Results 61–80 of 543 for speaker:Mr Thomas Torney

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Dutch Horticulture Industry (14 Feb 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the struggle that our horticulture industry will have when Spain and Portugal join the EEC, and as this is the second time recently that the Dutch have kicked the question of fuel prices, thus seriously affecting the United Kingdom industry, does the Minister agree that it is time for concerted action by the Government, without waiting for the EEC to agree, to police the Dutch,...

Petition: Limited List Prescribing (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: When the right hon. and learned Gentleman said that my constituents would not know the names of their drugs, is he aware that when a doctor gives a patient a presciption to take to the chemist, in 99 out of 100 cases the chemist will write the name of the drug on the bottle for the patient to read? Some old people have been taking a drug for so long that they are well aware of the name of it....

Petition: Limited List Prescribing (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: These are all hand-written letters.

Petition: Limited List Prescribing (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: When Nye Bevan introduced our National Health Service, he had to fight on two fronts. One was the doctors who were apprehensive about becoming civil servants and so possibly becoming subject to the dictates of some Government. The other was the Tory party. While the doctors finally agreed to become perhaps reluctant partners, they are now enthusiastic supporters of what was the finest Health...

Petition: Limited List Prescribing (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: The hon. Gentleman cannot have listened to what I said. I said that valium is one of the few drugs that has been left on the list, although there are newer—

Petition: Limited List Prescribing (7 Feb 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: That is my information. [Interruption.] Conservative Members may scream as much as they like, but I have it on good medical authority that valium is on the list, although there are newer and better drugs. The medical profession does not like valium because of the danger to the patients if it is used for a long time. In 1982, the informal working group on effective prescribing reported to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Milk Producers (17 Jan 1985)

Mr Thomas Torney: When the Minister next meets the president of the National Farmers Union, will he also remember and consider the problems that face both the farm worker and the dairy distributive worker because of the milk quota system? Will he take action on those problems?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Milk (6 Dec 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: As the dairy quota scheme seems to have overtaken the co-responsibility levy, is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the scheme is being operated adequately by other member countries, particularly France, in the way that Britain is honouring it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Milk Quotas (25 Oct 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that the Select Committee on Agriculture is going to Brussels next week to try to find out whether other member states are implementing the levy? If the Select Committee discovers that they are not implementing the levy, or not implementing it correctly, will the right hon. Gentleman undertake to abolish the implementation of the levy in the United Kingdom?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Milk Quotas (5 Jul 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: Will the Minister explain the French quotas? If the French do not implement their quotas—which are far less stringent than ours—as I think they will not, will the Minister undertake not to implement United Kingdom quotas, and so avoid making some of our farmers bankrupt and many farm workers redundant?

European Community (Milk Quotas) (3 Jul 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: The Minister said that.

European Community (Milk Quotas) (3 Jul 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: "Farmers have been led up the garden path by EEC policies." They are not my words. According to The Times this morning they are the words of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food yesterday at the royal agricultural show. It is ironic that the Minister should at last, after all these years, come round to the fact that EEC policies lead not only farmers up the garden path, but...

European Community (Milk Quotas) (3 Jul 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: The Minister can quote such figures, but the surpluses that he is talking about still do not match the surpluses that we have been hearing about; not just the recent ones on the milk quota question, but those when butter and other commodities have had to be sold to east European countries at give-away prices, subsidised by the British taxpayer. We do not produce massive surpluses. If we are...

European Community (Milk Quotas) (3 Jul 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: I agree entirely with the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Ashdown), and I sympathise greatly with the position in which he finds himself. But that was my very point, and the hon. Gentleman's intervention is further evidence that what I say is true. As the Minister knows, during agricultural Questions, I have attempted to question him about the knock-on effect not only on milk distributors, milk...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculutre, Fisheries and Food: Milk Quotas (7 Jun 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will estimate the effect of the European Economic Community milk quota scheme on the numbers of (a) bankruptcies among dairy farmers, (b) redundancies among farm workers and (c) redundancies in the dairy processing and distributive industries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculutre, Fisheries and Food: Milk Quotas (7 Jun 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the Minister's inadequate answers about the milk quota scheme, does he agree that the Government have not thought through properly the effect on all sections of the industry of this milk quota scheme, not only regarding bankruptcies and farmers going out of production, but the fact that gross unemployment will result in the distributive and processing industries, including those...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Holdings Bill [Lords]: Waiver of Contract (6 Jun 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: At last the hon. Gentleman has been converted.

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Holdings Bill [Lords]: Waiver of Contract (6 Jun 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: Something must be done about the Bill. Whether we agree with it or not, the Bill is aimed at helping the tenant farmer. Since the Bill was introduced circumstances have changed. The new EEC quotas, approved by the Minister, create a new factor. One could argue that the new system creates dangers for many tenant farmers. The new clause deals with liability for damages if a tenant farmer gives...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Holdings Bill [Lords]: Sale of Smallholdings (Minister's Power of Veto) (6 Jun 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: How can the Minister reconcile what he has just said about county councils knowing more than the Government about what should be done when his Government are about to abolish the county councils and put bureaucratic organisations in charge?

Prayers: Milk Quotas (3 May 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that, in addition to the hardship that will be suffered by all dairy farmers, considerable hardship will be experienced by the processing and distribution side of the milk industry? We already know that some creameries are likely to close and therefore considerable unemployment will be caused in that industry. Will the Minister assist in any way to alleviate that suffering?


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