Results 1–20 of 1819 for speaker:Mr James Dempsey

Schedule 1: Consequential Amendments (17 Dec 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: The present system is unfair to the employed person. I hear in the business reports on the radio of the grand profits being made by employers in different aspects of business—manufacturing, distribution, and so on. It is extremely unfair, if we are to relieve the employers of a part of their national insurance contribution, to pass the burden to the insured employee who works hard to earn...

Schedule 1: Consequential Amendments (17 Dec 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: Perhaps the Minister will clarify one point. I understood that the redundancy fund was funded on the basis of 41 per cent. from Treasury and 59 per cent. from the employers. Is that not being altered by asking for a contribution from the insured person?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Spain (British Visitors) (16 Dec 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: As general attacks are taking place on Britishers in Spain by certain Spanish authorities, does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is necessary to ensure that our point of view is well ventilated? If so, is it not the wrong time to close the BBC world service to Spain, which is one of the most successful and responsible in the world?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Domestic Electricity Supplies ( 9 Dec 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce measures to control the use of disconnection by electricity boards in Scotland, in view of the hardships caused by current restrictions imposed by the South of Scotland Electricity Board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Domestic Electricity Supplies ( 9 Dec 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: Is the Under-Secretary aware that when the amount owed is more than £150 the South of Scotland Electricity Board will not accept a direct payment for fuel from the social security department on behalf of the recipient and that, as a consequence, unemployed families with young children have been disconnected? Will he review the situation because, south of the border, payments are taken up to...

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure Proposals 1982–83 ( 8 Dec 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman mentioned supplementary benefit, because I have in my pocket a statement given to me at the weekend by a pensioner who said that because his supplementary benefit is combined with his retirement pension he is not receiving the full increase. Before the increase, his rate was £57·05 a week. It rose to £61·20—an increase of £4·15, which is only a...

Orders of the Day — Public Expenditure Proposals 1982–83 ( 8 Dec 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: I should like to make one last point. There are 3 million pensioners and, of those, hundreds of thousands are in the same boat as my constituent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Death Grant (24 Nov 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement following his consultation on the level of the death grant.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Death Grant (24 Nov 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: Does the Minister realise that when the death grant was increased in 1967 it represented 76 per cent. of the cost of a modest funeral, whereas today it represents only 9 per cent? In view of the high cost of dying—incidentally, elderly persons are prevented from insuring against it—will the hon. Gentleman give an undertaking that we shall receive more than a statement and that there will...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Scottish Economy and Industry (19 Nov 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: I draw the hon. Gentleman's attention to a very serious point. There have recently been 200 redundancies in my constituency. There have been redundancies in Fifeshire and the Borders. We met the Minister responsible for the gas and electricity industries to try to persuade him to stop the exorbitant increases in charges. Those charges represented far more than a fair profit. They made costs...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Procurement Executive (10 Nov 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: In pursuing this procurement policy, will the Minister use his good offices to ensure that Scottish industry gets the maximum opportunity to tender for this work in view of the inordinately high level of unemployment in Scotland at the present time?

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions): Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) ( 2 Jul 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: My right hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, South-East (Mr. Callaghan) argued that there was a case for an independent Ulster. My hon. Friend says, in reply to the hon. Member for Belfast, East (Mr. Robinson), that there is no evidence of that. There is evidence in a referendum that the people who live in the Six Counties by two to one wish to remain within the United Kingdom. Would it not...

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) ( 2 Jul 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: Will the council that the right hon. Gentleman hopes to establish as a representative body of both communities be purely advisory and not an executive body?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Youth Opportunities Programme (17 Jun 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: Will the Minister investigate the desirability of allocating some of the many unemployed youngsters to the LETA training establishment at Coatbridge, which has many vacant places, especially as completion of such training leads to about 70 per cent. of them finding jobs?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Death Grant ( 9 Jun 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he will be in a position to make his statement on the future of the death grant.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Death Grant ( 9 Jun 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: Does not the Minister realise that when the last increase was effected it met 70 per cent. of the cost of a modest funeral whereas the present rate meets only 10 per cent. because of spiralling costs? Does he agree that this is a meagre payment and that the present rate should be increased substantially and urgently, especially as retirement pensioners, due to their age, are unable to...

New Clause 1: Colleges of Education ( 8 Jun 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: I should like to make one or two points about the closing of the Hamilton college of education. Hamilton is situated in the county of Lanark. I am one of the Lanarkshire Members who represent an area that has sent a substantial number of young students to be trained as teachers at the college. It took many years of enterprise, initiative and effort to interest Governments in the possibility...

New Clause 7: Warrant Sales ( 2 Jun 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: I preface my remarks by thanking Mr. Speaker most gratefully for the opportunity given to me to raise this sensitive matter even at this early hour of the morning. I felt compelled to do so after listening to a reply from the Solicitor-General for Scotland to a question that I raised only a few weeks ago. The Solicitor-General said in his reply that so far as he was aware the bargain...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill: Benefits for the Long-Term Unemployed (13 May 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: I have heard from time to time statements from Conservative Members of Parliament to the effect that the monopoly of compassion is not on the Opposition side of the House. They say that they also deeply care. If they do, this is their opportunity to demonstrate that care and conviction by approving the two clauses, which have been described as modest proposals—as an effort to assist and...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill: Benefits for the Long-Term Unemployed (13 May 1981)

Mr James Dempsey: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that welcome and helpful intervention. It demonstrates unquestionably that on that issue Conservative Members of Parliament have no caring convictions and no sympathy for these people. They are the very individuals with whom I am concerned. Imagine the erosion in the benefit received by that sick and injured person who has to pay £5 from his invalidity...


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