Results 1–20 of 634 for speaker:Mr Roger Knapman

Bill Presented: Pensions (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Roger Knapman: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Agriculture Council (22 Jun 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: Does my right hon. Friend agree that this is a fair balance between the need on the one hand to protect animals—especially young animals—while in transit and the need on the other hand to ensure that our agriculture industry is not burdened unnecessarily or made uncompetitive? Is my right hon. Friend encouraged that bodies as diverse as the Farmers Union of Wales and the RSPCA have...

Halifax Summit (19 Jun 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: When discussing economic affairs, did my right hon. Friend and other leaders discuss the position in socialist Spain, which was recently obliged to increase its interest rates by 0.75 per cent. to meet convergence criteria—and that despite a 24 per cent. unemployment rate? Does not that show my right hon. Friend's wisdom in maintaining our opt-out from a single currency?

Council Tax (15 Jun 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: Is it the case that Gloucestershire county council has acknowledged that, even if it was capped at the present level, there would be no need for cuts in school budgets? If that is the case, the Liberal and Labour parties in that county have been running an absolutely disgraceful campaign using individual schools and the pupils in them as political pawns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Inflation (15 Jun 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how long the underlying rate of inflation has been at or around its current level. [27034]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Inflation (15 Jun 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend on his speech at the Mansion house last night. Does he agree that the careful control of inflation is absolutely essential for the promotion and protection of the prosperity of middle England, especially those on lower incomes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Local Government Reorganisation (12 Jun 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: When the new unitary authorities are in place, will there be anything to stop the new councillors from quadrupling their allowances and expenses?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Live Animal Exports (8 Jun 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the way forward is not to ban veal calf exports, which would have a devastating effect on our farmers, but to ban veal crates in Europe, which is an initiative that we have already taken?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (7 Jun 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has drawn up a formal agenda for the forthcoming intergovernmental conference. [25442]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (7 Jun 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. At a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to find those who wish to remember that they voted for the Maastricht treaty, I was wondering whether a White Paper would he a useful performance factor to enable the Foreign Office to prove that it is winning all the arguments? For instance, in the preamble we still have such phrases as "ever...

Points of Order (17 May 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. It is probably true that members of the Labour party are safe from allegations of sleaze, because who on earth would employ them outside this place?

Points of Order (17 May 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: The hon. Member for Neath (Mr. Hain) has twice in the past 12 months made allegations of sleaze and has rightly had to come before the House to grovel and apologise to you, Madam Speaker. How many times can an hon. Member do that? If the hon. Gentleman has already had to come before the House twice, having made misleading allegations, should he be allowed to do it yet again this afternoon?

Business of the House (4 May 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: Will my right hon. Friend use his influence through the usual channels to try to ensure that next Wednesday's debate is about the national health service as a whole rather than the NHS in London? If the service is as bad as the Opposition parties are saying, why are people living longer? Is it because they are eating bran for breakfast?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (4 May 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: Will my right hon. Friend bear it in mind that on average the United Kingdom has much larger farms than many of our European Community partners, which sometimes means that we have different interests? Will he consider that aspect when he fights for British agriculture?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Nursery Education (24 Apr 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: Could the benefits of nursery education be made available to Mr. Howard Davies, the new deputy governor of the Bank of England, as surely that is the most bizarre appointment since Caligula made his horse a consul?

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Tenancies Bill [Lords]: Reference to Arbitration of Refusal or Failure to Give Consent or of Condition Attached to Consent. (19 Apr 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Minister and my hon. Friend the Minister of State who, by giving the right to tenant right, have now got the Bill as near to perfection as possible, such even that the hon. Members for Clwyd, South-West (Mr. Jones) and for Edinburgh, East (Dr. Strang) would find it difficult to vote against any aspect of it. We now have in the Bill, as I understand it,...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Tenancies Bill [Lords]: Reference to Arbitration of Refusal or Failure to Give Consent or of Condition Attached to Consent. (19 Apr 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for all that he says. However, the crucial matter—because my hon. Friend is so right that that is a pivotal part, not of the Bill but of the practice—is whether all that information is provided before the Bill is enacted. The critical point is not whether it is early or late summer but whether it is before the date of enactment.

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Tenancies Bill [Lords]: Agricultural Tenancies: Annual Report (19 Apr 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: I am sure that my hon. Friend is right, but does he agree that the success of the Bill will be seen not in the maintenance of statistics, whether or not they show a huge increase in the amount of land to be let, but in the freedom of contract that it will provide between landlord and tenant?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gloucestershire County Council (Budget) (19 Apr 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to visit shire hall, Gloucester, in the foreseeable future to discuss the county council's budget. [17917]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gloucestershire County Council (Budget) (19 Apr 1995)

Mr Roger Knapman: I am sorry that my right hon. Friend is unable to visit shire hall in Gloucester, but my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Mr. French)—my right hon. Friend's parliamentary private secretary—will confirm that primary schools in the county are having their budgets cut by an average of between 5 and 6 per cent., and in one case, by 10 per cent., despite an increase in the standard...


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