Results 1–20 of 774 for speaker:Cyril Smith

Opposition Day: Government of Liverpool (24 Jun 1991)

Cyril Smith: We have had some good speeches in an interesting debate, which was opened superbly by my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton), who for many years has been the only hon. Member in Liverpool fighting against Militant Tendency. I welcome the views of the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing), but it has taken him 20 years to come to them. He made a...

Opposition Day: Government of Liverpool (24 Jun 1991)

Cyril Smith: There is a great deal in what the hon. Gentleman says. Many of the quotes used by the hon. Member for West Derby were from the 1970s. When the Government turn on the official Opposition, Labour Members say that they have not been in power since 1979 and cannot be blamed for what is happening. However, in arguing against the Liberal Democrats, Labour Members have quoted what happened 19 or...

Opposition Day: Government of Liverpool (24 Jun 1991)

Cyril Smith: All right, not in the hon. Gentleman's constituency, but in Liverpool, these kids were barred from school by glue being put on the gates. Six bully boys were outside trying to stop them going to school. What about the report in this morning's paper about a Labour councillor in Liverpool whose job and person were threatened and who had to lock herself in her office, simply because she voted...

Opposition Day: Government of Liverpool (24 Jun 1991)

Cyril Smith: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I should have said "the hon. Member for West Derby". I realise that he is smarting because he never got over my hon. Friend the Member for Mossley Hill licking him in the by-election in Edge Hill. There is rottenness in the city of Liverpool. The cancer is still eating away at it. We desperately need a new approach. If the Archbishop and the bishops and the...

Opposition Day: Government of Liverpool (24 Jun 1991)

Cyril Smith: They have only two councillors out of 91.

Opposition Day: Government of Liverpool (24 Jun 1991)

Cyril Smith: I am bound to say to the Secretary of State that his speech does not do him justice. I am sorry to say that, but I had thought that the right hon. Gentleman would make a constructive contribution. The right hon. Gentleman says that the Conservative Government, and only the Conservative Government have done all these marvellous things for Liverpool. Can he tell me why the people of Liverpool...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: The Gulf ( 4 Jun 1991)

Cyril Smith: When the Secretary of State had discussions with General Powell, did he discuss the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the fusiliers killed in the Gulf at the end of February? Did he, for example, suggest to General Powell that the result of the inquiry, which we understand that the Americans have had, should be made public to the relatives of those killed, who included a 17-year-old boy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Rural Schools (23 Oct 1990)

Cyril Smith: Does the Minister agree that local management of schools would be better performed if the management were thoroughly representative of all shades of opinion in the community? Is he aware, for example, that in my authority, every secondary school governor is a Labour councillor and that not one Conservative or Liberal Democrat councillor has been elected to the board of a secondary school in...

Economic Summit (Houston) (12 Jul 1990)

Cyril Smith: Does the Prime Minister agree that it is rather hypocritical of the United States of America to talk about freer trade when the Prime Minister herself in the past three weeks, by Act of Parliament, created a protectionist law under which certain equipment which has been bought in Britain for the past 10 years will now be supplied only by United States manufacturers, thereby threatening...

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Cyril Smith: Then why did it take the Government 10 or 11 years to do something about it?

Opposition Day: Local Government Finance (22 May 1990)

Cyril Smith: I strongly support what the hon. Gentleman says. I have had more trouble with second homes in my constituency than I have had about the rest of the poll tax put together. I have written to the Prime Minister and the Minister giving details of specific cases and requesting that they should be part of the review. The council in my constituency has decided to charge twice the rate of poll tax on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Buildings (27 Mar 1990)

Cyril Smith: Is the Minister aware that a major problem in education is not the method of funding, but the amount of money available after the method has been determined? Is he aware that many schools are in a state of disrepair and that it is estimated that £3 billion is needed to bring schools up to standard? Will he assure the House that, by September 1991, regulations on the standard of school...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: EC and Eastern Europe (31 Jan 1990)

Cyril Smith: I have been sitting here, listening quietly and behaving myself, which I always do. Suddenly, I hear that I disagree with everything that my right hon. Friend the leader of my party has said, and that I have done so on numerous occasions. I challenge the hon. Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) to produce any statement or speech that I have ever made in which I have...

Opposition Day: Ambulance Dispute (11 Jan 1990)

Cyril Smith: I have listened with great interest to the debate. The Secretary of State may have convinced himself, but, I am terribly sorry to say, he did not convince me. My colleagues and I will vote with the official Opposition this evening. I agree with hon. Members who have said that it is a pity that this whole sorry business, to coin a phrase, has come to this. The Secretary of State did not want...

Opposition Day: Ambulance Dispute (11 Jan 1990)

Cyril Smith: I am not blaming the Secretary of State for the fact that that appeared in the paper. I am talking about what appeared in the paper. Such meetings take place. It is not the first time that we have heard of them. As soon as certain stories appear, Ministers say, "It was a private dinner. I did not say that." It is confusing. We do not know whether we are coming or going.

Opposition Day: Ambulance Dispute (11 Jan 1990)

Cyril Smith: I gather that the chairman is now somebody called Rennie and that a man named Nichol is the managing director. We are not sure where the Secretary of State fits into the jigsaw. The right hon. and learned Gentleman now appears to be saying, "I am merely making statements in support of what Messrs. Rennie and Nichol are saying." I did not get that impression from his remarks earlier in the...

Opposition Day: Ambulance Dispute (11 Jan 1990)

Cyril Smith: The timing of the recognition was a bit of a goggle in terms of industrial relations. Indeed, I wrote to the successor to the hon. Member for Derbyshire, South, acquainting him with the discussions that had taken place in December 1988. He replied saying that he was aware of them and that he saw no reason to disagree with what the hon. Lady had said at the meeting that we had with her. I...

Opposition Day: Ambulance Dispute (11 Jan 1990)

Cyril Smith: I shall give way, but I hope that Mr. Speaker has taken note of the many interventions in my speech. I am flattered by them, but I am anxious not to delay the House for too long.

Opposition Day: Ambulance Dispute (11 Jan 1990)

Cyril Smith: It takes 12 full weeks to train a paramedic. In other words, he must be seconded on to a course for that time. Many of the qualifications that paramedics have are acquired on local, rather than national, courses. Many people believe that the £500 being offered to paramedics applies to those who are nationally trained. There are 200 ambulance men in Lancashire who have been trained in...

Opposition Day: Ambulance Dispute (11 Jan 1990)

Cyril Smith: The Minister is shaking his head. I know what he is saying—he is saying that the offer is 9 per cent., but it is for 9 per cent. over 18 months, which is 6·5 per cent. over 12 months. The Secretary of State must not assume that because people work in the ambulance service they are idiots. Ambulance staff can and have worked all this out. They know the offer perfectly well. Quite honestly,...


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