Results 101–120 of 634 for speaker:Mr Roger Knapman

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Science and Technology (14 Feb 1994)

Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps are being taken to give prominence to the national week of science and technology.

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Science and Technology (14 Feb 1994)

Mr Roger Knapman: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his excellent initiative to improve public understanding of science. Does he agree that is a basic objective of the excellent White Paper that he published last July?

Bill Presented: Scientific Research (2 Feb 1994)

Mr Roger Knapman: It seems extraordinary that, when we debate yesterday's interests—such as closing a colliery because it cannot sell its coal, or a shipyard because it cannot sell its ships—the House is crowded and noisy, but when we debate research among tomorrow's generation of industries, on which Britain's wealth and prosperity depend, the House is fairly subdued and not many right hon. and hon....

Bill Presented: Scientific Research (2 Feb 1994)

Mr Roger Knapman: As the hon. Member is a regular reader of Nature and has quoted its September edition, he will be aware that, more recently, in the January edition, it comments: The Government's White Paper on science and technology proved … to be a turning point in the country's approach to the organisation of science. It was seen as an exclusive acknowledgement of the practical importance of research in...

Hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (1 Feb 1994)

Mr Roger Knapman: Does not the hon. Gentleman agree wholeheartedly that this is a Parliament for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which includes Scotland, and therefore that my English colleagues and I have a perfect right to be on the Committee?

Westminster City Council (Auditor's Report) (13 Jan 1994)

Mr Roger Knapman: The Opposition parties seem to think that there are some moral issues at stake. Can my right hon. Friend say what sort of morality it is that allows such allegations and accusations to be made before the full report is known?

Orders of the Day — Insider Dealing (12 Jan 1994)

Mr Roger Knapman: If hon. Members are not allowed to talk about particular subjects in which they might have an interest, is it possible that certain Opposition Members should not contribute to debates on trade unions and other subjects in which they may have some interest?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Kashmir (15 Dec 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans Her Majesty's Government have to assist in resolving the problems in Kashmir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Kashmir (15 Dec 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his careful reply and for his excellent speech during an Adjournment debate last week. Will he reconsider the position in Kashmir, where thousands of people have been slaughtered—probably tens of thousands during the past three to four years—as that is poisoning relations between two of our oldest allies, India and Pakistan? In addition, if the pressure...

Local Government Finance (2 Dec 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement and especially on the increase of 2·3 per cent,. which well exceeds the prevailing rate of inflation, and also on some sensible amendments, especially regarding the ACA. I ask my right hon. Friend, either now or perhaps later, to turn to annex 4, page 8, where we have the figures for Gloucestershire, with six councils, of which three,...

Social Security Uprating (1 Dec 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his characteristically excellent statement. Will he confirm that, once again, he has shown that the control of inflation is particularly beneficial to those on lower incomes?

Northern Ireland (29 Nov 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: May I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend on his statement, for which I greatly admire him? Is it not immensely sad that he should be criticised most strongly by those who potentially have the most to gain?

Business of the House (28 Oct 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: Will my right hon. Friend arrange an early debate on equal opportunities for men and women, following the disgraceful situation that has arisen following the shadow Cabinet elections? Is it fair that hon. Ladies such as those for Bow and Poplar (Ms Gordon) and for Halifax (Mrs. Mahon) should be consigned to the Back Benches for ever because of the sexist prejudices of their male colleagues?

European Economic Area Bill [Lords] (20 Oct 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: There seems to be some familiar voices and faces in this debate. I wonder whether one day is adequate for all the issues being raised. I know that, during consideration of the Single European Act, four or five amendments were grouped together. During consideration of the Maastricht treaty, we changed gear and up to 30 or 40 were grouped together. Now, we have changed gear again and 550 pages...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pensioners (18 Oct 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: Can my hon. Friend confirm that basic pensions were increased by 3.6 per cent. last April, when the inflation rate was 1.3 per cent? Does that mean that the average pensioner couple is £2 per week better off and does it mean that low inflation benefits pensioner couples?

Social Security Fraud (16 Jul 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: Will my hon. Friend take the point made by our hon. Friend the Member for Taunton a little further? Genuine people with genuine claims would receive prompt service from Government agencies if there were fewer fraudulent claims.

Social Security Fraud (16 Jul 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: Is my hon. Friend aware of another problem that particularly affects popular holiday areas where there is a need for affordable rented accommodation? I know from personal experience that if one has a capital gains tax problem, one can roll it over into holiday accommodation but not into rented accommodation for social purposes. The agency that handles my property has 6,000 properties, mainly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jul 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: The whole House will wish to congratulate my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on his considerable success at the G7 economic summit—[HON. MEMBERS: "No."]—the sensible ones, anyway. Will my right hon. Friend, on his return, look at the ever-increasing number of directions and regulations coming from Brussels, because, surely, what we really need to meet and beat world competition is a...

Orders of the Day — European Parliamentary Elections Bill (30 Jun 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: Does my right hon. and learned Friend believe that the usual conventions will he followed and that those who have attended the Second Reading and shown their interest by making interventions and speeches will in due course be invited to form the Standing Committee?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Government Reform (30 Jun 1993)

Mr Roger Knapman: Is my hon. Friend aware of early-day motion 2153, signed by the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Jones), which suggests that we should stop the local government review and retain both county and district councils? Does my hon. Friend accept that everybody in Gloucestershire wants unitary authorities, for their increased efficiency and the savings that they will make, and that that opinion is...


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