Results 121–140 of 225 for speaker:Mr John Powley

Oral Answers to Questions — Sixth Forms: School Buildings (23 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is always, even in education, a limited amount of money available within the budget, however sympathetic we may be? Does he agree that if a greater proportion of that money is taken up in wages and salaries a lower proportion will be expended on maintaining school buildings and other vital school equipment? Does my hon. Friend agree also that moderation in...

Orders of the Day — Civil Defence (24 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: Even at this early hour of the morning, I am glad to add my words to this well-initiated debate on civil defence. I suspect that the numbers in the House represent the feeling of our respective parties towards civil defence. My party and Government have a strong feeling for civil defence, but all the Opposition parties have little of it. That is adequately represented this evening—I was...

Felixstowe Dock and Railway Bill (21 Oct 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the demise in some of the ports to which he has referred is due largely to bad management practices, bad labour relations, high labour costs and a low turnover in those ports? We wish our ports to achieve the higher efficiency, lower handling costs and greater efficiency in the use of manpower that is evident in Felixstowe at the moment and in several of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (29 Oct 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that one among the many reasons for the level of unemployment is the demographic changes taking place, and that the number of people seeking employment has gone up dramatically over the past few years, which did not happen 10 years ago? Does the he agree further that in the years to come those demographic changes will alter today's position and that to ignore this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Hospital Waiting Lists (12 Nov 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend welcome, as I do, the appointment of a district general manager to the Norwich health authority and other district general managers in the East Anglia area? Does he agree that those appointments will undoubtedly secure the more efficient running of all the health authorities in East Anglia, and in other parts of Britain, which will result in a shortening of waiting lists...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (18 Nov 1985)

Mr John Powley: Let no one be under any illusion about my support for local government. I would not have spent 10 years as a county councillor if I did not support local government. I spent 12 years on a district council, three as its leader, and I would not have done that had I not been a supporter of and a believer in local government. But how I wish that the local government scene today was similar to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Small Businesses (2 Dec 1985)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Transport what new opportunities his Department has created for the development of new small businesses.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Small Businesses (2 Dec 1985)

Mr John Powley: I thank my hon. Friend for his informative reply. Will his Department publish the opportunities for bus and taxi companies and where those opportunities will be available? On behalf of small businesses and myself, I thank the Department for the steps that have been taken to improve access on the All up to Norwich.

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr John Powley: rose——

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr John Powley: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers' Pay Dispute (17 Dec 1985)

Mr John Powley: Would my right hon. Friend care to reflect on the attitude of the general secretary of the NUT when in a 20-minute address to the Back-Bench education committee he never once mentioned the effect of the dispute on the children, whom we should consider primarily, nor its financial effect? Many of us see other areas for expenditure in the education service, such as on improvement in the...

Rate Support Grant (England) (18 Dec 1985)

Mr John Powley: My right hon. Friend and his predecessors will be aware that, in past years, Norfolk county council has worked its budgets in an economical fashion. It has practised economies and management technique which have kept the rate down to a prudent level. Will my right hon. Friend give me an assurance that past performances in rate support grant, which have not recognised those economies, will be...

Rate Support Grant (England) (20 Jan 1986)

Mr John Powley: With his wealth of local government experience, does my hon. Friend agree that what we have wanted for the past six or seven years has been not a tinkering with the present system, which I believe has been tinkered with, but a major overhaul of the whole concept of the rate support grant to ensure a fairer distribution?

Rate Support Grant (England) (20 Jan 1986)

Mr John Powley: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rate Support Grant (22 Jan 1986)

Mr John Powley: I draw the attention of my hon. Friend to a statement made in my constituency on Friday last by the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley), who said publicly that were a Labour Government to be brought back into office after the next general election they would immediately pay back to the shire counties the sum of £13 billion, which the Labour party allegs has been...

Local Government (Financing) (28 Jan 1986)

Mr John Powley: While welcoming the Secretary of State's proposals, may I draw his attention to the tremendous number of abortive man hours, particularly in local government, that were expended on discussion of previous White Papers and Green Papers and the Layfield report? Will he give an assurance that the Government will have the determination to implement the proposals before the House so that the...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill (4 Feb 1986)

Mr John Powley: As there is a very short time left at my disposal, I will have to skate over the surface of the Bill. I apologise straight away if I oversimplify matters. I give a warm welcome to all the provisions in the Bill. I believe that the Bill is only one small step along the way to a much better housing philosophy. I believe, and I have written to the Minister expressing my view, that there are yet...

Opposition Day: Economic Policy and Unemployment (12 Feb 1986)

Mr John Powley: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Football (Crowd Behaviour) (19 Feb 1986)

Mr John Powley: I support the discussions that have taken place between my hon. Friend and the football authorities, but does he agree that we need to encourage a greater sense of self-discipline in some sportsmen and some members of the crowds who go to sporting events, thus diminishing the amount of crowd and sportsmen's misbehaviour?

Renewable Energy Sources (Promotion): Rates (25 Feb 1986)

Mr John Powley: rose——

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