Results 41–60 of 225 for speaker:Mr John Powley

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

Mr John Powley: A vote in the House tonight or tomorrow is entirely different from defying the law of the land when a Bill has become law. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman accepts that. We have this new breed, and those people are prepared to defy the Government's exhortations. During the past four years, the Government have tried by persuasion to get local authorities to accept the realities of life, to...

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

Mr John Powley: No, I have given way on a number of occasions, and I really must get on. Those authorities had their instructions. I imagine that a number of Labour local authorities passed resolutions deploring the cuts in the National Health Service. Certainly I received a resolution from Norwich city council to that effect, and I am sure that a number of other Labour local authorities passed the same...

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

Mr John Powley: My hon. Friend might take note of the fact that I have already advised my local authority, Norwich city council, that it is likely to be rate capped, according to the examples given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. In my opinion, humble though it might be, the council could engineer its finances so that it would not be rate capped and the measure was unnecessary.

Clause 4: Determination of Maximum Rate of Precept (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: I must press the hon. Gentleman on the argument that he is developing. Perhaps he can give the House the benefit of his wisdom. What does he consider to be a prudent balance in local authority expenditure on the housing revenue account or the general rate fund account?

New Clause 10: Adjournment (Easter and May Day) (5 Apr 1984)

Mr John Powley: To break the law.

Orders of the Day — Housing Defects Bill (26 Apr 1984)

Mr John Powley: I hope that the House will give a warm welcome to the Bill. It is sad that it appears, from what we have heard from the Opposition, that that will not be the case. If the Opposition do not support the Bill but vote against it, they will show themselves in their true colours. They are not, as they sometimes pretend, supporters of owner-occupation. They believe that the state should control...

Oral Answers to Questions: Teachers' Pay (1 May 1984)

Mr John Powley: If the dispute can be settled at 4·5 per cent. or higher, will the percentage of the education budget devoted to wages and salaries increase? Will that increase mean that there will be a drop in the percentage of educational resources devoted to books, teaching equipment and the maintenance of our schools?

British Telecom (Privatisation) (2 May 1984)

Mr John Powley: I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend's statement, but does he agree that, alongside a number of other measures introduced by the Government, this is a welcome sign of the return to the hands of the individual of the wealth previously held by the state and that the sure way for BT in future is to respond more readily to the demands of the individual via his shareholding and the amount of use...

Oral Answers to Questions: Arts Council (4 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: Is my hon. Friend aware of the concern in Norfolk that the strategy outlined in the Arts Council document could result in counties such as Norfolk, which are somewhat out on a limb, not attracting orchestras and my constituents thus not being able to enjoy the concerts which they deserve to hear?

Orders of the Day — Rates Bill: Designation of Authorities (26 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: That is nonsense.

Opposition Day: The Rich and the Poor (28 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: Will my hon. Lady Friend add to her list of commodities that are owned by the British people, thereby emphasising some of the wealth that has been created, by pointing out that we are the fastest growing country for the possession of video cassette recorders amongst a wide range of people in society today?

Opposition Day: The Rich and the Poor (28 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: In many ways it is laudable to want increases in child benefit, and so on, but, in all conscience, the hon. Gentleman should tell us where the money is to come from and who is to provide it. There are several options. Will the hon. Gentleman please explain?

Opposition Day: The Rich and the Poor (28 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: When I read the first line of the motion, the thought that immediately sprang to my mind was, "Here we go again. The Opposition are jealous of anybody who gets on in life." The speech of the hon. Member for Newham, North-East (Mr. Leighton) strengthened my conviction that jealousy lies behind the motion. The Opposition are jealous of anybody who gets on and creates wealth for the less...

Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill (5 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: Will my right hon. Friend note that it ill becomes the Opposition to gloat about the decision of the other place when it is their declared aim to abolish the other place? They should not take advantage of it just because it suits them when they wish to abolish it.

Petitions: Exempted Works (6 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: My hon. Friend rightly mentions the possibility of a black market. I should regret that, but does he agree that whenever such legislation is enacted, by the nature of life these days, someone will always seek to benefit from it and to get round the law? Does my hon. Friend agree that the Bill is a good attempt to correct something which is going wrong, and that inevitably some will seek to...

Mr. Umaru Dikko (Abduction) (6 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: Although the action of the Home Secretary in this affair is entirely commendable, what actions will he and the police take in future to ensure that this gentleman is not again abducted?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Personal Taxation (12 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: Before he gives out money, will my right hon. Friend remember, as I am sure he does constantly, that he is giving out taxpayers' money? Does he agree that before we listen to demands from the Opposition to increase pensions, social services and public expenditure, we should remember that those increases would increase the borrowing requirement, lead to inflation and affect the value of the...

Estimates Day: Telecommunications (17 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: If public opinion has changed so quickly in one direction, does the hon. Gentleman accept that, when privatisation proves successful, public opinion will move equally rapidly in the opposite direction?

Student Travel Grants (20 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: I am grateful, Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to speak in my first Adjournment debate on a subject of importance not just to my constituents but to students in other parts of the country and at universities other than the University of East Anglia. I am also grateful to the Minister for coming to the House on a Friday afternoon to answer the debate. It is appropriate that I should be...

Rate Support Grant (24 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: At first sight, the settlement for Norfolk seems to be along the right lines. But does my right hon. Friend agree that whatever the settlement for any local authority is, authorities will be better able to keep within their targets during the forthcoming financial year if wage and salary settlements—which account for 60 to 65 per cent. of all expenditure—are kept to low single figures and...

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