Results 161–180 of 3146 for speaker:Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse

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

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Minister agree that if one of the younger miners under 50 years of age agrees to take the redundancy terms, it will not be possible for Mr. MacGregor to fulfil his promise to offer alternative employment to all miners whose pits are closing?

Pontefract and Castleford (Police Action) (29 Mar 1984)

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 condideration, namely, the arrest and questioning by police of 19 of my constituents. I was informed last evening by the NUM branch secretary at Kellingley colliery in Yorkshire that 19 of my constituents had been...

Pontefract and Castleford (Police Action) (29 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I am showing it by the questions and the fact that this strike has now been operating some three weeks and the House has had no opportunity to show its feelings. I am trying to isolate this case and to point out the seriousness of what is alleged to be taking place. These men were asked to name the organiser of the local strike centre. They allege that they were asked what newspaper they...

Pontefract and Castleford (Police Action) (29 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: And the Nottinghamshire people—I fully endorse the remark made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Mansfield (Mr. Concannon). The facts should come out. The longer it goes on with one person accusing another, and another person accusing somebody else, the worse the situation gets, and it is getting very bitter. I do not know whether the House realises the situation that is developing in...

Pontefract and Castleford (Police Action) (29 Mar 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Some of the men involved repeated the allegations last night and at lunchtime today. I was not making any suggestion. I was merely informing the House of what the men had said. They have stated in public that which was put to them, and I was not saying that that was the case.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Output (2 Apr 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Will the Secretary of State put the record straight for his hon. Friend the Member for Poole (Mr. Ward) and tell him that the miners are asking not for redundancy payments but for jobs?

Mining Dispute (Police Action) (4 Apr 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. If we are not to have a debate—you have already ruled on that matter, Mr. Speaker, and I do not challenge your ruling—when can we expect a report from the Minister about 19 of my constituents on 27 March?

Business of the House (5 Apr 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the recent statement of his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry that he favours the privatisation of the mining industry? Is he also aware of the great interest and concern about whether he was speaking on behalf of the Government? If so, will the right hon. Gentleman make a statement?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Apr 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Prime Minister aware that, within 12 months, it is possible that all miners over 50 years of age will have lost their jobs? Have the Government any plans to encourage alternative industry in those mining areas, or does she intend that those young miners should never work again?

Local Government: Coal Industry Dispute (Police Operations) (10 Apr 1984)

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Local Government: Coal Industry Dispute (Police Operations) (10 Apr 1984)

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Local Government: Coal Industry Dispute (Police Operations) (10 Apr 1984)

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Local Government: Coal Industry Dispute (Police Operations) (10 Apr 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, following an arrest, it is not the duty of a police officer to ask political questions about a person's political allegiance?

Coal Industry Dispute (25 Apr 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the hon. Gentleman support Mr. MacGregor's recent statement that no miner will be forced to accept redundancy? If that is an honourable intention, and if the 20,000 miners whom Mr. MacGregor intends to make redundant all refuse to accept redundancy pay, how will he be able to close the 25 pits?

Orders of the Day — Housing Defects Bill (26 Apr 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I shall be opposing the Bill tonight, although I acknowledge that some aspects of it will be of advantage and assistance to many, certainly in my constituency. I do not oppose the Bill out of political dogma because I readily concede that many council tenants in my constituency support the Government's right-to-buy policy and take advantage of it. To suggest anything else would be dishonest....

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Power Stations (Coal Supplies) (14 May 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Secretary of State aware that that answer is not satisfactory at all? With his great responsibility for energy in Britain, is it not time that he intervened in the mining industry dispute? Is he aware that there will be no winners and that it is time somebody got the parties around the table for realistic talks? Is he further aware that many miners' families are suffering great...

Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: Road Checks (14 May 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Attorney-General's interpretation is not shared by all senior police officers? For example, the chief constable of Manchester said on television that he would not have interpreted the law to mean that he should stop coaches at the Dartford tunnel.

Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: Abolition of Common Law Powers When Statutory Powers Come into Force (14 May 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: As my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Mr. Bell) said, clause 4, for the first time, sets out the circumstances in which the police may stop vehicles by means of a road check. It remains clear that the criteria are far too wide and could enable the setting up of random road blocks in most inner city areas at any time. The new clause, which seeks to abolish common law powers,...

Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: Abolition of Common Law Powers When Statutory Powers Come into Force (14 May 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I certainly agree. We are concerned with the protection of innocent people, including miners, but I am sure that young policemen would also welcome clarification of the law, as they have to administer it. That should certainly be welcomed by senior police officers, who have admitted, in the quotations that I have given, that they are confused about the situation. I hope that the Government...

Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: Abolition of Common Law Powers When Statutory Powers Come into Force (14 May 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: It does not apply solely to the police. It seeks to clarify the situation that has developed during the past few months in the mining industry.


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