Results 101–120 of 3146 for speaker:Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse

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

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Yes, but, although it is attractive in the early days, it is not so attractive when considered against the years during which he will have lost wages. With respect to the hon. Member for Derbyshire, South (Mrs. Currie), there is more to it than that. I, with many of my colleagues, live, play and work with miners. Some of those who have been made redundant have said to me after the first...

Emphysema (Compensation of Coal Miners) (23 Nov 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. Having discussed at some length the problem of the arms race and the millions of pounds that it will probably cost to blow us off the face of the earth, it is ironic that I, in my meak and mild way, should request the Government to provide a few...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Training Programmes (6 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he will next meet the chairman of the Manpower Services Commission to discuss training and re-training programmes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Training Programmes (6 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: It is obvious that the Minister will not give any firm assurances, but will he at least not rule out the possibility of further training for young people leaving YTS at the end of the year with no hope of getting real jobs?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central America (7 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with other European Community Governments the situation in Central America.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central America (7 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: If the Foreign Secretary still has any influence at all with the United States, will he ensure that the conciliatory moves by the Government of Nicaragua receive a positive response?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: There is a coal glut and a coal mountain. It has been reported that stocks are increasing even during the overtime ban. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is a scandal to allow that fuel to stop at the pithead when thousands of old people will suffer from hypothermia, and that some of those stocks should be given to them?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I do not want to cover ground that has already been covered. I was privileged to be a member of the Standing Committee and to have an opportunity to speak on Second Reading. Many of the points that I would have raised have been mentioned, so I shall refer the House to the social costs involved in what we are debating, for throughout our discussion of the Bill that aspect has been neglected....

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: We cannot measure the cost of pit closures in money alone. If a pit is closed, it means the loss of a way of life for mining communities. Apart from social costs, pit closures leave behind other scars. If the coal board closes a pit, it leaves behind the dereliction that has gone on for many years for someone else to try to correct. Slag heaps have not been properly thought about for many...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Do Conservative Members realise what makes a pit economic or uneconomic? A pit can be made uneconomic in a few weeks if that is desired. If the coal board decides that it wants to shut a pit, it will have no problem doing so. One answer is to stop sending down a new conveyor belt for a week or two and to let the old belt start to break. Production will stop. It is the easiest thing in the...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: If that pit continues to produce water, that will be so. We sincerely hope that it will soon produce coal. The north Yorkshire area is blessed with the Selby coalfield, for which we have great hopes. That pit will employ 4,000 men and produce about 10 million tonnes of coal. The north Yorkshire coalfield is currently producing about the same amount, but it employs about 16,000 men. If the...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: We were working for two bob a ton.

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does my hon. Friend agree that if the miners want a ballot they will demand it? They need no advice from Conservative Members.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Gas Corporation (19 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Secretary of State expect a ceasefire in the war between himself and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and who does he expect to be the victor?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry (19 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he next expects to meet the chairman of the National Coal Board to discuss coal production levels.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry (19 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Will the Minister fix a firm date for a meeting of the chairman of the National Coal Board with the Government and the three mining unions, based on the tripartite arrangements? Will he confirm his support for "Plan for Coal", based on a judgment of the long-term future of the need for coal in this country, not on short-term market fluctuations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Authority Associations (21 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he last met representatives of the local authority associations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Authority Associations (21 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: When the Minister next meets the local authority associations will he tell them that if the Government's new clause 13 of the Housing and Building Control Bill is accepted by the House this afternoon, it will mean that many younger members of families will be able to purchase local authority bungalows rented by their aged parents or grandparents at a 60 per cent. discount? Will he tell also...

New Clause 13: Dwelling-Houses Suitable for Occupation by Persons of Pensionable Age (21 Dec 1983)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Until I read new clause 13 I had no intention of attempting to speak in this debate. Having read that clause, I can only believe that the Government have flipped their lid. What they are doing will throw open the floodgates. An answer that I received in Question Time today has strengthened my belief that even the Minister for Housing and Construction is not quite certain what the consequences...

Business of the House (19 Jan 1984)

Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: The whole House and indeed the country will rejoice at the Prime Minister's ambassadorial success in obtaining overseas contracts, but it is regrettable that her success with Cementation International Ltd. has been tainted by allegations that her son was involved. As the Prime Minister refuses to answer the question put to her, will the Leader of the House arrange an early debate so that the...


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