Results 1–20 of 1384 for speaker:Mr James Molyneaux

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Northern Ireland Business (19 Mar 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman. I wonder whether he would want to include in his condemnation of the present Government, condemnation of the Wilson Government and particularly the then Leader of the House, Ted Short, who took the initial steps in forming the Northern Ireland Committee. That progressed to the later stage of the Grand Committee and to the final third stage tonight...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Northern Ireland Business (19 Mar 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: We were expert.

Business of the House (17 Mar 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: Will the Leader of the House prevail on the usual channels to ensure that the Northern Ireland business set down for Wednesday will not entirely disappear? I assure him that we shall do all in our power to facilitate an easy passage for those vital matters.

New clause 13: Relief from Income Tax on Expenditure on Energy Saving Materials (11 Mar 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: I support the remarks by hon. Members representing the parties below the Gangway. On this and many other related issues, we have acted co-operatively and, dare I say, with a degree of integrity. Our position on this issue has remained constant through many battles. 7.15 pm Without any bitterness, I tender a word of advice to Her Majesty's Opposition: perhaps it would be in their interest to...

Northern Ireland Appropriation (5 Mar 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: I begin, alphabetically, with the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland. I have seized on one little phrase: "certain alternative land uses". Right hon. and hon. Members will recall that it gained currency as part of the Jopling reforms mark one, when the then Minister returned from Brussels with a directive from our betters in the superior Parliament exhorting farmers to stop...

Northern Ireland Appropriation (5 Mar 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: Yes, that example is adequate testimonial to the efficiency of all who served in that centre and in other such establishments in Northern Ireland. My hon. Friend was far too modest to claim that the reversal of that decision was in some ways a tribute to all the genuine political parties in Northern Ireland which came together, not for the first time, to make their presence felt. Their advice...

Northern Ireland Appropriation (5 Mar 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: I do not believe in reincarnation. Vote 1 deals with community health and personal and social services. On the basis of my experience, I believe that the best of the trusts have transformed the service to patients to an incredible extent. I pay that general tribute to the trusts, and specifically to the handful of the best of them. Others have not quite measured up to their standard. That...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (27 Feb 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: Does the Secretary of State agree that the most significant impact on all the proceedings is the emerging fact that Sinn Fein-IRA totally abhors the principle of consent, and has thereby lost all sympathy and support throughout the world? Does he agree that this is the time for progress on the restoration of practical measures to restore effective administration to the people of Northern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Value Added Tax (13 Feb 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: On the July capping of VAT refunds, will the Chancellor of the Exchequer give sympathetic consideration to the settlement of claims that had been accepted and promised before the announcement was made in July?

Orders of the Day — Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords] (10 Feb 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: The Bill goes a long way towards attaining the objectives of the Donaldson report. It was considerably amended, and improved, in another place, where debate on it was greatly helped by the expert knowledge of many who participated. Indeed, the same is true of today's debate. success will be achieved only when a much higher percentage of ships entering British waters are British-owned and, to...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Agricultural Property Relief (22 Jan 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: In view of the consensus that has been achieved in the course of this good natured debate, could not the two Front Benches come to an agreement—enter into collusion, if necessary—reinforced by all the rest of us, to ensure that any future Treasury Bench, under whatever management, would underwrite landowners' interests? I am only a window box farmer, but such a measure would cover...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Writing-Down Allowances on Long-Life Assets (22 Jan 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: I apologise for my absence from the start of the debate; I was chairing a Committee. On the life of assets, is there not a strong case for differentiating between turboprop and jet aircraft, as the former tend to have a much longer life?

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord President of the Council: EU Legislation (13 Jan 1997)

Mr James Molyneaux: Will the Lord President consider extending the scope and authority of European Standing Committees A and B, in which we sometimes have quite stimulating debates?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Docks and Harbours (14 Nov 1996)

Mr James Molyneaux: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will review his proposals for the valuation and rating of docks and harbours in Northern Ireland. [2512]

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Docks and Harbours (14 Nov 1996)

Mr James Molyneaux: Will the Minister consider delaying the imposition of the new rates in Northern Ireland until he has received the conclusions of the pilot studies here in Great Britain and thus avoid variations in the rates between one part of the United Kingdom and another? Will the right hon. Gentleman consent to study some papers that I have in my possession?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Private Finance Initiative (31 Oct 1996)

Mr James Molyneaux: Is the Minister aware that his recent visit to Belfast was very much appreciated? Will he and his colleagues consider what further steps can be taken to make the enterprise initiative scheme more effective for, and attractive to, small investors?

Selective Cattle Slaughter (14 Oct 1996)

Mr James Molyneaux: Does the Minister accept that the case for the exclusion of Northern Ireland from the ban rests not on territorial or political considerations, but on the uniquely high standard of animal health and the traceability even of individual animals? Will he bear that very much in mind when he is considering those further options?

Clause 148: Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) (8 Jul 1996)

Mr James Molyneaux: As the Minister has said, happily, we are discussing the orders against a background of excellent industrial relations in Northern Ireland—a fact which, dare I say it, gives us an advantage over the rest of the United Kingdom because it is a permanent feature of the Northern Ireland landscape. To a great extent, that is due to the much maligned former Stormont Government and Parliament,...

Northern Ireland (19 Jun 1996)

Mr James Molyneaux: I can set the hon. Gentleman's mind at rest. I was not implying that the talks were a complete failure, because, as he said, much ground work was done. The phrase used at the time, as the Secretary of State will remember, was that they were "banked". They are still there. The only difference between the hon. Gentleman and me is that I was far too delicate to apportion the blame to my...

Northern Ireland (19 Jun 1996)

Mr James Molyneaux: I owe it to the hon. Member for Redcar (Ms Mowlam) to follow her on the key phrase she used—"the principle of consent". On the one word "consent", all else that we will consider tonight turns. It is the crucial term and, in some ways, is the only issue that should concern us in coming days. My respectful advice to the hon. Lady would be that, if we seek consent in the political sense, we...

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