Results 161–180 of 543 for speaker:Mr Thomas Torney

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

Mr Thomas Torney: Does the Minister agree that if these proposals were carried into legislative form they would result in two classes of tenant farmers—one with succession rights, and the other with those succession rights expressly excluded?

Multi-Fibre Arrangement (18 Jun 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: The hon. Member for Hertford and Stevenage (Mr. Wells) referred to unbalanced protectionism. At present, the textile industry has little or no protection at all. I assure the hon. Gentleman and the House that some of the finest woolen materials are made in West Yorkshire. Indeed, my constituency includes the mill which probably produces the finest mohair and woollen suiting in the world. I...

Multi-Fibre Arrangement (18 Jun 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: I do not know why we have not been able to sell cloth to Hong Kong. I have not checked the figures. I am sure that our lack of exports was not caused by a failure to produce excellent cloth. We produce very good cloth. Mills in Bradford are exporting goods to various countries, including Japan. It may surprise the hon. Member for Hertford and Stevenage to know that one mill in my constituency...

Multi-Fibre Arrangement (18 Jun 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: The hon. Gentleman said that it is not easy to buy a British-made suit. He represents Harrogate. I suggest that he comes to nearby Bradford. We can sell him excellent woollen cloths made in Bradford and the surrounding West Yorkshire towns. Around Leeds, there are scores of small tailors who would be happy to make up the cloth. It would be British cloth made up by a British tailor in West...

Multi-Fibre Arrangement (18 Jun 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Shops are closing because there are 2·5 million unemployed.

Multi-Fibre Arrangement (18 Jun 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Shame.

Business of the House (4 Jun 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: I appreciate that any spare time should be given to a debate on the problems of the West Yorkshire textile industry, but has the Minister seen early-day motion No. 431 on the Order Paper which calls upon the Home Secretary to conduct an independent inquiry into the investigations of the Ripper murders? [That this House welcomes the acceptance by the Home Secretary of the need for an inquiry...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Poultrymeat (21 May 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, due to the unfair competition from the EEC and America, the British poultry industry is still suffering from a tremendous recession which is creating high unemployment among members of my trade union in the industry? Will he take steps to ensure that action is taken to abolish unfair competition to give our industry a fair chance?

Common Agricultural Policy (26 Mar 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: It does no good for textiles, either.

Common Agricultural Policy (26 Mar 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: It is with great regret that I have to disappoint the hon. Member for Cardigan (Mr. Howells). Arguments for and against the Common Market are bound to enter into what I have to say. The hon. Member, for whom I have great respect, understands farming and has a great interest in it, but he says that he is pleased that this debate has so far been concerned with farming and agriculture at home...

Common Agricultural Policy (26 Mar 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: I cannot concede that. I do not have the figures to prove it, but I do not think that food prices have fallen in relation to income. If we are to argue about the cost of food we must remember that a rise in the price of foodstuffs affects the lowest income groups far more than rises in the price of other commodities. We have to buy food of some kind every day, or at least every week; we do...

Common Agricultural Policy (26 Mar 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Some Conservative Members have said that we should not suggest any alternative or reforms to the common agricultural policy. In the first place, reforms are impossible. The suggestion is pie in the sky, because the French would never agree to reforms. If I were a Frenchman I would not agree; why should I agree to a suggestion from Britain or anywhere else that would take away some of the...

Common Agricultural Policy (26 Mar 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: I am going to finish what I am saying. Not only do we have to pay the French farmer for producing his surplus of dairy products; we also have to pay——

Common Agricultural Policy (26 Mar 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: I will not give way. I will carry on a little longer if the hon. Member insists on interfering in this way. The common agricultural policy ensures that we not only have to pay the French farmer for producing surpluses in dairy goods; we also have to pay on this side, because our farmers are being forced out of the dairy industry even though we did not have a surplus. It is stupid and...

Common Agricultural Policy (26 Mar 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: I shall not give way. Despite the apparent sadness of Conservative Members earlier and the distress that they displayed on behalf of farmers, we must get down to the rudiments of the vicious Common Market, which constantly reacts against the British people and farmers. It is no laughing matter. It is no joke when people in my constituency have to pay high prices for food and farmers are not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Price Review (19 Mar 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: In his discussions on the price review, will the Minister bear in mind the serious condition of the British poultry industry and its need to achieve some advantage from the review? This industry used to provide a great deal more employment than the glasshouse and fishing industries, which, under the right hon. Gentleman's control, are now in dire straits. There is considerable unemployment in...

European Communities (Fisheries Ministers' Meeting) (11 Mar 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Does the Minister agree that it is a wish rather than a hope on his part that we shall achieve any success with the French in these long-drawn-out negotiations? While he is wishing, the British fishing industry is fast disappearing. Will he, therefore, take positive action now to save what is left of our fishing industry by our taking unilateral action and saying to hell with the EEC?

Orders of the Day — Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries (26 Feb 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: Does my hon. Friend agree that such is the situation in his city and mine, Bradford, and throughout those parts of West Yorkshire where wool textiles is the main industry, that if the Government do not take some action, instead of simply making the excuses that we have heard from the Minister today, the area will be a ghost area for employment? Mills are closing regularly. Thousands of...

Orders of the Day — Shops Bill (20 Feb 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: My hon. Friend has just referred to the Consumers Association. The hon. Member for Staffordshire, South-West said that it represented 700,000 people—a greater number of people than that represented by USDAW. However, as a proportion of the total number of consumers, 700,000 is far less than one-third, bearing in mind the hon. Gentleman's assertion that USDAW represented only one-third of...

Orders of the Day — Shops Bill (20 Feb 1981)

Mr Thomas Torney: The Bill is supposed to be aimed at abolishing all or most of the anomalies. To exclude the meat trade would create more anomalies. The suggestion by the hon. Member for Staffordshire, South-West (Mr. Cormack) to exclude the large firms would create a further anomaly. How does my hon. Friend regard that suggestion? How does he think that the co-operative movement and other multiple traders...


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