Results 3221–3240 of 3336 for speaker:Mr Reginald Freeson

Improvement Grants (Cuts) (16 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: I am dealing with a vital matter. I will not give way because I am anxious to get my case across. I am representing my constituents and hundreds of thousands of people who need housing. If the Minister says, "We must look for more efficiency, especially in administration," I might be prepared to argue that with him; I will visit any local authority department and any part of any housing...

Orders of the Day — Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: I accept what the Minister says, but there can be many views about how to proceed in the Bill, and there can be sharp differences of view about the Bill. However, will he explain why the matter is not being left by the Government to a free decision by hon. Members? Will he explain why the Whips are on? Will he arrange for them to be withdrawn so that we may all express our views in the...

Orders of the Day — Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: The House has just listened to a most shoddy speech by the hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard). His speech was heard by a questionable audience which came into the House for one purpose. This may take the smile off the hon. Gentleman's face. I and other hon. Members wish to present serious matters on behalf of constituents. I did not expect to sit through about 25...

Orders of the Day — Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: There are Conservative Members who, to do them credit, will use their judgment, whatever their reservations about the Bill's contents, and support the Second Reading in the Division lobby. One or two hon Gentlemen made fair points about the manner in which some Opposition Members have been responding to their colleagues. I came to the House in a true non-partisan frame of mind. My hon....

Orders of the Day — Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: I am passionately angry that an entirely non-partisan measure should have been treated in such a way by the Whips' Office and the Ministers concerned. I am not angry about the agreement over the Bill because that is what this place is all about.

Orders of the Day — Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: I shall not take any lessons or advice from those who are not interested in the issues before the House.

Orders of the Day — Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill (18 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: We have seen what has been taking place for the past 15 or 20 minutes at the far end of the Chamber. It is exactly what many of us feared. No one in this place minds being genuinely voted down or argued down on an issue such as the one before us, but this is the third time that the Government's predisposition has been handled in this way. The Opposition will probably lose on this occasion for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Land Disposal (23 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Is it not true that the building industry's organisations have made it clear, both privately and publicly, that most of the land that is publicly owned and on the register is not suitable for most development, including large-scale housing development, and that one of the main reasons is that large areas of the land do not have infrastructure services? Does the Secretary of State accept that...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Public Expenditure (24 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Does the Minister accept that the prospective reduction in housing investment next year, totalling nearly £500 million, is in fact a reduction in the real economic activity of this country and will produce about 30,000 job losses in building and related industries?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Public Expenditure (24 Nov 1983)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Answer the question.

Orders of the Day — Rates Bill (17 Jan 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: What about grants?

Orders of the Day — Rates Bill (17 Jan 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Whatever the bandying about between one decade and another on rate support grant levels, can the right hon. Gentleman tell us when, before the advent of this Government, there has been such a major and sharp reduction in central Government assistance to local authorities within such a short period as four to five years? Secondly, will he answer the question that was put to him in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Feb 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Will the Prime Minister add to the list of her engagements today, or shortly, a meeting with the chairman of the governors of the BBC with a view to removing the cut imposed on a major local radio station in London, which has resulted in a significant reduction in the black Londoners' programme, the only one of its kind operated in this country today?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Schools (6 Mar 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Will the Secretary of State bear in mind an extremely important aspect of the issue concerning capital expenditure in schools which for some time has not received the attention that it should have done? I refer to the many schools where, for whatever reason, there has been a failure over many years to establish proper planned maintenance programmes, with the result that there is a need for...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Public Expenditure (8 Mar 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Will the Chancellor bear in mind that private sector industry depends largely on public expenditure, especially on capital account, and in particular that the construction industry depends for about 50 per cent. of its work load on public capital investment? Would it not be wise, if not urgent, to increase capital investment for the benefit of the construction industry, get the houses and...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Small Businesses (5 Apr 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Does the Financial Secretary agree that many small building firms do most of their work for housing associations and local authorities in housing refurbishment? Does he further agree that when the budgets of housing associations and local authorities are cash limited, the imposition of VAT on refurbishment work will result in a considerable reduction in the amount of such work done by small...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill (22 May 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: This Bill, like much else that is associated with this subject, and the conduct of our debates at the hands of the Government are unworthy of the Secretary of State, for whom, generally speaking, I have considerable regard and respect. The Bill can be described only as political opportunism. It is before us for one reason only — that the Government do not like the the political complexion...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill (22 May 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: There is too little time to give way. I shall sit down in a moment. No arguments have withstood that simple proposition. It is a precedent. It has been done before. It could have been done this time, but the Government have not done it, for one reason—political opportunism. It is nothing to do with all the arguments and speeches that we have heard about devolution. That is a disgrace to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: New Ireland Forum (24 May 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Will the Secretary of State accept that while it is right to be cautious—indeed, he has to be cautious in his response to the New Ireland Forum report —the report provides, if not a blueprint, at least an agenda for a process that is long overdue of genuine political dialogue about the future of Northern Ireland in relation to the Republic as well as to this country? Secondly, does he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: National Mobility Scheme (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: For those who need to improve their housing conditions and escape from the appalling conditions in which they currently live, would it not be better to increase mobility by increasing significantly—by many millions of pounds — the investment programmes of the local authorities and housing associations in the most hard-hit areas in the country? When will the Government face the fact that...


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