Results 21–40 of 1791 for speaker:Mr Dave Nellist

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council House Sales (19 Feb 1992)

Mr Dave Nellist: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that if the principle that the Government applied in cancelling £14·5 billion worth of debt for all nationalised industries before privatisation were applied to local authorities, there would be little debt left to repay? If he is really concerned to increase the number of homes available to rent, why will he not recognise that of the 700,000 empty...

Business of the House (13 Feb 1992)

Mr Dave Nellist: It will not have gone unnoticed by the House or those outside it that the Leader of the House did not take the opportunity, when answering the question by my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Mrs. Mahon), to deny that the Government have plans to raise prescription charges to £3·75 an item within the next few days. Will he therefore arrange not just for a written answer, if that be the...

Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill (31 Jan 1992)

Mr Dave Nellist: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I think that you have been placed in an invidious position this afternoon. It is not just the past two hours which have been a problem. The fact is that the previous debate was timetabled by Tory Whips to finish precisely at 12.35 pm, leaving you with only one hour and 55 minutes for the next debate. Would you do what I have just done and...

Industrial Relations (28 Jan 1992)

Mr Dave Nellist: The Secretary of State describes the statement as aiming for the protection of millions, but is it not a fact that he is talking not about individuals and their rights but about the level of profit that employers make out of the weakness of trade union rights which almost 13 years of his Government have brought about? More than 200 Tory Members are sponsored by those employers. The Secretary...

Business of the House (23 Jan 1992)

Mr Dave Nellist: May I return the Leader of the House to the issue that I raised last week—the illegal use of computer evidence in magistrates courts? He told me last week and the shadow Leader of the House today that the Government were giving that matter urgent consideration. Has he seen early-day motion 539, which I tabled last night after the judgment given by the senior stipendiary magistrate, Mr....

Schedule 1: Housing of Asylum-Seekers: Supplementary (21 Jan 1992)

Mr Dave Nellist: I am glad to have an opportunity of making a few remarks at the end of the consideration of the Bill. Other business has prevented me from playing a bigger role in the earlier proceedings. I want to place on record on behalf of my constituents my opposition to the Bill. I remember the first debate on the Bill, just a couple of months ago. In almost his opening sentence, the Home Secretary...

Business of the House (16 Jan 1992)

Mr Dave Nellist: Will the Leader of the House arrange for an early statement from the Lord Chancellor on the workings of the Civil Evidence Act 1968 following the collapse yesterday in Liverpool and Gravesham of several hundred poll tax cases because the Government have so far refused to introduce a commencement order to allow computer evidence to be used in the magistrates court under that Act? I drew that...

Mortgages (Income Support Payments) (19 Dec 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: How many items can now be taken out of somebody's benefit before he gets some money to live on? Given that 255,000 families—the equivalent of a city the size of Coventry—are more than six months in arrears with their mortgage interest payments, should we not have heard from the Secretary of State today an announcement of the restoration of full mortgage payments immediately, and not after...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Enforcement: England and Wales (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: The Bill seeks to abolish the poll tax in 15 months' time and to introduce a deeply flawed property-based replacement. As was predicted, the poll tax perished under the weight of those who did not pay it. Even the Prime Minister admitted to Tory Back Benchers shortly after his election as party leader that the tax was unenforceable. Even since then, the problem has grown much worse. On 4...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Enforcement: England and Wales (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: The hon. Gentleman may say, "Good"; but already 31 unemployed people, three people in receipt of invalidity benefit and 15 pensioners have been put away because they could not pay the poll tax. The council tax legislation will continue those enforcement procedures. This Bill should be defeated tonight. The Government ought to have introduced 100 per cent. rebates immediately, and restored...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Council Tax in Respect of Dwellings (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I apologise for rising at this point. I wonder if you can help me. I am in a new and slightly strange position of not being privy to all the discussions which take place in the Labour party regarding its attitude on matters relating to the important Bill which is before the House on Report. As you will know, Mr. Speaker makes a provisional selection...

Business of the House (28 Nov 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: May we have a debate next week on law and order? We could then ask why—this follows on from the question of the hon. Member for Cambridgeshire, South-West (Sir A. Grant) about hon. Members talking about other Members' constituencies—Maria Jones, who is 31 weeks pregnant, was sentenced at the beginning of this week to 60 days imprisonment for inability to pay the poll tax in...

Business of the House (21 Nov 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: Has the Leader of the House seen early-day motion 148 about the disgraceful closure of Coventry colliery with the loss of 1.300 jobs? That this House condemns British Coal for its closure of the Coventry Colliery at Keresely with the loss of 1,300 jobs, completed in a mere 13 days from the announcement of the decision to the working of the last shift: believes that the pit is not abandoned...

Business of the House (7 Nov 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: Will the Leader of the House consider that, in the run-up to next Wednesday's debate on the Asylum Bill, Government Members, particularly Back-Bench Tory Members, and tabloid newspapers will attempt to create an atmosphere to justify the Bill by talking about numbers? Is it not a fact that in 20 of the past 27 years there has been a net outflow of people from this country? In July, the Home...

Business of the House (7 Nov 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: When we discuss the Asylum Bill next Wednesday, will it be in order for me to accuse the Government of playing the pre-election racist card?

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Council Tax (6 Nov 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: rose——

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Council Tax (6 Nov 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: As the provisions for Scotland and for England and Wales are contained in the same Bill, can the right hon. Gentleman explain why the schedules relating to imprisonment as an enforcement penalty still apply to England and Wales, whereas the Debtors (Scotland) Act 1987 abolished that penalty for Scotland? In England and Wales, people may still be imprisoned if they do not pay their council tax.

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Council Tax (6 Nov 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: rose——

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Council Tax (6 Nov 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: Can the Secretary of State explain why schedules 3, 4 and 8 of the council tax Bill provide exactly the same enforcement procedures as apply under the poll tax? Four years ago, the Government abolished imprisonment for debt under the Debtors (Scotland) Act 1987, yet the council tax maintains imprisonment as a penalty in England and Wales. Why the difference? Why keep such medieval barbarity?...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Council Tax (6 Nov 1991)

Mr Dave Nellist: I shall be brief, in deference to my hon. Friends who also wish to speak. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, since the introduction of the poll tax, every month and on time I have paid a uniform business rate that is five times the level of the personal poll tax in Coventry? Every month, on time, I have paid my national income tax. My refusal to pay the poll tax will be maintained until...


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