Results 61–80 of 3146 for speaker:Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Mar 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Prime Minister recollect my question to her on 8 February, when I informed her of the reaction of the mining industry to the rumoured appointment of Mr. Ian MacGregor? Is the Government's announcement during the past two hours, directly after the decision of the national executive of the National Union of Mineworkers, that great democratic union—[Interruption.]—Yes, that great...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Mar 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: It has been on television.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Mar 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: This means that the Prime Minister has appointed him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Support Services (Privatisation) (15 Mar 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what level of savings he expects to achieve as a result of encouraging the privatisation of support services to hospitals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Support Services (Privatisation) (15 Mar 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Will the Secretary of State consider purchasing some of the human kidneys that are being purchased by the private sector from the United States at a cost of £3,000 each—thereby continuing the policy that the rich shall live and the poor shall die—for those on National Health Service waiting lists who have no chance compared with patients in the private sector?

Emphysema (Compensation) (22 Mar 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide compensation for mineworkers under the Industrial Injuries Acts for emphysema. The House will recall that I presented a similar Bill last Session. I shall not rehash the evidence that I gave then, but I shall present new evidence to make the House aware of the shallowness of the argument presented to me in a letter from the...

Coal Industry (22 Mar 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I am grateful both to the Under-Secretary of State for Energy and my hon. Friend the Member for Midlothian (Mr. Eadie) for the kind remarks that they have made about me this evening. I am grateful also for some of the new provisions in the draft orders. However, before I come to them, I associate myself with the speech of my hon. Friend because it seems that this could be a concession that...

National Coal Board (Chairman) (28 Mar 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Secretary of State aware that no manager or worker in any section of the mining industry will welcome Mr. MacGregor's appointment? With that in mind, will the right hon. Gentleman kindly inform the House of Mr. MacGregor's terms of reference? Will he tell us also how many pits are expected to be working at the end of Mr. MacGregor's three years and the capacity that we can expect the...

Local Government and Community Services (26 Apr 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Having sat here since 2.30 this afternoon and having listened to my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Mr. Cant), I may be forgiven for feeling unwanted. I shall attempt to stick to the subject of the motion, because little of that has occurred during the debate. The Secretary of State, using all his powers of oratory and relying on his brief, tended to distort the truth or,...

Local Government and Community Services (26 Apr 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: As I have been here since half past two, my hon. Friend would not expect me to know that, but I am pleased to hear it. Why are the Government so obsessed with council house sales? The answer is obvious. The Secretary of State said that 500,000 council houses have been purchased. That may be so. If that figure is right, it means that we have sold off £1,700 million worth of the nation's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Council Houses (27 Apr 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: How much will the new dwellings cost? If the Government's proposals going through the other place at present are successful, the cost floor provisions are removed and the maximum discount is raised to 60 per cent., how much could a new tenant who qualified to buy at that discount pay for that dwelling?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: National Economic Development Council (28 Apr 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next expects to discuss the United Kingdom's economic prospects with the National Economic Development Council.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: National Economic Development Council (28 Apr 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Chief Secretary recall that at a meeting earlier this month NEDC said that there were no prospects of an increase in jobs in either the industrial or service sectors of industry during the course of this decade? Why do he and the Chancellor think that it was wrong?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Industrial Competitiveness (29 Jun 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what extent the competitiveness of British industry has changed since May 1979.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Industrial Competitiveness (29 Jun 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Minister agree that the competitiveness of British industry has declined by one third since 1979, partly due to the high exchange rate? What do the Government intend to do about that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: National Coal Board (4 Jul 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: When the Secretary of State next meets the chairman of the National Coal Board, will he instruct him to come clean with the miners who much prefer the truth to a veil of secrecy? Will the Secretary of State also ask the chairman to let the miners know what the production capacity of the industry will be at the end of his three-year contract, and how many men over the age of 50 years will then...

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

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Like the hon. Member for Torridge and Devon, West (Sir P. Mills), I do not profess to be an oil expert. In fact, I confess to being even less of an expert than he. However, I am aware that the Bill means that the nation is to abandon the right to receive royalties for future North sea oil. That is not refuted. Unfortunately, however, the Secretary of State was unable to tell the House the...

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

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: No, I will not. The hon. Gentleman has been on his feet six times already. I think that he has had his fair whack. As a result of Government policy, the mining industry is going through complete turmoil. Men do not know what their future is. Men who are now 50 and over are told that in the next two or three years they will no longer be required for work, because the Government say that they...

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

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: With respect, Mr. Speaker, I am only comparing the Government's attitude in the Bill with their attitude to the mining industry and attempting to emphasise what it means for the mining industry. However, I bow to your ruling. I hope that even at this late stage the Government will give the same sympathetic treatment to our mining industry so that we may save our miners their jobs and their...

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

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: No.


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