Results 1–20 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

New clause 1: Old Mining Permissions (16 May 1991)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The Minister presented the amendments cogently, but I hope that he will clarify a few matters, bearing in mind that many of the points contained in the new clause and its related amendments are in some ways wholly unprecedented in planning legislation, and that causes some concern. Although I missed my hon. Friend's opening remarks in introducing the new clause, he referred to the...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.: St. Helier Hospital, Sutton (29 Nov 1990)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I wish to raise the subject of security at St. Helier hospital in my constituency. The debate takes on an additional tragic dimension because of the double tragedy at Wakefield earlier this week, which affected hon. Members—in all corners of the House. My hon. Friend the Minister will be as shocked and saddened as I am, but our right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has acted quickly to...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (20 Mar 1990)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I shall not follow too closely the comments of the Leader of the Opposition. I want to congratulate my right hon. Friend the Chancellor most warmly not only on the quality of his presentation but on the competence that he displayed in confounding the critics who said that this would be a dull Budget. It was resourceful and it certainly carries on the work of the past decade in reforming our...

Ban of Useless Animal Experiments: Football Spectators Bill [Lords] (27 Jun 1989)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I shall not detain the House too long or follow too closely the speech of the right hon. Member for Salford, East (Mr. Orme). I listened closely to the speeches from the Front Bench spokesmen and I shall listen even more closely to the speech of my hon. Friend the Minister for Sport when he winds up the debate. He will have to catch up on many of the points raised in the debate, because there...

Ban of Useless Animal Experiments: Football Spectators Bill [Lords] (27 Jun 1989)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I do not want a clash of minds or personalities with my hon. Friend—we go back a long way —but we are talking about a wholly different dimension of the problems of numbers and techology. In principle, however, I agree with him. The Football League working party recommended that all clubs should have a membership scheme, the basic principles of which should be common to all of them. Some...

Hillsborough Stadium Disaster (17 Apr 1989)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Is my right hon. Friend aware that right hon. and hon. Members in all parts of the House wholeheartedly share his sentiments about the heroic acts that took place on Saturday? I shall be grateful if he will address his mind to two points that I will put to him. I associate myself in many ways with the comments of the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heifer). Will my right hon. Friend...

New Clause 83: Amendment of Prescribed Limits (28 Jun 1988)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Many of my hon. Friends and I have sympathy with what the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Mrs. Taylor) is saying, and many of her sentiments will be echoed throughout the country. Part of the problem is that the courts are not severe enough on those who are prepared to take the risk and do drink and drive. My hon. Friend the Member for Lancashire, West (Mr. Hind) referred to this indirectly in his...

New Clause 83: Amendment of Prescribed Limits (28 Jun 1988)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I do not wish to detain the House for very long, because I know that my hon. Friends want to make progress. The hon. Member for Houghton and Washington (Mr. Boyes) gave the House a powerful reminder of the dilemma that we face. Of course, the comments of hon. Members underline the dissent on both sides of the House. I have a general sympathy for the aims and objectives of the new clause that...

New Clause 84: Court's Power to Order Suspension of Passport (28 Jun 1988)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I think that the right hon. Gentleman and I have probably shared some similar experiences during the past couple of decades. European history over the past 20 years is littered with examples of European police forces surrounding a number of our so-called football fans, putting them in cells for the night and then getting them out of the country as quickly as possible without a conviction....

Council House Sales (Sutton) (28 Mar 1988)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The Minister will be aware that many years ago we used to publish a list of those authorities that were poor performers in the processing of planning applications. I believe that my hon. Friend now has responsibility for that. Does she believe that the time is now ripe for a similar performance status to be applied to this problem?

Council House Sales (Sutton) (28 Mar 1988)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Environment for attending to answer this debate. You, Madam Deputy Speaker, will be aware that my hon. Friend the Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Mr. Forman), with the full approval of my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary, wishes to catch your eye at the end of my remarks. The right to buy has been one of the most...

Orders of the Day — Education Reorganisation (Sutton) (9 Feb 1987)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for giving time this evening to answer a debate about a subject of enormous concern to my constituents in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park. That concern is felt equally by my hon. Friend the Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Mr. Forman), who hopes to catch your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, when I have finished my speech. I fully appreciate...

Wapping (Disturbances) (26 Jan 1987)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Does my right hon. Friend consider that the extra-parliamentary activity and winning the streets, which has been advocated by Opposition Members, has now well and truly begun?

Orders of the Day — Education Bill [Lords]: National Education Council (21 Oct 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend is advancing a most important argument. I support him wholeheartedly on the importance of the curriculum content within schools and the importance of the link that he has established. Certainly no one should overlook such an august body as the CCPR. My hon. Friend the Minister has had a foot in both camps—in Marsham street and now south of the river—and I congratulate her...

Orders of the Day — Shops Bill [Lords] (14 Apr 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in the debate, Mr. Speaker. I assure you that I shall be brief, although, having heard the comments of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, I doubt very much whether there will be much brevity about the passage of the Bill in the remaining months of this Session. There is now an element of confusion, although I am anxious to do all that I...

Orders of the Day — Shops Bill [Lords] (14 Apr 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That is right. As we have heard before, the part-time jobs that could be created as a result of the Bill will be largely for students and women, and women are the anchor of the family. There will be an increase in noise and perhaps because vehicles will now be making deliveries on Sundays. In my constituency and in many others on the outer peripheries of big cities—the villages and more...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Products (Sports Sponsorship) Bill (21 Feb 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Conservative Members will have been heartened by the closing remarks of my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Environment. It is interesting to find that the Opposition health teams have taken over responsibility for sport and the environment. It has to be contrasted with what happened in previous years. I hope that the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson) has...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Products (Sports Sponsorship) Bill (21 Feb 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Reading between the lines, the hon. Gentleman seems to be in some difficulty after his speech in Cambridge not so many weeks ago. I make no apologies for intervening in the debate. I do not intend to defend the tobacco companies. I have no interest to declare, apart from the interests of a number of retailers in my constituency who depend for their trade upon tobacco products. I do not use...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Products (Sports Sponsorship) Bill (21 Feb 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I do not want to disrupt the hon. Gentleman. A few moments ago he said that he was speaking on behalf of the Labour party. I would like to be certain that he is now speaking for the shadow environment team, because, for a variety of very good reasons, no doubt his right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Small Heath. (Mr. Howell) is not in his place. We are anxious to know whether his...

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Products (Sports Sponsorship) Bill (21 Feb 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I was interested in my hon. Friend's reference to the insidious effects of alcohol. Those of us who have been concerned with these matters for some years and who have a genuine love for the sporting arena conclude that the presence of alcohol, in whatever form, is infinitely more disruptive socially, whether in the sports arena or family circle, than tobacco. I do not deny the statistics...


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