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Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: In all seriousness, is it not a sad commentary on Britain, which has such a proud record of civilised values and standing, that almost alone among west European countries we should still be debating this issue? Why does not the right hon. Gentleman introduce a one clause Bill to abolish corporal punishment, and fall in line with all other civilised practices?

Lorries (GLC Ban): Rate Support Grant (England) (16 Jul 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Further to the point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. If the Minister is unwilling to act, we need your guidance. The Minister said that Northumberland will not suffer because the figures can be adjusted in a later submission. No doubt the same argument could be applied—it would be by him—if there were queries on other figures. We might learn of such figures later. It is good if...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Derelict Dormant Land (10 Jul 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Is not one of the biggest single obstacles to bringing derelict land back into use, particularly in inner cities, the Government's failure to remove the restrictions on the expenditure of derelict land grant? Have not hundreds of projects submitted by local authorities been held up by the Government's restrictions? Could such schemes not bring commerce, industry and housing, and private...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Jun 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Referring back to earlier barbarism and terrorism, will the Prime Minister tell us why British intelligence services, for which she is responsible, have blocked the release of information on Klaus Barbie held by American State Departments and being sought by special investigators trying to combat Nazi cells in America, and failed to provide information in connection with the Klaus Barbie...

Business of the House (13 May 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Will the Leader of the House use his good offices to get the Prime Minister to make a statement to the House when we return after the recess as to why the intelligence services, for which she is responsible, blocked the release of information on Klaus Barbie, which was sought from the United States Government by special prosecutors seeking to track down ex-Nazis and bring them to trial?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Unemployment Costs (13 May 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that, contrary to what he said about not keeping people unemployed, if the Government decided to invest about £1 billion a year in various forms of constructive activity, about 30,000 jobs could be created by that expenditure?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rating (8 May 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Instead of undertaking another secretive review, why will the Government not just republish the Layfield report and make some conclusions based on that? Is it not a fact that a poll tax would need so many qualifications and exemptions that it would end up, as the Select Committee said in 1982, as a crude kind of local income tax, and that it would be far better to go fully down that road and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 May 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Is the Prime Minister aware that the Foreign Office has been keeping files on Klaus Barbie and Dr. Mengele and has refused to release those files? In this week of VE celebrations, does the right hon. Lady agree that it would be appropriate to instruct the Foreign Office to release those files? What is it hiding?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Student Grant (22 Jan 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: When will the Secretary of State implement the proposals, which have been in and out of his Department for the past 10 years under successive Governments, on the introduction of a mandatory grant for all prospective students between the ages of 16 and 19 years? If the proposals cannot be implemented in the immediate future, what action will be taken within the coming months to enlarge and...

Local Authority Capital Expenditure (England) (18 Dec 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Is it not the case that DoE officials have great doubts about those statistics? Will the Secretary of State please tell the House and my constituents in Brent how many of the 1,000 families who are living in bed and breakfast accommodation and other temporary hostels will be rehoused if the Government continually cut capital expenditure? Will he tell the construction industry and the House...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (3 Dec 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: For many months to come, and possibly a good deal longer than that, we in this Parliament and many thousands of elected and professional people in local and national Government will be squandering our resources on what is an ill-conceived Bill and was an ill-conceived idea from the start. There is no doubt in my mind, and there have been no doubts for some years past, that reforms are...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (3 Dec 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: I see no relevance in that observation. I am commenting on the report that Sir Frank Marshall prepared. With respect to the hon. Member for Fulham (Mr. Stevens), he should pay more attention to the views expressed by Sir Frank Marshall and by other members of his own party at that time inside and outside county hall, including one or two Ministers who are now on the Treasury Bench supporting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (31 Jul 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Despite the recent small addition to the enterprise allowance budget, is there not a vast waiting list throughout the country because the Government have not made the resources available for the scheme? The Secretary of State has given a phoney answer. People are not getting the money.

Local Authority Capital Expenditure (England) (18 Jul 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Why no option?

Local Authority Capital Expenditure (England) (18 Jul 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Will the Secretary of State give an undertaking that he will not add to the shambles that he is creating by announcing in September, October or November further cuts or a moratorium on local authority capital spending? Will the right hon. Gentleman undertake not to make such a decision later this year?

Youth Service (Report) (11 Jul 1984)

Mr Reginald Freeson: The Secretary of State, at least twice in answer to questions, said that he did not feel that it was right to introduce a statutory base for the youth service because it needed to be linked with fresh legislation on further education, to which he is also opposed. Will he please reconsider this, because it is a fundamental question which requires attention, and at least give authority within...

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...

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...

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...


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