Results 41–60 of 382 for speaker:Mr George Park

Orders of the Day — Civil Aviation Bill (16 Jan 1978)

Mr George Park: My local authority in Coventry, like that of my hon. Friend the Member for Luton, East (Mr. Clemitson), is greatly concerned about the proposals in regard to airport security. It is a difficult problem and the difficulties have been transmitted into the question of payment for security. The Government seem to have chosen the most difficult way of approaching the problem. Interesting...

Orders of the Day — Civil Aviation Bill (16 Jan 1978)

Mr George Park: Is the hon. Gentleman saying that those who have children incur a cost for the rest of the community and that they alone should pay for their education, and that those who do not have children should not have to pay?

Picketing (Registration and Control) (18 Jan 1978)

Mr George Park: The hon. Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Ridley) has put forward a bubble and squeak case in endeavouring to get leave to present his Bill. I call it a bubble and squeak case because it is a rehash of arguments that have been put forward and rejected by the House before. I am not suggesting that provisions which have remained substantially the same for more than 70 years are not...

Picketing (Registration and Control) (18 Jan 1978)

Mr George Park: They are one-sided. They take no account of the difficulties faced by pickets and they do not deal with the question of communication with occupants of vehicles trying to get into premises that are being picketed. Bearing in mind the hon. Gentleman's concern for the police, he should recognise that his proposals would make their job more difficult by restricting their discretion in dealing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (26 Jan 1978)

Mr George Park: When my right hon. Friend is in Birmingham tonight, will he bear in mind that when the Midlands are prosperous, so is the rest of the country? Will he have another look at the effects on the Midlands of the regional policy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Japanese Imports (13 Mar 1978)

Mr George Park: Will my hon. Friend say what steps he is taking to monitor this understanding during the course of the year; or will he wait until the year ends and then, if it goes wrong, try to do something about it? With regard to a Japanese vehicle for disabled people—a point made by the hon. Member for Oswestry (Mr. Biffen)—will my hon. Friend draw to the Secretary of State's attention the fact that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Pensioners (Benefits) (11 Apr 1978)

Mr George Park: In view of the large amount of unclaimed benefit about which we heard earlier, could not the Department deal more sympathetically with retrospective claims from people who learn about their benefit to entitlement too late?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: Petrol Prices (17 Apr 1978)

Mr George Park: I can give my hon. Friend a specific instance. If he drives his car from the Midlands to North Wales, he will find that the price of petrol varies by as much as 8p a gallon. He cannot possibly justify that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railways (Catering Standards) (3 May 1978)

Mr George Park: Is my hon. Friend aware that while the staff is providing the gorgeous breakfast that he is talking about, they rarely have anyone to spare to serve the coffee and sandwiches to which he has also referred? Is he further aware that when one makes inquiries, the reply is "We do not have the staff to do it"? What is he going to do about that?

Adjournment (Spring) (24 May 1978)

Mr George Park: In the light of a decision taken on Monday of this week in Coventry, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I am troubled that we should be going into recess. I refer to the declaration of redundancy of 1,000 employees at Massey-Ferguson and a smaller number in Kilmarnock, in Scotland. Any redundancy is, of course, regrettable, but it is particularly so in this case because, as most hon. Members will know,...

Pharmacists (29 Jun 1978)

Mr George Park: My sole interest in this debate is the one fact on which the whole House is agreed—that far too many chemist shops are closing. They do not close according to any predetermined pattern, but in closing they leave huge gaps in the Health Service in both rural areas and towns alike. Before we have any discussions on the distribution of chemist shops, the Department must settle the present...


Mr George Park: We would not be in the present difficulty at the fag end of the Session if, when the West Midlands Bill was last presented with a Labour administration at the county council, the Opposition had not taken the opportunity to deal with it party politically. That is how they chose to deal with it. Their sole desire was to kill the Bill. They took no account of the fact that the Bills are not...


Mr George Park: I cannot go that far. I said what was my understanding, and that is as far as I can go. It is my understanding that the promoters would be willing to abide by the decision of the House. That is something and nothing. Of course they must abide by whatever decision the House takes. They would rather have rejection after a discussion in the House than a rejection based on procedure, merely by...


Mr George Park: Very nearly.


Mr George Park: In 1920, 24 hours' notice was required. That was extended to 48 hours' notice. In 1969 other authorities embodied street procession powers. Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton all took the powers.


Mr George Park: As I have said, 48 hours.


Mr George Park: That is something that can be dealt with in Committee. That is not an insurmountable obstacle.


Mr George Park: I can only ask my hon. Friend to accept my words as a former leader of Coventry council. I tell him that Coventry has such powers whatever may be stated in the Bill.


Mr George Park: I have never known any great trouble arise from the exercise of the powers. The Bills before us are only the forerunners of many more such Bills. Consolidation will have to take place in many other local authorities. If we continue to kill these Bills by procedural means without consideration of the merits or demerits of particular clauses, we shall ultimately bring local government into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection: National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (20 Nov 1978)

Mr George Park: I recognise the excellent work done by citizens advice bureaux, but does my hon. Friend agree that they cannot adequately discharge the functions of consumer protection which were disbanded by the Tory council in the West Midlands?

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