Results 1–20 of 42 for speaker:Mr Graham Tope

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill (5 Feb 1974)

Mr Graham Tope: When examining any housing Bill, and this one in particular, we should first put it into the context of the problem it seeks to solve and then assess how well it will achieve that result. At this stage, it might be timely to recall the pledge of this Government in their 1970 General Election manifesto, "A Better Tomorrow": New drive and impetus is urgently needed to reverse the biggest...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill (5 Feb 1974)

Mr Graham Tope: I certainly hope that the trend will continue. I wish it was continuing much faster. It is welcoming to see that one trend at least is on the way up while the other trends seem to be on the way down. The Secretary of State has often said, rightly, that housing must be a top priority. It is timely to remind the House of a passage from the Layfield Report which said: It will be necessary to...

Orders of the Day — ROAD TRAFFIC BILL [Lords] (30 Jan 1974)

Mr Graham Tope: I was most interested to hear the right hon. Gentleman's explanation of his habit of economy in replying to Questions. In his opening speech the Minister referred to the Bill as a ragbag, but that was perhaps a little unkind. There is certainly no general theme, but it is none the worse for that. It contains many necessary measures, some of which are overdue and to which my hon. Friends and...

Orders of the Day — ROAD TRAFFIC BILL [Lords] (30 Jan 1974)

Mr Graham Tope: Making the owners liable for fines should greatly ease administration. I am glad, too, that the Bill will deal with the problem, which has arisen all too often in the past, of abuse by people who hire cars. I welcome Clause 6 which gives power to impose prohibitions on parking at urban junctions. Representing as I do an urban constituency I know, as will anyone who drives in London and the...

Orders of the Day — Channel Tunnel Bill (5 Dec 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I beg to move, to leave out from "That" to the end of the Question and to add instead thereof: this House declines to give a Second Reading to a Bill which provides for substantial public expenditure and guarantees at a time when such large-scale projects should be reconsidered, which contains provisions that will exacerbate the long-term nature of the energy crisis, and which will cause...

Orders of the Day — Channel Tunnel Bill (5 Dec 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: Indeed, and that is the main reason why we are in favour of a rail-only tunnel and not a tunnel which will increase the amount of traffic using petrol and oil. It is the reason why we object to the present proposals. We know without doubt that in future oil will not be cheap or plentiful, as any London Member of Parliament will know at present. In the last debate on this subject I questioned...

Orders of the Day — Channel Tunnel Bill (5 Dec 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I am not anxious in this debate to pursue the argument about a Channel dam. I merely say that estimates have been made that the cost of a Channel dam would be £1,000 million to £1,500 million. We should consider the return created by such a project in the generation of electricity. However, I do not think we should spend too much time pursuing that topic. I was merely using it as an...

Orders of the Day — Channel Tunnel Bill (5 Dec 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I am interested to hear that he is a considerable financial contributor to my party. I was not aware that we had any. I accept, of course, that freight traffic is increasing. What I am saying is that it will increase still further if the terminal at Cheriton is built. We are saying that a rail-only link would help not to reduce the amount of freight traffic necessarily but certainly to slow...

Orders of the Day — Channel Tunnel Bill (5 Dec 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I said that I was in favour of the tunnel in principle. The hon. Gentleman is putting forward the arguments that I would adduce in favour of a rail-only tunnel. If the cost of fuel goes up to these high levels more people will want to travel by rail and more freight will be sent by rail. For those reasons the Liberal Party is in favour of a rail-only tunnel.

Orders of the Day — Channel Tunnel Bill (5 Dec 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I was not putting forward on behalf of the Liberal Party or myself firm proposals for a dam. What I was saying was that it was an instance of the kind of imaginative thinking that we should be having on the problems. I am sure that the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Costain) is aware of the considerable amount of research which has been done by people who are far greater technical...

Orders of the Day — London (Public Services) (20 Nov 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I am pleased to follow the hon. and gallant Member for Carshalton (Captain W. Elliot) because, as events in the past 12 months have shown, his views are not shared by all those in the borough of Sutton. I should like to take the hon. and gallant Gentleman up on two points. I welcome what he said about the need for much greater housing priority. I only hope that he has greater success with...

Orders of the Day — London (Public Services) (20 Nov 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I am not sure that that is strictly accurate. Nevertheless, our standards or way of life should not decline because in other parts of the world people have a different way of life. Hon. Members have already referred to the reasons for these problems, and they are twofold: pay and housing. The two are obviously clearly interrelated. Housing costs in London have soared during the last five...

Orders of the Day — London (Public Services) (20 Nov 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: That is not what I said. If we want London to be a living city, a capital city worth living in, a city to be preserved and of which to be proud, which will attract and encourage the tourists whom a previous speaker admired, we must start tackling the problem now. In a brief speech there is no point in listing the various categories. My next point might please hon. Members opposite. I was...

Channel Tunnel (25 Oct 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: The hon. Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. R. C. Mitchell) spoke in scathing terms about the European dream. Speaking for the party that first advocated our entry to Europe and that still has a European dream, although it is markedly different from that of the Prime Minister, I believe that I should start at that point. For that reason alone we would start by examining the Channel Tunnel...

Channel Tunnel (25 Oct 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: Perhaps it would be more appropriate to debate that subject when we discuss the rail policy review in a few weeks' time, especially as we are trying to be brief tonight. Viewed in that context, the tunnel could bring tremendous environmental and economic benefits to the people of this country and Europe. That is why we in the Liberal Party support the tunnel in principle. There is a very...

Channel Tunnel (25 Oct 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: My remarks have come directly from Kent county councillors. I wonder whether the consultations have been with the county councillors. [HON. MEMBERS: "Withdraw."] If hon. Members from Kent say that this is not true, I will obviously withdraw. More consultation is needed and I am sure that hon. Members from Kent will agree that there is considerable alarm and suspicion about these proposals...

Channel Tunnel (25 Oct 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I do not know whether the Conservative Party has an official spokesman on Kent, but the Liberal Party does not. Finally, I echo what other hon. Members have said about the financial implications. If this project is as profitable as we are led to believe, why do we need guarantees from taxpayers' money? The idea of a Channel Tunnel is good in principle, but an inquiry into the full...

Clause 2: Reclamation and Disposal of Land in Maplin Area (23 Oct 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: My intervention will be brief, because inevitably at this stage in a debate on a subject which has been discussed on so many previous occasions most of the points I wish to make have already been made. I agree with the points made by the right hon. Member for Grimsby (Mr. Crosland), and I start my remarks in a similar vein by saying that the Liberal Party, too, is unalterably opposed to...

Urban Transport Planning (Expenditure Committee's Report) (9 Jul 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I listened with interest to the hon. Member for Wycombe (Sir John Hall), with whom I completely agreed. I begin by expressing my thanks and those of my party to the members of the Expenditure Committee for producing an excellent report. In general, I welcome the Government's apparent acceptance of certainly the main recommendations, although still feel some disquiet about how the Government...

Urban Transport Planning (Expenditure Committee's Report) (9 Jul 1973)

Mr Graham Tope: I should have made that clear. The Committee recommended a wholesale reappraisal of all urban road building programmes. The Government seem a little reluctant to adopt such a radical measure. I feel some concern that the Minister is not as strong and forthright on that proposal as he is on others. The whole atmosphere of the Committee's excellent work was one of urgency. The tenor of this...


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