Results 161–180 of 225 for speaker:Mr John Powley

BBC Financing (Peacock Report) (3 Jul 1986)

Mr John Powley: There are many important points in the recommendations which I welcome. However, may I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to recommendation 5 and the rather dubious recommendation of imposing a tax on those who buy motor cars, simply to subsidise the licence fee? The retail trade, of which I was a member, welcomed the abolition some years ago of the car radio licence fee, for good reasons....

Rate Support Grant (22 Jul 1986)

Mr John Powley: My right hon. Friend will be aware that by far the largest proportion of any local authority's budget is that spent on wages and salaries. In that context, does he agree that there is a great responsibility on those who negotiate increases in wages and salaries to ensure that more local authority resources can be spent at the sharp end rather than on wages and salaries? Does my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rate Support Grant (23 Jul 1986)

Mr John Powley: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, following his generous settlement of the rate support grant yesterday, there should be no excuse for any local authority to engage in extravagant and unnecessary spending? Does he also agree that the settlement should be used to keep rate demands down to their lowest possible level and that money should be spend only on that which is necessary and essential?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry (27 Oct 1986)

Mr John Powley: When productivity measures were being introduced Mr. Arthur Scargill said that the accident rate in the coal mines would increase significantly. Will my right hon. Friend tell us whether the accident rate has increased as a result of the improvements?

Artificial Limbs (Supply) (27 Oct 1986)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that any industrial action of this nature is regrettable, particularly considering the harm and possible danger to those who are in receipt of artificial limbs? Does he agree that both parties should make greater efforts to resolve their differences, for the sake of those whom they serve?

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill: Hazardous Substances Authorities (3 Nov 1986)

Mr John Powley: Members of the Committee will recall that I moved some amendments in Committee to which the Minister gave a favourable response. On Report, he gave an undertaking that amendments reflecting the comments that had been made in Committee would be moved in the other place. I commend and thank my hon. Friend the Minister for the diligent way in which he dealt with the concerns expressed in...

Business of the House (13 Nov 1986)

Mr John Powley: May I draw the attention of my right hon. Friend to the part of Her Majesty's Speech in which she said: A Bill will be introduced to facilitate the conservation and management of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads."? While that may not be of worldwide interest—[HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."]—to other constituencies, may I urge my right hon. Friend to facilitate the introduction of that Bill at...

Orders of the Day — Education and Family Poverty (13 Nov 1986)

Mr John Powley: Does my right hon. Friend confirm my view that city technology colleges should be complementary to the existing state system rather than be in competition with it and perhaps with existing technical colleges? They should complement one another and not compete.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Public Sector Housebuilding (19 Nov 1986)

Mr John Powley: May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to the fact that most district councils and local authorities own great acres of land in small and medium-sized parcels, of which they could easily dispose to private builders and developers, thus allowing the private sector to build houses for owner-occupation? Would this not relieve many housing waiting lists?

Orders of the Day — Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Bill (1 Dec 1986)

Mr John Powley: I thought that I heard the name correctly, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but I would have given way to my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk, North (Mr. Howell), had it been your wish. Two of my hon. Friends will be unable to speak this evening. My hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Ryder) is, regrettably, absent because of his temporary indisposition. I pay tribute to him for his work behind...

Orders of the Day — Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Bill (1 Dec 1986)

Mr John Powley: I thank my hon. Friend the Minister for that addition. There cannot be many people born in East Anglia who do not have a high regard for the Broads, commonly referred to as the Norfolk Broads, which include the Suffolk Broads. Of late, the Broads have attracted people from a much wider area than East Anglia. They are now known internationally and people throughout the world hold them in high...

Orders of the Day — Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Bill (1 Dec 1986)

Mr John Powley: Of course, I recognise the work that has been done by those eight local authorities. My hon. Friend has great experience from his membership of Norfolk county council. However, any policy put forward in the past has to be considered and approved by the constituent authorities, and the resolution may not necessarily be accepted by all eight local authorities. The new authority will have...

Orders of the Day — Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Bill (1 Dec 1986)

Mr John Powley: It was me.

Orders of the Day — Fuel Poverty (2 Dec 1986)

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

Orders of the Day — Fuel Poverty (2 Dec 1986)

Mr John Powley: I accept entirely the right hon. Gentleman's point about the importance of loft insulation. Is he aware that, despite the Government's allocation of sums to local authorities for home insulation schemes, in each of the past five years local authorities have underspent considerably, sometimes by as much as one third of the sum allocated? Does he agree that they should make greater efforts to...

Orders of the Day — Fuel Poverty (2 Dec 1986)

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

Opposition Day: Defence (3 Dec 1986)

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

Opposition Day: Defence (3 Dec 1986)

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

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay and Conditions Bill (8 Dec 1986)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that we should view the Bill, not in isolation, but together with the Education Act 1986? The advantages of this Bill should be taken in conjunction with the great responsibilities given to parents, governors, and teachers properly to manage their affairs and the curriculum within a school.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Coal (15 Dec 1986)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement about the latest productivity in British Coal.


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