Results 1–20 of 1050 for speaker:Mr David Stoddart

Business of the House (28 Apr 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: Has the Leader of the House seen early-day motion 445 on the probation service, which was tabled by the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Irving) and signed by 75 other hon. Members? [That this House is astonished and disturbed by the decision of the Home Secretary to cut the rates of pay of trainee probation officers; finds it impossible to reconcile this decision with the Government's...

Clause 12: Charge of Income Tax For1983–84 (25 Apr 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: We should be indebted to my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Cook) for his devastating exposure of the Government's taxation policy and how they have managed to make the poor pay additional tax while allowing the already rich to get away with it. The Government are operating a system of Robin Hood in reverse by making the poor pay for the tax reliefs of the rich. That is...

Clause 12: Charge of Income Tax For1983–84 (25 Apr 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: My hon. Friend is right to say that the poor have come off worse in terms of personal taxation, but we are in danger of forgetting another form of taxation —fuel tax. My hon. Friend will recall that in 1980, 1981 and 1982 the Government deliberately levied a 10 per cent. tax on fuel. That has hurt poorer people; in particular, the elderly, the sick and the disabled.

Clause 12: Charge of Income Tax For1983–84 (25 Apr 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: My hon. Friend has just been criticised by the Financial Secretary for referring to a brief that many of us have received. Does my hon. Friend think that it is much better that many Opposition Members have quoted from that brief whereas throughout the debate today there has been no contribution from Conservative Back Benchers? Is it not better that we should repeat our charges, legitimate as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Textile Industry (18 Apr 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: Is the Minister aware that in "A Plan for Action" it is envisaged that a further 150,000 jobs could be lost in the textile industry between now and 1988? As the main competition in fibres and textiles comes from the EC, and as France is giving £180 million of aid, Belgium £55 million and Italy £1,500 million over seven years, does not the Minister think that our industry needs much better...

Citizens Advice Bureaux (12 Apr 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: Is the Minister aware that the CABs in Swindon and elsewhere provide a great public service at reasonable cost? He will have to do much better than he has done today if he is to convince them and the national association that the CABs are not being victimised because of a narrow, bigoted, party political vendetta that he is pursuing against Mrs. Ruddock—who happens to work in the CAB in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Severn Barrage (28 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: Does the Minister agree that there has been inordinate delay over this scheme? Would it not be better to push the scheme ahead, as it would provide 8,000MW of electricity at relatively low cost, instead of proceeding with the highly expensive pressurised water reactor?

Manufacturing Industry (Government Assistance) (24 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: rose—

Manufacturing Industry (Government Assistance) (24 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: Just on one point.

Manufacturing Industry (Government Assistance) (24 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: Is the Minister aware that I was recently given an answer that unemployment in this country in the past year rose by 12 per cent., while in France it rose by 6 per cent.? Therefore, unemployment in Britain is rising more quickly than in many other countries.

Manufacturing Industry (Government Assistance) (24 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: The House is indebted to my hon. Friend the Member for Keighley (Mr. Cryer) for raising the issue of industry and what has happened to it and for giving us his ideas for its future. He made an erudite speech, which reflects his great knowledge of the subject, which arises from his experience within the Department of Industry, when he put in a tremendous amount of work to assist the...

Orders of the Day — 9TH Allotted Day: Railway Workshops (22 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: The hon. Member for Hastings (Mr. Warren) asked why Shildon found itself in its present position and tried to answer the question by blaming British Rail. That is not the true answer because British Rail had to work under the writ provided for it by the Government. Shildon finds itself in its present position for reasons that began in 1953 with the Transport Act 1953, which broke up the...

Orders of the Day — 9TH Allotted Day: Railway Workshops (22 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: There is Doncaster, as my right hon. Friend mentions, and Derby. They are all in the firing line. That is why there must be a concerted effort on the part of all the people in the railway workshops to resist the proposed closures. I am concerned about Government policy in many respects. I am also concerned whether they plan to privatise completely BREL, although this would be operationally...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: British Leyland (14 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: Will the Minister accept our congratulations—I have seen the Maestro being made—on the new product? Will he assure the House that British Leyland will continue to have the support of the Government in developing new models for the future? Will he also ensure that British taxpayers' money will not be used by British Leyland to buy gear boxes and other parts from foreign lands?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: Has the right hon. Lady considered this morning what The Guardian today described as a stinging rebuff to her by the European assembly in deciding to confirm that it will go ahead with an investigation of affairs in Northern Ireland? Does she realise the implication for the future of what this mischievous and insolent assembly is doing? For example, when Spain comes into the Common...

Financial Assistance to Opposition Parties (8 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: I am chairman of the trustees of the Labour party, who administer the funds for Opposition parties, so I have some knowledge of how those funds are distributed, and the difficulties that the Opposition face because of a shortage of funds. I was most surprised by the opposition of the hon. Member for Basildon (Mr. Proctor) to the motion, because I believed that he was a great supporter of...

Financial Assistance to Opposition Parties (8 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: I do not know about that. What I do know is that we are living in a highly complex industrial and technological society in which Opposition parties, in the same way as the Government, need information and research into developments. Without that information at their fingertips, they cannot properly carry out the role of Opposition. Therefore, it is right that the Opposition parties should be...

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: I will not follow the hon. Member for Lewes (Mr. Rathbone) too far, but I would say to him that if there is a reduction in the number of elected representatives there is always a danger of the growth of bureaucracy. I also remind him that in the United States, although they may have fewer representatives, those representatives have a huge support staff. Is that what he is suggesting for this...

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: No, I know that to move it would be quite useless, because you would not call it. If I may, as you say, draw attention to it, it reads as follows: line 2, at end add but considers that the boundary between the proposed Devizes constituency and Swindon constituency should be re-aligned with the new ward boundaries created by the Thamesdown (Parishes) Order 1982.". That sounds very parochial...

Parliamentary Boundary Commissions (1 Mar 1983)

Mr David Stoddart: Yes, I am just coming to that. When the Thamesdown borough council noted this anomaly and realised that nothing was going to be done about it, it immediately wrote to me and, I think, to the hon. Gentleman. I wrote to the Home Secretary on 23 February—it had to be done quickly—drawing his attention to the absurd anomalies that would exist in the Swindon constituency because the Boundary...


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