the people involved in the discussions should speak and wish the island and its people well in the future. I was one of those who went out there at the time of high hopes for the possibility of a British federation of the West Indies....

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Coastal and Offshore Environment (12 Jul 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: Will the Minister take the opportunity of paying tribute to the excellent work in coast protection done under the Coast Protection Act, which was introduced in this House many years ago by a Labour Government—it was introduced by me—to safeguard much of the coastline of this country?

Finance Bill: Consortium Relief (11 Jul 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: I intervene only briefly, and I apologise to the House for coming in late. In common with other hon. Members with shipping interests in their constituencies, I have had various representations on this subject. I do not wish to say that all hon. Members have been wholly convinced by the arguments advanced, but I believe that strong sympathy has been expressed in the present situation. Those...

Peak District National Park (10 Jul 1978)

Mr Arthur Blenkinsop: I want to stress my great anxiety about possible developments in the Peak District national park. Indeed, this anxiety is shown by my being here at all at this hour of the night. I am concerned because it is clear from the representations that I have had that this is a matter that concerns the whole of the national park planning authorities. They are deeply concerned lest a change in...


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