Mr George Park: It was inevitable and right that the Public Accounts Committee should investigate what has been described several times today as one of the gravest cases of the misuse of public resources to come before us for many years. But, given the circumstances, it was essentially a stirring of dead ashes, with the added ingredient of Northern Ireland, which in addition to all its other troubles has the...
Mr George Park: I respect my right hon. Friend's sincerity, but I should tell him from my experience of 25 years in the motor industry that no one would have told him anything detrimental to De Lorean, because they wanted shot of him. I am afraid that my right hon. Friend was hoodwinked. I am not here to pick holes in former Ministers or officials. They approached the matter normally, as though it were a...
Mr George Park: When a person becomes a nominee director, does the Minister's communication deal with the aspect that that person then owes his first loyalty to the company, not reporting to Government?
Mr George Park: Would my right hon. Friend accept from me that General Motors did not want De Lorean anywhere near its plant ever again?
Mr George Park: If the Japanese people take no notice of the urgings of their Prime Minister to buy more goods from outside Japan, what steps will the Secretary of State contemplate?
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Mr George Park: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman. He has just referred to the traditional way. Is he not aware that motor racing here, as elsewhere, started on street circuits and not on purpose-built circuits such as Silverstone?
Mr George Park: Inward investment is bound to be welcome, but is the Minister at all concerned about the loss of design, research and development capacity in industry? I hope he will accept that we do not want a series of screwdriver operations, thereby losing the skills and abilities which are so necessary to our future.
Mr George Park: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that one of the problems is that while we may have a Common Market, there are not common conditions throughout the market?
Mr George Park: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the science park is on a 24-acre site? Ten acres have been developed. As the hon. Gentleman said, the park is practically full. I believe that there is only one vacant space left. We need additional investment to develop the remainder of the science park, because there is clearly a demand for this facility.
Mr George Park: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) for giving us the opportunity to discuss the west midlands once again. I had not realised that the Minister would reveal his ambitions to be a Gipsy Petulengro and give us answers before he had heard the questions. I suspect that media coverage has much to do with that. In previous debates on the west midlands...
Mr George Park: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Are we to be told whether the Minister hopes to finish by 2.30 pm?
Mr George Park: Is the Minister aware that some youngsters cannot go on the youth training scheme because of the change in board and lodging allowance? The position is that any young person who does not live at home with his or her parents and who depends entirely on the money received under the youth training scheme finds it impossible to pay for lodgings and to keep himself on the money available under the...
Mr George Park: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that not all countries take such an upright approach as he does and that this operates to the detriment of our exporters?
Mr George Park: Is the Minister aware of the concern of the chemical industry about the proposed changes in the future activities of the BOTB, because it believes that these changes could lead to lesser representation abroad and gaps which individual companies could not fill?
Mr George Park: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the use of majority voting in the European Council.
Mr George Park: Does not the system of qualified voting on the budgetary provision end any effective United Kingdom say in the amount of money spent on agriculture, and will this not be even more so when Spain and Portugal join the Community?
Mr George Park: I merely remind my hon. Friend that exactly the same tactics have been used in the case of the Post Office, which has been asked to double its profits despite the fact that the Government have already creamed off scores of millions of pounds in excess of what the Post Office needs.
Mr George Park: Will the extra resources to which the Minister has referred enable private operators to purchase buses which have the same ease of entrance and exit as public service vehicles?
Mr George Park: How does the Minister reconcile his reply to his hon. Friend the Member for Solihull (Mr. Taylor) with the fact that money available for technology has been reduced, as he knows? The two do not add up.