Results 81–100 of 1408 for speaker:Mr Arthur Newens

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: I believe that the cost of food must go up to some extent if methods are to be improved in the way that I have suggested. However, there are many other ways of reducing the cost of food which we often discuss here and which could be achieved if we were not bound by the ridiculous dictates of the common agricultural policy.

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will accept that those of us who went on the trips and saw the hens, pigs and other stock were not purely emotional in our conclusions. The Committee studied carefully the scientific evidence. There may have been disagreements between us, but I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not give the impression to the House that the majority was influenced purely by...

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: There are many issues on which I profoundly disagree with the hon. Member for Gillingham (Sir F. Burden), but I agree with much of what he has said on this occasion and I take the opportunity to recognise the very important work he has done and with which he has been associated on animal welfare. As a member of the Select Committee, I believe and hope that the report has considerably advanced...

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: I made a slip if I stated that they were tethered all their lives. I should have said that they were tethered or kept in close confinement. Although they are not tethered when they produce pigs, they are still kept in conditions in which they cannot turn round. I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for pointing out my slip. The essential point that I make is correct. I stand by it. It is...

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: I think that there is a difference between the hon. Gentleman and myself in our use of the term "full potential". I accept that the birds produce the maximum number of eggs, although some hon. Members may disagree. Even if it is accepted that they produce the maximum number under those circumstances, it is possible, I believe, to achieve those targets by less intensive means. The bird should...

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: I recognise entirely that it would not be morally justified for us to refuse to allow food to be produced in certain conditions in this country and then to import food from abroad that was produced in precisely those conditions. The Government should give a much more forceful lead on the Continent of Europe and within the EEC in changing these matters. We should be prepared to take unilateral...

Agricultural Marketing Bill (18 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: The Bill proposes the establishment of a new organisation to develop and co-ordinate the marketing of agricultural, horticultural and food produce. We all support that. I hope that the hon. Members for Hereford (Mr. Shepherd) and Devon, West (Sir P. Mills) will not, for party political reasons, suggest that the Opposition do not fully support the Minister's objectives in that regard. More...

Agricultural Marketing Bill (18 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: I am delighted that the right hon. Gentleman has taken that action, but to date that aspect of his activities has received little attention. It is important to bring the retail co-operative movement into this sphere of activity more fully than hitherto. The Plunkett Foundation, founded by Sir Horace Plunkett in 1919, has over the years sought to bring retailing and agriculture together in...

Agricultural Marketing Bill (18 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: I shall not speculate. I could be controversial and advance views that are not acceptable to Conservative Members. However, when I think that the Government are doing something of merit, I see no reason to pick holes in it. Many of these organisations should be represented. The Opposition believe that Britain should have prosperous fanning and food industries. I do not wish to predict what...

Agricultural Marketing Bill (18 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: I think that the hon. Gentleman will agree that the Central Council for Agricultural and Horticultural Co-operation was set up by a Labour Government and that throughout the years the Labour Party has supported the objective of improving marketing in that industry. The hon. Gentleman should not endeavour to strain the point that he is making. He should recognise our concern.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Cruise Missiles (16 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Secretary of State for Defence when the first cruise missiles are due to be deployed in the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Cruise Missiles (16 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: As the United States, on many occasions, particularly recently, has made it clear that it is prepared to put United States interests before those of Britain where it suits it, how on earth can the deployment of American owned and controlled cruise missiles in this country be justified? Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that the majority of people in Britain today reject this proposal?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Inflation (11 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: Does the Minister accept that the falling inflation rates are largely due to the comparatively low prices of primary products throughout the world as a result of the depressed world economy? Is it not true that as soon as there is a revival, which is absolutely essential, the policies that the Government have pursued will do nothing to stop a return of inflation through increases in the price...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: New Towns (10 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received on his proposals for responding to claims made by new town local authorities under section 51 of the New Towns Act 1981.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: New Towns (10 Nov 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: Does the hon. Gentleman not recognise that his refusal to meet more than a fraction of the cost of design defects in houses transferred to new town local authorities represents a gross breach of faith by the Government, in view of undertakings given in the past? Would not a commercial firm which attempted to renege on its liabilities be guilty of a flagrant breach of contract? Is the hon....

Business of the House (21 Oct 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: Will the right hon. Gentleman accept that, whatever may be his view of the effects in the Far East of the Prime Minister's pronouncements on the future of Hong Kong, a written reply on the matter is inadequate? Will he tell us the terms on which we are to expect the Prime Minister to make statements after such visits? In vew of her refusal to make a statement, what other opportunities will we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Glasshouse Industry (Energy Costs) (21 Oct 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been achieved to date on the equalisation of energy costs incurred by glasshouse growers in EEC countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Glasshouse Industry (Energy Costs) (21 Oct 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: I welcome the extension of the aid and recognise the Minister's stand. However, does he recognise the catastrophic position of many of our glasshouse growers because of the cumulative effect over many years of the Dutch advantage in fuel costs? Is it possible to make aid available to make up for the years when the disadvantage was greatest? Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to implement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Horticulture Industry (21 Oct 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the number of reports that are still coming in about lorries laden with produce coming to some of our east coast ports and selling produce on the roads, thereby evading VAT and health regulations? What is being done to stop that undesirable practice?

National Health Service (Pay Dispute) (18 Oct 1982)

Mr Arthur Newens: Is it not hypocritical to say that patients suffer because of industrial action and to remain silent about the greater suffering of patients because of the Government's financial policy and the closure of facilities? Is the Secretary of State aware of the proposed closures in my constituency of a casualty department, a female surgical ward and an alcoholic treatment centre as a result of his...


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