Results 61–80 of 225 for speaker:Mr John Powley

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?

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?

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?

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....

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....

Orders of the Day — Education Bill [Lords] (10 Jun 1986)

Mr John Powley: I am glad to have an opportunity of giving a general welcome to the Bill. I hope that hon. Members will look on the Bill in the same way as they look on the changing face of commerce and industry. Just as commerce and industry are moving along and we have to change the atmosphere in that area of activity, so I believe that education is moving on. I see the Bill as a reflection of some of the...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill [Lords] (10 Jun 1986)

Mr John Powley: I take the point that the hon. Gentleman makes about teacher appraisal. Does he agree that every time a teacher is promoted or is moved up the scale, or moves from one school to another, he or she is appraised in some way before entering another grade with better remuneration?

Schools (Norwich) (23 May 1986)

Mr John Powley: First, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I want to thank Mr. Speaker for giving me the opportunity to raise a matter of considerable importance to a large section of constituents whom I have the honour to represent. I also want to thank most sincerely my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for his presence on the Front Bench this afternon. I am sure that the House will join with me in extending my condolences...

Schools (Norwich) (23 May 1986)

Mr John Powley: I beg your pardon, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Bowthorpe is not just a housing estate adjoining part of Norwich. Although it is within Norwich it is a separate community. It was planned about 1972 and conceived as three separate villages, not part of Norwich. It comprised the villages of Clover Hill, Chapel Break, and Three Score. The development has started and Clover Hill already has 1,506 houses....

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Research and Development (14 May 1986)

Mr John Powley: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department is spending on support for research and development; and if he will give comparable figures for 1979–80.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Research and Development (14 May 1986)

Mr John Powley: I thank my hon. Friend for that informative answer, but does he agree that the Government have an important and continuing role in research and development alongside industry and commerce? What efforts have been made in the Norwich area in that direction?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: United States Air Force (Bases) (13 May 1986)

Mr John Powley: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, as well as the important strategic defence presence of American bases in this country, there is an important economic factor in that presence for East Anglia and other areas? Does my right hon. Friend accept that if American bases were thrown out of this country there would be a serious economic loss? Jobs would be lost in East Anglia, in my constituency,...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill: Proposals for Co-Operative Management or Ownership (24 Apr 1986)

Mr John Powley: Like other hon. Members, I welcome new clause 11. I was the chairman of the first improvement areas committee way back in the 1970s, when that concept was rightly put forward by the Government of the day. Improvement areas committees were set up within the designated areas. We gave them every encouragement and the exercise proved to be very worth while, as I hope and believe this one will be....

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill: Transitional (24 Apr 1986)

Mr John Powley: I express my grateful thanks to my hon. Friend the Minister for the care and trouble that he has taken to meet the points that were raised by the CBI and myself. I am grateful for the new clause and for the more flexible attitude that has been taken to the problems that we outlined to him. I have one slight reservation about the six-month period, which I hope my hon. Friend will take into...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill: Right to Rent (24 Apr 1986)

Mr John Powley: I can see some practical and administrative difficulties in the new clause, and no doubt my hon. Friend the Minister will have something to say about that when he replies. The number of empty properties in any local authority has always caused me great anxiety. When I was chairman of a housing committee, I always tried to ensure that the number of empty properties was kept to a minimum. I...

Opposition Day: Housing (22 Apr 1986)

Mr John Powley: I suspect that not many hon. Members or people outside the House would disagree with the sentiment expressed in the title of this debate which, according to the business statement, is, "Housing—putting people first." I support that sentiment. The motion moved by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) contains sweet words and nice-sounding phrases. It contains words with...

Opposition Day: Housing (22 Apr 1986)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Gentleman says that that is nonsense, but we all know that it is true. Many Labour-controlled local authorities followed that policy. The Labour Government sought to buy the council tenant's vote by one means or another. The Labour party came to office in 1974 on the promise that it would apply a rent freeze. Of course, it forgot that the housing revenue account would have to be...

Opposition Day: Housing (22 Apr 1986)

Mr John Powley: If that happened, I suspect that a way would be found for local authorities not to sell council houses. My local authority has sought, by every means possible, to oppose the sale of council houses. In 1980 it opposed the right-to-buy principle. It changed the tenure of some tenants in my area, which meant that they were unable to exercise their right to buy if they had exchanged a house. A...

Opposition Day: Housing (22 Apr 1986)

Mr John Powley: Did my hon. Friend hear correctly the hon. Member for Bootle (Mr. Roberts), who said that it was the Labour party's policy to replace every council house that is sold with another council house? Will he speculate on the cost to the Exchequer and the financial institutions of this country of replacing about 900,000 council houses?

Oral Answers to Questions — Job Creation (17 Apr 1986)

Mr John Powley: Does my right hon. Friend agree that many other factors affect the levels of employment and unemployment, besides the welcome measures that were introduced in the Budget? In particular, does he agree that measures such as restrictive practices in commerce and industry, and the introduction of new technology, can affect the level of unemployment? Is it not just as important to pay attention to...


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