Mr Irvine Patnick: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for reminding me of that. The size of the Rotherham enterprise zone increased and increased. I remember that, when my right hon. Friend the Member for Henley (Mr. Heseltine) was Secretary of State for the Environment, Sheffield was offered an enterprise zone, but it was prepared to accept it only on conditions. I do not know where the hon. Member for Rother...
Mr Irvine Patnick: I listened to the hon. Gentleman's speech and it contained nothing but gloom and despondency. Anybody would think that all we have in the region, apart from the hon. Member for Halifax, are KP nuts and coal mining. There is more to Yorkshire and Humberside than those two industries.
Mr Irvine Patnick: No doubt the hon. Lady can put her own case. I thought that she had something to say.
Mr Irvine Patnick: I am sorry about that. I recollect that it was not so long ago that I sat in the Chamber trying to participate in a debate when the hon. Member for Normanton (Mr. O'Brien) was speaking. One would have thought that he had suddenly become deaf to those of us facing him, but that he had an ear in the back of his head and was able to hear his colleagues. At least I have given hon. Members a...
Mr Irvine Patnick: I shall sit down and allow the hon. Lady to speak, but she does not stand when I offer her the Floor. The Channel tunnel link is needed for Yorkshire and Humberside.
Mr Irvine Patnick: I did not think that the hon. Gentleman was a little Englander. I thought he accepted that the time left to the Civil Aviation Authority and airport officials was short. They cause so much inconvenience to people at Manchester, Luton and east midlands airports when they go on strike. When the tunnel is built there will be another way to reach the continent. Time is running out for those...
Mr Irvine Patnick: rose——
Mr Irvine Patnick: rose—
Mr Irvine Patnick: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Mr Irvine Patnick: Will my right hon. Friend give away?
Mr Irvine Patnick: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way. The lord mayor of Sheffield has been in the Labour party for the past six years and looks like staying there for ever more.
Mr Irvine Patnick: The hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) made an interesting speech. The Bill is divided into four parts—the rate support closedown, how the closedown will take place, the control of creative accounting and the rate support grant settlement for 1989–90. The Bill details all that and I am pleased to see that the aggregate Exchequer grant for 1989–90 has been set at...
Mr Irvine Patnick: I shall come to Sheffield.
Mr Irvine Patnick: I am sorry but I will not. The hon. Member for Perry Barr gave way to me only once and has refused to give way before.
Mr Irvine Patnick: I will give way when I finish the litany of hate. It continues: The Council has refused to run an advertisement for the Metropolitan Police's major anti-racial harassment campaign on the grounds that it was 'patronising' and a 'cosmetic gesture.' That was reported in The Daily Telegraph on 16 January and the Newham Recorder on 15 January 1987. The Council has added 'Count Zeppelin' to a list...
Mr Irvine Patnick: On 12 February 1987 the Newham Recorder said: The Labour Council leader, Councillor Fred Jones, has called the Newham Chamber of Commerce 'fifth columnists' for allegedly undermining the Council's campaign against ratecapping. Councillor Jones has written to the Chamber 'we have been repaid by betrayal' and presumably he is referring to last year's 13 per cent. rate increase, the highest in...
Mr Irvine Patnick: Does the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer) wish to intervene?
Mr Irvine Patnick: The hon. Member for Sheffield, Hillsborough (Mr. Flannery) enjoys making seated interventions, but it is very rare for him to stand and make his comments.
Mr Irvine Patnick: I will not give way.
Mr Irvine Patnick: I will give way when I have finished dealing with Newham.