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Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: I shall not dispute that, nor that it has happened before, but whether it has happened to this extent, I cannot say. Briefs have been prepared for the Opposition, and Opposition Members have used them with their traditional eloquence. Although I served on the Rates Bill Standing Committee, I have never experienced as much lobbying through my postbag as I have on this subject. There has been...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: I shall not give the name of the gentleman, nor the authority for which he worked, but he assured me that he had been prohibited from speaking to Members of Parliament. I found that sad, and I suspect that that action would not receive the support of Opposition Members. It has been said that this policy was a last-minute addition to the Conservative party's manifesto. I do not know when it...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: I do not read The Sun either. I am only kidding the House that I can actually read. I was shown the public appointments section of The Guardian in which the GLC, in January 1985, knowing that it was the Government's policy to abolish it, was advertising for an officer for "The Women's Committee — A Voice for Women in London", for a "Grants Monitoring Adviser", for "Equalities Officers", and...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: That is not the logic of my argument. My argument is that there is no need at the present time for the authorities to make additional staff appointments. They already have more than sufficient staff to do their work. The local authorities are deliberately attempting to appoint as many staff as they possibly can in the time left at their disposal. That is irresponsible behaviour. I suggest...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: rose—

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: If I remember my words correctly, I said that I was unhappy with the GLC and the six metropolitan counties when they were first set up, and that I became increasingly concerned about their activities as the years went by. I am not arguing that the GLC and the six metropolitan counties should be abolished because of their present policies. I said that I had misgivings about them when they...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry Dispute (18 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: In view of the substantial number of miners who have gone back to work of their own free will, will my right hon. Friend consider discussing with the NCB the possibility of the board making a statement to the effect that those miners who choose to stay on strike after a predetermined date — say, in three weeks' time —should be told that their services are no longer required in the industry?

Orders of the Day — Copyright (Computer Software) Amendment Bill (22 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: As my hon. Friend has said, technical development in the computer software industry is moving very rapidly. I understand that the Bill will cover the pirating of existing software, but will it cover developments in methods of which we are now unaware but which may occur in the technological progress of the next few years?

Opposition Day: Local Authorities (Capital Expenditure) (27 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Gentleman has catalogued his views. Does he accept that cuts or reductions in local authority capital expenditure are nothing new and have taken place under Conservative and Labour Governments in recent years? Does he recall the words of the Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer on 22 July 1976, the right hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey), when he referred to reductions in public...

Opposition Day: Local Authorities (Capital Expenditure) (27 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Youth Unemployment (2 Apr 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that as well as the introduction of measures by the Department of Employment for the employment of youth, there is a need for him to liaise with the Department of Education and Science to ensure that school leavers are properly equipped with all the necessary skills to enable them to take their place in employment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Liverpool (Budget) (3 Apr 1985)

Mr John Powley: Will my right hon. Friend remember, in his exchanges with Liverpool city council, that were he to make any concessions at all to the irresponsibilities of that local authority, that would be viewed with great concern by economic and responsible authorities such as Norfolk county council, which act in a responsible and economical way?

Opposition Day: The Welfare State (22 Apr 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend recall how Labour Members and some of the trade unionists whom they claim to represent supported steps which prevented patients from reaching hospitals to be treated, particularly during the winter of discontent? That shows the contempt that Opposition Members have for the treatment of patients and the degree of concern that they say they have for the NHS.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Inflation (25 Apr 1985)

Mr John Powley: Although we all agree that it is important to maintain and, if possible, reduce the present level of inflation, does my right hon. Friend agree that it is just as important to compare our rate of inflation with the rates of our competitors and ensure that our level of inflation is below theirs, thus putting our industry and commerce in a better competitive position so that we may improve our...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (29 Apr 1985)

Mr John Powley: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (29 Apr 1985)

Mr John Powley: The right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) will confirm that I was present. I listened intently to what was said. I apologise for the fact that I have not been present for the whole of the debate. It has been my experience as a small business man during the past 24 years that the burden imposed on small businesses has been onerous under successive Labour Governments...

Orders of the Day — Films Bill: Levy on Feature Films, Pre-Recorded Video Cassettes or Blank Video Tapes (30 Apr 1985)

Mr John Powley: I seek your guidance, Mr. Speaker. I communicated to you my wish, if there was a debate on the amendment, to oppose the subsections in the Lords amendment. Am I to understand that your ruling precludes any discussion of the subsections, or any opportunity to suggest why they should be opposed?

Orders of the Day — Films Bill: Levy on Feature Films, Pre-Recorded Video Cassettes or Blank Video Tapes (30 Apr 1985)

Mr John Powley: I am happy to accept your ruling, Mr. Speaker, and to place it on record that some hon. Members would oppose the amendment should it ever return to this Chamber.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Passenger Cars (1 May 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the ways to improve British car market penetration, and so reduce import penetration, would be for hon. Members—when both inside and outside the House—to condemn practices such as industrial disputes, go-slows, demarcation disputes and excessive wage demands? Would not that improve the quality, productivity and delivery of British cars on to the...


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