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Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Commercial Buildings (11 May 1987)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement concerning the construction of more energy-efficient commercial buildings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Commercial Buildings (11 May 1987)

Mr John Powley: I thank my hon. Friend for his constructive reply. Does he agree with me that if measures were taken along these lines there would be sufficient energy savings to produce a much more economical operation for the companies concerned? Does he agree also that it is necessary to involve architects and developers in the measures that he has outlined? Does he further agree that it is important to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 May 1987)

Mr John Powley: May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention — especially as this is the day of the local elections — to the fact that the Labour-controlled Norwich city council has kept empty a house that it owns worth £100,000 for the past five and a half years? Does she agree that that is disgraceful, and that the sole solution to the problem of homelessness lies in ensuring that properties are...

Orders of the Day — Secondary Education (30 Apr 1987)

Mr John Powley: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way to me, particularly on a point about which I have some feeling and knowledge. Is my hon. Friend agreeing with the philosophy expounded by the present Government about giving greater autonomy to the governing body of a school for its financial management? As he may know, I was a governor of the Manor school in Cambridge before I moved to Norwich....

Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Bill (24 Apr 1987)

Mr John Powley: Not being a legal person, I am ignorant of the measures referred to relating to exercises with the armed forces of another country. Will the Minister explain? If a German service man involved in a joint NATO exercise with the British Army was negligent and so caused injury to a British service man, would that British service man be entitled to sue the German soldier or army, and would the...

Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Bill (24 Apr 1987)

Mr John Powley: I hope that the House will forgive me if I repeat a statement which has been made by every hon. Member who has spoken in the debate; it would be remiss of me if I were not to do so. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Davyhulme (Mr. Churchill) on the expeditious way in which he has conducted the Bill through the House. I hope that it will pass through the other Chamber with equal...

Orders of the Day — Broadcasting Bill [Lords.]: Amendment of I98i Act (26 Mar 1987)

Mr John Powley: I am not anxious to detain the House but I felt I had to retain my consistency from the Committee stage. Unlike some of the preceding speakers, I did support the Government on the amendment proposed by the hon. Member for Cambridgeshire, North-East (Mr. Freud) and I continue that support. It would appear from the preceding speeches by hon. Members on both sides of the House that the further...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Student Grants (17 Mar 1987)

Mr John Powley: Is my hon. Friend aware of the demonstrations that are taking place at the University of East Anglia in my constituency about the level of student grants? Is he further aware that in the latest incident a Mr. Osborne, a worker at the university, was physically injured? Will my hon. Friend accept that such demonstrations are counter-productive to the cause of the student fraternity?

Inner City Areas (6 Mar 1987)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that, according to figures from the Department of the Environment, there are 1,397 empty properties in the borough of Wandsworth. Is the hon. Gentleman also aware that there are 3,200 empty properties in Tower Hamlets and 3,100 in Hackney? If the number of empty properties in Wandsworth is a disgrace, surely it is doubly a disgrace in Hackney and Tower...

Inner City Areas (6 Mar 1987)

Mr John Powley: Would the hon. Gentleman quote further from the Audit Commission report, which draws particular attention to the disgracefully inefficient way in which many of the inner London boroughs are administered? The report states that spending per resident in the most deprived metropolitan districts"—

Inner City Areas (6 Mar 1987)

Mr John Powley: I beg your pardon, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Let me précis what the Audit Commission says. May I ask the hon. Member for Tooting (Mr. Cox) why the most deprived inner London boroughs are the most inefficiently run boroughs in the country? What measures are they taking to improve their efficiency and to spend more of their resources on the measures that he advocates rather than on waste and...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill (3 Mar 1987)

Mr John Powley: I am interested to hear what my hon. Friend is saying. Is he aware that at this moment Norwich city council—not a London borough by any means — is discussing the Government's trade union legislation? Does my hon. Friend agree that that is far removed from being a responsibility of local government? Does he further agree that the council would do better to spend its time and expertise on...

Orders of the Day — Green Belt (Hertfordshire) (26 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I am honoured to follow my hon. Friends the Members for St. Albans (Mr. Lilley) and for Hertfordshire, West (Mr. Jones) in this debate on the green belt in Hertfordshire. The House will know that I have experience as a county councillor and that Hertfordshire played an important part in determining the structure plans which were the responsibility of county councils. At that time I lived in...

Orders of the Day — Green Belt (Hertfordshire) (26 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I understand the point that my hon. Friend makes, with some validity, but I do not want to trespass on the constituencies of my hon. Friends from Norfolk, which in the main are farming constituencies. My constituency of Norwich is not a farming constituency, and thus I would be trespassing on other people's territory were I to follow that line of thought. I conclude by supporting the remarks...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Air Force (24 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: Is my hon. Friend aware that in January a number of hon. Members representing constituencies in Norfolk visited RAF Coltishall and that as a result of our discussions with officers and men we can confirm that morale is high? Officers and men understand the important defensive role that they must perform in the defence of this country.

Sizewell Nuclear Power Station (23 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I draw my hon. Friend's attention to the fact that a number of hon. Members representing East Anglian constituencies wished to make a contribution to the debate in view of their nearness to the Sizewell 13 location. Because other hon. Members have taken rather too much time, they were unable to make what I consider to be valuable contributions.

Sizewell Nuclear Power Station (23 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. At the start of this debate Mr. Speaker told the House that a large number of hon. Members had said that they wished to speak in it. I was one such hon. Member. Mr. Speaker said that he would be grateful if hon. Members kept their speeches to a modest length. The hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) has been speaking for 33 minutes. Would you care...

Orders of the Day — Access to Personal Files Bill (20 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I have been listening with interest to my hon. Friend's remarks. Will he speculate whether there is a possibility—I put it no higher than that—of an unofficial file being created for some of the areas which he eloquently outlined? In that way one file would be subject to access under the provisions of the legislation while a discreet unofficial file would be available only to a few eyes....

Local Government (Empty Council Houses) (17 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to oblige local authorities to make their vacant housing stock available for letting or sale. The Bill I am presenting to the House outlines one way of reducing the number of empty council properties, by making available to prospective tenants or purchasers any local authority property, whether purpose-built or acquired, that has been...

Orders of the Day — Broadcasting Bill [Lords] (16 Feb 1987)

Mr John Powley: I am interested in my hon. Friend's remarks. Does he agree that we are moving into an era where the television set will be used not only for entertainment provided from this country and others, to which my hon. Friend has rightly referred, but for information technology that will be available in the home from a variety of sources? Ceefax and Oracle are available now and viewdata is available...


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