Results 1–20 of 420 for speaker:Mr John Watkinson

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Prime Minister (Engagements) (3 Apr 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: Has my right hon. Friend noted the view of the City that, in the unlikely event of a Tory victory in the election, cuts in public expenditure will fuel a boom in the price of land and shares? Can my right hon. Friend see any merit in cuts in the social wage in order to fuel a speculators' bonanza?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Prime Minister (Engagements) (3 Apr 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: Does my right hon. Friend accept that dairy farmers are concerned about the massive co-responsibility levy? They welcome the defence that he put up for the dairy industry. Will he confirm that this matter will come before the Council again in three months' time? If that does happen, is my right hon. Friend prepared to protect British dairy farmers by exercising the veto over the extravagant...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements): Inland Revenue (Discretion) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: The right hon. and learned Member for Hexham (Mr. Rippon) will not be surprised to hear that I do not agree with his gloomy and doom-laden speech. I tremble to think what he would spend on defence if he were on the Government Front Bench. No doubt the right hon. and learned Member will go to Hexham to explain to his electorate how the Conservatives will cut taxation and the borrowing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements): Inland Revenue (Discretion) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: I would not go so far as to say that it is the Government, but certainly I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the two—the military industrial complex and the Government—are very closely interlinked. The fourth point is that the Soviet Union, being a totalitarian State, is in a position to expend vast resources on arms. It does so knowing that it is in a position, if I may use the slang...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (23 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: The hon. Member for Gainsborough (Mr. Kimball) will not be surprised if I do not associate myself with all his remarks, except to say that I join with him in welcoming the creation of a council for animal welfare. I join in the congratulations that have been offered to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) on introducing this subject. In common with most Members...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (23 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: Indeed, and I hope that the hon. Gentleman will bear with me as I develop my argument. I wish to stress that primarily we are dealing with a regional problem, which is particularly prevalent in the counties of Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire and my own county of Gloucestershire. The simple fact is that if a cow is tested and found to have bovine tuberculosis it can have quite severe...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.: Gilt Edged Security Market (22 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he remains satisfied with the workings of the gilt edged security market.

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.: Gilt Edged Security Market (22 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is something deeply offensive about the vast and easy profits made on the gilt edged market in recent weeks? Does he also agree that the market was able to force a dangerous and unwarranted rise in interest rates, and can he say whether the new tender issue has proven a means whereby speculators can be killed off and interest rates can be kept down?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (21 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the Middle East.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (21 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Does he agree that essential to a lasting peace in the Middle East is a solution to the Palestinian problem? Does he acknowledge that it is basic, if the initiative of President Carter is to succeed, that there is early movement towards autonomy for the Palestinians and that a homeland is provided for them which they can govern and administer for...

Private Business: Home Timber Products (15 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: Does my hon. Friend accept that although the industrial functions of timber are of overriding importance, our forests provide important environmental and recreational functions? Is he aware that more than 1 million people visited the Forest of Dean last year for recreational purposes? Will he build on the developments which the Forestry Commission have begun, particularly by the use of log cabins?

Private Business: Bovine Tuberculosis (Badgers) (15 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a further statement on the problems of bovine tuberculosis and the slaughter of badgers in the South-West.

Private Business: Bovine Tuberculosis (Badgers) (15 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: Does my hon. Friend accept that thousands of badgers are being gassed in the South-West region? Does he agree that, while cattle can thus be protected, we should not indulge in widespread gassing of badgers when we are not sure of the scientific link? Is he prepared to accept the view that we should adopt a trapping policy, so that we could gain more scientific knowledge about the cause of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Nursery Education (13 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she is satisfied with the provision of nursery education in England and Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Nursery Education (13 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: Is my hon. Friend aware that the Conservative-controlled Gloucestershire authority has an abysmal record of no expenditure on nursery education recently and no plans to engage in it in the future? If the Government are determined to see equality of nursery education provision, it will be necessary for them to find means of dealing with authorities such as Gloucestershire so that the children...

Oral Answers to Questions — Lambeth Palace (12 Mar 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: My right hon. Friend mentioned the fact that certain of these complaints have been investigated and that some are now in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Northern Ireland. Can he say whether the DPP has finished his inquiries, or whether those inquiries are awaiting the publication of the Bennett report?

Oral Answers to Questions — Iran (20 Feb 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: Does my right hon. Friend accept that there should be some satisfaction at least in the ending of many of the repressive practices of the previous regime? Does he further accept that the problems that the West now faces in respect of oil could be acute? Has he seen the transcript of Dr. Schlesinger's evidence to a committee in the United States? Does he agree that the inflationary impact of...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons (Procedure) (20 Feb 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: In common with my hon. Friend the Member for Chester-le-Street (Mr. Radice), I am enjoying the rare experience of being more in agreement with the Opposition Front Bench than with my own. I understand the attachment of the Leader of the House to the Chamber, but I do not share his rarefied view of the efficacy of this place. My right hon. Friend's point about the accessibility of the Chamber...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons (Procedure) (20 Feb 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: Sometimes she is given the opportunity to ask two or three questions. But no other Members can do so. That explains why Question Time is not an effective way of holding Ministers to account. On the question of debates, here again we all agree that the forum of the House of Commons is not a proper or adequate way in which Ministers can be held to account. They can be criticised, but there is...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Inflation (15 Feb 1979)

Mr John Watkinson: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the present level of inflation.


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