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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rating Reform (26 Oct 1983)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received on the White Paper on rating reform.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rating Reform (26 Oct 1983)

Mr John Powley: I am obliged to my right hon. Friend for that answer, but does he share my view that although there will be an obligation to consult representatives of business and commerce before fixing the rate level, as suggested in the White Paper in paragraph 5.15, many Labour-controlled local authorities will continue to ignore those representations, as they have done in the past, without regard to the...

Orders of the Day — Video Recordings Bill (11 Nov 1983)

Mr John Powley: I thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to catch your eye and to make my maiden speech. This is the first time that I have caught your eye, but I hope that it will not be the last. I remember the feeling that I had when I first spoke in the council chamber in Cambridge in 1967. That feeling is with me again, as I am sure that the House will understand. My constituency has had a...

Orders of the Day — Video Recordings Bill (11 Nov 1983)

Mr John Powley: —pandering to some people's base instincts. Parents also have a responsibility, which is sometimes sadly lacking. Hiring a video film for a pound a night may be a cheap way to keep the children quiet while mum and dad go elsewhere. If, as some do, they hire a responsible type of tape, it would not be so bad, but when dad just gives the children the money to hire more or less what they want...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (22 Nov 1983)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will outline his plans for improving the quality of teachers; and how he intends to measure their performance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (22 Nov 1983)

Mr John Powley: I thank my hon. Friend for his informative reply. Does he agree that a further way to improve the overall standard of teachers when the school population is falling is to urge local education authorities to weed out from our education system the less desirable and less proficient teachers who are bringing it into disrepute?

Pensioners (23 Nov 1983)

Mr John Powley: If rhetoric and loud noises paid pensioners, they would undoubtedly be well off should the Opposition come to office. Neither rhetoric nor loud talk pays the pensions that we want the elderly to have. The realisation of hard cash pays for benefits for any section of the community. It does not matter whether we are talking about pensioners, the disabled or the chronically sick. If we have no...

Pensioners (23 Nov 1983)

Mr John Powley: Opposition Members—

Pensioners (23 Nov 1983)

Mr John Powley: Opposition Members have derided the word "profit" and those who make profits. I am in business in a small way and my company makes a profit

Pensioners (23 Nov 1983)

Mr John Powley: Whatever benefits or pensions the Government give, most of the money comes from the profits of companies or from individuals. If they do not make profits, they cannot pay their taxes. They are a means of revenue for the Government and that is how they provide pensions and benefits. Without that revenue, pensions would not be paid. I do not like the traditional way in which Opposition Members...

Pensioners (23 Nov 1983)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) can deride the IMF as much as he likes, but he knows that when the Labour Government got into trouble in 1975 and 1976, and could not give pensioners their Christmas bonus, they had to be bailed out by it in order to save this country from becoming bankrupt. This Government's record is absolutely first class. It represents realism rather than the...

Orders of the Day — Sex Equality Bill (9 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: Another one!

Orders of the Day — Sex Equality Bill (9 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. and learned Friend agree with the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, which was appalled, when industry and commerce is only just beginning to recover from the worst recession in 50 years, that proposals should be made to impose further costly and time-consuming burdens on businesses? —[AN HON. MEMBER: "What do that lot know?"] That lot are likely to know more about...

Orders of the Day — Sex Equality Bill (9 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: rose——

Orders of the Day — Sex Equality Bill (9 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: What?

Orders of the Day — Sex Equality Bill (9 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: rose——

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: If the hon. Gentleman is so confident, will he tell us why every miner was not given an individual say in whether he wanted an overtime ban?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: Rubbish.

Orders of the Day — London Regional Transport Bill (13 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Gentleman has talked of democracy. Who pays the bills that the GLC imposes? How much say do industrialists and the commercial sector have? Are they not entitled to a say in who represents them and who imposes the bills on them?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Pupil-teacher Ratios (20 Dec 1983)

Mr John Powley: If we are to provide more teachers in the education service, does my hon. Friend agree that they, too, have a responsibility when their organisations seek wage and salary increases to keep those increases at a moderate level, so that more resources can be spent on real forms of education, instead of on wages and salaries?


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