Results 1–20 of 291 for speaker:Mr Cecil Franks

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Waiting Lists (18 Feb 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many in-patients are waiting for longer than a year for treatment; and what was the corresponding figure for 1979.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Waiting Lists (18 Feb 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: Those figures are welcome, as is the 60 per cent. reduction in the northern region of those having to wait more than two years. Is not the essential difference between Government policies and those of the Opposition that the Government's prime concern lies with patients' interests, while Opposition Members' prime concern is to keep happy the unions that pay and sponsor them?

Amphibious Forces (13 Feb 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: Together with many other hon. Members, I warmly welcome what the Minister has said this afternoon—not least that Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd. will be among those invited to tender for the aircraft support ship. I wonder if I could possibly assist the Minister in response to the question put to him by my hon. Friend the Member for East Hampshire (Mr. Mates). I noted that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident ( 4 Feb 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: The Secretary of State will be aware of the further 600 redundancies announced yesterday in the shipyards in Barrow which will bring to 4,500 the number of jobs lost since "Options for Change" was announced about 18 months ago. Will he therefore take this opportunity to emphasise the employment aspect as well as the strategic importance of the fourth submarine? Will he also note the...

Type 23 Frigates (23 Jan 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: While the Secretary of State's announcement is good news for Yarrow and the Clyde, it is none the less a disappointment for the other three shipyards that submitted tenders, not least VSEL in Barrow, although the order for the 4.5 inch gun would be welcome. The Secretary of State referred to Trident. To pursue the question put by the hon. and learned Member for Fife, North-East (Mr....

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: The hon. and learned Gentleman was here an hour or so ago, and no doubt heard the exchange between the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Mr. Kaufman) and myself. So far as I am aware, the right hon. Gentleman has not visited Barrow during my eight and a half years as an hon. Member or ever—unless he has come in the middle of the night. I wonder whether, during the hon. and learned...

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: rose——

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I believe that I am right in thinking that it is a convention of this House that, when an hon. Member refers to another hon. Member, he must then give way to him, should the latter wish to intervene.

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Will you give us a ruling on what I said?

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: It is the one that I raised a few moments ago.

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: I would usually say that I was grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way, but he gave way with such a lack of dignity that he does not deserve my gratitude. The question that I put to the right hon. Gentleman—he can save his hyperbole for the general election—is one that I put twice in writing to the Leader of the Opposition, who refused to answer it. I put the question on...

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr Cecil Franks: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I seek your guidance. You will no doubt be aware of the amendment tabled in the name of the hon. Member for Islington, North (Mr. Corbyn) and others calling for the scrapping of Trident and the decommissioning of Polaris. May I draw to your attention the fact that 130 members of the parliamentary Labour party, if not more, are also members of the Campaign for...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Cecil Franks: It is a rare occasion when I, as an hon. Member representing a northern constituency, am able to participate in a debate on a Friday. The last time I had that privilege was about eight years ago when I introduced a private Member's Bill on cycle tracks. That Bill was concerned with safety and today's debate concerns a matter of vastly greater importance, the safety of future generations. I...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Cecil Franks: It is not I who is misleading the House, but the hon. Member for Blaydon. He has just heard with his own ears, as did every right hon. and hon. Member in the Chamber, Labour's official policy on the fourth submarine. Long-lead items also apply in respect of the hunter-killers, on whose construction he hopes the people of Barrow could be employed in the event of a Labour Government's being...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Cecil Franks: I am one of them, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I waited patiently for two and a quarter hours for this opportunity to speak. This debate gives the House the first-ever opportunity to debate Labour's nuclear defence policy, in so far as it has one. There is nothing dishonourable about an individual or a political party, if they are genuine, choosing to change their minds and policies. However—and...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Cecil Franks: As a member of the Defence Committee, the hon. Member knows that four shipyards build for the Ministry of Defence, but that there will be sufficient work for only two of them. Of those four shipyards, VSEL is by far the strongest, in terms of its finances, order book, and skills. In the mid-1970s, VSEL was obliged, rightly, by British Shipbuilders to come out of warship building and to...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Cecil Franks: I am sorry that the hon. Gentleman finds what I am saying so embarrassing, but I intend to continue to embarrass him, and all the members of CND, for as long as they choose to put their points of view. While conferring on themselves the right to put those points of view, they deny the same right to Members of Parliament who disagree with them.

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Cecil Franks: I take it as a great compliment that Labour Members want me to complete my speech as quickly as possible, and thus get them off the hook. For the past five years, I have heard one after another say that Trident is only being built to save the seat of the hon. Member for Barrow and Furness; and I have let it go. They should appreciate, however, that—if they are speaking the...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Cecil Franks: The hon. Member for Motherwell, North (Dr. Reid) is now suggesting that programmes depend not on strategic needs but on costs. Is that now Labour's official policy? The hon. Gentleman is saying one thing, while the hon. Member for Clackmannan sitting next to him on the Front Bench, says another. Will the two of them make up their minds, and present the House with a single policy? Labour's...


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