Results 181–200 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The royal parks in central London and at Greenwich are an important dimension to a prized part of our heritage. No other western European country has such an area at its heart. The royal parks are more heavily used and deeply appreciated than ever before. This year they look magnificent and I pay tribute to the bailiff and his staff. There is hardly any need for me to remind the House that...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am not so sure that the hon. Gentleman is totally convincing when he says that the GLC has taken great care. The GLC's historic buildings division undoubtedly enjoys an enormous reputation, but it was removed from county hall in November 1982 to make way for the organisation covering the women's committee and the ethnic minority groups. I am not 100 per cent. certain whether those in the...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I was talking about the centre of London, but I certainly acknowledge the important role that all the royal parks play in our heritage. I am certainly glad to have my hon. Friend's approval on that. I think that the House will be interested to know that we are anxious to preserve the unique character of the royal parks and that we also have to make...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I shall give way in a moment. At the end of the day, following this exercise, we should have a much more up-to-date and sharply defined understanding of the components that make up the individual character of each royal park, and an idea of the priorities for action.

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: In the context of the royal parks, it is not an infinitesimal number. They are an important dimension to the royal parks, and I was merely providing some statistics which may or may not be of interest to hon. Members. I was trying to demonstrate the Government's role and their record—[Interruption.] The Government have a role in ensuring that the parks are well husbanded and that the trees...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend, as always, has an interesting commentary to make on most facets of the arts and heritage. In the case that he cited, one person's loss is clearly another person's gain. I am sure that my hon. Friend will accept that there is much that we must do to restore the great losses that we have suffered over the years. Trees are an important component part of our heritage. I referred...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am aware of the anxiety that many people have expressed and I shall come to that in a moment. It is impossible to say exactly how many buildings will be listed by the time the whole exercise is complete, but it is likely that the total will be in the region of 400,000. This would represent an increase of over 40 per cent. in the number of listed buildings at the start of our accelerated...

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend must surely understand that there are many hours to go in the debate and many things to be discussed.

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I shall give way again in a moment, but I must point out to my hon. Friend that the Government have responded fully to that report.

The Arts and the Heritage (14 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am sorry if my hon. Friend feels aggrieved, but he must be fully aware that the Government have responded to that report. No doubt my hon. Friend will have an opportunity, if he catches your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to advance his concern about it. He must understand that there are many important issues. I am anxious to demonstrate the Government's record in the arts and heritage generally....

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: London Docklands (Stolport) (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The inspector's report has just been received in my Department and is now being studied. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the case now, but I shall issue a decision on the matter as speedily as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: London Docklands (Stolport) (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I understand the issues involved, which will be drawn to my right hon. Friend's attention. The inquiry was long and raised many complex issues. I cannot forecast how long it will take to consider them, but I am arranging for the case to be treated with the utmost urgency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: London Docklands (Stolport) (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I agree that we should do everything we can to encourage sport in our inner cities and, indeed, anywhere. That is why my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State—the hon. Member for Ealing, Acton (Sir G. Young)—and the Sports Council are considering closely the Olsen shed project in the docklands. There are many complex and interrelated issues, all of which will have been addressed by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: London Docklands (Stolport) (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I fully endorse my hon. Friend's comments. It is almost the only way in which we can make progress in that derelict part of London.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: London Docklands (Stolport) (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I note what the hon. Gentleman says. Many complex issues are involved here. The Civil Aviation Authority, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport and the Department of the Environment must make many decisions during the next few weeks. I shall ensure that the House is fully informed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: London Docklands (Stolport) (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I admire my hon. Friend's ingenuity in introducing that on this subject. While we might all have some sympathy with certain examples, I do not want to stray too wide, Mr. Speaker, and incur your wrath.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gipsies (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Comprehensive guidance on provision of sites is contained in the Department's circular 28 of 1977; it has been supplemented from time to time. The most recent guidance was given in a booklet issued in June 1982 on the management of local authority sites.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gipsies (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I understand the anxiety and upset which this subject can arouse. Indeed, I expect many hon. Members have similar anxieties on occasion about gipsy sites in their constituencies and the problems that surround them. While I understand the background of the case, obviously the selection of a site is very much for the local authority. My hon. Friend is sufficiently experienced to know that there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gipsies (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My hon. Friend and many other colleagues who represent constituencies in Kent, and mid-Kent in particular, have had a close dialogue with my officials to try to resolve some of these problems.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gipsies (13 Jun 1984)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The question of site provision certainly involves my Department. Obviously any causes of misery, and the problem of travellers who arrive on pitches that are not recognised, are primarily matters for the local authority and the local police.


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