Results 21–40 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

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

Mr Neil Macfarlane: In the context of Nottinghamshire county cricket club is my hon. Friend not aware that, Chislehurst is in the Kent county cricket club location? Kent county cricket club has done very well in winning much tobacco sponsorship and support in recent years and, of course, a great deal of prize money. Does my hon. Friend not consider that some of the constituents of my hon. Friend the Member for...

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

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I do not want to interrupt my hon. Friend's train of thought and I certainly agree with him that nobody in the House would accept for one moment that the tobacco companies are benevolent organisations. They are there for a commercial and presentational role. No doubt my hon. Friend will talk the House through the first three clauses in his Bill. The fourth clause is fairly straightforward....

Rate Support Grant (Sutton) (31 Jan 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise a subject which is of great importance to my constituents—the rate support grant settlement and the London borough of Sutton. It is interesting—I hope it will be an illuminating experience—to be on this end of an Adjournment debate, having sat for many hours on the Front Bench over the past six years. I am encouraged and honoured by the...

Rate Support Grant (England) (20 Jan 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Rate Support Grant (England) (20 Jan 1986)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Might any of the outer London boroughs such as Sutton or Croydon be added to that list?

Orders of the Day — Isles of Scilly (9 Jul 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I endorse the final comments of my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Harris). I am sure that we both share those aspirations. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing these issues to the attention of the House. It is easy to forget—or for many to realise — the many problems faced by the inhabitants of our offshore islands; everyday matters which, on the mainland, we take for...

Amusement Arcades (Planning Controls) (21 Jun 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Teignbridge (Mr. Nicholls) for initiating the debate and I congratulate him on the constructive way in which he introduced it. I suppose that on a Friday afternoon we are all in need of some light-hearted relief after the rigours of a week in Parliament. The debate that my hon. Friend has succeeded in raising on the Adjournment will be of...

Amusement Arcades (Planning Controls) (21 Jun 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Yes, that is a most important definition. Again I hesitate to commit myself fully because there are varying categories of leisure definitions and it is necessary to exercise one's mind carefully when considering that definition. But in view of what my hon. Friend said, his suggestion is one that I shall want to research and I will get back to him about it. He has raised a number of matters...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: South-East Dorset (12 Jun 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Many people will be grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr. Adley) for introducing this important debate, and to my hon. Friends the Members for Poole (Mr. Ward) and for Dorset, North (Mr. Baker). The subject is clearly of great importance to their constituents, and that is why they have expressed their views forcefully on several occasions in the House, and also to my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: South-East Dorset (12 Jun 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That requires a fairly detailed response which the constraints on time would not allow, but I am more than happy to discuss that more fully with my hon. Friend. He, like me, would support the principles of market forces and the market place, and would agree that encouragement and discouragement are essentially for the planning authorities. However, the Government must create the right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sports Council (12 Jun 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I meet the chairman frequently and will be meeting him next week. A meeting to discuss the council's corporate plan has been arranged for 4 July.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sports Council (12 Jun 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his comments about the new chairman of the Sports Council, who will be an admirable successor to Mr. Jeeps. Obviously, the House is aware that the rapport between the Sports Council and the CCPR has been of major concern to the hon. Gentleman. He has rightly identified a most important issue. The governing bodies can take courage from what the new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sports Council (12 Jun 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am at the disposal of the House. The question refers to the future development of the Sports Council. I am more than happy to discuss these important issues. A meeting is to take place later this afternoon with my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for the Environment and the Prime Minister, other Ministers and the football authorities. Next week I am chairing the third meeting of a...

Orders of the Day — Private Members' Bills: Speke Hall (10 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: This is not the first time that my hon. Friend the Member for Wyre Forest (Mr. Bulmer) and I have "adjourned" on heritage matters. I have to repeat again my admiration for his knowledgeable understanding of these affairs. The last Adjournment debate that we had was concerned with Calke Abbey, some 18 months ago, and I think that eventually some good news emanated from that debate. I have...

Orders of the Day — Private Members' Bills: Speke Hall (10 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I shall deal with that point in a few moments. I do not intend to go into the matter in detail because so much of what we are dealing with at the moment is hypothetical. I am trying to identify some of the alternatives and options which are open to my right hon. and noble Friend and to other Ministers. I am not suggesting a specific way forward. I am merely trying to outline some of the...

Orders of the Day — Berkshire (Development) (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Berkshire, East (Mr. MacKay) for raising the subject of the extent of the problems of housing and development in Berkshire. It is a subject that has taken a great deal of his interest and time since he returned to the House as Member for Berkshire, East. His constituents should be grateful for his endeavours on their behalf. He regularly raises...

Orders of the Day — Berkshire (Development) (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I shall give way to my hon. Friend, and I hope that he will convey to those involved the congratulations of many Conservative Members on the excellent results of 2 May. There are lessons for everyone to be learnt from those results. They show the importance that constituents and ratepayers attach to local plans.

Orders of the Day — Berkshire (Development) (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: If I may speak for myself and for my right hon. Friend, I hope that all those points will be taken into consideration. We would have to take account of those requests, and clearly we would do so. I cannot give any assurances to my hon. Friend this evening, as he will understand, because we still await a completion of the documentation. I hope that it will be possible for the county council to...

Orders of the Day — Sports and Recreational Facilities (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I checked the Order Paper for 8 May 1985, and began to wonder where I should have been tonight. It states: On the Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 1 Mr. John Carlisle proposes to raise the subject of the loss of sports and recreational facilities. That is a most important subject. Many equally important subjects have been raised by hon. Members on both sides of...

Orders of the Day — Sports and Recreational Facilities (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I listen and talk to everybody who is elected. Sometimes, the vibrations of the actions of people in city halls can have an adverse effect and give rise to failure and lack of confidence, as my hon. Friends would agree. Many matters have been raised this evening. I cannot comment on all of them, because my hon. Friend the Member for Berkshire, East (Mr. MacKay) has caught your eye, Mr....


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