Results 21–40 of 3146 for speaker:Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse

Orders of the Day — Gas Price Increases (2 Mar 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: This debate is similar to that on pensioners a fortnight ago. Several hon. Members have been shedding crocodile tears. I do not mean any disrespect to the hon. Member for Melton (Mr. Latham), who made a very good speech. I hope that he and those who have expressed their concern about the increase in gas prices will show the British people who will have to pay them that they mean what they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Kidney Transplants (Private Treatment) (9 Mar 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the fee charged by the National Health Service for kidneys made available for transplants done in private clinics and hospitals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Kidney Transplants (Private Treatment) (9 Mar 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Secretary of State aware that that answer will shock and concern the House and the country? Is it not a scandal that although in June last year about 20,000 people were waiting for kidney transplants those with the wealth could afford to buy life while those who could not afford to do so had to die? Will the right hon. Gentleman take any necessary action to stop the flow of kidneys...

Coal Industry (19 Mar 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: At about this time the Secretary of State for the Environment will be arriving by helicopter at Pontefract park, in my constituency. I welcome his visit. I hope that when he arrives he will not have his blinkers on. If he takes off his blinkers, the first thing that he will see is the Prince of Wales colliery. If he turns a little to the left he will see the site of a coke works which has...

Coal Industry (19 Mar 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does my hon. Friend agree that when houses are demolished, the NCB does not carry out any environmental work? When the houses have been demolished, the sites are just left and people have to pass by and live with such eyesores every day. The local authority does not have the finances to carry out the environmental work.

Coal Industry (19 Mar 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Before my hon. Friend leaves the subject of waste disposal, does he agree that the suggestion made by my hon. Friend the Member for Goole (Dr. Marshall) about the stowing of waste spoil is not a practical proposition? One of the most attractive and profitable methods of mining at present is retreat mining, and that results in a situation in the mine where it is impossible to consider a...

Coal Industry (19 Mar 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it would be beneficial to the coal industry if the future NCB chairman came from a background in the industry?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Derelict Land (21 Apr 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Secretary of State recall his visit to derelict sites in West Yorkshire on 19 March and his press statement that day in which he was reported to have said that £70 million would be available for the derelict land programme? Arising out of that visit, will West Yorkshire county council receive further financial assistance for the derelict land programme?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Social Security Benefits (26 Apr 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I had not intended to take part in the debate, but, having listened to it, I wish to contribute, albeit briefly. My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) said that this was not a big House of Commons occasion and that it would not receive much press coverage. To me, it is indeed a big House of Commons occasion. The standard of living of millions of men and women is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Midwifery Services (11 May 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has received any representations about the reorganisation of the midwifery service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Midwifery Services (11 May 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Minister agree that, in the organisation of midwifery services, the most important factor is the quality of service for the patient? Does he accept that that is more likely to be achieved by reorganisation based on midwifery divisions than on small geographical areas? Will the hon. and learned Gentleman give an assurance that the reorganisation of the NHS will not have a detrimental...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: New Special Award (18 May 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I should like to take up what the right hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Prentice) said in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner). I would not argue about the rights of individuals, but in practice the situation would be impossible in the mining industry. How could another union negotiate terms and conditions at the coalface, which differ from day to day? It would be...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (19 May 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: The hon. Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Renton), who is president of the Conservative Trade Unionists, did not do a bad job of trade union bashing in most of his speech. I could not follow his logic in the remainder of it. Trade unions have their own rules. If they want to alter them or the method by which they adopt their officers, they can do so by passing a resolution at the annual conference....

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (19 May 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I am obliged to my hon. Friend. I apologise if I was not communicating my views clearly.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (19 May 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I was always taught that the art of good English is to communicate. As long as hon. Members understood me, I made my point. The Secretary of State said yesterday that my hon. Friend the Member for Chester-le-Street (Mr. Radice) did not understand clause 13. If that is true of my hon. Friend—and I do not say that it is—it may be true of me. The clause deals with trade disputes that are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Kidney Transplants (15 Jun 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the hon. and learned Gentleman agree that the consultant who performs a kidney transplant in the private sector is not the most impartial person to decide which person on the common waiting list is the most suitable for an available kidney?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jun 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: In celebrating yesterday's events with the whole House and indeed the country, will the Prime Minister spare time today to give thought to the 35,000 widows whose total income is less than £40 per week and who have been brought into tax since the Government came to office?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jun 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Poland?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Economic Upturn (15 Jul 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he sees any evidence of an upturn in the economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Economic Upturn (15 Jul 1982)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Chancellor of the Exchequer aware that the Cambridge economic policy group recently forecast that by 1990 there would be 4¼ million unemployed in Britain? Is he further aware that the same group forecast that by the end of this year—I understand that Sir Terence Beckett agrees—there will be 4 million unemployed? If that is so, does he agree that his economic policies have failed...


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