Results 181–200 of 395 for speaker:Mr Irvine Patnick

Business of the House (12 Jan 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Is my right hon. Friend aware that Sheffield, Hallam Liberals have been sending me cheques for monitoring my speeches? Is it not time that we had a debate on this in case Short money, which is public money, is being used for such purposes?

Pre-school Education and Child Care (18 Jan 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Pre-school Education and Child Care (18 Jan 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman remembers the forward planning for local authority expenditure in 1976–77, the figures for which were set out in circular 10/75 from the Department of Education and Science. The circular recommended that local authorities which had recently allowed children to be admitted full-time to infant classes should make cuts. It said: Younger children should be...

Rate Support Grant (19 Jan 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: The Department of the Environment's circular 88/75, called, "Local Authority Expenditure 1976–77—forward Planning", says: The Secretary of State for the Environment said in reply to a Parliamentary question on 5th August, 'there will have to be a standstill next year'. That was a Labour Minister speaking to the House.

Richmond, Yorks By-Election (20 Jan 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: As a Back Bencher on the Government side, I took part in a ballot to secure an opportunity to bring forward our problems in South Yorkshire. I believed that I would have an opportunity of discussing those problems. If I was my usual self, I would say that the House has spent a long time on motion No. I. I believe that there are other subjects that are of interest to my constituents—as well...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the in-patient waiting list figures were for the Trent regional health authority in March 1988, 1987 and 1979.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Is it not a fact that Trent regional hospital has treated more out-patients and that with extra funding even more patients will be treated? Does that not give the lie to the scare stories put about by the Opposition?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: "Businessr j 3–1 of Service" (Report) (6 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how relocation of social security office work out of London will affect service to the customer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: "Businessr j 3–1 of Service" (Report) (6 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Will my right hon. Friend tell us the effect of moving the London social security offices to the regions? Are any scheduled to go to Sheffield, Hallam? Assuming that the answer is no, will he consider moving some there because I am sure that that would benefit the city greatly?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 9 February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Does my right hon. Friend agree that bacteria have always been present in food and that proper cooking, storing, chilling and preservation of food are therefore essential? Is it not true that, while the public are aware of the present epidemic of food-related illnesses, the media have been hyping it up far too much?

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Housing Bill (14 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: The hon. Gentleman did not tell us that the Audit Commission report also said that if some authorities, mainly Labour, got their houses back into circulation more quickly, by cutting the repair time to two and a half weeks, there would be 20,000 houses available for rent. The hon. Gentleman referred to a selected point; he should give us the rest.

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Housing Bill (14 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that one of the curses of local government today is that high-rise, mass-density developments that were built in the early 1970s are causing much of the need for refurbishment? The local authorities are throwing money at them as if that is a solution. Demolition is the only way forward. These are big housing blocks, and there is a multiplicity of them.

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Housing Bill (14 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: It is hard to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Sir G. Finsberg) who seems to have been in local government even longer than I have, which is for the majority of my life. The rot started—the two factors have nothing in common—when I joined local government in 1967. I wanted local government's role to be clearly defined in the Bill. Twenty years ago, at the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Housing Bill (14 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: The hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) sounds like a continuous tape, going on and on. The words are the same, only the player is different. I give way to my right hon. Friend the Minister.

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Housing Bill (14 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I thank my right hon. Friend for those words of guidance. Before I became a Member of the House, a chief executive of a former metropolitan county had a similar experience and, like the chief executive of Westminster council, he took the money to which he was entitled. It is the system that is wrong. I shall refer later to an hon. Member who was in local government. There is nothing hidden...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Housing Bill (14 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I am not the hon. Gentleman's hon. Friend, but I shall willingly give way.

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Housing Bill (14 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: The hon. Gentleman, who travels on the train with me, will be able to make his own point in his own way in his own time.

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Housing Bill (14 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his assistance. Sheffield city council put out a leaflet entitled "The Community Charge"—the one and only time that it called it that. It usually refers to it as we all know, as the poll tax. In the well-known Sheffield News, which is nothing short of a propaganda sheet paid for by the city's rate-payers for the benefit of Sheffield's Labour party—

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Housing Bill (14 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I am obliged to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for your guidance. We are discussing implementing the second part of the Widdicombe report, which also dealt with propaganda on the rates. If Opposition Members catch your eye, Madam Deputy Speaker, I am sure that they will be able to make their speeches without my assistance. The wonderful Sheffield News says: 'Poll Tax is the sort of tax which...


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