Results 81–100 of 543 for speaker:Mr Thomas Torney

Agriculture Council (2 Apr 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: With regard to the cuts in milk production, will the Minister tell us why the French have a 2 per cent. cut whereas the United Kingdom has a 6 per cent. to 7 per cent. cut? Many of the other Common Market countries have had cuts far lower than ours. Will the Minister bear in mind that we have no surplus in milk and dairy produce whereas most of the other Common Market countries, particularly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Dairy Industry (29 Mar 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: Will the Minister confirm that, as usual, the United Kingdom will monitor the cuts in milk production that are forthcoming from the new EC proposals and monitor the super levy? Does he agree that other member countries in the Community are not so eager to do precisely that? Will he ensure that the Community sets up proper arrangements to monitor and administer the super levy in other...

Agriculture Council (14 Mar 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: Will the Minister explain or justify his remarks to the angry lobby of British farmers—as reported in The Times this morning—that he believed that the agreement on milk was right for Britain? I ask that question because The Times also reported that the percentage cut in milk from France was 2·95 per cent., whereas for Britain it was 7·32 per cent. Should we not remember that France...

Agricultural Holdings Bill [Lords] (7 Mar 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: I listened carefully to the hon. Member for Sherwood (Mr. Stewart), and on the basis of his speech I invite him to join us in the Opposition Lobby tonight. Over the years, tenant farmers have made a considerable contribution to food production in the United Kingdom. Their confidence was built up by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1948, introduced by the then Labour Minister of Agriculture and...

Agricultural Holdings Bill [Lords] (7 Mar 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: There may be a case for reforming section 3 of the 1948 Act, but I have not studied that possibility closely and would have to consider the matter. The 1976 Act gave security of tenure by succession over three generations. I believed that that was right, and I supported the measure. Incidentally, the National Farmers Union supported it, too. If I remember correctly, Conservative Members, who...

Agricultural Holdings Bill [Lords] (7 Mar 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: I respect the hon. Gentleman's viewpoint, but farmers have told me that key money was taken into account. It is a difference of view, and arbitration may be carried out one way in one area and another way elsewhere. Tenant farmers desired a change in the rent-fixing procedures, but they were misled by the agreement between the NFU and the CLA. Productive capacity was inserted in clause 1(3),...

Agricultural Holdings Bill [Lords] (7 Mar 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: The point that I thought I had adequately made was that the farming community will consider the new system unjust and unfair. Justice may be done, but it will not be seen to be done. That is an important feature of British justice, whether one is dealing with a criminal in a court of law or with a fair rent for a farmer. This is a thoroughly bad and decrepit clause on arbitration. Let the...

Council of Agriculture Ministers (9 Feb 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the action by French farmers to try to stop supplies of our meat going into France last weekend, and the behaviour of the French police, who did nothing to stop French farmers searching lorries, what guarantees can the Minister give the House that this will not happen again? Has he seriously considered taking retaliatory action, bearing in mind that action is the only thing that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Lamb Exports (2 Feb 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will assess the effect upon British lamb exports to France of the French Government's new policy to introduce instructions that will hold up British lamb at the French ports for five days.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Lamb Exports (2 Feb 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: Does the Minister agree that the action of the French is merely making the hijack official, as it is apparently being officially backed by the French Government? What firm action does he propose to take to counteract the French action? Will he give serious consideration to retaliating by stopping horrible French milk from coming into this country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Lamb Exports (2 Feb 1984)

Mr Thomas Torney: I suggest that the Minister closes all but one of the ports in England and the one port in Scotland which are now open to imports of French milk and makes the French queue up in retaliation for the action that they are taking against our lamb exports.

European Community Common Agricultural Policy (1 Dec 1983)

Mr Thomas Torney: Listening to the Minister making his speech, I hoped that he might have altered his views on the Common Market, particularly the common agricultural policy. However, as the speech continued, it became obvious to me that he was the same right hon. Gentleman as always. He is so completely immersed in supporting the beliefs of the Common Market that he can hear, see and feel no wrong in anything...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Milk (17 Nov 1983)

Mr Thomas Torney: On what does the Minister base his belief that there is no threat to the doorstep delivery service from the regulations debated yesterday when the Dairy Trade Federation, the Milk Marketing Board and the workers in the industry all say that there is a danger?

Milk (16 Nov 1983)

Mr Thomas Torney: I do not agree. Why not go to the European Court again?

Milk (16 Nov 1983)

Mr Thomas Torney: I must declare an interest in that I am sponsored to the House by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, which is very much involved because the import of this milk will cause much unemployment among our members and among members of the Transport and General Workers Union, with which we share the mass of trade unionists who work in the dairy industry. I listened carefully to the...

Importation of Milk Bill (10 May 1983)

Mr Thomas Torney: I listened intently to my hon. Friend the Member for Durham (Mr. Hughes) and to other hon. Members. It is interesting that, as in the Select Committee on Agriculture, of which I was a member, there is wide agreement across the Floor of the House about protection for our doorstep delivery service and for our health, which is affected by the milk we drink. I endorse my hon. Friend's excellent...

Importation of Milk Bill (10 May 1983)

Mr Thomas Torney: I hope that they do not, but if by some misadventure they return to power, I hope that the Minister will consider those amendments seriously because they are necessary. I must declare an interest in that I am sponsored in the House by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers. I am interested in jobs. The union represents many thousands of milk distribution workers, including...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Ultra-heat Treated Milk (17 Mar 1983)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that there is great fear in the dairy trade generally and among the mass of workers in the industry about their jobs because of the importation of UHT milk? Will he say what plans he has for the future, when undoubtedly the EEC will make a determined attempt to get French UHT into the country? Will he tell us what he proposes to do in the future, or will he make a...

Yorkshire and Humberside (Employment) (4 Mar 1983)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that wages councils were introduced many years ago because of deplorable wages and bad working conditions in some industries, notably the distributive industries? Is he aware that appointed members always had a reputation of voting with the employers? If they are now voting with the trade union side on wages councils, surely that shows what deplorable, rotten and...

Yorkshire and Humberside (Employment) (4 Mar 1983)

Mr Thomas Torney: Will the hon. Gentleman agree that the Government give considerable financial support to agriculture both in Britain and, unfortunately, through the Common Market, to France? I do not disagree with support for British agriculture, but will the hon. Gentleman agree that if the Government gave similar support to the west Yorkshire wool and textile industry which suffers and has suffered...


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