Results 41–60 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

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

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I sympathise with that observation and I shall come to it in a moment. I wish to emphasise the Government's record, which I am sure is important to my hon. Friend and indeed to the whole House. First, I remind the House that we have increased the Sports Council grant from £15 million in 1979 to more than £30 million in 1985—a cash increase of more than 100 per cent. In addition, there...

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

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Where applications are brought to the attention of my Department and not resolved locally, I involve myself very much in such issues and developments. That is an integral part of my responsibilities in the Department. This is a useful debate because it was a pity that technically my hon. Friend's Bill was talked out some months ago. That is a slightly unfair assessment because the Opposition...

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

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The Government are not opting out, nor will they. Some of the right hon. Gentleman's earlier remarks were a little fudged in that because of the passage of time, they did not bear any resemblance to the facts. No guarantee was given that the games would come here in 1988. The selection depends upon many factors. There was no guarantee of a London selection. We must examine my hon. Friend's...

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

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Where has the right hon. Gentleman been?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: High Technology Site, Bickenhill (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: No, Sir. The draft status of a local plan is not in itself a reason for the rejection of planning appeals. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will consider any such appeals on their merits.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: High Technology Site, Bickenhill (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I note my hon. Friend's comments, and I am well aware of the strength of local feeling in his and neighbouring constituencies which are concerned about development. He has led delegations and has made his views well known on his constituents' behalf. There is a presumption against development in the green belts. Such development will be permitted only in exceptional circumstances. We have to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: High Technology Site, Bickenhill (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am well aware of that. All such issues are taken into account before my right hon. Friend reaches a decision.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: High Technology Site, Bickenhill (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I note what the hon. Gentleman says.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: No, Sir. It is for the British Olympic Association to consider applications from United Kingdom cities wishing to host the games.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: It is premature to anticipate any such argument. The British Olympic Association has many issues to consider over the next few months. Technically, it has until August to decide whether to sponsor a host city when it goes to the IOC later this summer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am sure that the chairman of the British Olympic Association, by this time tomorrow, will be fully aware of the force of my hon. Friend's argument.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: While I would be the first to applaud some of those centres, I certainly do not consider that the latter part of the hon. Gentleman's argument is an assumption which anybody else would follow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: While applauding the latter part of my hon. Friend's philosophy, I must point out that it is up to the British Olympic Association to decide whether to put this forward to the next IOC.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I must point out that I do not accept the opening part of the hon. Gentleman's philosophy. There are many ways in which funds can be raised. I do not accept that the Olympic Games should be held at the taxpayers' expense. In Los Angeles, the matches were staged not 500 or 600 miles apart, but no more than 200 miles from the centre of the city.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The last time the games were held in this country they were held in London, and they were bid for by the Lord Mayor of London.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I take note of what my hon. Friend says. I am certain that the British Olympic Association will take note of all the points made today.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (8 May 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Unlike the right hon. Gentleman, I have every confidence in the BOC. It is perfectly capable of making feasibility studies in conjunction with the cities.

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill: Restriction on Compensation: England and Wales (30 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill: Restriction on Compensation: England and Wales (30 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: One of the primary purposes of this Bill is to remove the right to compensation under the provisions of section 169 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 for adverse decisions on planning applications for extensions to blocks of flats in existence on 1 July 1948. As I explained on Second Reading, the necessity for the Bill arises largely from the manner in which these compensation rights...

Orders of the Day — Town and Country Planning (Compensation) Bill: Restriction on Compensation: England and Wales (30 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: With the leave of the House, may I say that I am grateful for the remarks of the hon. Member for Norwood (Mr. Fraser) and for his support in closing the loopholes. With the benefit of the discussions in the other place and of the contributions from my hon. Friends the Members for Hampstead and Highgate (Sir G. Finsberg) and for Kensington (Sir B. Rhys Williams), we have got the legislation...


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