Results 61–80 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

Opposition Day: The Planning System (22 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, North-East (Mr. Thurnham) for the way in which he introduced this important subject, and I congratulate him on his shopping list and on the 10 points that he raised. I shall certainly take note of them. This subject is very important and highly topical. Simplifying the planning system is a subject of national and local interest. Whether...

Soccer Violence (19 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am grateful for the constructive way in which the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) has approached this important subject. I am at one with him on many of the points that he raised. I only hope that, when Hansard is published, he will circularise his speech to as many of those who are responsible for running our great national games as possible. His comments were extremely...

Soccer Violence (19 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I shall draw that important point to my right hon. and learned Friend's attention. It is something that he would have to consider, but it may well have a part to play. I have not heard from the Opposition parties on our spectator violence report despite my suggestion that they might make comments and observations. I told the House some months ago that 17 organisations and authorities had...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I have no plans to do so. Bids for staging the games are the responsibility of the British Olympic Association and interested cities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: There are many steps to be taken before anyone can plan for any eventualities in the next decade.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The latter part of my hon. Friend's question is an important consideration. The most important attitudes are those of the British Olympic Association and individual cities. There is a long way to go before there can be any planning.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am at one with the hon. Gentleman when he refers to the good behaviour of the football teams in his area. I pay tribute to them and their record. These are matters for consideration. I remain at the disposal of the British Olympic Association if it wishes to have further discussions. There is a long way to go and, as I understand it, the selection is not made by the International Olympic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I note what my hon. Friend said. I am sure that he will be well supported by my right hon. and hon. Friends at the Scottish Office in any possible or potential bids.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Olympic Games (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am delighted to welcome the right hon. Gentleman's new-found zest for the private sector. I assure him that the Government have just as much vision as did the post-war Labour Government in hosting the 1948 games. Many steps have to be taken before any decisions can be made.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Quarries (Development) (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I was sent copies of the report issued by the County Planning Officers Society on 14 November 1984 and the report issued by the Peak park joint planning board on 22 February 1985, both of which consider the implications of the Hartshead judgment. I have also received representations from the local authority associations. My hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) tabled a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Quarries (Development) (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I can set the hon. Gentleman's mind at rest, because when the remaining provisions of part I of the Town and Country Planning (Minerals) Act 1981 are introduced there will be a range of powers available to authorities. It will then be for them to decide which of these is most appropriate to any individual case. Each case, of course, must be considered on its planning merits. I refer the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Quarries (Development) (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I do not believe that any new legislation is required. I think that my answer to my hon. Friend earlier this month outlined the position. We have to accept that, following the House of Lords ruling, planning permission to extract minerals from the site remains available unless the Peak park joint planning board exercises its powers to make an order revoking that permission or that use of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gleneagles Agreement (Private Clubs) (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The issue arouses deep passion on both sides of the House. It is for local authorities to decide how they will administer their sports facilities, and for the courts to decide whether their actions are unlawful. My locus in this respect is non-existent. The Court of Appeal has upheld the local authority's action as lawful within its duties under section 71 of the Race Relations Act 1976.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gleneagles Agreement (Private Clubs) (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The House will be aware of the action that I took last year in relation to the rugby tour of South Africa. The House understands the Government's policy. Naturally, I am anxious to do everything that I can to ensure that all sports' governing bodies recognise our external obligations under the Gleneagles agreement. The Commonwealth Games in 1986 are important, not only for Britain, but for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gleneagles Agreement (Private Clubs) (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I endorse my hon. Friend's initial remarks, but it is not for the House of Commons to question a decision by the Court of Appeal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Gleneagles Agreement (Private Clubs) (3 Apr 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: We must ask ourselves the important question whether we want to stop coaching and rugby at junior level merely because the governing body decides to send a side to South Africa. I do not think that we should cut off the noses of some people to spite others. The money provided to develop and enhance rugby union at grass roots is a most important dimension. To cut that off would be a spiteful...

Budget: Streatham Park Cemetery Bill (By Order) (19 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The Government hope that the Bill is acceptable now to the House, will be given a Second Reading and may be allowed to proceed in the usual way to Committee.

Budget: Scarborough Borough Council Bill (By Order) (19 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: We have no objection to the Bill. I hope that the House will give it a Second Reading and permit it to go into Committee as quickly as possible.

Budget: Plymouth Marine Events Base Bill (By Order) (19 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport's Department has raised a few minor points which are under discussion with the promoters, but I hope that the House will give the Bill a Second Reading and send it to Committee.


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