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

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Pupil-Teacher Ratio (4 Apr 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the change in the ratio of pupil-teacher numbers over the last five years for which figures are available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Pupil-Teacher Ratio (4 Apr 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I thank my hon. Friend for his answer. Would he care to comment on the initial teacher training recruitment, which is vital if the trend established under the present Government is to continue?

Business of the House (16 Mar 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Will my right hon. Friend allow time for an early debate on whether, when a Member is suspended from the service of the House, he and his staff should lose pay and whether the full services and facilities of the House should be withdrawn from the hon. Member for the period of that suspension?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Mar 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 14 March 1989.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Mar 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: My right hon. Friend drew attention during a recent visit to the north-east to the region's confidence. Does she agree that that confidence has shown an upswing in the whole of the area, and does it not demonstrate the hollowness of the so-called north-south divide?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Mar 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 7 March.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Mar 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Will my right hon. Friend welcome the announcement by Guy's hospital that it is considering applying for self-governing status? Will she confirm that self-governing hospitals will remain an integral part of our Health Service?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Home Insulation (27 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how many low-income households have been insulated under programmes initiated by the Energy Efficiency Office; and how many more are expected to be insulated in the current year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Home Insulation (27 Feb 1989)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. It is good to know that progress has been made. The Government should be congratulated on this programme on two counts as it both helps people on low income and assists in saving energy.

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...

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

Mr Irvine Patnick: I thank my hon. Friend for that guidance. I have listened to that from hon. Gentlemen. They say that they take no notice of the law that we make, to paraphrase. The Widdicombe report was published in June 1986 and it provides a comprehensive analysis of the way in which local authorities are operating at present. The report made a large number of recommendations designed to strengthen...

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

Mr Irvine Patnick: I am rather disturbed that the hon. Gentleman has mentioned the name of the person concerned. I have not used the name of any councillor in this place. The man died some while ago, and it besmirches his memory for an hon. Gentleman to bring up his name. I have not mentioned any names. If the cap fits, let the hon. Gentleman wear it. [Interruption.] I am not struggling at all. A former right...

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

Mr Irvine Patnick: I thank my hon. Friend for drawing that matter to my attention. When I was leader of the opposition on South Yorkshire county council, one of my most difficult jobs was obtaining impartial advice from chief officers. It is extremely difficult when one knows that, sometimes, whatever one says goes through a direct pipeline to the ear of the leader of the council. No confidence can exist in...

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

Mr Irvine Patnick: If anyone in this place blows a lot of wind, the hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) is the leading culprit. The Local Government Act 1988 acted on Widdicombe's recommendations. It allows local ombudsmen to consider complaints from the public, and gives powers to the district auditor to stop potentially unlawful expenditure. However, it does not allow the district auditor to tell a...


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