Results 21–40 of 225 for speaker:Mr John Powley

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Pupil Numbers (20 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many pupils there were in maintained secondary schools in 1982–83; what was the figure for 1979–80; and what is the expected figure for 1986–87.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Pupil Numbers (20 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: I thank my hon. Friend for that informative answer. Does he agree that, while it is regrettable that any secondary school has to close, there comes a point when the numbers in a secondary school fall below a certain level when it is not viable to provide a broad curriculum? Does he further agree that it is to the benefit of future pupils to be educated in a school large enough to provide the...

Business of the House (21 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: I shall endeavour not to detain the House as long as other hon. Members. However, some of the tenants of Norwich city council will eternally thank the House for enacting one clause, in particular, of the Bill. Norwich local authority found a loophole in the Housing Act 1980 which meant that any tenant wishing to have a mutual exchange had to do so by way of assignment, and thereby lose his...

Local Government (23 Jan 1984)

Mr John Powley: Does not my right hon. Friend agree that some local authorities, particularly Labour-controlled authorities, overspend largely because they spend their ratepayers' money on quite unnecessary goods, services and local authority employees? In contrast, Norfolk county council has to spend its money on essential items such as education and the social services. Nevertheless, it is being penalised...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Exports (1 Feb 1984)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his forecast for British exports in 1984.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Exports (1 Feb 1984)

Mr John Powley: I thank my right hon. Friend for that encouraging reply. Is he aware of the threat to the British footwear manufacturing industry's export drive of the reported decision of the American Government to restrict shoe imports into that country? Does he agree that that would have a damaging effect on our footwear industry?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Attainment Levels (7 Feb 1984)

Mr John Powley: Does my right hon. Friend agree that commerce and industry have a vital interest in the educational attainment levels of our children? Will he try to ensure that the needs of commerce and industry are taken more fully into account in determining education standards in schools?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Personal Social Services (Voluntary Sector) (28 Feb 1984)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent measures his Department has taken to encourage the voluntary sector's role in the personal social services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Personal Social Services (Voluntary Sector) (28 Feb 1984)

Mr John Powley: I am grateful to the Minister for his answer. Does he agree that a great many people are prepared to use their considerable talents in the personal social services and that any expenditure by the Government is repaid time and time again in the benefits to those who are recipients of the services?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: State Boarding Schools (6 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: I thank my hon. Friend for his informative answers to my hon. Friends. If the proposals to change the status of the college come before my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, will he also take into account the alternative proposals that are being formulated by the parents of the children who go to Wymondham college, as they are doing constructive work to help maintain the college?

Collieries (Picketing) (15 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Would my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the overwhelming majority of ordinary people find repugnant the activities that they have seen on their television screens connected with these disputes, and they know that the only Government on which they can rely to uphold and maintain law and order are the present Government?

Rate Support Grant Supplementary Report (20 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Does he pay for the repairs?

Rate Support Grant Supplementary Report (20 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: rose—

New Clause 6: Levels of Expenditure (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Does the hon. Gentleman agree with my experience in local government — that when one asks officers for a report on how economies can be made in the local authority, they inevitably produce a report itemising the most emotional sectors with which the local authority deals as being subject to economies? They never say that they could do away with creating a nuclear-free zone or with the...

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Will the hon. Gentleman accept that there are some people who have recently moved into Lambeth, as I have, who deplore the level of rates that we have to pay?

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: I wish to urge my right hon. Friend the Minister to reject this amendment, for reasons which I hope to put forward in the next few moments, but also for many more reasons of which I am sure he will think. With respect, I say to my hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Mr. Morrison), who moved the amendment, that I suspect that I might have agreed with it if it had been moved in similar...

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Had the hon. Gentleman allowed me to continue with my speech, his intervention would not have been necessary. I hope that he will appreciate the answer——

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Indeed, my hon. Friend's comments form part of the argument, and I am grateful to him. Labour members in the 1960s and 1970s told their supporters that they could not have certain things, even though it was not pleasant to do so. But since reorganisation in 1974, those elder statesmen have been replaced by a different type of councillor. I concede that they have been elected, but conditions...

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Gentleman is entitled to his opinion, and I am sure that he respects our opinions as people who have served in local government. There is a new breed of Labour councillors, and a substantial number of them are prepared to defy the Government. It appears to be the usual practice that when there is a Labour Government there is an upsurge in Conservative councillors, and vice versa....

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Our right hon. Friend is entitled to his view. Where we once had a Labour Government but a majority of Conservative-controlled councils, we now have a Conservative Government with a significant number of Labour-controlled councils. Britain still has economic problems and needs to be put on a sound economic footing. But the Labour-controlled councils are prepared to defy the Government and...


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