Mr Irvine Patnick: Having looked at the corporate plan for British Rail I see that it is spending £180 million on new traction and rolling stock on the east coast line. It is also spending money on the west coast main line. To say that it is not spending money is twisting the facts.
Mr Irvine Patnick: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Mr Irvine Patnick: rose———
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Mr Irvine Patnick: If and when my right hon. Friend considers a replacement for the Chieftain tank, will he bear in mind that the tracks and turret are made in a subsidiary of a Sheffield firm, William Cook plc? Will he take that fact into account in ensuring that the best possible equipment is obtained for the British Army?
Mr Irvine Patnick: Are those circumstances any different than those that operate at present, whereby councils employ people to find those who have not paid their rates and prosecute them?
Mr Irvine Patnick: Where does the hon. Gentleman get his notion of no representation without taxation? It will be possible to vote while at the same time not paying taxes. Will he explain the basis of his argument?
Mr Irvine Patnick: My hon. Friend may be aware that Mr. Steve King, a former leader of Haringey council, from 1985 to 1987, said: The Council's publicity section was strengthened and given a clear political brief. A Publicity Coordinating Committee was set up consisting, uniquely, of Councillors, Labour Party representatives, trade unions and the voluntary sector. That quote is from the Labour Briefing of 26...
Mr Irvine Patnick: Can my hon. Friend tell me what sanctions are available to people who feel that somehow a council has gone wrong? To whom do such people appeal and what sanctions and fines, if any, can be imposed?
Mr Irvine Patnick: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. If I sit on the Opposition Benches, will the hon. Member for Normanton (Mr. O'Brien) allow me to intervene?
Mr Irvine Patnick: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Mr Irvine Patnick: I am obliged to the hon. Gentleman for giving way; I thought that my time would never come. I have here the City of Sheffield News, which costs £100,000 to publish. According to my hon. Friend the Minister, this legislation does not prevent it being published. The top of page 3 mentions the community charge. The bottom of the page states: The Beginner's Guide to the Poll Tax (illustrated)...
Mr Irvine Patnick: How will the code stop Sheffield issuing a newspaper called the "City of Sheffield News" at a cost of £100,000 to the ratepayers? In effect, it is a broadsheet issued on behalf of the Labour party and consists of articles knocking the Government. How will the code stop that?
Mr Irvine Patnick: Rubbish!
Mr Irvine Patnick: Is my hon. Friend aware of Sheffield city council's decision not to implement the adult training scheme? What effect will that have on young people, and what can be done to ensure that those who want training obtain it, despite Sheffield city council's inaction?