Results 141–160 of 543 for speaker:Mr Thomas Torney

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

Mr Thomas Torney: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Government's position of "benevolent neutrality" towards the Bill and Sunday trading in general is an abdication of their responsibility? Does he agree that it would be better to set up a committee to study the problem in depth and to discuss it with all those involved, including the trade unions, employers, consumers and even those in local authorities who...

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

Mr Thomas Torney: Does the Minister agree that the answer to written question No. 80 on Tuesday was contradictory? The Home Secretary said: The Government can find no ground of principle for opposing such a measure". and continued and propose to maintain an attitude of benevolent neutrality—[Official Report, 9 February 1982; Vol.:17, c. 304.] What is benevolent neutrality, and does not one statement cancel...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: My hon. Friend may have heard my hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell) mention alleged pornography on television. What is the feeling of my hon. Friend and what is the feeling on this point in Glasgow or in Scotland? Does my hon. Friend feel that the Minister should reply? My hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore spoke after the Minister and asked the Minister a direct question.

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: Does my hon. Friend know whether some of the clubs, or bogus clubs, allow children to see the films that they are displaying? Secondly, what effect does he think the bogus clubs in Soho have on children who are walking along the street, observing some of the dreadful pictures that are in the windows of numerous clubs and witnessing the touting that takes place outside the clubs to persuade...

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: What has corrupted the hon. Gentleman?

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: I have read the Bill but I am not a lawyer and I find it difficult to understand the legal jargon. Will the Bill close some of the dreadful pornographic cinemas that are so prevalent in Soho?

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: I commend the Bill, but I am not sure whether it goes far enough. That does not mean that I shall oppose it. It is a necessary and helpful step in the right direction. When I go to Soho, I am appalled. I go there fairly often to the few good restaurants that have not been hounded out by the pernicious people who run pornographic cinemas.

Orders of the Day — Cinematograph Bill (12 Feb 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: I do not wish to advertise them, but I will tell the hon. Gentleman about them privately if he wishes. I am sure that the people who deal in pornographic material are past masters at getting their own way. It is well known that they have been able to hound out legitimate traders, shop owners and restaurateurs in Soho by buying leases and freeholds and opening more and more of these horrible...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Dutch Horticulture Industry (Gas Subsidies) (4 Feb 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: I am sorry that the right hon. Gentleman became so excited. Despite what happened when the Labour Government were in office, does he agree that the horticulture sector has become desperate during the tenure of this Government? What urgent action will he take? Will he allow the procrastination of the Common Market to continue until British horticulture has gone the way of the fishing...

European Community Budget 1982 (3 Feb 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: In the Minister's negotiations on the Budget, has he taken cognisance of the discrepancies reported by the court of auditors of the EEC about some millions of pounds in the Common Market Commission? Further, has he taken into account the £10 million fraud, from the findings of the same auditors, by European farmers using loopholes in EEC regulations? What will the Government do about that...

Yorkshire Ripper (Investigations) (19 Jan 1982)

Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the great number of women who were murdered and the long, long time that constituents of mine were terrorised, does the Home Secretary agree that either he or some inspector of constabulary or somebody in high authority should have stepped into West Yorkshire, particularly in view of this report which is now showing inefficiencies in the West Yorkshire force, to ensure that outside...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Horticulture Industry (10 Dec 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Because of the serious effect on the British glasshouse industry of the Dutch Government's attitude toward energy supplies, will the Minister assure us that when Spain and Portugal enter the EEC Britain will not be confronted with the same difficulties and threats? Can we now hope for a little more stability in respect of the Dutch action and its effect on our glasshouse industry?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Milk Producers (Community Regulations) (10 Dec 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: As the Minister is opposed to such measures, why does he not take action now to stop the co-responsibility levy and pass the advantage on to the consumer? Is he aware that the sale of liquid milk in the country is decreasing? If we could cut out the levy and reduce the price of milk, people may use more of the milk that we produce.

Orders of the Day — European Community Proposals (Battery Hens) (17 Nov 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: I agree with much that the hon. Member for Devon, West (Mr. Mills) said. He touched on an important aspect when he mentioned welfare in the poultry industry. As a member of the Select Committee, I felt that we failed to pay sufficient attention to welfare matters in the poultry and pig industries. I was particularly concerned that we were not able to get to the crux of the problem when we...

European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting) (20 Oct 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Does the Minister agree that since its inception the common agricultural policy has been prejudiced against the United Kingdom farmer, food producer and consumer? Would it not be better if the hundreds of millions of pounds that Britain pours into the CAP were used in direct aids to farmers, food producers and consumers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Milk Imports (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a real fear in our dairy industry, particularly on the distributive side, that we shall lose the case at the European Court and that therefore French milk will come in? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware, further, of the tremendous feeling among consumers that our doorstep deliveries should be maintained? Therefore, whether we lose the case at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (23 Jul 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the impending disaster in the poultry and horticulture industries in this country, largely due to the question of national aids which is being discussed this afternoon, will the Minister ensure that action is taken very quickly in the reform of the common agricultural policy to see that national aids benefit Britain as well as France and other countries? If not, will he take some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Chapel-Allerton Hospital, Leeds (7 Jul 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware that the death of one of my constituents, Mrs. Joan Lee, was undoubtedly caused by the neglect of this consultant surgeon? After he had instructed junior doctors to open her head prior to performing the operation himself, he was nowhere to be found and, in fact, was not in the hospital. May I urge the Minister to ensure that the consultant surgeon is no longer allowed to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Tenant Farmers (25 Jun 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he intends to introduce legislation in response to the Country Landowners Association and National Farmers Union proposals on security of tenure for tenant farmers.


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