Results 141–160 of 610 for speaker:Mr Fred Silvester

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Feb 1983)

Mr Fred Silvester: Will my right hon. Friend today urge the water workers, when they come to consider whether to call off their strike, to remember that their present action is putting at risk the jobs of many other workers who have accepted pay settlements well below that currently on offer?

Disabled Persons (Employment) (21 Dec 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: My right hon. Friend the Minister of State was the opening speaker at a conference called by the Disablement Income Group and the Industrial Society to launch a research report by Diana Robbins called "The Chance to Work". What struck me about this unusually valuable report was its bias towards the practical and the attainable. I raise this subject to find out what has happened since...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Dec 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 9 December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Dec 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: Will my right hon. Friend join in the call to all those who are preparing to celebrate a Christian festival to urge those who have any knowledge or information about terrorists to put their loyalty to their faith above other loyalties and to help the security forces purge us of this evil?

Unemployment (3 Dec 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: I offer no criticism of the hon. Member for Renfrewshire, West (Mr. Buchan), who has raised the problem of unemployment this morning, but if all the words said in the House had any effect on unemployment, the problem would have been solved long ago. I do not know how many times we have debated unemployment, analysed it and looked at our own navels in trying to find a solution to the problem....

Oral Answers to Questions: Arts Council (22 Nov 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: Will my right hon. Friend discuss with the secretary general of the Arts Council the great concern that has arisen about the subsidy for the Royal Opera House since there are plans no longer to use a theatre that has been specially converted for its benefit in the city of Manchester?

Agricultural Marketing Bill (18 Nov 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: Every hon. Member who has spoken so far has either an interest in the co-operative movement or a constituency that has a large farming industry. Coming from Manchester I have no farming interests, although I have one minuscule farm. My interest in the Bill was aroused because a company with which I am connected made a minor contribution to the present effort in Holland by the British Food...

Agricultural Marketing Bill (18 Nov 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: I think that I might wriggle out of it. Overseas experience suggests that getting away without any form of levy or compulsory contribution is a tricky exercise. I know that the food industry will not like what I have to say. However, I hope that the Minister will keep his options open. The need will not disappear. The United Kingdom will have to continue to promote its goods abroad. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Manchester-Salford (20 Jul 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will review the continuance of three separate institutions of university status in Manchester-Salford.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Manchester-Salford (20 Jul 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: Is there not an opportunity for the creation of a new national technological institution by combining Salford and UMIST? If local conversations were to take place with that aim in view, would my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State give such talks a fair wind, as far as it lies within his power to do so?

Orders of the Day — Supply: Regional and Industrial Policies (14 Jul 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: I have had the pleasure of listening to every word of the debate, and what strikes me most is its familiarity. Everyone who listens to debates on regional policy in the House has a strong sense of deja vu. There are three fundamental errors in our attitude to regional policy. We seem to regard it as temporary, as charity and with regard to industrial matters only. Regional policy is not...

Job Prospects (17 May 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: I defy anyone to think of a subject that might come before the House on which the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) could not raise the issue of the Falkland Islands. I shall not pursue the matter, but I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Fife, East (Mr. Henderson) on raising this debate. It is one of those matters that are either shoved into the quiet time, as is happening...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: The Arts (19 Apr 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied with the amount of support provided from all sources for the arts in the North-West.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: The Arts (19 Apr 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the arts are an important element in the attractiveness, and therefore in the economy, of the region? Does he therefore agree that it is distressing to see what is happening to the Hallé orchestra, which is being squeezed by a reduction in grant and an increase in charges by the local authority—and is in a static position with the Arts Council—before...

Orders of the Day — Tenants (Right to Buy) (16 Mar 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: Buried in the Supplementary Estimates is a new sub-heading which is interesting in itself—sub-heading C7 of Class VIII, 5 relating to expenditure incurred by the Department of the Environment under section 23 of the Housing Act 1980. That money has been incurred by the Department because it has been necessary for it to intervene, in the case of one authority, to enforce the right of council...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Secondary Education (Manchester) (16 Mar 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: What undertakings have been given by the Manchester city council to ensure that there is no bad effect arising from the city council's policies on the recruitment to the three excluded schools or on the careers structure of their staff?

European Community (Trade Marks Office) (25 Jan 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: With the permission of the hon. Member for Stockport, South (Mr. McNally), I should like to add just one and a half minutes to the debate. The Minister knows my view, as I have already been to see him with the chamber of commerce. I shall not go into it in detail, except to make two points. First, this situation is not really the Minister's fault, as I understand that the original decision...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Inner City Areas (19 Jan 1982)

Mr Fred Silvester: Is my right hon. Friend aware that this very day Manchester city council, which covers the inner city of Manchester, is employing headmasters without schools at an enhanced salary, because they are being appointed for schools that cannot possibly operate until he has given approval to the scheme before him? Is that not an example of a lack of cost effectiveness, is it not illegal and will he...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.: Lee James Whitmore (17 Dec 1981)

Mr Fred Silvester: The debate takes place a little earlier than I anticipated. Normally I can say that I am pleased to bring before the House the case of a constituent. On this occasion, I can say that I am pleased that it is possible to bring be fore the House the case of my constituent, Lee James Whitmore, but I would rather that it was not necessary. I am grateful to my hon. Friends in the Department for...

Northern Half of England (11 Dec 1981)

Mr Fred Silvester: I beg to move, That this House recognises that the northern half of England represents a huge under-utilised resource which should be regarded as a national opportunity rather than a regional problem; is aware that present regional policies have a useful but limited effect; notes that employers, unions, the professions, educational establishments, media and all the population of the area have...


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