Results 141–160 of 3146 for speaker:Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse

Questions to Ministers (6 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: During Question Time, my hon. Friend the Member for Stockton, North (Mr. Cook) raised with the Table a personal difficulty that had arisen, because he had, unfortunately, lost his voice. He requested in those circumstances to be allowed, if he were fortunate enough to catch your eye, to put his question in writing to be read by a colleague or have it put by the Chair. I understand that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Prime Minister aware that, on the instruction of a former Secretary of State for Energy, the present Chancellor of the Exchequer, the British Gas Corporation is about to sell off the Wytch farm oilfield at a knockdown price of £180 million when its full economic value is £400 million? Does she agree that that is a scandal when the same Chancellor has instructed the gas and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: National Coal Board (12 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Did my right hon. Friend discuss with the chairman the fact that by the turn of the century the BGC expects to be needing about 90 million tonnes of coal? Did he discuss his plans for investment to provide that coal?

Orders of the Day — System-built Houses (12 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I am glad to have the opportunity to open this debate on the defects in system-built houses. I do not intend to press political points, or to allocate political blame for what has developed and for the problems that I believe need highlighting, and have been highlighted in two excellent reports from the Association of Metropolitan Authorities. I am sure that the Minister for Housing and...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I am grateful to have the privilege to speak in this Adjournment debate, and to present what I believe is a scandal arising out of a Government decision. First, I wish to inform the House that, as a member of the Select Committee on Energy, I received papers yesterday from the British Gas Corporation, arising out of the request from the Chairman of the Select Committee for answers to certain...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I share my hon. Friend's views. If the Attorney-General had been more forthcoming, it might well have been unnecessary to initiate this Adjournment debate. The history of the matter is very curious. The transaction, which has been imminent for so long, and which may be about to be concluded, is very interesting. Various estimates have been made of the value of this asset, but the true...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I am not in a position to know whether the Select Committee will decide to take evidence on that aspect, although I hope that it will do so. I believe, however, that the position is so serious that if we cannot get assurances from the Minister of State today he has an obligation to the House by virtue of the position that he holds to stop the sale at least until the Select Committee has...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: The right hon. Gentleman will recollect that I made it clear that, if we had been able to get answers on the legality question from the Attorney-General, I probably would not have initiated this Adjournment debate tonight.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Will the right hon. Gentleman clear up one point? He has conceded that the Secretary of State has no legal powers to instruct the BGC to sell its shares in the oilfield. Why, if there are no statutory powers to enforce it, is the oilfield being sold when the BGC does not want to sell it?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Can the Minister give an assurance that if the corporation decides on the basis of a commercial judgment that it does not want to continue the negotiations leading to a sale it will not be subject to pressure from the Government to go ahead with the proposed sale?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: rose—

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I have already said that the Select Committee has not yet decided what will be its next investigation. However, it will meet tomorrow morning to decide on what issue it will next take evidence.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Sir Denis was submitting evidence on the request of the Chairman of the Select Committee to answer certain specific questions. That is the evidence to which Sir Denis referred. I understand that he has submitted that evidence.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: That is right.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does my hon. Friend agree that the crucial thing is that the Government give instructions when they have no statutory powers to do so, and that that has been conceded by the Minister? Is he aware of the conclusions of the Select Committee on Energy on this in February 1982? It said: It is clear from the evidence submitted to us that the Wytch Farm field is significant both in terms of the...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Wytch Farm Oilfield (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Perhaps I can help my hon. Friend the Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell), the Minister and House by saying that the British Gas Corporation's valuation is £450 million. The bid by the Dorset group is £160 million, £80 million of which is dependent on the Dorset group reaching a favourable profit figure.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: North Sea Oil (13 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Have we now left the debate on the Wytch farm oilfield?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (20 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of Slate for Employment what is the latest number of people unemployed; and how many of them have been unemployed for more than 12 months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (20 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Secretary of State aware that, in the next financial year, the Government and the National Coal Board are about to add 20,000 miners to those figures, including 1,000 miners in my constituency? Bearing in mind that those miners will be in their early 50s, has his Department any plans to encourage future employment in the mining areas? Do the Government plan to commit young miners to an...

Orders of the Day — Mineworkers (Pensions and Concessionary Coal) (28 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: The Minister said earlier that the order covered the continuity period for disabled mineworkers. The new clause that I withdrew during proceedings on the Coal Bill in 1983 concerned 37 miners who had been made redundant and lost out under the Contracts of Employment Act. Will they be compensated?


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