Results 1–20 of 6098 for speaker:Mr Nigel Spearing

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Business of the House (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: Does the Leader of the House agree that the necessity for his statement now, and the events of the past two days, have been occasioned by the decision to prorogue Parliament on Friday, not on Thursday week, which would have been possible? Is he aware that page 33 of "Erskine May" makes it clear that since 1974 it has been the practice at general elections to prorogue and dissolve Parliament...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: General Practitioners (18 Mar 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: Does not the Government's version of fundholding introduce elements of competition which undermine the principle of universality? Is not that principle founded on an injunction of 2,000 years ago, to bear each other's burdens? When will the Government put that into practice in the health service in the next millennium?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (Ministerial Group) (12 Mar 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings of the ministerial group of the intergovernmental conference on a new European Union treaty Ministers have attended in 1997; and at which meetings the proposed protocol on the place of national parliaments was discussed. [18301]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (Ministerial Group) (12 Mar 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: I thank the Minister for his kind words and pay tribute to the hon. Member for South-East Cornwall (Sir R. Hicks)—[HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."]—who has had 22 years on the Committee against my 18. He has presided with impartial courtesy. Will the Minister tell those at the conference that the Select Committee and, I think, all hon. Members, have doubts about the advisability of giving...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: River Thames (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: Does the Minister agree that the concept that I have presented to him, along with the hon. Member for Romford (Sir M. Neubert) and the Transport on Water Association, has the advantage over the London First scheme in that it would be integrated with the transport network and would not result in tourists paying £5 or £10 a go? The Minister has received the correspondence and should be aware...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Royal Docks (Newham) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the Government's plans for the continued administrative operations and financing of the royal docks in the borough of Newham. [17002]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Royal Docks (Newham) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: Apart from the legal responsibilities of the London borough of Newham, are there not significant costs in maintaining the royal docks' magnificent marine facilities—which happen to be in Newham, but which provide services for all of London? In particular, the Victoria dock project for young people provides facilities for sailing, rowing and canoeing, and the magnificent 2,000 m Olympic...

European Communities (Economic Information) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: One sometimes goes to public meetings and there is a discussion afterwards. Someone gets up and says, "Mr. Chairman, I did not intend to contribute to this meeting before I came into the hall." I had not intended to take part in the debate until we heard a couple of speeches, particularly that of the hon. Member for Stamford and Spalding (Mr. Davies). Unusually, not many Labour Members wish...

European Communities (Economic Information) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: In dealing with these matters in a calm and rational manner, the hon. Gentleman achieves what most hon. Members can only attempt to do. Does he agree that economic and monetary union involves two aspects: first, the principle itself; and, secondly, the convergence criteria, which he has touched upon—the 3 per cent. and the 60 per cent.? We heard yesterday about the proposed privatisation...

European Communities (Economic Information) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Nursery Vouchers (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: Would not the Minister make a distinction between a pre-school place and a pre-school place in a nursery school? What have the Government done since the Prime Minister's announcement about three years ago to increase the number of places and expenditure for the training of qualified nursery teachers? What figures does the Minister have on that?

Further Education (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: rose—

Further Education (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: Further to the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker), whatever the correctness of the hon. Lady's figures and her general view, does she agree that the conditions of funding for further education—as distinct from higher education—have changed in the past few days and have thrown the education funding pattern into organisational and financial chaos?...

Further Education (19 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: Does my hon. Friend acknowledge that there are colleges—Newham college of further education is one—where attempts are being made to meet the needs of the community by establishing close connections? Our concern is that there seems to disagreement among the three statutory bodies, perhaps even among the Treasury and the Department for Education and Employment, over the changes in the...

House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975: 'Additional Entry (13 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: I understand the Minister's reluctance to accept even the suggestion of a manuscript amendment at this hour, but does he agree that another suggestion that might be taken up by readers of this debate is that, if a resignation was tendered, those who had to accept it and confirm the receipt of it might delay that acceptance or reply until after a certain date? That would at least get rid of...

House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975: 'Additional Entry (13 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: No, it is irrelevant to my point.

House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975: 'Additional Entry (13 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The House is obliged to the hon. Member for Eltham (Mr. Bottomley). He has spotlighted something that did not occur to us in the debate. We do not know how many people might be disbarred in the next few weeks by our decision tonight on candidatures for office. Would it be in order for the Minister not to move the motion, or for it to be negatived?...

House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975: 'Additional Entry (13 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Would it be in order for the Minister, if he so wishes, to take my suggestion before you put the Question on my amendment?

House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975: 'Additional Entry (13 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: Would it be in order for the Minister to pursue my suggestion, which I hope was constructive, to avoid any problems with candidates in the next three weeks, before you put the Question on the amendment, which I believe is the next formal Question to be put by the Chair? So far, the Minister has shown no sign of so doing, but I hope that he would use it as an insurance policy so that the House...

House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975: 'Additional Entry (13 Feb 1997)

Mr Nigel Spearing: This procedure illustrates that Parliament—in what is almost a Committee-style debate—can not only find problems but, as the hon. Member for Eltham (Mr. Bottomley) has just done, provide answers. It has just occurred to me that if there is to be a great exit from the Tory Benches, or a risk that some Tory Members may be looking for these jobs, those who are not on the Government Front...


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