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Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: rose—

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: I am one of the most junior Members of the House of Commons, although I am as proud to be an hon. Member as anybody else. I have always believed in the traditions of the House and its historial precedents. The speeches that opened this debate followed the traditions of the House and there are many precedents for them. I suspect that those speeches could relate to all of the other measures...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: I do not accept that this is a minority measure. I think that it has a great deal of widespread support, but I suspect that my hon. Friend and I are agreed that there must be a better way. We have rightly found—again this is a bit of a ritual —that there is traditional obstruction to the Bill. That is what Oppositions are for. We recognise that, and if roles were reversed we would be...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: I shall not dispute that, nor that it has happened before, but whether it has happened to this extent, I cannot say. Briefs have been prepared for the Opposition, and Opposition Members have used them with their traditional eloquence. Although I served on the Rates Bill Standing Committee, I have never experienced as much lobbying through my postbag as I have on this subject. There has been...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: I shall not give the name of the gentleman, nor the authority for which he worked, but he assured me that he had been prohibited from speaking to Members of Parliament. I found that sad, and I suspect that that action would not receive the support of Opposition Members. It has been said that this policy was a last-minute addition to the Conservative party's manifesto. I do not know when it...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: I do not read The Sun either. I am only kidding the House that I can actually read. I was shown the public appointments section of The Guardian in which the GLC, in January 1985, knowing that it was the Government's policy to abolish it, was advertising for an officer for "The Women's Committee — A Voice for Women in London", for a "Grants Monitoring Adviser", for "Equalities Officers", and...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: That is not the logic of my argument. My argument is that there is no need at the present time for the authorities to make additional staff appointments. They already have more than sufficient staff to do their work. The local authorities are deliberately attempting to appoint as many staff as they possibly can in the time left at their disposal. That is irresponsible behaviour. I suggest...

Local Government Bill (Allocation of Time): Interpretation (11 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) was careful to say that at any one time no more than four GLC officers were present in the Committee. He did not say that only four had ever been present. Is it not possible that, through the long hours, relays of four different people at different times have been involved in the argument?

Local Government (Rates) (6 Feb 1985)

Mr John Powley: I am interested in what my right hon. Friend is saying about how much the domestic ratepayer will save, but will he bear in mind that a large proportion of rates is paid by commercial and industrial ratepayers, who get no relief according to their ability to pay? It is that sector as much as any other that needs relief from the high-spending authorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing Statistics (9 Jan 1985)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is quite disgraceful that a Member of Parliament should be unable to obtain figures from local authorities for the number of council properties in their ownership that have been empty for up to 12 months? Is it not incumbent upon us to know the figures and to know what problems are so that we can see how to solve them?

Orders of the Day — Petition: Human Embryos (6 Dec 1984)

Mr John Powley: I have the honour to present a petition for the protection of the human embryo, signed by some 1,295 residents of my constituency. They state Wherefore Your Petitoners Pray that the House of Commons will take immediate steps to enact legislation which forbids any procedure that involves purchase or sale of human embryos, the discarding of human embryos, their use as sources of transplant...

Opposition Day: Miners' Families (Benefits) (26 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: Hon. Members may think that the fair green fields of Norwich and Norfolk are a long way from the minefields. So they are. However, my constituents have to accept the responsibilities for many of the actions in the mines and in the dispute, and they do not like the consequences. I say this more in sorrow than with any other emotion, but the actions in the House last Wednesday will result in...

Opposition Day: Miners' Families (Benefits) (26 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: No, I shall not give way. I tried to intervene during the speeches of a number of Labour Members and was denied the opportunity to do so. Time is limited and I shall not give way. If a miner goes on strike, he must accept that he will receive a much lower income, if any income at all. He must know that his family will suffer and that it will not have the same standard of living that it...

Opposition Day: Miners' Families (Benefits) (26 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: No, I shall not give way. Labour Members have talked about redundancies, but redundancy payments act as a cushion. That is a responsibility of the state, and one which it rightly accepts. I am talking about someone who decides of his own free will to go on strike in furtherance of an industrial dispute, thereby denying himself the opportunities that would otherwise be his. If a man...

Opposition Day: Miners' Families (Benefits) (26 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: I shall not give way. A miner who decides to go on strike must not expect the state to prop up his family and provide all the benefits that he has provided for it. The provision of those benefits is the responsibility of the individual who chooses to take strike action and not that of the state. Some of my constituents have told me, "I choose to work and to devote my resources to providing...

Opposition Day: Miners' Families (Benefits) (26 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: No, I shall not give way. I explained that I would not give way, and I will not give way.

Opposition Day: Miners' Families (Benefits) (26 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: It ill becomes anyone to say that I dare not do something. Those who know me know that I will do what I choose to do, irrespective of a dare. I shall not fall into the silly trap that Labour Members try to set. Labour Members love to suggest that Conservative Members have not had the experience that they claim to have. They suggest that all Conservative Members attended public schools and...

Opposition Day: Miners' Families (Benefits) (26 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: It is related to the dispute, Mr. Speaker. I was brought up in a working class family. My father was a shop steward for most of his life. It was his proud boast that he never needed to call his members out on strike in furtherance of an industrial dispute. That shows that the image that Labour Members present of Conservative Members is false. I deplore the doublespeak that we have heard...

Opposition Day: Miners' Families (Benefits) (26 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is a laid down procedure for anybody who wishes to instigate complaints against the police force? That is laid down in statute and any member of the public can take advantage of it, and can even get legal aid to do so. Should there not also be a complaints procedure against the NUM and its intimidation, so that complaints about its members can be...

Orders of the Day — A11 Road (East Anglia) (20 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: I wish to express my grateful thanks to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to raise an important subject for east Anglia. I also express my grateful thanks to the Minister for coming to the Dispatch Box for the second time in less than three weeks to consider roads not only in Norfolk—as we discussed recently—but in east Anglia. I wish to speak about the A11, which...


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