Mr Irvine Patnick: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I know that the House has no concessions or penalties that it can raise, but I find it rather strange that 28 Opposition Members are voting against a three-line Whip—and this is the party that would be king.
Mr Irvine Patnick: On 25 May last year, when the House debated council tax in Sheffield, I, as a Whip, was not able to take part officially. Despite that stricture, however, I was heard, and Hansard records my participation. During that debate, my hon. Friend the Minister congratulated Sheffield on establishing a more secure financial base. The united pleas of Sheffield city council and others—including the...
Mr Irvine Patnick: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The hon. Gentleman accuses me, as a Sheffield Tory Member, but appears not to hear when I seek to intervene.
Mr Irvine Patnick: May we have an urgent debate in view of the article in The Spectator on 21 January entitled, "This won't wash", which is also known as the McKinstry report, so that the electorate may be made aware of what a Labour Government could, or would, be like?
Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what his Department is doing to encourage environmentally sensitive farming.
Mr Irvine Patnick: What would happen if a site was rented or leased by the council? Would that be a way forward? Does a site have to be wholly owned by the council before any grant comes from the Department of Health?
Mr Irvine Patnick: I am sorry to press my hon. Friend on such matters, but the council does own redundant schools near the motorway and the Don valley area. Why is none of these mentioned in the report? Why has the Department of Health not asked whether there are other buildings available?
Mr Irvine Patnick: My hon. Friend the Member for Erewash (Mrs. Knight) is a former Sheffield city councillor, and she and I know this matter like the proverbial back of our hands, as I was a councillor on Sheffield city council for 20 years. If, even at this late stage, Sheffield said that it had a redundant school that would be a better option, could that be considered?
Mr Irvine Patnick: The problems are happening now. I quoted an article showing that only last week people were breaking out, and the police were asking what could be done. Cannot something be done immediately to ensure that that stops?
Mr Irvine Patnick: I am grateful for the opportunity to register, on behalf of my constituents, a major concern—the proposed secure unit development in the green belt in Limb lane, Dore. The debate links three Government Departments— the Department of Health, the Department of the Environment and the Home Office— which all have a part to play in the debate. The secure unit development in the green belt...
Mr Irvine Patnick: When I took my vow of silence, on 25 July 1989, little did I think that my first speech thereafter from the Front Bench—albeit below the Gangway—would be late on a Thursday evening, having spent most of the afternoon in the Chamber, listening to many experts. I speak as a constituency Member of Parliament, as did my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Sir D. Thompson). I am...
Mr Irvine Patnick: It is always fatal to give way, as I learnt when I sat on the Treasury Bench, but I accept the hon. Gentleman's words. It always happens in life that, if one does not receive a reply or the reply is not prompt, annoyance results. It makes one frustrated and causes aggravation. The major result is friction, which can be taken out on many people, such as friends, relatives and other Members...
Mr Irvine Patnick: As my right hon. Friend will know, under the present Government the area of green belt has doubled since 1979. May we have an early debate on the antics of Sheffield city council, which insists on building on green-belt areas such as Limb lane in Dore? The council wants further to erode the green-belt area that the Government have increased. [Interruption.]
Mr Irvine Patnick: And in Derby.
Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what he is doing to increase the effectiveness of careers guidance.
Mr Irvine Patnick: Will my hon. Friend join me in congratulating Sheffield careers service on winning its investors in people award, the first service in the region to do so? What are the Government doing to ensure that best practices are maintained in the careers service?
Mr Irvine Patnick: Will my right hon. Friend arrange an early debate on the case for socialism as set out in early-day motion 1582? [That this House believes that the best policies for Britain both now, and in the twenty-first century, would be based upon the principles laid down in Clause Four of the Labour Party Constitution and recently re-affirmed by the Labour Conference, namely 'To secure for the workers...
Mr Irvine Patnick: He is in the Strangers' Gallery.
Mr Irvine Patnick: Get on with it.
Mr Irvine Patnick: My hon. Friend is too nice to the Opposition.