Results 1–20 of 193 for speaker:Mr Barry Legg

Business of the House (17 Mar 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: Is my right hon. Friend having discussions with the usual channels in this House and the House of Lords concerning the private Member's Bill, the Public Entertainments Licences (Drugs Misuse) Bill, which progressed unanimously—

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Interest Rates (13 Mar 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: Will my right hon. and learned Friend explain what the impact on the public sector borrowing requirement would be if local authorities were allowed to spend all their capital receipts? What implications would that policy have for the overall level of interest rates?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Political Co-operation (12 Mar 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: Will my hon. Friend confirm that any delay to the timetable for monetary union that involved monetary union taking place later than 1 January 1999 would require a treaty amendment?

New clause 9: Consortium Claims for Group Relief (11 Mar 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend the Minister for introducing new clause 9 to deal with potential problems in respect of consortium relief. The new clause will deal with the concerns that I sought to address with the new clause that I tabled in Committee. His efforts will help a number of major consortiums and their shareholders to ensure that their funds are effectively and properly...

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I note that the right hon. Gentleman does not believe that the unemployment figures are accurate. What changes would a Labour Government make to unemployment statistics?

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: What would Labour do?

European Communities (Economic Information) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the significant progress that he is making in meeting the Maastricht convergence criteria. The inflation level set in the Red Book certainly meets the criteria as defined in the Maastricht treaty, our debt to GDP ratio is one of the most satisfactory in Europe and the projections for our budget deficit as a...

European Communities (Economic Information) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: If we did not have an exchange rate, there would be considerable regional booms and slumps and there would have to be significant transfer payments. The chart clearly shows that the German and UK economic cycles are not synchronised, and that the UK economic cycle is much closer to that of the US.

European Communities (Economic Information) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. He has added to my arguments. He has shown that we need considerable exchange rate flexibility. The rate has floated, varying freely in accordance with the market since we left the ERM. The United Kingdom economy has benefited substantially from that. I am afraid that my hon. Friend has strengthened my case. We have heard that there should not be fudging of...

European Communities (Economic Information) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I have very little time. I have already given way. I should prefer to continue making my points. The deficit qualification says that, if the deficit is only exceptional and temporary, the 3 per cent. limit can be ignored. As we have not yet achieved the holy grail of a 3 per cent. deficit, in which of the four years of this Parliament that we have not been able to achieve a 3 per cent....

European Communities (Economic Information) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: No. I am coming to the end of my speech. I remind the House of what my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer told the Treasury Select Committee in December. He said: The single currency is a one way option". If we take the single currency, there is no going back. Last week, the House debated devolution and whether powers could be removed from a Scottish Assembly or...

Petition: Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill (17 Jan 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: We have had an interesting debate this morning and I am grateful for the many useful contributions to it. We began with my hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Sir M. Neubert)—who is no longer here—outlining the drug problem in his constituency. The Bill will certainly help to combat that problem; I know only too well of the serious criminal elements that can sometimes be involved....

Petition: Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill (17 Jan 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I made some estimates of drug usage each weekend. The hon. Gentleman needs to appreciate that this is a private Member's Bill, proposing a solution to a specific problem—closing a loophole—which is what private Members' Bills should be about. Whatever views he has on other issues—he is free to introduce Bills—I hope that he will support my Bill.

Petition: Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill (17 Jan 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Members of Parliament often have opportunities to condemn drug use. Yesterday was another opportunity for Members of Parliament to speak out. We heard some dreadful remarks from Mr. Brian Harvey of East 17. He condoned drug use, suggested that Ecstasy made people feel better and stated that he used up to 12 tablets a day. I condemn...

Petition: Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill (17 Jan 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: The problem in our country is that we have been too permissive about drugs. We have not spoken with one voice against them. I hope that every hon. Member who speaks today will give out that message so that there is no doubt about it. We cannot afford to give the impression that drugs can be used for recreational purposes—one pill can kill. That must be the message sent from the Chamber...

Petition: Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill (17 Jan 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I endorse my hon. Friend's remarks. I know that he works extremely hard in his constituency against drugs and that he makes every effort to support the authorities to crack down on the supply of drugs. I also agree that there is a lot of money involved in the business. That is another reason for my Bill—a tough Bill that will give statutory backing to the efforts to crack down on the...

Petition: Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill (17 Jan 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: The police force does a lot of work with clubs and is close to the problems involved. The definition would ultimately be a matter for the police, who would have to decide what a serious drugs problem was. It is right that it is left to them to take that decision. I do not think that we can place in law the precise definition of a serious drugs problem; it is up to the police to use their...

Petition: Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill (17 Jan 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I welcome my hon. Friend's comments. I think that the word "serious" implies that dealing is taking place or that many people are consuming drugs. The definitions will ultimately be subject to overview by the courts. Some cases will end up in the courts—a body of law will produce definitions and the clarity that my hon. Friend seeks will be achieved. Once the local authority has received a...

Petition: Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill (17 Jan 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: I include any venue that needs a public entertainments licence, and I have drafted the Bill accordingly. I have not gone for venues that require only alcohol licences. There are now many clubs whose activities are dubious, but which do not sell alcohol—they sell or provide water and so do not need a drinking licence, but require a public entertainments licence. There are outlets other than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jan 1997)

Mr Barry Legg: May I thank my right hon. Friend for his support for my private Member's Bill, which is aimed at countering drug abuse in clubs, and is to have its Second Reading tomorrow? Did he manage to make any further progress in the war on drugs during his visit to the Indian sub-continent? What is his reaction to the comments made today by Brian Harvey of East 17, who says that Ecstasy makes people...


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