Results 1–20 of 1045 for speaker:Mr Michael Grylls

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Regulations (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Michael Grylls: Important points have been raised. As others have said, the voluntary movement is a hugely important part of our national life. I should like to say a little about the Prince's Trust, which has done much to help people start their own businesses—especially disadvantaged people who do not receive much help from other sources, and do not have much capital. The trust does a wonderful job...

Clause 2: Business of the House (18 Mar 1997)

Mr Michael Grylls: Will my right hon. Friend find time tomorrow to debate the excellent state of the British economy? I am sure that everybody in the House, and people outside, would like a debate so that they can understand the great strength of the British economy and how it is the best in Europe.

London Underground (25 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Grylls: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the best hope for a first-class underground system that will benefit all Londoners lies with moving it into the private sector and away from political control? Private capital—without limit, if that is viable—would benefit everyone. It is obvious that there is nothing new about new Labour: it is still old Labour, which lives for nationalisation and...

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: This has been a powerful debate, ably instigated by my hon. Friend the Member for Weston-super-Mare (Sir J. Wiggin). The common thread running through it from our side and from the Liberal Benches has been the strong feeling on the subject of compensation. My right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary has listened carefully to the debate and is always responsive to feelings in the...

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful ( 4 Dec 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: My hon. Friend has been in the House for a year or two. He will recall that in the mid-1970s the then Labour Government nationalised the shipbuilding industry among others and gave wholly inadequate compensation. The Conservative Opposition quite rightly fought that tooth and nail for the very reason about which my hon. Friend has just spoken—fairness. It would be perverse and a blot on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: Will my right hon. Friend find time today to consider the cash flow crisis that is affecting so many lorry drivers, many of whom come from small firms or are self-employed? Their problems are due entirely to the failure of the French Government to keep their highways clear. As a practical measure, will he consider asking the banks to be patient with those firms? Will he also do everything...

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: If any Conservative Members had doubted the wisdom of having this debate, those doubts must have been swept away by now. Clearly, we have flushed out Labour in respect of the extraordinary windfall tax about which Opposition Members have been talking for the past four years. The resulting headline might be, "New Labour, old attitudes". I listened carefully to the speech by the hon. Member...

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point, which will be taken on board very widely by people, because the notion of "excess profits" is entirely subjective. Let us suppose that one of the excellent small businesses that has been encouraged and helped to start by the benign regime of 17 years of Conservative government—low tax and all that stuff—has got going. Let us suppose that the firm is...

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: The fact remains that the higher the profits, the bigger the corporation tax take, so there is more money for all the things that we all care about, such as education, and all the social services which always need more money. Taxation cannot be raised if there are no profits. This is very boring stuff, I know. [Interruption.] Well, it is. We thought that Labour had left all that behind, but...

Windfall Tax (21 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: Or cut jobs? The accountants' report on the regional electricity companies—[Interruption.] The Opposition should listen to this; I am just about to conclude. The report says that, in the regional electricity companies, it is thought that they would have to cut about 6,000 jobs. The deputy leader of the Labour party said that all that money would go into job creation. It will not. The tax...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Inward Investment ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is not just a question of investment? From analysing the figures my right hon. Friend has just given, one sees that jobs are being exported from Germany and France to Great Britain, to the benefit of the British people who are getting extra jobs.

Opposition Day: Ministry of Defence Housing (16 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the freehold of those properties is better off in the hands of professional property managers whose sole business is looking after property and who understand it, rather than in the hands of the Ministry of Defence, and that the resulting standard should be very much higher? He mentioned the £100 million to be spent on improving the properties. Will he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing Output (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: Does my hon. Friend agree that the biggest contribution that any Government can make to help manufacturing industry is to maintain a stable economic climate and, above all, keep inflation down? The Government have been very successful at that. I really wonder how the Opposition, with their appalling record on inflation, which destroyed jobs in manufacturing industry, have the impertinence...

Nuclear Industry (Privatisation) (18 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: I am following the hon. Gentleman's argument carefully. He said that the pressures on a privatised nuclear industry would make it less safe. If he could point to any of the industries that we have privatised in all these years in which that has happened, his argument might have some strength. I cannot recall any that have become less safe because of commercial pressures in the private sector.

Nuclear Industry (Privatisation) (18 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: I should like to follow the remarks of the hon. Member for Truro (Mr. Taylor), but I think that the point I made in my intervention was right. The value of something is its marketplace value, and that is what we should be considering, but we have been around that course. Decommissioning costs, as the hon. Gentleman knows very well, since he has been talking about them, have been dealt with...

Nuclear Industry (Privatisation) (18 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: The hon. Gentleman will have to wait and see what the efficiency gains will be. We cannot prejudge the matter. It would be ridiculous for me to say that they will be X, Y or Z, and it would be equally ridiculous for him to say that they will not be X, Y or Z. We can, however, make a judgement on the basis of experience. There is no doubt in my mind that the Government underestimated the costs...

Nuclear Industry (Privatisation) (18 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: The hon. Gentleman is talking about the costs of an industry or a product. If he were selling his car, its cost would be quite irrelevant. The price that he gets for it is the price in the market. The price at which people who have applied for shares in this privatisation is the price that they are prepared to pay. He must understand that the price has nothing whatever to do with the cost of...

Competitiveness White Paper (13 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: Will my right hon. Friend take encouragement from the figures that he announced this afternoon, showing that 1 million new firms have been created during the past 17 years? That is in no small measure due to the enormous number of changes that we have made in legislation, to encourage small and medium-sized firms. Will he continue that work? Will he also ensure that large public companies...

New Schedule: Greenwich Hospital ( 9 May 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: As my hon. Friend has raised the question of the tri-service college in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Wilkinson), will he think again about the proposal temporarily to coelocate the staff college to Bracknell? The information that I have is that the staff college in Camberley in my constituency is concerned about that and that Bracknell will be an unattractive...

Opposition Day: Railtrack (17 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Grylls: Will my right hon. Friend be gentle with the Opposition, as this is a sad day for them? They are seeing the last of the great state corporations demolished and returned to the private sector. He should be sensitive, if I may say so. It is a happy day for the traveller, but a sad one for the Labour party.

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