Results 101–120 of 225 for speaker:Mr John Powley

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Hospital Waiting Lists (12 Nov 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend welcome, as I do, the appointment of a district general manager to the Norwich health authority and other district general managers in the East Anglia area? Does he agree that those appointments will undoubtedly secure the more efficient running of all the health authorities in East Anglia, and in other parts of Britain, which will result in a shortening of waiting lists...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (29 Oct 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that one among the many reasons for the level of unemployment is the demographic changes taking place, and that the number of people seeking employment has gone up dramatically over the past few years, which did not happen 10 years ago? Does the he agree further that in the years to come those demographic changes will alter today's position and that to ignore this...

Felixstowe Dock and Railway Bill (21 Oct 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the demise in some of the ports to which he has referred is due largely to bad management practices, bad labour relations, high labour costs and a low turnover in those ports? We wish our ports to achieve the higher efficiency, lower handling costs and greater efficiency in the use of manpower that is evident in Felixstowe at the moment and in several of...

Orders of the Day — Civil Defence (24 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: Even at this early hour of the morning, I am glad to add my words to this well-initiated debate on civil defence. I suspect that the numbers in the House represent the feeling of our respective parties towards civil defence. My party and Government have a strong feeling for civil defence, but all the Opposition parties have little of it. That is adequately represented this evening—I was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Sixth Forms: School Buildings (23 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is always, even in education, a limited amount of money available within the budget, however sympathetic we may be? Does he agree that if a greater proportion of that money is taken up in wages and salaries a lower proportion will be expended on maintaining school buildings and other vital school equipment? Does my hon. Friend agree also that moderation in...

Lorries (GLC Ban): Rate Support Grant (England) (16 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. and learned Friend recall the extraordinary statements that were made by some local authorities before the Rates Bill, as it then was, became law? They were saying that the Bill, if enacted, would result in wholesale redundancies, the decimation of services and chaos in the streets. Has my hon. and learned Friend seen any evidence of such happenings in his area? The predictions...

Lorries (GLC Ban): Rate Support Grant (England) (16 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: One quality in Parliament since the 1983 election has been the emergence of hon. Members with practical local government experience. I commend those Labour Members with experience of local government at a senior level. For the first time for many years many Conservative Members have had such experience. Whatever our political beliefs, that experience benefits the House. We may disagree...

Lorries (GLC Ban): Rate Support Grant (England) (16 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: A former Minister, Anthony Crosland, said, in referring to local government, that the party was over and that profligate spending would have to cease. As a follow-up Labour Ministers said that the percentage of grant given to local authorities should be reduced—they did not carry that policy all the way through—and that was a wise decision. It was wise also for the Conservative Government...

Lorries (GLC Ban): Rate Support Grant (England) (16 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: I certainly do not pretend that I know better than anyone else. It is my philosophy that preferably individuals should have their own say, and I wish that they had more of it. Central Government—and this has been recognised by Labour and Conservative Governments—have a responsibility for the effects of overall economic policy on the country. There is no question but that the level of...

Lorries (GLC Ban): Rate Support Grant (England) (16 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Gentleman might be surprised, but I agree with most of what he has just said. I agree with accountability and democracy. If he believes what he says about accountability, surely consideration should be given to those who foot the bill. In other words, the business and commercial ratepayer has no vote and no influence and therefore local government is not accountable to them. If he...

Orders of the Day — Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Bill (3 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: I concur with the hon. Gentleman's remarks about the club in my constituency, Norwich City. I agree wholeheartedly about the good behaviour of both the Norwich City and Sunderland supporters during the Milk Cup final. Supporters can be well behaved and can get along together, provided that the right set of circumstances prevail. That has been shown by those two sets of supporters.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Footwear Industry (3 Jul 1985)

Mr John Powley: If the position to which my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr. Fry) referred came about, and vast quantities of cheap shoes were being dumped on the English market to the detriment of our footwear industry, following early-day motion 834, would my hon. Friend be prepared to consider appropriate measures to protect our industry?

Small Firms (21 Jun 1985)

Mr John Powley: The right hon. Gentleman may like to know that the initiative for the enterprise mentioned by the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) came between 1976 and 1979, when I had the honour of being the leader of a Conservative Cambridge city council.

Small Firms (21 Jun 1985)

Mr John Powley: My hon. friend may recall that I recently reminded the Secretary of State for Education and Science that there was great benefit to gain in terms of employment opportunities if we could educate the teaching profession, in particular careers masters, at every school in the nation, in the ways of the entrepreneur and the small business man and about the way in which small businesses were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: first day's debate (12 Jun 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my right hon. Friend recall the strategy employed in the 1930s by the Hitler regime, and the domino effect of picking off one weak nation after another, which inevitably led to the 1939-45 conflict? Is that not similar in many ways to the strategy being employed by the Soviet Union, which is trying to pick off weak nations to advance its own ideology, both political and military, in the...

Confectionery Industry (24 May 1985)

Mr John Powley: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for York (Mr. Gregory) for allowing me to take part in this debate—the first for many years on an industry that is vitally important to this country. My hon. Friend will be aware, from his past connections with the city of Norwich, that the Rowntree Mackintosh factory is a major employer and a backbone of industry in the area, employing about 1,350...

Shop Hours (Auld Report) (20 May 1985)

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Shop Hours (Auld Report) (20 May 1985)

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Shop Hours (Auld Report) (20 May 1985)

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Shop Hours (Auld Report) (20 May 1985)

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