Results 81–100 of 3146 for speaker:Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse

Orders of the Day — Petroleum Royalties (Relief) Bill (4 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I listened to the speech of the hon. Member for Enfield, North (Mr. Eggar). I do not attempt to pit my wits against his knowledge of the oil industry. I do not expect him to attempt to pit his wits against what I know to be happening in the mining industry as a result of the Government's failure to be as sympathetic towards it as they are in the Bill to the oil industry.

Orders of the Day — Petroleum Royalties (Relief) Bill (4 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: It is true. At the end of the day there will be a cutback in the mining industry which will savage 70,000 jobs. If the Government woulJ give the mining industry the sympathetic treatment that they intend to give the oil companies, there would be no need for these jobs to be butchered.

Orders of the Day — Petroleum Royalties (Relief) Bill (4 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: The Chancellor of the Exchequer and the former Secretary of State for Energy talks about £1·25 million a day going to the mining industry, but no one will say what will be the loss to the Exchequer following the passage of the Bill. The Government should come clean and tell us. The Government say glibly that they intend to run down the mining industry because it is costing £1·25 million a...

Orders of the Day — Petroleum Royalties (Relief) Bill (4 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Surely that means that we are giving away royalties — taxpayers' income — and we do not know how much.

Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill (5 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Were not 250,000 council houses sold before this Government came to power in 1979?

Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill (5 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I congratulate the hon. Member for Harlow (Mr. Hayes) on his maiden speech. He is about the eighth maiden speaker today, and was less fortunate than others who were lucky to get away early. I think that the House will agree that the waiting did not reflect on his performance. One thing is certain. The confidence that he showed will stand him in good stead for the future. The hon. Gentleman...

Glass Container Industry (19 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 10, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely, the crisis in the glass container industry.' In 1979, the United Kingdom demand for glass containers was 49·7 million gross. By the end of 1983 the market is likely to be 41 million gross, a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Chile (20 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the relations of the United Kingdom with Chile.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Chile (20 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: What was the purpose of the recent visit to London of General Matthei and other representatives of the Chilean Government? Did any talks take place between Ministers or Government officials and the Chilean party?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity Supplies (25 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Will the Minister confirm that, as a result of the incident at Selby coalfield this week, less coal will be available for the generation of electricity? Does the Minister accept that there is great concern that a flooding of that nature can take place when the project has so far cost £1,000 million and is blessed with all the mining expertise and modern technology? Does he agree that there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Drugs (26 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will immediately reduce the rate for Government non-competitive contracts in the pharmaceutical industry to 17 per cent. or less following the recommendation of the Public Accounts Committee in its tenth report of Session 1982–83.

British Rail (24 Oct 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I welcome some of the right hon. Gentleman's comments if he really means them. He said that he would support local changes where they made sense and that he supported the movement of freight by rail. Is he aware that most of the north Yorkshire coalfield product travels by rail through the centre of Knottingley in my constituency? Is he further aware that in the near future the vast bulk of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Use (7 Nov 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: If I understood correctly the Minister's answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Salford, East (Mr. Orme), the hon. Gentleman supports the speech made by his right hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Does that mean that the hon. Gentleman supports the privatisation of the mining industry? If so, what part of that privatisation, if it comes about, will increase the...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (15 Nov 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Secretary of State aware that, even after the March uprating, some miners who have worked in the industry all their lives, but who have unfortunately become severely disabled, have not received their full entitlement of redundancy payments, although that was the will of the House in March?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (15 Nov 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: To what extent does the hon. Gentleman suggest that the mining industry's production capacity should be cut back? How many men would then be needed in the coal industry to produce that capacity?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (15 Nov 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that 40,000 men should lose their jobs?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (15 Nov 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: But there are no jobs for the young men now.

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (15 Nov 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Could the hon. Gentleman tell the House how many miners were made redundant during that period?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (15 Nov 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is it right that a Member of the House should ignore the advice and guidance of Mr. Speaker, who asked for brief speeches? Some hon. Members have been here since 2.30 pm and they will be deprived of the opportunity to address the House.

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (15 Nov 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Midlothian (Mr. Eadie) on his return to the Back Benches—not that I do not think that he is not needed on the Front Bench—in that he has found once again his old powers of Back-Bench oratory which we all enjoy. All those who heard his speech will have enjoyed it. The debate was interesting and enjoyable until the director of the Institute of...


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