Results 281–300 of 382 for speaker:Mr George Park

West Midlands (Industry) (20 Jun 1980)

Mr George Park: Mr. Park I think that the hon. Gentleman should look more closely at the history books. The outstanding ribbon produced by Coventry then was called Coventry Blue.

West Midlands (Industry) (20 Jun 1980)

Mr George Park: If my hon. Friends and I paint a gloomy picture this morning, we do not do so because we take a delight in painting gloomy pictures. We shall be doing so because we shall be talking about the facts. I am bound to say that the Minister's contribution has not lifted the gloom at all. The hon. Gentleman forecast that the Opposition would be putting all the blame on the Government. Certainly...

West Midlands (Industry) (20 Jun 1980)

Mr George Park: I have not even mentioned the high value of the pound, although I might get round to it. There is a temptation to leave money in the bank. Why have all the hassle of business when one can earn high interest rates when sitting back and doing nothing? However, doing that does not produce a single item that can be sold at home or abroad. It adds to the banks' already bloated profit levels and...

West Midlands (Industry) (20 Jun 1980)

Mr George Park: If the hon. Member for Staffordshire, South West (Mr. Cormack) wants to question my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton he should do it himself and not try to do it through me. Of the forecast British Leyland redundancies, 5,000 will fall on the Coventry Canley plant which was Coventry's fourth largest employer. The decline in the car industry started shortly after the removal of the 33½...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rating System (4 Jun 1980)

Mr George Park: Does not the Secretary of State agree that it is easier to point to faults in the present rating system than to find a viable alternative?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Gas Supplies (19 May 1980)

Mr George Park: Does the Minister agree that as well as availability, the price of gas is of equal importance? Surely it is inconsistent with Government policy, which is to create the right climate for industry, to impose swingeing increases and then cream off the money as a means of back-door taxation.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Dismissal Relating to Trade Union Membership (23 Apr 1980)

Mr George Park: From time to time every political party finds itself stuck with superficially attractive slogans that are passed on, if the party becomes the Government, to an unfortunate Minister who has to endeavour to put flesh on their bones. Throughout the passage of the Bill we have been witnessing the endeavours of the Secretary of State to put some thinking into a slogan to give it reality. During...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Dismissal Relating to Trade Union Membership (23 Apr 1980)

Mr George Park: I regret that I have never found anyone who was not prepared to hold out his hand at the end of the week and accept those benefits. Concern has been expressed about democracy. Last night concern was expressed about secret ballots, and it was said that we should know the wishes of the workers before allowing a dispute to take place. However, Conservative Members will disregard a ballot that...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Dismissal Relating to Trade Union Membership (23 Apr 1980)

Mr George Park: I had not wished to give the impression—if I did so, I regret it—that I was contemptuous of minorities. That is far from the truth. I was trying to convey the point that there was no need for the provision because those with genuine religious conviction could be catered for by those who knew that they held such beliefs.

New Clause 3: Right of Workers to Demand a Ballot Before Industria Action is Taken (22 Apr 1980)

Mr George Park: Does my hon. Friend agree that, in common with other organisations, the trade union movement set up its rule book in accordance with the wishes of its members? It has periodic opportunities to alter the rules if the members do not like them. In addition, ballots are written in to the rule books of the unions. If the members want a ballot, they have every opportunity to write it into their rules.

Synthetic Textiles (Imports) (18 Feb 1980)

Mr George Park: Is the Minister aware that already 1,500 jobs are at grave risk in the British Celanese factory, in my constituency? The Minister mentioned the observance of rules. Is he aware of the evasive practices of American companies that use their Belgian subsidiaries to evade direct import duty and even get an import duty clawback? Fair competition is one thing; unfair competition is another. Will...

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill: Regional Development Grants (7 Feb 1980)

Mr George Park: In a debate on regional policies it is understandable that the words "the regions" should be used. However, when hon. Members use that phrase the West Midlands area does not figure. The West Midlands area is now experiencing the structural problems which are more often associated with other areas. In Committee I said that the regional policy of successive Governments was far too blunt and...

Orders of the Day — Industry Bill: Regional Development Grants (7 Feb 1980)

Mr George Park: I had hoped that the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Budgen) would devote more of his time to the West Midlands instead of becoming involved in paternal aspects. I shall not give way to him. The hon. Member for Rochdale (Mr. Smith) drew attention to the fact that if an area is not designated as an assisted area, it cannot be eligible for EEC grants. It is ruled out on all...

Industry Bill: Clause 1 (6 Feb 1980)

Mr George Park: I should like the Minister to state clearly whether Alfred Herbert will be able to retain this money. Also, will he take into account the fact that people are not only being asked to give up their jobs or being compelled to give them up but are being told that there is to be no redundancy money beyond the legal minimum, in spite of the fact that management representatives have always departed...

Industry Bill: Clause 1 (6 Feb 1980)

Mr George Park: The Government are acting as though the Bill was already on the statute book. I refer to the stripping of the NEB assets, not currently a function of the board. I am not suggesting that they are doing this in a secretive way, because in Committee on 4 December the Secretary of State said that it was always clear that there would not be much time after the passage of the Bill into law for the...

New Clause 14 (21 Jan 1980)

Mr George Park: I had the task initially of attempting to pilot a Bill similar to this one through the House. It came to grief mainly on the clause relating to street processions. Some hon. Members who are now in the Government have had the same experience. In the interim, as has been mentioned, hon. Members on both sides of the House have endeavoured to arrive at something which would be workable and seen...

Clause 13 (21 Jan 1980)

Mr George Park: Although the hon. Lady is correct in saying that these panels are dealt with by advertising contractors, surely it is simple for the local authority to reserve one panel in each subway for its own use and to display the various advertisements in rotation so that people may be informed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Authorities (Manpower) (12 Dec 1979)

Mr George Park: What relevance do the figures have if they are not related to the needs of certain areas? Surely that is the factor which determines the number of staff necessary in a certain area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: British Leyland (10 Dec 1979)

Mr George Park: Does "the national interest" include the problem of the thousands of people in Coventry who are to be made redundant?

Oral Answers to Questions — West Midlands (4 Dec 1979)

Mr George Park: asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the future employment prospects in the West Midlands during the next 12 months.


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