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Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Share Ownership (12 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the change in the number of persons owning shares in the past five years.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Share Ownership (12 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that that transformation to share and home ownership under successive Conservative Governments has put us well on course to becoming a property and share-owning democracy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing Industry (11 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the change in manufacturing industry productivity in the past 10 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing Industry (11 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: I thank my hon. Friend for that encouraging news. Does he agree that, at the same time, manufacturing exports increased by more than two thirds? Is that not a significant springboard for the future for British manufacturing industry?

Northern Ireland (5 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: rose⤔

Northern Ireland (5 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: As our right hon. Friend the Prime Minister gave a forthright message the other day in Scotland about the Union and the importance of voting for Conservative Members of Parliament in Scotland, will my right hon. Friend say something to the 11 or 12 Conservative candidates who will stand in Northern Ireland at the next election?

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords]: Adult Education Funding for Community Colleges (3 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: I support the new clause so ably advocated by my hon. Friend the Member for Tiverton (Sir R. Maxwell-Hyslop). Fortunately, my amendment No. 6 has been grouped with it. That gives me an opportunity not only to explain my support for my hon. Friend's proposal but to touch upon the real concerns that we still have in Leicestershire. I say "still" because my hon. Friend the Minister of State was...

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords]: Adult Education Funding for Community Colleges (3 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that helpful intervention. Leicestershire has a hung or balanced local authority. For many years, no one party has had overall control. The adult basic education structure and further education structure in the county has blossomed so much because the three parties have got together around the committee table and done what is best for the people who...

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords]: Report on Provision for Adult Education (3 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: I do not presume to answer for my hon. Friend the Member for Truro (Mr. Taylor) on that. He was invited to write an article for The House Magazine, which he duly did. I suggest that the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Mr. Pawsey) writes to my hon. Friend, who will answer him directly.

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords]: Report on Provision for Adult Education (3 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: I know that the hon. Gentleman is seeking to improve the Bill, although he has taken a long time to get to new clause 1. He has just mentioned it for the first time in a quarter of an hour. Can he give us any idea how much the new clause would cost? As I read it, it will provide for an army of additional civil servants. It would be—untypically—dishonest of the hon. Gentleman if he did not...

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords]: Report on Provision for Adult Education (3 Mar 1992)

Mr John Farr: I am anxious to do all I can to support my right hon. and learned Friend. Given the rate at which we are progressing and the strict timetable by which we are governed, it is possible that we shall not reach new clause 7, which deals with a specific worry affecting my constituency in Leicestershire. Under the new clause, colleges of further education, and the basic adult education system,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Internment (27 Feb 1992)

Mr John Farr: Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that he will discard no weapon at all in the fight against terrorism—including internment, if necessary? Should it unfortunately prove necessary, will my right hon. Friend make arrangements for it possibly to be introduced without notice and simultaneously after consultation with the Government of the Republic of Ireland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Expenditure (20 Feb 1992)

Mr John Farr: Is it not time to cease the spiteful vendetta against a group of pathetic old people who really have nothing left to offer?

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill (14 Feb 1992)

Mr John Farr: Is the hon. Gentleman aware—I do not think that he is—that, because one of the effects of clause 2 would be to ban hunting, within a month of the clause becoming law, up to 1 million horses will be put down? [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh, come on."] Up to 1 million horses will be slaughtered because there will be no further practical use for them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Hosiery and Knitwear (12 Feb 1992)

Mr John Farr: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he has taken in the last six months to protect hosiery and knitwear manufacturers from dumped third-world imports.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Hosiery and Knitwear (12 Feb 1992)

Mr John Farr: Is my hon. Friend aware that up to 500,000 jobs in Britain depend on having a sensible, controlled market, and that discipline and control of third world dumped imports can be brought about only if we have a sensible GATT regime? Will my hon. Friend please encourage my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to press to ensure that we have the protection of a new GATT structure as soon as possible?

Orders of the Day — Interpretation etc. (11 Feb 1992)

Mr John Farr: I oppose the guillotine motion. I pay tribute to the right hon. Member for Blaenau. Gwent (Mr. Foot). Over the years I have listened to many forceful speeches by the right hon. Gentleman, who always speaks common sense, and I have often agreed with him. The House will be the poorer after the election when the right hon. Gentleman will not be with us. My hon. Friend the Member for Honiton...

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords] (11 Feb 1992)

Mr John Farr: I welcome this opportunity of contributing to this stage of the debate, and I am well aware that there are likely to be further opportunities after 10 o'clock. It is important to my constituents and me that I should recognise the kindness of my hon. Friend the Minister of State in seeing delegations from my part of the world on two or three occasions. The most recent was last week, when a...

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords] (11 Feb 1992)

Mr John Farr: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way because it gives me an opportunity that the Secretary of State denied me to tell the hon. Gentleman that the adult education proposals have been put to Leicestershire education authority since I saw the Minister last week. The authority unanimously turned them down as being totally inadequate.

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords] (11 Feb 1992)

Mr John Farr: I am anxious to support my right hon. and learned Friend and I am listening to his every word. Will he tell me how I can persuade my constituents, who already have an adult basic education service and a further education service that are as high as, if not higher than, anything that is set out in the Bill, that they should support change that can be only for the worse if there is not some...


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