Results 1–20 of 742 for speaker:Mr Keith Mans

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: General Practitioners (18 Mar 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: My right hon. Friend will be aware that, in Lancaster, all doctors have fundholding practices. Does he agree that, if the system were abolished, patient care in north-west Lancashire would be severely affected—and would be a lot worse?

Electronic Devices (Madam Speaker's Statement): Social Services (12 Mar 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: My right hon. Friend's proposals will be widely welcomed in Lancashire, especially by those of my constituents who are currently resident in inferior-quality, high-cost, badly regulated Lancashire county council care homes for the elderly, who will be given a choice that they did not have before. They will also be widely welcomed by those of my constituents who should have care but are not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Employment (European Union) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: Will my hon. Friend give some reassurance to constituents in my part of Lancashire, and particularly to students and to people who work in the tourism industry, that the Government have no intention whatever of introducing a minimum wage, as such a device would cause havoc in the tourism industry, increase local unemployment, decrease wealth creation in the tourism industry and prevent...

Social Security (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: My hon. Friend has given an excellent example of the effect of a minimum wage. It is relevant to the north-west, especially in Fylde where the tourism industry is strong. The introduction of a minimum wage would cause huge unemployment, because the newly trained would not get jobs. There would be fewer jobs because the tourism industry would be less viable. The young—for example, university...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Air Force (Equipment Budget) (11 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is the height of irresponsibility for any party to say that it will conduct a strategic defence and security review without telling the electorate before the general election exactly what the criteria of that review would be? Does he further agree that, without that information, all those orders that he has mentioned for the Royal Air Force are in jeopardy,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Finance Initiative (10 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: Bearing in mind the reports over the weekend about the franchising of the west coast main line, can my right hon. Friend say when we may expect a formal announcement, instead of information being leaked out through the press?

Royal Air Force ( 6 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: Does my hon. Friend agree that, to provide our heavy lift requirements, we must analyse the different options open to us, and decide on the basis of value for money which is the best aircraft, and that at this stage, without that analysis first being carried out, we should not prefer any specific aircraft?

Royal Air Force ( 6 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: It is a great pleasure to speak in this annual debate on the RAF which, this year, has come a little earlier than on previous occasions. I hope that the hon. Member for Clackmannan (Mr. O'Neill) will not mind if I do not follow him too far down the route that he chose. However, I and others who have served as aircrew in the past sympathise with the families concerned, and know how they must...

Royal Air Force ( 6 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: rose—

Royal Air Force ( 6 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that we must send the right messages to the Germans about the future of that important European project at this critical time. The Secretary of State for Defence has said that we wish to proceed to the production investment phase. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that he could send a clear message to the Germans tonight by confirming that the Labour party would...

Royal Air Force ( 6 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the RAF's apprentice scheme was designed to produce apprentices who would become senior, high-quality non-commissioned officers later in their careers. The RAF is not cutting technical training. It is providing technical training for 17 and 18-year-olds and it is also providing leadership training as their careers develop. With that information, will the...

Royal Air Force ( 6 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: My hon. Friend knows how much I and many others welcome this appointment, not only because of the quality of the individual, but because it will allow the reserve forces to have a strong voice at the centre, and that will be a recognition of the increased contribution that they make to the country's defence in every aspect of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: National Lottery (Historical Items) ( 3 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if she will list those items of historical importance which have received national lottery funding in order to keep them within the United Kingdom. [12216]

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: National Lottery (Historical Items) ( 3 Feb 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. Will he explain how the new National Heritage Bill will contribute towards keeping ever greater numbers of items in this country? Will he explain also how the Bill will allow lottery funds to be used for items that at present do not come within their remit?

Orders of the Day — Education Bill: Corporal Punishment Lawful with Parental Consent (28 Jan 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Business of the House (23 Jan 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: Following the Government's decision to provide more opportunities for youngsters to join the cadet movement, will my right hon. Friend seek time for an early debate on the subject so that Conservative Members can reinforce their long-standing commitment to the movement—a commitment that can be contrasted to the attitude of Labour Members, particularly members of the teaching profession who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Contracts (14 Jan 1997)

Mr Keith Mans: Does my hon. Friend agree that one way not to sustain jobs in the defence industry would be to carry out a defence review, which would delay procurement of much-needed weapons systems? Does he further agree that it is particularly worrying to workers in the defence industry in Lancashire that the Labour party has made no commitment whatever to exclude the Eurofighter project from its defence...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Beaches (17 Dec 1996)

Mr Keith Mans: Will my hon. Friend congratulate all those in Fylde who have helped to make the beaches around Blackpool and Fleetwood so much cleaner? Will he join the leader of the Labour council in Blackpool and other local Labour politicians in their criticism of the hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher) for his ill-informed criticism and comments on the clean-up of the Fylde coast?

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Keith Mans: In the light of what he has said, will the hon. Gentleman state how his party will preserve jobs in the fishing industry in the short term while providing stocks of fish in the long term? Bearing that in mind, he did not answer the point raised by the right hon. Member for Strangford (Mr. Taylor) in respect of the Hague preference and the Irish Republic. Will he address that point and say...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Keith Mans: How?

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