Results 41–60 of 543 for speaker:Mr Thomas Torney

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Sports Facilities (Safety) (6 Jun 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Will the Home Secretary further consider the suggestion that I made in my speech immediately after the Bradford city football ground fire, that sprinkler systems should be installed in all football grounds and in all other places of a similar nature and that orders should be given that doors must not be locked while large numbers of people are inside? Does he agree that if sprinklers had been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gulf War (22 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives he is considering to assist the United Nations in bringing an end to the fighting in the Gulf war.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gulf War (22 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Why do the Government not press the United Nations to institute a ban on the supply of all arms, including chemical weapons, to both sides in this horrific dispute?

Shop Hours (Auld Report) (20 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Does my hon. Friend agree that the proposed free-for-all in Sunday trading highlights the issue of wages councils? This issue has been brought about by the imposition of Sunday trading on everyone. Legislation to this effect will be introduced later.

Shop Hours (Auld Report) (20 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: I must declare an interest in that I am sponsored by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, as many hon. Members know. It is obvious from the debate and the many interventions that the crux of the matter is the Sunday trading argument. I subscribe to the consensus that there is a need to reform the Shops Act 1950. I accept that it generates some curious anomalies, but we do not...

Shop Hours (Auld Report) (20 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: I have very little to go, Mr. Speaker. The Auld report calls for protection for shop workers. It advocates the retention of the wages councils. The committee must have known that the Government intend to abolish the wages councils because they have published their intention repeatedly over a long period. After all this, the conclusion of the committee was the complete abolition of the Shops...

Agriculture Council (20 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Has the Minister considered that there would be no surplus if we sent surpluses to the Third world, where millions of people are starving ? Will he press the Commission to dispose of this awkward problem in that way ?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Cereals (16 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Instead of wasting money on cereals in this way, will the Minister seriously consider sending cereals completely free of charge to the starving nations of Africa, such as Ethiopia, and to other parts of the world where people are starving? It may cost more money, but at least it would save starving people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Liquid Milk (16 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: As the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has repeatedly informed me in recent months that there is a surplus of milk in the United Kingdom, why should there be any question of importing fresh milk into this country? I urge the Minister to bear in mind the danger, to which reference has been made, to the distribution of milk to the doorstep and the consequent danger to employees in...

Football Grounds (13 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: I associate myself with the expressions of sympathy for all the people in Bradford who have lost loved and dear ones and for those who are suffering in hospital. I associate myself and the people of Bradford with the tributes to the emergency services—to the courage of the police, the fire service and the ambulance personnel, who rescued many people, often at great danger to themselves. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Clearance (2 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any proposals to reduce the waiting times before first interview for application for entry clearance in the Indian subcontinent, particularly in Dhaka.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Clearance (2 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that the annual number of applications processed has declined considerably? Is he aware that the productivity of entry clearance officers in the subcontinent has decreased by 36 per cent. per officer? What will the hon. and learned Gentleman do about that? Is the decrease due to the complexity of the rules that have been made by this Government? Will the hon. and learned...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Sunday Trading (2 May 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Before the Minister makes his statement, will he consider the fact that to abolish completely the Shops Act would cause very considerable hardship to shop workers? Is he aware that they would have no defence whatever against the unscrupulous employer, because of the abolition by the Government of the wages council? Will he also take into account the tremendous offence that abolition would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Needs (Bradford) (23 Apr 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that Bradford has many Asian and other immigrant people? Does he agree that the Honeyford case is a red herring, brought up by the Tory representatives on the council to cover up the colossal shortage of the amount of money that is needed to provide the type of pupil-teacher ratio required in Bradford's schools because they have so many immigrant children? Will he take...

Agricultural Training Board Bill (19 Apr 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. This is a modest Bill which I hope will enable the Agricultural Training Board to offer its unique training expertise overseas to the benefit of the United Kingdom. As many hon. Members know, the Agricultural Training Board, which was established in 1966, provides training for the commercial agriculture and horticulture industries in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Prices (19 Apr 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what consideration he is giving to the interests of consumers and taxpayers in the farm price review negotiations; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Prices (19 Apr 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is not the best way to dispose of Common Market and our own surpluses to lower their prices and make it possible for people to purchase them? Furthermore, with the accession of Spain and Portugal to the Common Market, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to protect our taxpayers' interests, because enormous sums of money will be needed to bring the Spanish and Portuguese agriculture and...

National Health Service (18 Mar 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is my hon. Friend aware that the proposals will cause considerable unemployment in the drugs and chemical industry? Evidence to that effect has been submitted to me by my trade union, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, which organises people in that industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: United Kingdom Fishing Industry (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action he proposes to protect the United Kingdom fishing industry from the dangers to the industry resulting from the entry of Spain into the European Economic Community; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: United Kingdom Fishing Industry (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that the Spanish fishing fleet is larger than the whole of the Common Market fishing fleet put together? Is he further aware of the deep fear among British fishermen about what will happen to their catches and their livelihoods when Spain enters the Common Market? What action is the Minister taking to defend the British fishermen in the negotiations? Is his Department...


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