Results 21–40 of 543 for speaker:Mr Thomas Torney

Multi-fibre Arrangement (13 Feb 1986)

Mr Thomas Torney: Contrary to what the Minister said, I assure him that both the employers and the trade unions in the textile industry are united in their demand for the continued protection of the MFA. I suggest that he asks his researchers to do better with their brief on that point in future. Wool textiles have suffered serious setbacks in trade over many years. Bradford and its districts, of which I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agriculture (Future Prospects) (6 Feb 1986)

Mr Thomas Torney: If the Minister decides to issue a White Paper, will he consider the huge cereals surplus currently in this country and also the colossal cost to the British taxpayer of those cereals and their storage? According to experts in the industry, those cereals are apparently unusable?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Feb 1986)

Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the condemnation expressed yesterday by the right hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Mr. Heath) of the proposed sale of British Leyland to the Americans, will the Prime Minister reconsider the proposals? Will she make a statement, especially in the light of the threat, as outlined by her right hon. Friend, of no security for the workers at British Leyland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Multi-fibre Arrangement (15 Jan 1986)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that the textile industry in Bradford has suffered for many years because of the importation of goods produced by competitors who use cheap labour? Is he further aware that if the multi-fibre arrangement is not renewed, or if it is weakened, it will create chaos in the woollen textile industry in Bradford and bring more unemployment to an area which already has above...

Farmers (Exceptional Weather Aid) (28 Nov 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Would not the adverse weather conditions have provided an opportunity to use some of our massive stocks of cereals as animal fodder, even if we had to give it away to the farmers? Does the Minister agree that that would have been a great saving to British taxpayers, who at present pay a colossal sum just to store the grain, which many people say is completely useless?

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Can we get away from this rhetoric? We shall have great fun in Committee if this rhetoric continues. Will the right hon. Gentleman get down to the nitty-gritty and tell us what is meant by "reasonable charges"? What "reasonable charges" mean to his right hon. Friend the Minister, who is a rich man, may be quite different from what "reasonable charges" mean to me, a poor man.

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: That is gobbledegook.

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: The hon. Gentleman is taking the Minister seriously.

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: The impact of the Bill and the Minister's written statement on 7 November on the farming community and consumers will be immense. It is certain that both the Bill and the statement will have a great impact on scientists and agriculture advisers who work for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in various capacities. About 20 per cent. of them will be placed upon the scrap heap in...

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: I suggest that the hon. Gentleman does more research. According to the United Kingdom Agricultural Supply Trade Association, not me, the wheat in store is useless. In this country we are not producing the type of wheat that we need to make our bread, and it is an acknowledged fact that we have to import it. I believe that even the Minister will agree with that. The point I am making is that...

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: The Government will get the money for that from the sale of British Gas.

Business of the House (14 Nov 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Leader of the House aware that the fifth report of the Select Committee on Agriculture, referred to by the hon. Member for Ryedale (Mr. Spence) had the unanimous support of the Committee? Is he also aware that considerable damage will be done to this country's horticulture industry and also to our very depleted fishing industry when Spain enters the European Community? Is he further...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration (24 Oct 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on changes he has introduced regarding representations by hon. Members on immigration cases.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration (24 Oct 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that hon. Members with large numbers of Asians in their constituencies have no need at all to look for cases or to invite cases? Their surgeries are always packed to overflowing and their telephones never stop ringing with calls from Asian people who have been caused considerable hardship by his Department. Is he further aware that there has been some change in allowing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Cereal Prices (18 Jul 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that this country has a surplus of 4 million tonnes of grain and 3 million tonnes of wheat used mainly for animal feed, which is not required? Is he further aware that putting goods into intervention costs the British taxpayer £40 million a year? What is he going to do about that appalling situation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Jul 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Will the Prime Minister give further consideration during her busy day to her decision to abolish wages councils for workers aged under 21? I represent the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, which has a mass of members who come under the wages councils. Will the Prime Minister realise, as those people do, that her Government, having created mass unemployment, are using it to cut...

Prayers: New Writ (Brecon and Radnor) (7 Jun 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: My hon. Friend has made several references to "Erskine May". Will he read the paragraphs of "Erskine May" which are relevant to the writ, and explain what they mean?


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