Results 61–80 of 610 for speaker:Mr Fred Silvester

British Railways (Stansted) Bill (By Order) (24 Feb 1986)

Mr Fred Silvester: My hon. Friend is undoubtedly right that all Bills of this kind attract petitions against them. One has to make a judgment about the importance of the local opposition. However, I doubt whether he would find it tenable to express the view either in Manchester or in the Stansted area that the opposition in Manchester is not very much weaker than that which he will find in the Stansted area. An...

Freedom of Speech (Universities and Institutions of Higher Education) (11 Feb 1986)

Mr Fred Silvester: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to safeguard the right of free speech in universities and institutions of higher education, including student unions; to establish the duties and powers necessary for the enforcement of this right; and for connected purposes. The Bill should not be necessary and it is sad that it is. Free speech is central to universities and institutions...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-border Terrorism (30 Jan 1986)

Mr Fred Silvester: Does my hon. Friend agree that top level security force discussions are welcome, but that if there is to be a real effect on security, co-operation must go down through all ranks of those forces? What progress is being made on that?

Local Government (Financing) (28 Jan 1986)

Mr Fred Silvester: Does my right hon. Friend realise that many of us share his objective of reducing the conflict between central Government and local government? Two areas of chief conflict have been the Government's desire to control aggregate local authority expenditure and the method of distribution of the rate support grant. Does the Green Paper mean that the Government have abandoned their objective of...

Orders of the Day — Airports Bill (27 Jan 1986)

Mr Fred Silvester: I want to concentrate on one aspect. It is fascinating that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State have, between them, probably been the most effective and successful Ministers in aviation policy for a long time. They have done a great deal for regional airports and for freeing air transport for passengers and they have tackled some of the...

Orders of the Day — Airports Bill (27 Jan 1986)

Mr Fred Silvester: My hon. Friend should be clear that the North of England Regional Consortium has never suggested any form of bribery or cajoling to persuade anybody to go anywhere. Its policy is to ensure that the development of Stansted is done on a commercial basis, and that it competes fairly with other airports.

Orders of the Day — Airports Bill (27 Jan 1986)

Mr Fred Silvester: My right hon. Friend said that the reason why he could not privatise the BAA as separate airports was to safeguard access from regional airports. Why can he not impose the necessary regulation under the powers that he is now describing, to protect regional airports, while privatising the BAA as separate airports?

Business of the House (19 Dec 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: May I urge my right hon. Friend not to let his natural good will and Christmas spirit lead him to pay too much attention to the siren voice of the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Morris), as the matter of Manchester airport is now properly in the hands of the districts of Greater Manchester council. It would be most improper to have any statement or debate while decisions...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: The hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer) thinks that the Church of England is still the Tory party at prayer. Nobody who lives in the diocese of Manchester could fall into that error. I do not wish to criticise the Church for its views on that or any other matter. I shall deal with two aspects, on one of which the Church spent much time and one which was omitted from its report....

Liverpool City Council (2 Dec 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: Is not one of the outstanding features of this settlement the fact that the people of Liverpool will have to carry a future burden for present advantage? Will my right hon. Friend draw attention to other councils which are stacking up future difficulties for exactly the same reason?

Anglo-Irish Agreement (18 Nov 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: Now that the Government have formally recognised the Republic's inevitable interest in the affairs of the Province, will the Prime Minister confirm that it is the view of the people taking part in the negotiations that the agreement will succeed to the extent that the minority and the Republic join in ensuring that terrorists are exposed and prosecuted openly and without stint.

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: County Palatine (Visit) (18 Nov 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he will next visit the county palatine.

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: County Palatine (Visit) (18 Nov 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: When my right hon. Friend goes to the county palatine, will he make sure that he draws attention to the suffering that is now being imposed on some of the residents of the palatinate as a result of the cruel activities of Liverpool city council?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Nov 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: Is it not depressing that students at Manchester university should have attacked and abused the Minister of State, Home Office, my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Waddington)? Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is about time that people inside and outside universities stood up to be counted on whether they are prepared to defend the right of free speech?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Regional Policy (23 Oct 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: Does my right hon. and learned Friend recognise that regional policy is not simply a matter for his Department, but affects decisions of all Departments of State, as the Secretary of State for Defence has now acknowledged? Is it part of his responsibility within the Government to ensure that regional policy is considered in all aspects of other Department's decisions?

North-Western Regional Health Authority Plan (26 Jul 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: I have been hoping for some time that my name would he drawn out of Mr. Speaker's hat so that we could debate this subject and I am pleased that it has happened at last, though I am sorry for my hon. Friend the Minister for Social Security who has drawn the short straw of replying to the penultimate debate before the recess. I hope that, although my hon. Friend has a carefully prepared brief...

Orders of the Day — Independent Schools (Transport Facilities) (23 Jul 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: With the kind permission of my hon. Friend the Member for Altrincham and Sale (Sir F. Montgomery), I add my strong support to his plea for a thorough investigation into what the Government can do to stop this discrimination. The principle goes well beyond the Greater Manchester area. I guess that the GMC's action is illegal under existing law and I hope that my hon. Friend the...

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that, contrary to the suggestion of the Opposition, the present law is as it always was and that nothing that has come out of Strasbourg changes the position of this country?

Prayers: Top Salaries Review Body (19 Jul 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: If, as my right hon. and learned Friend claims, the report is not based upon comparability, is it not important that we should be sure on what basis the awards are being made? Therefore, is not an important consideration the question of relative justice between groups?

Business of the House (11 Jul 1985)

Mr Fred Silvester: May I remind my right hon. Friend that not only is the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg a matter of hot dispute but that it is to be the subject of another decision in January 1986? May I also remind him that the matter has never been debated or voted upon in this House? Is he able to give an undertaking that the Government will ensure that a debate takes place before a substanive decision...


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