Results 1–20 of 2729 for speaker:Mr Michael Jopling

Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis (17 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Jopling: I have read a parliamentary answer which stated that Ministers were first told about the BSE situation in June 1987. That was a week or two after I left the Ministry, which was fortuitous timing from my point of view.

Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis (17 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Jopling: My only comment on the speech that we have just listened to is that the leader of the Liberal Democrats has a bare-faced cheek coming in five minutes before his spokesman makes a speech and then telling us what has been left out from the first hour and a quarter of the debate. If is he going to interfere in debates in that way, I hope that he will do us the courtesy of listening to the debate...

Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis (17 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Jopling: I regard that as a total distortion of the events in March and of what has happened since. I do not recognise the facts from what the hon. Gentleman has said.

Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis (17 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Jopling: My hon. Friend is exactly right. There was a leak and Ministers had no option. They did the right and responsible thing at the time. I think that this is only the second time that I have spoken in an agriculture debate since I left the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1987. It is necessary to make some points about the crisis and what has happened and deal with what I regard...

Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis (17 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Jopling: No, I shall finish this point. I understand that Mr. Metcalfe also made recommendations to the Labour Minister of the day—I cannot remember whether it was Fred Peart or Cledwyn Hughes—and I am sure they are still somewhere in a cubbyhole in the Ministry. To be honest, neither we as parliamentarians nor MAFF took him very seriously, and perhaps we have all lived to regret it. I want to...

Local Government Finance (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: Will the Secretary of State confirm that his announcement today is very good news for the Cumbria police? On top of last year's above average increase of 5.6 per cent. in spending power, he is announcing today an increase of 2.8 per cent. in spending power, which is again above average. Is he aware that, up to June this year, that increase led to a reduction in crime in Cumbria of almost 1.5...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: I hope that those interventions will not come out of my 10 minutes. I shall begin by making two points. First, I have been the holder of a firearms certificate for many years. I have two handguns: they are first world war trophies which belonged to my father. They were dismantled at the police's request, and the parts are kept in separate places. I have never fired them: I cannot remember...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: rose—

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Could you help the House with regard to motion No. 2 on the Order Paper? It is not exactly a wholly new precedent, but I believe that it is the first time that such procedure has been challenged in the House. I read motion No. 2 under the heading "Business of the House" and like, I suspect, many of my colleagues I said to myself, "That's a guillotine...

Free Trade and Foreign Policy (11 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: Does the White Paper recognise the immense commercial opportunities in the Commonwealth which were recently highlighted by the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs? Does it also recognise that an essential catalyst for our successful international trade is to have well-staffed commercial sections in our embassies around the world as well as a highly effective World Service? Therefore, will he...

Opposition Day: BSE (25 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May I draw your attention to the fact that the Liberal Democrats' motion for debate today does something which, although I understand it to be perfectly in order, is done only rarely—it makes a personal attack on a Minister? It has been well known for a good many weeks that the year's most important meeting of the Council of Ministers is taking...

Opposition Day: BSE (25 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: But, Mr. Deputy Speaker, you are the guardian of the rights of all Members of this House and you must ensure that there is fair play. I suggest to you that what the Liberal Democrats have done today is sneaky, underhand and cowardly.

Schools (Self-government) (25 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: Will my right hon. Friend understand that, while her welcome statement contains proposals for grammar schools, those proposals should not be the norm everywhere? Will she, for instance, consider the situation in Kendal in my constituency where we have two excellent grant-maintained comprehensive schools, one the old grammar school and the other the former secondary modern school, whose...

European Council, Florence (24 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: Is the Prime Minister aware that the beef settlement is an important and welcome step towards the ultimate solution of the crisis? Is he further aware that he should not take notice of those who speak for the two Opposition parties, who seem to have turned being wise after the event into a minor science? With regard to the accelerated slaughter process and in the event of dairy cows being...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Protected Areas (29 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: I shall try to be brief. There is still an element of uncertainty which my hon. Friend the Minister has not been able to put aside. Why not include in the Bill a provision that the reviews can only bring more land into the exempt area and cannot take land that is already exempted outside the area?

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Protected Areas (29 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: Over a good many years, I have taken an interest in the effects of right-to-buy arrangements that were introduced on to the statute book through the Housing Act 1980. Although I have always been a great enthusiast of the right to buy, I have been anxious that, in some areas of the country, the full effect of an open market on rented property should not apply to the right to buy. I start by...

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill: Protected Areas (29 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: That is right. My hon. Friend, whose constituency joins mine and who is a distinguished former Member of the European Parliament—for my constituency as well as her own—has put her finger on an important point. I was always concerned that the right-to-buy arrangements could, if allowed to develop in an uncontrolled way, drive council houses out of the hands of locally born and locally...

Clause 5: Marital Breakdown (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: On a point of order, Sir Geoffrey. The Committee has just had a Division in which more than 100 Conservative Members voted against the guts of the Bill. I ask the Leader of the House, who is in his place, to reconsider the Bill when things have cooled down a little. [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."] I ask my right hon. Friend to reconsider whether the Bill ought to be proceeded with.

Clause 5: Marital Breakdown (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: My hon. Friend has told us at some length about the agonies that are experienced by participants in a divorce where fault is involved. Would it not be true to say that the agonies of the participants are nothing when compared with those of the children, which seem to be infinitely more important? The evidence suggests that, by moving to no-fault divorces, the number of divorces increases....

BSE (3 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Jopling: Does the Minister realise that, although his announcement today of assistance for slaughterhouses and of the banks' involvement is welcome, the effect could be serious for the infrastructure in some rural areas? I am thinking of a wider group than, say, slaughterhouses. Hauliers and markets could be badly affected. At the same time, the bad effects could be much more regionalised. Will he try...


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