Results 161–180 of 225 for speaker:Mr John Powley

Opposition Day: Schools and Further Education (14 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: I am interested in what the hon. Gentleman is saying. I am not privy to any information as to what the Treasury might do in the next Budget, but is he aware that books and publications are subject to tax on the continent, in many European countries? Will he apply his mind to the thinking behind the actions of Socialist countries in the EEC that put a tax on books, periodicals and so on?

Opposition Day: Schools and Further Education (14 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: The hon. Gentleman is advancing a valid argument, but if the Government were able, within the constraints that he has mentioned, to allocate more resources to education, how would he devise a system whereby the extra resources were directed to the maintenance of school buildings and the provision of books and pencils, for example, and not to a higher proportion of the total allocation being...

Opposition Day: Schools and Further Education (14 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: I take the hon. Gentleman's point about Norfolk because I represent a Norfolk constituency. However, does he agree that it did not help Norfolk education authority's case for improving resources in the education budget to maintain school buildings and equipment when the settlement to the teachers was above the going rate and above what had been agreed? That meant a reduction in resources for...

Sessional Orders: Roads (Norfolk) (6 Nov 1984)

Mr John Powley: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Ryder) for allowing me the opportunity to add my weight to his remarks. I endorse everything that he said about improvements to the road network in Norfolk. I have the honour to represent Norwich, South which, despite its name, covers three quarters of the fine city of Norwich. Norwich should not be isolated from the rest of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Local Authority House Building (24 Oct 1984)

Mr John Powley: Does my hon. Friend agree that, rather than continuing to build more new council houses, local authorities would do better employing the available resources to bring back into service those council house properties that have been left empty for many months and are a deteriorating eyesore in local communities?

Rate Support Grant (24 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: At first sight, the settlement for Norfolk seems to be along the right lines. But does my right hon. Friend agree that whatever the settlement for any local authority is, authorities will be better able to keep within their targets during the forthcoming financial year if wage and salary settlements—which account for 60 to 65 per cent. of all expenditure—are kept to low single figures and...

Student Travel Grants (20 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: I am grateful, Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to speak in my first Adjournment debate on a subject of importance not just to my constituents but to students in other parts of the country and at universities other than the University of East Anglia. I am also grateful to the Minister for coming to the House on a Friday afternoon to answer the debate. It is appropriate that I should be...

Estimates Day: Telecommunications (17 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: If public opinion has changed so quickly in one direction, does the hon. Gentleman accept that, when privatisation proves successful, public opinion will move equally rapidly in the opposite direction?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Personal Taxation (12 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: Before he gives out money, will my right hon. Friend remember, as I am sure he does constantly, that he is giving out taxpayers' money? Does he agree that before we listen to demands from the Opposition to increase pensions, social services and public expenditure, we should remember that those increases would increase the borrowing requirement, lead to inflation and affect the value of the...

Mr. Umaru Dikko (Abduction) (6 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: Although the action of the Home Secretary in this affair is entirely commendable, what actions will he and the police take in future to ensure that this gentleman is not again abducted?

Petitions: Exempted Works (6 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: My hon. Friend rightly mentions the possibility of a black market. I should regret that, but does he agree that whenever such legislation is enacted, by the nature of life these days, someone will always seek to benefit from it and to get round the law? Does my hon. Friend agree that the Bill is a good attempt to correct something which is going wrong, and that inevitably some will seek to...

Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill (5 Jul 1984)

Mr John Powley: Will my right hon. Friend note that it ill becomes the Opposition to gloat about the decision of the other place when it is their declared aim to abolish the other place? They should not take advantage of it just because it suits them when they wish to abolish it.

Opposition Day: The Rich and the Poor (28 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: When I read the first line of the motion, the thought that immediately sprang to my mind was, "Here we go again. The Opposition are jealous of anybody who gets on in life." The speech of the hon. Member for Newham, North-East (Mr. Leighton) strengthened my conviction that jealousy lies behind the motion. The Opposition are jealous of anybody who gets on and creates wealth for the less...

Opposition Day: The Rich and the Poor (28 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: In many ways it is laudable to want increases in child benefit, and so on, but, in all conscience, the hon. Gentleman should tell us where the money is to come from and who is to provide it. There are several options. Will the hon. Gentleman please explain?

Opposition Day: The Rich and the Poor (28 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: Will my hon. Lady Friend add to her list of commodities that are owned by the British people, thereby emphasising some of the wealth that has been created, by pointing out that we are the fastest growing country for the possession of video cassette recorders amongst a wide range of people in society today?

Orders of the Day — Rates Bill: Designation of Authorities (26 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: That is nonsense.

Oral Answers to Questions: Arts Council (4 Jun 1984)

Mr John Powley: Is my hon. Friend aware of the concern in Norfolk that the strategy outlined in the Arts Council document could result in counties such as Norfolk, which are somewhat out on a limb, not attracting orchestras and my constituents thus not being able to enjoy the concerts which they deserve to hear?

British Telecom (Privatisation) (2 May 1984)

Mr John Powley: I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend's statement, but does he agree that, alongside a number of other measures introduced by the Government, this is a welcome sign of the return to the hands of the individual of the wealth previously held by the state and that the sure way for BT in future is to respond more readily to the demands of the individual via his shareholding and the amount of use...

Oral Answers to Questions: Teachers' Pay (1 May 1984)

Mr John Powley: If the dispute can be settled at 4·5 per cent. or higher, will the percentage of the education budget devoted to wages and salaries increase? Will that increase mean that there will be a drop in the percentage of educational resources devoted to books, teaching equipment and the maintenance of our schools?

Orders of the Day — Housing Defects Bill (26 Apr 1984)

Mr John Powley: I hope that the House will give a warm welcome to the Bill. It is sad that it appears, from what we have heard from the Opposition, that that will not be the case. If the Opposition do not support the Bill but vote against it, they will show themselves in their true colours. They are not, as they sometimes pretend, supporters of owner-occupation. They believe that the state should control...

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