Results 141–160 of 382 for speaker:Mr George Park

Orders of the Day — Health, Social Security and Education (8 Nov 1984)

Mr George Park: The Secretary of State has given the statistics for one side of the picture, but I ask him to give the House the statistics for the other side by giving details of the waiting lists.

Unemployment (30 Oct 1984)

Mr George Park: I am glad of the opportunity to follow the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Mr. Pawsey) as he was guilty of giving us some of the formula replies. The first is strikes. Such an apportionment of blame falls easily from the lips of Conservative Members but, to show that they should examine the matter more closely, I ask the hon. Gentleman to make inquiries at the factory that he talked...

Unemployment (30 Oct 1984)

Mr George Park: I thought that the hon. Gentleman might raise that one. Perhaps I might remind him of a statement made by a previous secretary of the National Union of Railwaymen. It was typically blunt and offended many people. He said that if the Government believed in the philosophy of the pig trough they must not be surprised if the workers wanted to get their snouts in the trough as well. I welcome the...

Unemployment (30 Oct 1984)

Mr George Park: As I said, just from August to September 11,000 more people became unemployed in my area. I have some sympathy for the Minister with responsibility for the west midlands, as he has been asked to make bricks without straw. He has no money. What money have the Government given him to take initiatives? Such initiatives as he has been able to take have had to be assisted by chambers of commerce...

Unemployment (30 Oct 1984)

Mr George Park: The evidence that I have been given shows that we have lost 745 places in the MSC's TOPS shops scheme.

Unemployment (30 Oct 1984)

Mr George Park: TOPS shops.

Unemployment (30 Oct 1984)

Mr George Park: Yes. Does the Minister not know the names of schemes? If the figures that I have given are wrong, they are wrong. In addition to the lack of initiatives to provide skills training in the west midlands of the necessary depth, quality and quantity, the Government do not show much imagination in their policies. For example, my local authority applied to the Department of the Environment for...

Unemployment (30 Oct 1984)

Mr George Park: I am surprised at the hon. Gentleman. He should not say that the failure was caused because Linwood was 500 miles from Coventry. Let me put him right. The equipment on which Linwood was asked to produce cars had already been worn out in Coventry. I know that because I worked on it. The men were asked to make bricks without straw. Please accept that from me.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Regional Policy (1 Aug 1984)

Mr George Park: Will the Minister say when the west midlands will know whether its greatly worsened situation under this Government will be recognised?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Jaguar Cars (1 Aug 1984)

Mr George Park: Amidst all these congratulations on the privatisation of Jaguar, has the Minister considered at all the progress of Jaguar after it is privatised? I know that he cannot command any private company to invest sufficient money in research and development, but he will know that it will still require a considerable amount of investment in research if Jaguar is to continue to progress.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufactured Goods (1 Aug 1984)

Mr George Park: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the balance of trade in manufactures for the first six months of 1984.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufactured Goods (1 Aug 1984)

Mr George Park: Does the Minister agree that these figures give the lie to all the euphoria Which we heard yesterday and which we have heard today about the recovery of the United Kingdom? Does he accept that the deficit warrants the most vigorous action on the part of the Department of Trade and Industry and other Departments, to give British industry an opportunity fairly to compete in world markets?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Airline Policy (30 Jul 1984)

Mr George Park: Is the Minister aware that to disturb the present situation at the new Birmingham airport would be extremely damaging?

Clause 19: Dogs on Beaches (25 Jul 1984)

Mr George Park: Can the hon. Gentleman tell me how one fines dog owners when the dogs run wild and one does not know to whom they belong? That is a problem.

Orders of the Day — Housing (25 Jul 1984)

Mr George Park: Time and again, attention has been drawn to the fact that the Government are prepared to carry through their policies irrespective of the social consequences. A classic example is the restriction of expenditure on housing. No one can deny the tremendous need for new houses, and for the maintenance, repair and renovation of existing homes. In terms of human misery, this lack of provision is...

Orders of the Day — Housing (25 Jul 1984)

Mr George Park: I shall not parade my knowledge of Glasgow, but I was born there, although I do not get back there very often. The last time I did so was nine months ago, and I was agreeably surprised at the amount of renovation work that the Glasgow authority is doing on some of the old tenements such as the one in which I had lived. It is doing a marvellous job of work. More power to its elbow; I am sure...

European Council (Fontainebleau) (27 Jun 1984)

Mr George Park: The words "fair" and "reasonable" have been used several times this afternoon. In answering one of her hon. Friends, the Prime Minister talked about some negotiations with Spain. I draw her attention sharply to the Spanish Government's decision to limit to 15,000 the number of cars allowed into Spain and to keep the level of tax to 45 per cent., the same as it is now. What is fair and...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Jun 1984)

Mr George Park: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in bringing the expenditure on the common agricultural policy within his definition of effective control.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Jun 1984)

Mr George Park: Although we are to hear the Prime Minister's statement on the latest conference, is it not a fact that today's press reports about the outcome of the conference are almost unanimous that huge sums of money will continue to be poured towards French and German farmers?

British Leyland (Closures) (24 May 1984)

Mr George Park: As has been said, the depression hit the passenger car sector of British Leyland and the rest of that industry before hitting the commercial sector. The depressing thing is the Government's blinkered approach. Tuesday's announcement is the latest attempt by Leyland Vehicles to deal with the recession in its market by slashing the labour force. That is a well-trodden path o in BL. The car...


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