Results 61–80 of 382 for speaker:Mr George Park

British Leyland (25 Mar 1986)

Mr George Park: Will the Secretary of State now answer the question asked by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Monklands, East (Mr. Smith), and acknowledge the damage done to BL by the abortive negotiations? Will he abandon plans to fragment BL, and allow it to make progress of the kind that he himself has just referred to?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Derelict Land (19 Mar 1986)

Mr George Park: Will the right hon. Gentleman take on board the fact that, by considering a complete city when one is looking into derelict land, one stops the development of derelict areas in the inner cities? I refer particularly to the possible development of the Foleshill gasworks site in my constituency, which development is continually turned down by the Department of the Environment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Airbus (12 Mar 1986)

Mr George Park: Why does the Minister need the case proving all over again? Surely it was proved in the case of the A320, which is selling because of its high technology. Is it just a reflection of the fact that he is new to the job?

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (18 Feb 1986)

Mr George Park: asked the Paymaster General what is his estimate of the total number of people currently in full-time employment; and what were the comparable figures for May 1979.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (18 Feb 1986)

Mr George Park: We are frequently told in the House about a recovery, which has apparently been going on for several years. When will this recovery make an impact on the employment figures, since in my constituency there are areas where unemployment levels are at 36 per cent.?

British Leyland (17 Feb 1986)

Mr George Park: I accept that public money has gone into Land Rover and Freight Rover, but now that part of BL is emerging into profitability and has good prospects, would it not make more sense to allow the taxpayer to have the benefits, indirectly through the Treasury, than hive off the company so that the benefits go to Detroit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Sterling Metals (Nuneaton) (12 Feb 1986)

Mr George Park: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from Sterling Metals of Nuneaton and its existing customers about the consequences of the closure of its iron foundry on imports of components currently supplied by Sterling Metals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Sterling Metals (Nuneaton) (12 Feb 1986)

Mr George Park: Is the Minister aware that the major reason for the closure is unfair competition from Spain and Brazil? If so, what action has he taken?

British Leyland (6 Feb 1986)

Mr George Park: Although I welcome the news that the talks between Ford and Austin Rover have been abandoned, can we be assured that they will not be resurrected with another company? Will the Government do two things to assist Austin Rover? Will they take positive steps to improve the miserable Spanish export quota allocated to Austin Rover, and will they finally do something about the differential...

Opposition Day: British Leyland (5 Feb 1986)

Mr George Park: It is obvious that the hon. Member for Bromsgrove (Mr. Miller) was trying to earn his corner as the vice-chairman of the Conservative party organisation. Even he could give only qualified approval to the proposals, because the implication of what he said was that if the Government's amendment had included the words "Austin Rover", he would not have been able to join the Government in the...

Opposition Day: British Leyland (5 Feb 1986)

Mr George Park: I agree that the situation outlined by my hon. Friend is most probable. A considerable proportion of the content of the vehicles sold by Ford and GM is sourced from Europe and Japan, as distinct from BL, which obtains 92 per cent. of its components from Britain. The effect of a takeover by or a merger with Ford or GM would be disastrous for the components industry in the United Kingdom. Ford...

British Leyland (3 Feb 1986)

Mr George Park: Is the Secretary of State aware of a recent early-day motion, sponsored by Conservative Members, paying tribute to the efforts of the workers and management of British Leyland? Does he imagine that his announcement will encourage either the workers or the management to make great efforts when they know that the inevitable rationalisation will mean that their jobs are likely to go down the drain?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Coventry (Housing Expenditure) (22 Jan 1986)

Mr George Park: Those who are waiting to have their houses made habitable in Coventry or to gain accommodation for the first time—there are several thousands of them—will not be comforted by the Minister's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry, South-East (Mr. Nellist). In an earlier debate, the Minister may know that I spelt out the time that it would take to complete some of the schemes on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Coventry (Housing Expenditure) (22 Jan 1986)

Mr George Park: I appreciate that you are calling me to order, Mr. Speaker, but you allowed the Minister to continue with his reply.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Coventry (Housing Expenditure) (22 Jan 1986)

Mr George Park: I am sorry, Mr. Speaker. Will the Minister take into account the fact that the figures that he has produced show a steady deterioration? Is he aware that Coventry city council negotiated with private builders to refurbish some of the high-rise blocks of flats that need revamping, including the installation of central heating? After months of negotiations they backed out, and the city council...

Rate Support Grant (England) (20 Jan 1986)

Mr George Park: I shall try to continue the endeavour to be brief. There are few people who pay their rates without some sense of disgruntlement. That is hardly surprising, considering the complexity of the subject. Even the permanent secretary at the Department of the Environment admitted, under questioning in the Public Accounts Committee, that only 20 or 30 people in the Department fully understood the...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Car Tax (16 Jan 1986)

Mr George Park: I appreciate the Minister's explanation of how the tax came to be introduced in the first place. Is he aware that if he were to remove this unique tax it would be more than compensated for by the increase in car sales? Austin-Rover, having been asked, is confident that it would be able to gain a full proportion of the increase in sales if the tax were abolished.

Opposition Day: Westland plc (15 Jan 1986)

Mr George Park: The delegations to which my hon. Friend referred met successive procurement Ministers, not only the right hon. Member for Bosworth (Sir A. Butler). The problem was not only one of the Army making up its mind about what it required — it continually added requirements for further equipment until it reached the point where the aircraft virtually required a new engine. The Army could not make...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr George Park: Many different reports on housing have been mentioned during the debate, but I would not have thought that any Member who represents an inner urban area, or who has one within his or her constituency, would need a report from any quarter to make him aware that there is a housing crisis. If Members in that position visit their constituents' houses, listen to the cases that are brought to them...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr George Park: I appreciate what my hon. Friend says. I do not imagine that Coventry is facing a housing crisis on its own. The Opposition have decided to debate the issue because they recognise that it is a nationwide problem. We have been given an opportunity to highlight the problems that we face in our constituencies. That is why I am drawing attention to the problems within my constituency. The...


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