Results 181–200 of 225 for speaker:Mr John Powley

New Clause 10: Adjournment (Easter and May Day) (5 Apr 1984)

Mr John Powley: To break the law.

Clause 4: Determination of Maximum Rate of Precept (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: I must press the hon. Gentleman on the argument that he is developing. Perhaps he can give the House the benefit of his wisdom. What does he consider to be a prudent balance in local authority expenditure on the housing revenue account or the general rate fund account?

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Will the hon. Gentleman accept that there are some people who have recently moved into Lambeth, as I have, who deplore the level of rates that we have to pay?

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: I wish to urge my right hon. Friend the Minister to reject this amendment, for reasons which I hope to put forward in the next few moments, but also for many more reasons of which I am sure he will think. With respect, I say to my hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Mr. Morrison), who moved the amendment, that I suspect that I might have agreed with it if it had been moved in similar...

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Had the hon. Gentleman allowed me to continue with my speech, his intervention would not have been necessary. I hope that he will appreciate the answer——

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Indeed, my hon. Friend's comments form part of the argument, and I am grateful to him. Labour members in the 1960s and 1970s told their supporters that they could not have certain things, even though it was not pleasant to do so. But since reorganisation in 1974, those elder statesmen have been replaced by a different type of councillor. I concede that they have been elected, but conditions...

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Gentleman is entitled to his opinion, and I am sure that he respects our opinions as people who have served in local government. There is a new breed of Labour councillors, and a substantial number of them are prepared to defy the Government. It appears to be the usual practice that when there is a Labour Government there is an upsurge in Conservative councillors, and vice versa....

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Our right hon. Friend is entitled to his view. Where we once had a Labour Government but a majority of Conservative-controlled councils, we now have a Conservative Government with a significant number of Labour-controlled councils. Britain still has economic problems and needs to be put on a sound economic footing. But the Labour-controlled councils are prepared to defy the Government and...

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: A vote in the House tonight or tomorrow is entirely different from defying the law of the land when a Bill has become law. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman accepts that. We have this new breed, and those people are prepared to defy the Government's exhortations. During the past four years, the Government have tried by persuasion to get local authorities to accept the realities of life, to...

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: No, I have given way on a number of occasions, and I really must get on. Those authorities had their instructions. I imagine that a number of Labour local authorities passed resolutions deploring the cuts in the National Health Service. Certainly I received a resolution from Norwich city council to that effect, and I am sure that a number of other Labour local authorities passed the same...

Clause 1: Power to Prescribe Maximum Rates and Precepts (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: My hon. Friend might take note of the fact that I have already advised my local authority, Norwich city council, that it is likely to be rate capped, according to the examples given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. In my opinion, humble though it might be, the council could engineer its finances so that it would not be rate capped and the measure was unnecessary.

New Clause 6: Levels of Expenditure (27 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Does the hon. Gentleman agree with my experience in local government — that when one asks officers for a report on how economies can be made in the local authority, they inevitably produce a report itemising the most emotional sectors with which the local authority deals as being subject to economies? They never say that they could do away with creating a nuclear-free zone or with the...

Rate Support Grant Supplementary Report (20 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Does he pay for the repairs?

Rate Support Grant Supplementary Report (20 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: rose—

Collieries (Picketing) (15 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: Would my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the overwhelming majority of ordinary people find repugnant the activities that they have seen on their television screens connected with these disputes, and they know that the only Government on which they can rely to uphold and maintain law and order are the present Government?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: State Boarding Schools (6 Mar 1984)

Mr John Powley: I thank my hon. Friend for his informative answers to my hon. Friends. If the proposals to change the status of the college come before my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, will he also take into account the alternative proposals that are being formulated by the parents of the children who go to Wymondham college, as they are doing constructive work to help maintain the college?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Personal Social Services (Voluntary Sector) (28 Feb 1984)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent measures his Department has taken to encourage the voluntary sector's role in the personal social services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Personal Social Services (Voluntary Sector) (28 Feb 1984)

Mr John Powley: I am grateful to the Minister for his answer. Does he agree that a great many people are prepared to use their considerable talents in the personal social services and that any expenditure by the Government is repaid time and time again in the benefits to those who are recipients of the services?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Attainment Levels (7 Feb 1984)

Mr John Powley: Does my right hon. Friend agree that commerce and industry have a vital interest in the educational attainment levels of our children? Will he try to ensure that the needs of commerce and industry are taken more fully into account in determining education standards in schools?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Exports (1 Feb 1984)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his forecast for British exports in 1984.


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