Results 121–140 of 543 for speaker:Mr Thomas Torney

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: Will some similar order be laid to stop the terrible inflictions of cruelty on veal calves that my hon. Friend the Member for Durham (Mr. Hughes) enumerated in his speech when live animals are sent to the Continent to be tortured?. Would it not be more humane for them to be slaughtered at the point nearest to production?

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: I am pleased that the Minister is increasing the money available for animal welfare research. That is certainly good. Is she, however, robbing Peter to pay Paul, so that other sections will suffer a diminution in research, which might be a bad thing? Would it not be better to increase and certainly not to cut the money available for such vital research?

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: The hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, North (Sir W. Elliott) paid tribute to various members and officials of the Select Committee. My first duty, therefore, is to express a sincere tribute to the hon. Gentleman. I served under his chairmanship from the time the Committee was formed, and I have served on various Select Committees throughout almost all my time in the House. The beauty of...

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman, and will have something to say about inspection later. The Government agree that there is no justification for farming practice that gives rise to unnecessary pain or distress to animals. They even go so far as to say that the cheapest methods of production may not always be appropriate. They also refer to prices having to be taken into account, and I...

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: I take the hon. Gentleman's point. The most important aspect of animal welfare is research. The Select Committee report paid special attention to that. The Government's response in paragraphs 5, 8, 9 and 10 is wholly inadequate. It states a great deal, but does nothing. While paying lip service to the need for research, the Government—anxious to cut public expenditure regardless—cut the...

Prayers: Animal Welfare (Agriculture Committee Report) (19 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I hope that the Minister will answer it when she replies to the debate. About 68 per cent. of agricultural output comes from animals and their products, yet there is greater research expenditure on plants. I hope that the Minister pays particular attention to that point. I have not noticed that plants have a welfare problem. More research should be given to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing Improvement Grants (10 Nov 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that 270 council houses, and houses built by the council and since sold to occupiers, in my constituency of Bradford have to be demolished because they are unsafe? What kind of grant will the council give to build the 330 new houses that are going up? What advice has he given the local authority on how to deal with the claims of tenants and owner-occupiers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Commander Michael Trestrail (27 Jul 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I seek your guidance on an incident about which newspapers say that the House has been misled. I refer to the Home Secretary giving the impression that Commander Trestrail had been the subject of proper security clearance, whereas we now know that he had not.

Agriculture and Fisheries (Ministerial Meetings) (30 Jun 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the many occasions on which the right hon. Gentleman has had to come to the House and apologise for the continual procrastination of the Common Market on fishing matters, will he take unilateral action—we have waited long enough for the Common Market—and give aid to save what is left of our industry?

Agriculture and Fisheries (Ministerial Meetings) (17 Jun 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: As the British fishing industry has been fading away while the Common Market has been talking, how does the Minister propose to protect the fishing industry when matters are decided in the Common Market by majority voting and the right of veto has disappeared? Will he explain that to the House?

European Community (26 May 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: I begin my speech by commiserating with the Foreign Secretary. I am sorry that he is not in the Chamber. I commiserate with him because he has had to negotiate the budget, and his right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has had to negotiate the farm prices, at an extreme disadvantage with other members of the Community—I shall not say "partners" because I do not...

European Community (26 May 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: Of course I realise that such speeches are made in every Community country. Possibly the Governments of those countries take more notice of such speeches than do the British Government. When we were in Government, I recall that one of my colleagues who negotiated in the Common Market found the going extremely tough. No doubt the Foreign Secretary has in the past few weeks found the going...

European Community (26 May 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: Point taken. I accept my mistake. It is an Assembly. I realise that it is merely a glorified talking shop with no teeth and no real power. It is argued that an increase in farm prices is needed for our own farmers, but how much better it would be if British taxpayers' money was deployed to help only our own farmers instead of going into the already bulging pockets of the French and other...

European Community (26 May 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: The right hon. Gentleman did not say that in the referendum.

Agriculture Council (19 May 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the utter disregard shown by the Common Market for United Kingdom interests, does the Minister agree that what has happened confirms the view of a great number of my right hon. and hon. Friends that it is time that the Government took us out of the Common Market? Will he give some consideration to stopping our payments to the Common Market—if not entirely, those concerned with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Meat Products Regulations (1 Apr 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that cooked meats are being sold, after steam cooking and flash roasting, with 25 per cent. water content? Is she further aware that bacon is being sold with a high water content and that housewives are compelled to pay bacon prices for water? Will she investigate this and take action to stop it?

Orders of the Day — Common Agricultural Policy (24 Mar 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: For the second time, the Minister mentioned fast rising wages, which may apply to some industries. A little earlier, however, he mentioned retail distribution costs and high wages. Is he aware that wages in retail distribution are notoriously low and that workers in retail distribution are among the lowest paid in the country? How can he justify the charge that high wages are a factor when...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Milk (4 Mar 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: I am pleased to hear the Minister's remark about a continuing service. Is he aware, however, that the increase in milk prices will affect consumption in my constituency, where there is mass unemployment and where masses more people are on short-time working? They will find difficulty in meeting the price of milk. What is the Minister's view of the effect of the increase on lower-income groups...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Crops (Market Support) (4 Mar 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is what the Minister has so far been able to do for the horticultural section of the industry sufficient to offset the huge subsidies given by the Dutch for their gas heating? Is the industry yet in a stable position, and has the Minister taken into account the fact that despite these problems the Dutch workers are still paid 50 per cent. more than their British counterparts?

Orders of the Day — Garden Supplies (Sunday Trading) Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: Does my hon. Friend agree that, contrary to the promoter's description of it as a small and simple measure, the Bill has far-reaching implications? I do not know whether my hon. Friend has visited any garden centres recently, as I have—not on a Sunday, I should add—and whether he is aware of the type of goods that may be purchased there. Garden centres are basically retail stores. One may...

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