Results 101–120 of 610 for speaker:Mr Fred Silvester

Petitions: Mr. Himat Singh and Miss Suwinder Kaur (1 Aug 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I wish to bring to the attention of the House the case of Mr. Himat Singh and Miss Suwinder Kaur. The opportunity provided at the end of the Session to raise individual cases is one which is much prized in the House, and it is appropriate that I should bring to the attention of Parliament a case which has been going on now for some years in my constituency and about which I have growing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Business and Industrial Confidence (1 Aug 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he has met the chairman of the Confederation of British Industry recently to discuss the level of business and industrial confidence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Business and Industrial Confidence (1 Aug 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: Did my right hon. Friend note in the survey published yesterday by the CBI that it was clearly stated that the miners' strike had had no effect on business confidence? Does he agree that the reason for that happy outcome is in large measure due to the continued assurance of electricity supplies, both by working miners and the Government?

Local Authority Capital Expenditure (England) (18 Jul 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I recognise that my right hon. Friend has protected local government capital expenditure from the worst excesses of the Treasury's demands, but will he recognise that his statement is very unsatisfactory? What sum of money is expected to be saved by his announcement? What proportion will that sum be of total expenditure in the coming year?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Jul 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: Will my right hon. Friend spare time today to consider the urgent matter of the loss to the country of "The Crucifixion" by Duccio? Is she aware that the Manchester city art gallery has raised £1·2 million from its own efforts, and that if another £600,000 is not forthcoming from the National Heritage Memorial Fund or the Exchequer the painting will leave the country in 10 days' time?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Coal Industry Dispute (4 Jul 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: Might it be valuable to make an assessment of the amount of coal substitution that has occurred as a result of this strike and the number of orders lost overseas, and to publish the results?

New Ireland Forum (2 Jul 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I intervene with some diffidence because I take the point made by the right hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Mr. Molyneaux) that it would be so much better if it were possible for the people of Northern Ireland, of all the parties, to solve the problem themselves. Eventually it must be upon their wishes and consent that anything worth living with will remain, but I doubt whether that is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: New Ireland Forum (24 May 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: Is it not encouraging that the Official Unionist party has returned to the Assembly, despite the advice that it may Well have received in the tones that we have heard today, that it was foolish to do so? Is it possible to ask the Assembly whether it would be willing to take part in a discussion on the reaction to the Forum?

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Suspension of Elections and Appointment of Councillors (9 May 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I beg to move amendment No. 14, in clause 2, page 2, line 22, leave out subsection (2) to (5) and add— 'The councillors of the Greater London Council and the councillors for a metropolitan county as on 1st May 1985 shall continue in office as councillor until 1st April 1986.'.

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Interim Provisions) Bill: Suspension of Elections and Appointment of Councillors (9 May 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I speak as one who is wholly in favour of the Government's policy in respect of the abolition of the metropolitan counties. I believe in unitary authorities and also that the nearer we get to them, even in the area of ILEA, the sooner we are likely to have better government. I also believe that it would be foolish to have elections next May to cover a period of 11 months. It would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Gower Report (28 Mar 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why he will not make a statement on the recommendations of the Gower report on investor protection before 30 April.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Gower Report (28 Mar 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I agree with that general proposition. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that the large number of interests involved in this exercise will not lead to any delay in implementing the report? Has my right hon. Friend not yet ruled out the possibility of including the necessary legislation in the next Queen's Speech?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (22 Mar 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I recognise that anything coming out of the Forum has no official standing on this side of the water, but will my right hon. Friend take what steps he can to ensure that anything worth while is given adequate consideration by all relevant parties over which he has control?

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I refer first to some of the difficulties that the country will face, to which my hon. Friend the Member for Bridlington (Mr. Townend) has just referred. We shall see a growth in the number of old people and in the earnings-related benefits scheme, at the same time as a decline in North sea oil. It is well recognised that that lies in wait for us. My hon. Friend concluded that the only way to...

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: My hon. Friend says two things that are commonly heard. He says that they are alternatives and that it is not possible to bring them in simultaneously, which is fundamentally wrong. Some of the changes that he espouses, such as tax cuts and reductions in national insurance surcharge, are important for stimulating industry. That does not mean that we cannot consider simultaneously ways of...

Public Expenditure (6 Mar 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I do not recognise the hon. Gentleman's description of my right hon. and hon. Friends. I have not heard that view expressed. It is self-evident, however, from the information available to us, that some public expenditure is helpful to private industry, which no one doubts; indeed, that point was made earlier. I am merely trying to judge the public expenditure White Paper in terms of our...

Manchester International Airport (14 Feb 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the vesting of all property, rights and liabilities of Manchester International Airport in a company limited by shares; and for related purposes. Manchester international airport began its life on its present site in 1938. It was a product of great courage and foresight by Manchester, which decided by only one vote to carry...

Freeports (2 Feb 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: I must express my expected desappointment at the exclusion of Manchester airport. I wish to make a point to my hon. Friend, not simply on a local matter, but going wider. Is it not the case that the freeport is intended to be an engine of economic development? If that is one of the objectives, is it not slightly unwise to have as an objective the spreading of the goodies as widely as...

Orders of the Day — Rates Bill (17 Jan 1984)

Mr Fred Silvester: My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Hexham (Mr. Rippon) said at the beginning of his speech that this proposal has the support of ratepayers, and went on to imply that that was because they were either too stupid or too ignorant to understand the implications. The House responds to talk about large-scale economic policies and principles of the constitution. However, the kernel...

Rate Support Grant (England) (14 Dec 1983)

Mr Fred Silvester: Does my right hon. Friend accept that he may have made great efforts to reform the rates but that he has failed to do so? It is surely wholly illogical to argue that a tax which we argued was thoroughly unsatisfactory and unfair should now carry a higher proportion of the burden. Does he accept that that is a totally unsatisfactory response?


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