Results 1–20 of 814 for speaker:Mr Michael Meadowcroft

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Power to Provide Financial Assistance for Privately Let Housing Accommodation (12 May 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: I should like to be part and parcel of the obsequiousness on certain sections of the Bill and to make the point that at least on this occasion I arrived, although a little late, in time to take part. On the previous occasion when the three of us—the Minister, the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) and myself—were supposed to be performing in another place—not down the corridor, but...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Community Insulation Programme (11 May 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what representations he has received concerning plans to revise the home insulation programme; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Community Insulation Programme (11 May 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: Is the Secretary of State aware that the problems in Leeds with the unions which inhibited work being done on council houses, have been overcome and that the work is now going ahead? The only thing that people are concerned about is that the new regulations will prevent the work being done for the benefit of many people, both in council and private houses. Therefore, will the Secretary of...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Building Societies (Interest-Only Loans) (30 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has any plans to permit derogation from the prohibition on building societies making interest-only loans.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Building Societies (Interest-Only Loans) (30 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: Is the Minister aware that building societies believe that that helpful facility, which enables elderly people to liberate the capital in their own homes to make necessary repairs, has not been stopped by the Building Societies Act? Am I right in believing that that was never the Government's intention, and will the Minister make it clear that the facility is still widely available?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Regional Strategy (29 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he next intends to meet the officers of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce to discuss the impact of the Government's regional strategy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Regional Strategy (29 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: Surely the Minister, with his background, is aware that chambers of commerce in Yorkshire and Humberside are concerned about the wider implications of regional policy, including, for instance, assistance under the Industrial Development Act 1985. Is the Minister aware that the 1984 report showed that one quarter of all assistance went to the south-east? In the micro-electronics industry, for...

Opposition Day: Housing (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, who is under severe attack from the Liberals in Eastbourne. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the selling of council houses was first instituted in Leeds in 1974, when there was an agreement between his party and mine, to do it on the terms set out in that article and that this was very successful? That is an important point.

Opposition Day: Housing (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: Unlike the two Front Bench speakers, I intend to reduce the speech that I was going to make, in the interests of giving others the chance to join in. I am happy to have interventions about Tower Hamlets, but they will be added to what I intend to say about housing in general. Since the Minister's translation from the Department of Health and Social Security to the Department of the...

Opposition Day: Housing (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: I was aware of what the hon. Gentleman had said. However, the words on the Order Paper are his, wherever they were taken from. It is important to note that the provision of housing is not an absolute right in the same way as is health. If a person has diabetes, he or she requires insulin in the proportion that is required by the disease. However, in housing there is a choice to be exercised,...

Opposition Day: Housing (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: I shall give way, but I should like to get on and enable other hon. Members to make their speeches in their own way.

Opposition Day: Housing (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: The hon. Gentleman has picked the wrong place. I started off by talking about the Tower Hamlets problem with Bangladeshis. If the hon. Gentleman is concerned about that, he might consider how on earth one can afford to cope with that problem in Tower Hamlets, which is a national problem, rather than cynically using that issue as a bargaining point for votes in Tower Hamlets. That is monstrous.

Opposition Day: Housing (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: The same thing is happening in Camden, which is under the control of the hon. Gentleman's party. Camden is going down the same path as Tower Hamlets. On 20 March the policy and resources committee in Camden had to start re-assessing the offers that it made to people entering the borough for exactly the same reasons. It could not afford the generous implications of the policies of the past....

Opposition Day: Housing (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: Yes, but if I give way that will take time from other speeches.

Opposition Day: Housing (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: We are back to the question of choice. I do not see how it is possible for politicians to say to adults that they will decide whether those adults' houses should remain standing. One cannot say that. The previous policy should have been one of improvement, rather than of demolition. The fact is that we have demolished many houses that did not need to be demolished and, in their place, we have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Schools (Accommodation Standards) (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will undertake a review of unpublished reports of visits made by Her Majesty's inspectors to determine what recent trends are shown in the numbers and proportions of lessons seen where poor or unsuitable accommodation was considered to be restricting the quality of work; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Schools (Accommodation Standards) (28 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: Why is the Minister so coy about publishing these reports, which are bound to show that teachers are coping remarkably well in appallingly deteriorating conditions? Is he aware that in Leeds there are a number of schools where teachers must double up because they cannot occupy accommodation? I know of one school in west Leeds, Christchurch primary school, where a temporary classroom which has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services>: Supplementary Benefit (7 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the number of supplementary benefit claimants in the Leeds, West constituency for the current year and for 1979.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services>: Supplementary Benefit (7 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: Does the Minister accept that the figures are also not strictly comparable because of the basis on which supplementary benefit is awarded? Is the Minister not concerned that there should be such a level of deprivation in our inner cities, which has such a debilitating effect on a small section of the population, which is forced to live at subsistence level and which appears to have been given...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prison Overcrowding (2 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Meadowcroft: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new proposals he has for alleviating overcrowding in Her Majesty's prisons.


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