Results 121–140 of 1714 for speaker:Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Expenditure (23 Oct 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Does my right hon. and learned Friend nevertheless agree that although he is leaving this to the local education authorities, quite rightly, he must use all his power and influence to see that school textbooks, which are central to education, are the least affected by these cuts? I add my plea to that of the hon. Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Mitchell), that textbooks, which are the...

Exchange Controls (23 Oct 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is my right hon. and learned Friend able to estimate the enormous increase in the earnings of the City of London as a result of being freed from the interminable barriers and paperwork that were required by the contols that he has so rightly abolished?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: North-East Lancashire (26 Jul 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: When my right hon. Friend visits North-East Lancashire, she will receive a very warm welcome. Will she take the opportunity to explain to the people there—who understand these things better than do the people in some areas—that there are now great opportunities for an industrial policy that will get this country moving forward again?

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Post Office (23 Jul 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: As an alternative to my hon. Friend's suggestion, does my right hon. Friend remember how well the Post Office worked in the old days when a Postmaster-General was sitting on the Treasury Bench? If for ideological reasons on the Opposition Benches it is impossible to do what my hon. Friend suggests, would my right hon. Friend at least revert to the old system by which we could deal with, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: No-Strike Agreement (18 Jul 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Whatever the idea of a no-strike agreement may be, what sort of sanction does my hon. Friend think he can write into such an agreement, and how enforceable would such a sanction be?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Duchy of Lancaster (16 Jul 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Before my right hon. Friend goes to the North-West, will he discover and let us know what are the boundaries of his jurisdiction between the county of Lancaster and the Duchy of Lancaster and as between the county of Lancaster and the counties of Merseyside and Greater Manchester? Does that jurisdiction extend over the whole of those three counties in such matters, for example, as the...

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (29 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Does my right hon. Friend agree that when making oral statements of this sort it is in a way more interesting to hear the results of past meetings than a mere agenda for the future? We had an interesting example just now from my right hon. Friend's own lips when we learnt of the very satisfactory results of the Lomé renegotiation. Secondly, can he tell us whether the Finance Ministers, when...

Business of the House (28 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: In view of the continual difficulties over the printing of parliamentary papers and other products of the Stationery Office, and when this particular episode is over, will my right hon. Friend consider making a report to the House on the reasons for these interruptions in the proper supply of our papers? Is he aware that every time a settlement is made Ministers breathe a sigh of relief and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Consent to Prosecutions (25 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Speaking generally, when the Attorney-General considers whether his consent is necessary in a particular case, will he consider the question whether contingency fees have been offered to the chief witnesses? Does he agree that this is a deplorable practice and that the payment appears to be dependent upon a conviction? Will he take immediate steps either to ban the practice or, if necessary,...

Vietnamese Refugees (18 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Will my right hon. Friend be more specific about who or what is preventing a United Nations emergency conference? Has he observed that the Prime Minister of Thailand, which is a country most deeply and immediately involved, has offered to host such a conference in Bangkok at once?

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Foreign Ministers (13 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Among the list of matters discussed, did I hear the words "European monetary system"? If not, why not?

Committee of Selection (12 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: This is a most interesting debate. When I first entered this House, nobody wished to serve on the Committee of Selection at any price. Nobody, 300 years ago, wished to serve in this House. People had to be shanghaied into this House. Twenty years ago people had to be drafted on to this Committee. But now, of course—and quite rightly, as the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr....

Committee of Selection (12 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The hon. Gentleman is modest, as always. Nevertheless, his name is rightly linked with these proposals. They will be looked into. The hon. Member for Perry Barr put forward a very good argument on the selectors. All I suggest to him is that, at 20 minutes to 11 tonight, before the 76 proposals of the Committee of the hon. Member for Nottingham, West, or whoever's Committee it is, are...

Committee of Selection (12 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I am obliged to the hon. Gentleman. We cannot tonight hold up the whole procedure of the House, because the selectors of the selectors are the foundation and groundwork of our procedures. Let us get on with it tonight, but let us accept the view that we can no longer go on with the rough and ready, black and white, Whips from both sides—

Committee of Selection (12 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Hits and misses, as my hon. Friend the Member for Essex, South-East (Sir B. Braine) puts it. Let us get on with it tonight, but take seriously what the hon. Member for Perry Barr has said. The question of the selection of the judges is crucial to the life of the House and of democracy.

Committee of Selection (12 Jun 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Give them half a seat.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Costs (22 May 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I agree with my right hon. and learned Friend about primary and secondary education and the dangers of a national education service. Will he preserve an open mind about further education, which is less of a danger, where the local interest is far less than in primary and secondary education?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Multi-Fibre Arrangement (12 Mar 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Does the Secretary of State accept, either wholly or in part, the complaint made by Hong Kong that although its quota has been reduced for imports into this country, ostensibly in the interests of the home producers, the shortfall has been made up, not by the home producers, but by importers from other countries?

Employment Protection Acts (8 Mar 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The question tonight surely, is whether the operation of the dismissal procedures in the Employment Protection Act is an obstacle to employment. It is as simple as that. Nobody pretends that it is a great obstacle. Some people believe it to be a greater obstacle than others believe it to be. There are far greater obstacles to employment. I should have thought that the taxation system was a...

Employment Protection Acts (8 Mar 1979)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The small business man does not employ lawyers. I wish that he did. The case would go much faster if he did. He cannot get his costs back even if he wins and so he is at a grave bargaining disadvantage. He settles in nine cases out of 10, even though he may have a good case. He settles because it is cheaper for him to do so. Even if he wins he knows that he has to pay his own expenses and...


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