Results 1–20 of 1082 for speaker:Mr Allen McKay

Business of the House (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is some disappointment on the Conservative Back Benches that the debate next Monday on the sittings of the House report will be taken on the Adjournment? That will mean that many hon. Members, who believe that the intention of that report is about giving Back Benchers more time, will not be able to vote on an amendment. Such an amendment would be...

Fire Service College (26 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: I might have had more sympathy with some of the Minister's views if I had believed that he was intent on providing a service of better quality. Instead, the right hon. Gentleman and the hon. Member for Ryedale (Mr. Greenway) talked only about value for money. During my time in the fire service, it was value for life that mattered, not value for money. Life was the essential ingredient, and...

Fire Service College (26 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: If the private sector has its fire officers trained at Moreton-in-Marsh, given that the college is at full capacity now, the training of fire service officers will have to be curtailed to make room for private services.

Inflation (26 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: The effect also matters.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill [Lords]: Establishment of Staff Commission (25 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: I support the new clause and I hope that the Government will also do so. It is common sense to include a staff commission when considering the reorganisation of local government. I went through several reorganisations, both at the receiving and reorganising ends, while working for the National Coal Board and I appreciate the feelings of the people affected. Not only their jobs but their...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill [Lords]: Duties of Local Government Commission (25 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: I disagree with the hon. Gentleman. My experience is that services provided by local government are better appreciated than are services provided by other bodies because locally provided services are identified with local people. They identify, for example, with local councillors or officials, rather than with a distant provider. To cite the example of a supermarket does not fit into this...

Local Government Bill [Lords] (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (17 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: The Minister referred to 10 hours of debate. There will not be 10 hours; there will be eight and a half hours of debate. The rest of the time will be taken up with dinner breaks and the like—unless we cut that out. I believe that part I is the contentious part. The contentious aspects of part II are who will comprise the commission and what will be its terms of reference. It would have...

Local Government Bill [Lords] (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (17 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Local Government Bill [Lords] (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (17 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: It appears that the hon. Gentleman is either misinformed, unintelligent or naive. I shall choose naive rather than either of the other two. In all the time that I have been here, I have known only one Bill that the Government wanted that failed to go through. That was a transport Bill. Any Government who want a Bill to become law can use the timetable. Therefore, there is no question of us...

Local Government Bill [Lords] (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (17 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Local Government Bill [Lords] (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (17 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: On the point that the hon. Gentleman makes regarding parts I and II. It has always been clear that the controversial part of the Bill relates to competitive tendering when it is compulsory competitive tendering. The lukewarm part of the Bill concerns the Local Government Commission. Would it not have been better, therefore, to introduce two Bills? The first would have provided for the...

Rechar (17 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: When the money is paid to each local authority, will it be listed in the Official Report showing what authority it has been paid to, when it has been paid, and how much?

Caravan Sites (Amendment): Local Government Finance ( 4 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: It is a pity that we do not have time to go into the way in which charges are made. The hon. Gentleman is doing himself a disservice both on that subject and by talking as he does about non-payment. He has not got down to the nitty-gritty of why non-payment has occurred. I should like to tell the hon. Gentleman about the people in my constituency who have had to pay the 20 per cent., but I...

Caravan Sites (Amendment): Local Government Finance ( 4 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: Again, the hon. Gentleman is wrong. His attitude to local government is set, narrow and shallow. If he thinks that the conduct of one local authority affects other local government thinking, he is wrong. Local government is an entity on its own. Its affairs never spill over its own border. That has been one of the problems of local government, not what the hon. Gentleman has referred to.

Caravan Sites (Amendment): Local Government Finance ( 4 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: It is time that the House, the Government and the Secretary of State stopped denigrating local government. It is time that we acted like grown-up people and recognised local government for what it is and for what it does. It is time that we recognised the work, the time and the service of local councillors, and it is time that we recognised everything that has been and is done by local...

Caravan Sites (Amendment): Local Government Finance ( 4 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: The hon. Gentleman is not comparing like with like. In the days of the rates, before the poll tax regime was introduced, local authorities would complain to the Secretary of State that they had not enough money, irrespective of which party was in government. Then, however, they were allowed to collect the extra money that they needed after going to the people to ask them for it.

Caravan Sites (Amendment): Local Government Finance ( 4 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: Say that to those outside.

Caravan Sites (Amendment): Local Government Finance ( 4 Feb 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: rose—

New clause 6: Additional Provisions with Regard to Inspection Teams (29 Jan 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: As my hon. Friend knows, my constituency is divided into urban and rural areas. Many small schools in the rural areas have been closed irrespective of their standards. In some instances, the children who attended these schools had a better educational start than some children in urban areas as a result of better teacher-pupil ratios. On the basis of standards, many small schools in rural...

New clause 6: Additional Provisions with Regard to Inspection Teams (29 Jan 1992)

Mr Allen McKay: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. It is obvious that the Government, who usually use the protection of a guillotine but who have not done so on this occasion, are disinclined to debate the amendments and new clauses tabled by the Opposition. They are frightened that we shall expose their policies for what they are. The privatisation of the inspectors has gone wrong and people...


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