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Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (10 Mar 1992)

Mr John Stokes: There has been a certain air of unreality in this afternoon's Budget debate in that most people know that a two point cut in interest rates would do more than anything else to revive the economy, but we know that that cannot be done because of German control. As an Englishman, it grieves me that we have handed over control of our economic and monetary affairs to a foreign bank. That is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Question Time (9 Mar 1992)

Mr John Stokes: Is my right hon. Friend aware that very few people in the country will share any of the views of the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner)? Question Time is unique to this Parliament. It is very much admired by foreign parliaments and enables the Prime Minister and others to answer questions in front of us all. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has done extremely well and will continue...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Home Rule (26 Feb 1992)

Mr John Stokes: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, had I not been an Englishman I would have been happy to be a Scotsman and that had I been alive in the Fifteen or the Forty-five, I would have been in the field for the Stuarts? But surely the time has come to give up those illusions and to do what is best for all of us, the best for Scotland and for the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Civil Service College (24 Feb 1992)

Mr John Stokes: I admire the work of the Civil Service college. Does its principal keep in touch with the colleges in Her Majesty's forces, which maintain such a high standard in every respect, while also ensuring that intelligence is applied to complex problems?

Business of the House (13 Feb 1992)

Mr John Stokes: Will my right hon. Friend make time next week for a most important debate on a most important subject which is hardly ever debated here—immigration—given the recently published fact that in 1990 more than 250,000 people entered this country for settlement, the highest number since 1964? If this goes on, England will no longer be England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service: Public Appointments Unit (3 Feb 1992)

Mr John Stokes: Does my right hon. Friend agree, in the calmness of being on his own, that all this is just trendy nonsense? What we want in the public service are the best people, irrespective of whether they are men or women.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Parliamentary Channel (27 Jan 1992)

Mr John Stokes: Does my right hon. Friend agree that there are possibly far too few people in the Chamber and, even more important, far too few in the Smoking Room, the most vital part of the House of Commons? If hon. Members are going to be glued to their television sets, as apparently some are at home, there will be even fewer of them about anyway.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Healthy Eating (21 Jan 1992)

Mr John Stokes: Is it part of the Government's duty to advise us all on what we should eat? Is my hon. Friend aware that I have lived for a number of years without any such advice, and I cannot believe that it is really necessary?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Nov 1991)

Mr John Stokes: Is my right hon. Friend aware that this is the first time that I have asked him a question since his appointment, and I intend to enjoy it? Is he further aware that he carries the good wishes of the party behind him in the difficult few months to come and should go to the talks in great confidence, knowing of the great contribution that this country has made to Europe since the days of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Nov 1991)

Mr John Stokes: Does my right hon. Friend realise that in dealing with things that we hold so dear we want to make sure that the European Community gives us a good bargain and that what we give to it will be given back to us?

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Parliamentary Hours (25 Nov 1991)

Mr John Stokes: Is my right hon. Friend aware that I have no wish for a change in parliamentary hours? Will he, however, consider providing more time for very important debates, such as the great debate last Thursday on Europe? I understand that 78 right hon. and hon. Members wanted to speak but only 20 were called. None of us wants our constituents to ask what we are doing here.

Business of the House (7 Nov 1991)

Mr John Stokes: In view of the poor coverage in the newspapers of the five-day debate on the Queen's Speech—on some days there was not a line of report even in the so-called quality papers—would my right hon. Friend consider——

Business of the House (7 Nov 1991)

Mr John Stokes: Yes. I hope that it will be dealt with immediately, Sir. As a matter of urgency, will my right hon. Friend consider whether the high price of Hansard can be reduced so that the public may read what we are doing here?

Orders of the Day — Defence: Second Day (15 Oct 1991)

Mr John Stokes: As my right hon. Friend knows how much I admire his realism and patriotism, does he agree that there is a social dimension in reducing the number of men and women in our armed forces? Are they not the very fabric of the nation? We are doing that at the very time when we are enormously increasing expenditure, amounting to millions of pounds, on extra places at universities for students, some...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Palace of Westminster (Access) (15 Jul 1991)

Mr John Stokes: Before my right hon. Friend considers making further proposals for access to the Palace of Westminster, will he find time to consider the standard of dress of visitors who are now coming in here? Recently some of them have appeared to be practically naked.

Asylum (2 Jul 1991)

Mr John Stokes: Is my right hon. Friend aware that I am wholly in favour of genuine refugees finding asylum in this country? Is he further aware that I am part English and part Huguenot? The Huguenots made a great contribution to the life of this country. Is he also aware that the people in my constituency, which is near that of the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley), welcome these...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Pay Policy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr John Stokes: Am I alone in getting rather tired of the politics of envy? If I were employed by a firm, I would want the firm to do well and make money and I would want my boss to be properly paid.

European Community (26 Jun 1991)

Mr John Stokes: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Re-committed) Bill: Abolition of the Death Penalty (17 Jun 1991)

Mr John Stokes: We are debating a most serious matter, one which gives us all a great deal to think about. Perhaps I could first make a practical point. In a fairly long experience with members of Her Majesty's forces in all three services, with officers, non-commissioned officers and men, I have never once heard the subject of the death penalty raised. That is during a period which stretches back 50 years....

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Re-committed) Bill: Abolition of the Death Penalty (17 Jun 1991)

Mr John Stokes: I wish to progress a little further. I have only just started. I am trying to make a short speech because I am aware that many hon. Members wish to speak. If the hon. Lady will forgive me, I shall not give way. The death penalty for the armed forces was discussed by the Defence Select Committee. The view of the Ministry of Defence and of the services was made clear. They did not wish to...


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