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Results 181–200 of 634 for speaker:Mr Roger Knapman

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Exports (4 Feb 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: I congratulate my hon. Friend on that excellent reply and those encouraging figures. Does he agree that if we maintain low taxation, low interest rates and competitive exchange rates, we can expect more excellent figures?

Army Manpower (3 Feb 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: May I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend on his encouraging and realistic statement, but please will he reconsider the proposals to amalgamate the Glorious Gloucesters, who are shortly to celebrate their tercentenary of wonderful service from the Nile to Korea, and especially during the two world wars? If my right hon. and learned Friend is really to be a flexible friend, will he...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (1 Feb 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: Greece is a member of the Community, but Turkey is not. Would my hon and learned Friend care to consider what would happen if there was trouble in Cyprus, for instance?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (1 Feb 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: On a point of order, Mr. Morris. You mentioned that you were minded to consider the closure with sympathy and with regard to the number of amendments in the group. Can you confirm that, on average, during the passage of the Single European Act, three amendments were grouped together? The next group contains 12 and, under the heading of cohesion, 23 amendments and four new clauses are grouped...

Business of the House (28 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to early-day motion 1259? [That this House is concerned that British troops in the former Yugoslavia are facing not only hostile forces but also pay cuts and redundancy notices; and accordingly calls on the Secretary of State for Defence to ensure that British troops are paid in full and relieved of worries about their employment prospects.] The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Beef Regime (28 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the introduction of the new beef regime under the reformed CAP.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Beef Regime (28 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware that there is uncertainty among some farmers about the marketing of their stock during the transitional period, which I believe will be April and May? Will he comment on that?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (27 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: My hon. Friend puts the problem well. There we shall be, under pressure from our hon. Friend the Whip, being told to vote in a certain way. Those of us who do not do that will suddenly be revealed as men with no particularly secret sex lives—as overweight, with double chins, mousy brown hair and spectacles. We shall have nothing to hide; we shall no longer be the objects of our...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (27 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: I do not propose to delay the Committee for more than 10 or 15 minutes. I thought that the last exchange was particularly interesting. Until now it has been this sovereign Parliament that has been able to make decisions about immigration and nationality. While the Opposition may not agree with current policies, nevertheless they must hope that the time will come when they are more to their...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (27 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: If we soon reach the position where there will no longer be internal barriers or boundaries, I do not see how our future policies will be anything like what they have been in the past. It is very much our fear that this Parliament will be unable directly to influence future policy. No doubt my right hon. and learned Friend will be able to exercise some influence from time to time, but the...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (27 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: This is almost a takeover bid. The root cause of the problem with the Maastricht treaty is that it is for a small group of rich nations—it does not go wider, only deeper. Adjoining the rich nations are untold millions and tens of millions of very poor and often destitute people. If anything brought down the evil empire in the east, it was the arrival of television. Years ago, the...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (27 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: I have already said that my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State, and, no doubt, all lawyers, look at it that way. My concern and, I believe, that of a number of my right hon. and hon. Friends is still that as long as our sovereign Parliament can decide what policies are for the benefit of the British people, we can at least be free to make our own mistakes. As an island, we...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (20 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (20 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: On a point of order, Mr. Morris. In the past few minutes, my right hon. Friend said that our purpose is to debate the question whether to ratify the treaty. Does that mean—

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (20 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: Does that mean that the House has any opportunity to amend the treaty? If what my right hon. Friend is saying is correct, we are not here to amend the treaty; we are here for a canter around the course.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (19 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: On a point of order, Mr. Lofthouse. Recently, I went to the Library to ask how many amendments were grouped together during the passing of the Single European Act, and I was told that it was an average of three or four. This time, however, the number of amendments grouped together is nearly 10. Are you taking that point into account when you consider the length of debates and agree to accept...

Licensed Premises (Exclusion of Certain Persons) (Amendment) Bill (15 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: I am grateful that I managed to catch your eye, Madam Deputy Speaker. The news that I was to address the mother of Parliaments has obviously travelled widely, as shown by the prayer cards that have been put in position for these Friday debates. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Test (Mr. Hill) on his success in the ballot and on bringing the Licensed Premises...

Licensed Premises (Exclusion of Certain Persons) (Amendment) Bill (15 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: As my hon. Friend lives in Bristol and I do not live far away, I hope to meet his wife, but not on the conclusion of her training. The point that he makes is precisely the one that I should have wished to make—

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (14 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: My hon. Friend will agree that we Conservatives believe in market forces. Is he saying that there is a right rate for any market? If so, what is the right rate for the pound to the deutschmark at any time? If there is no right rate for a market, there is no right time to join an exchange rate mechanism, and the country cannot afford to go through that again.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (14 Jan 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: On a point of order, Dame Janet. Can you say for certain whether this is the Committee stage of the Bill, because it seems that my colleagues are not being called to speak unless they have given their names to the Chairman of the Committee beforehand? Is there any precedent for that during the Committee stage of any Bill?


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