Results 261–280 of 382 for speaker:Mr George Park

Orders of the Day — Talbot (Linwood) (17 Feb 1981)

Mr George Park: The Secretary of State for Scotland was at pains to draw the parallel between the present situation and what happened when Chrysler opened the Talbot firm. There are parallels, but I am forced to the conclusion that the Secretary of State for Scotland knew nothing about these parallels and the weaknesses in the declaration of intent until he looked at the speech written for him by his civil...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Motoring Manufacturing (9 Feb 1981)

Mr George Park: Are the Government prepared to support the approaches that have been made by the car constructors' association in Europe to do something on an EEC basis against the penetration of Japanese products?

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill: Clause 1 (4 Feb 1981)

Mr George Park: Like my right hon. Friend the Member for Salford, West (Mr. Ornie), I welcome the Government's proposals to fund British Leyland and the necessary adjustments from one account to another. The Minister gave a fair account of the reasons why the Government came to that decision, much to the dismay of some of his colleagues. He highlighted the fact that BL and its work force had increased...

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill: Clause 1 (4 Feb 1981)

Mr George Park: Does my right hon. Friend agree that when Conservative Members talk about selling off parts of British Leyland they ignore the integrated nature of the company and the fact that there are economies of scale? If companies are hived off, it would not be possible to have the long runs of producing components that is possible under the total Leyland banner.

Orders of the Day — Poverty (3 Feb 1981)

Mr George Park: Is my hon. Friend aware that out of 66 professional social workers the Solihull council intends to dismiss 35?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Prime Minister (Engagements) (29 Jan 1981)

Mr George Park: Arising from this morning's announcement of over 500 redundancies at Talbot in Coventry, does the right hon. Lady accept that that is clear evidence of the fact that for some people to remain in work an increasing number have to be put out of work?

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Energy Prices (26 Jan 1981)

Mr George Park: Given the Minister's support for free competition, may I ask whether he will consider amending that view to include free and fair competition and altering his Department's attitude in that direction?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Manpower (20 Jan 1981)

Mr George Park: Has recruitment to the Army been suspended?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Prescription Charges (16 Dec 1980)

Mr George Park: Will the Minister confirm that the income from the sale of six-month and 12-month prepayment certificates was taken into account halfway through the financial year, resulting in a deduction of £10 million nationwide? Does he accept that that was not conveyed formally to area health authorities and that the authorities had to pick it up from an appendix to a financial report?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Energy Costs (8 Dec 1980)

Mr George Park: Is the Secretary of State aware that checks made in the last few days indicate clearly that Italy and Spain are paying 18½p and 20p per therm respectively for gas? Is he aware that the average price in Britain is 30p

Orders of the Day — Engineering Industry (4 Dec 1980)

Mr George Park: One thing on which there has been agreement today is that there has been for some time, and there still is, a decline in British engineering. Our concern is over the acceleration of this decline, and we need go no further than the first nine months of the year, in which, according to Government figures, employment in engineering fell by 178,000 and in manufacturing as a whole by 400,000. In...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Japan (Car Imports and Exports) (1 Dec 1980)

Mr George Park: If the Secretary of State is not aware of discrimination against our exports of vehicles to Japan, it is about time his officials briefed him. Anyone in the trade will tell him about the discrimination against our exports. The right hon. Gentleman has just had one example from his hon. Friend the Member for Bromsgrove and Redditch (Mr. Miller). At the next meeting of the Council of Ministers...

Employment (Picketing and Closed Shop) (13 Nov 1980)

Mr George Park: It is an instruction.

Employment (Picketing and Closed Shop) (13 Nov 1980)

Mr George Park: I think that my hon. Friend should correct his statement about Conservative Members not knowing about closed shops. There are many lawyers on the Government Benches, and they are members of the most closed shop that one can get.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Departmental Staff (5 Nov 1980)

Mr George Park: When considering the privatisation of heavy goods vehicle testing, will the Minister take note of the fact that the people who operate the heavy goods vehicles are extremely dubious about handing over the testing to private enterprise, as they feel that they would not get the same impartial judgment that they get in the present circumstances?

Orders of the Day — Motor Industry (4 Aug 1980)

Mr George Park: I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss the motor industry and to draw attention to the fact that world-wide the industry is in recession, with one significant exception—Japan. In the first half of 1980 Japan put 3 million cars on the world's roads. Last month, in a drastically reduced home market, the Japanese sold more cars than British Leyland, but we still rely on a gentleman's...

Orders of the Day — Motor Industry (4 Aug 1980)

Mr George Park: I am grateful for that intervention. There is no doubt that the livelihoods and jobs of those in the Stoke works in Coventry are perched on a knife-edge. It cannot be reassuring for them to know that their livelihood depends on events in Iran. The previous Government had to give the factory temporary employment subsidy to help it over a difficulty and there are now doubts about the future of...

Orders of the Day — Motor Industry (4 Aug 1980)

Mr George Park: I do not disagree. But, that having been said, the hon. Member for Oxford (Mr. Patten) has to go a stage further. He has to accept that by introducing new methods of production, by introducing robots, as has been done on the Metro line, and by being able to achieve the same level or an even higher level of production with less labour, either we have to aim for a greater share of the market to...

Clause 9: Contribution in Respect of Compensation (28 Jul 1980)

Mr George Park: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is the height of impertinence for a lawyer, of all people, to criticise a closed shop?

Machine Tool Companies (Sale) (1 Jul 1980)

Mr George Park: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 9, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely, the sales of Alfred Herbert, Edgwick Machine Tool Works, and associated companies. I have been prompted to make this application because an announcement appeared in a press release yesterday to the...


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