Results 81–100 of 1321 for speaker:Mr Neil Macfarlane

Budget: Harrogate Stray Bill (By Order) (19 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: This Bill is generally acceptable to us. My Department and that of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport have a few minor reservations, which we are discussing with the promoters. There are a number of petitioners against the Bill and they will have a chance to present their objections to the Select Committee, which will be in a much better position than we are tonight to...

Budget: C-Poultry Company Limited Bill (By Order) (19 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: The Bill falls mainly within the purview of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. He has no objection in principle to the powers being sought by the promoters of the Bill. He has raised a few minor points on the Bill which are under discussion with the promoters. I recommend to the House that the Bill be given a Second Reading so that its provisions can be...

Budget: Cambridge City Council Bill (By Order) (19 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I endorse many of the comments made by my hon. Friends the Members for Cambridge (Mr. Rhodes James) and for Cambridgeshire, South-West (Sir A. Grant). It may be convenient for me to intervene briefly to give the Government's view of the Bill. The Government have considered the Bill and have no objection to the powers sought by the council. Neither my Department nor that of my right hon....

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I have already discussed last night's violence with the chief executives of the two clubs concerned. We need to establish all the facts. There is to be an inquiry by the Football Association, and my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary has asked the chief constable of Bedfordshire for a report. It would be wrong for me to prejudge those reports. As a separate matter, at the...

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I certainly wish to associate myself and my hon. Friends with the sentiments expressed in the latter part of my hon. Friend's question. Sentencing procedures are a matter for individual courts, and my hon. Friend will not expect me to be drawn on that point. My hon. Friend's point about the importance of appraisal before each match was graphically illustrated in my letter of 3 February 1983...

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I must point out that my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Home Office, who is responsible for the police force, is sitting with me on the Front Bench. I am grateful for that. I believe that my hon. Friend the Member for Luton, North (Mr. Carlisle) has underlined the anxieties which many people in many cities now feel as a result of the activities of a minority of so-called football...

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Money from that source is used to enforce law and order inside football grounds and protect spectators. In recent years there has frequently been a subsidy to cover the cost of policing inside football grounds. I hope that the Football Trust, which has presented the better part of £20 million to football over the last 10 years, can play its part. I welcome what it has done so far. The hon....

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: There is a joint responsibility in which, as I have acknowledged over the years, the Government have a part to play. But the umbrella organisation — the Football Association — and the Football League and the individual clubs also have a major role in all the activities.

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I understand the hon. Gentleman's concern, and that is something at which we shall be looking closely in the light of the chief constable's report. We must find out what discussions took place between the two clubs and the police force responsible for policing in the Luton area last night.

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I am well aware of the success that has been achieved in Scotland as a result of the inclusion of that ban in legislation. The interdepartmental working group of the four Departments of State which wrote up the report on football spectator violence last year acknowleded that. I can only hope that if legislation is to be introduced at some future stage, in the interim clubs will not fail to...

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That is a matter for close co-operation between the transport police and the county constabulary. That is one of the things I shall want to look at closely. I accept the deep distress that many must have suffered, but that is not an isolated matter. We have to look at many things and that is one of the things that we shall consider in the report on spectator violence. I hope to make an...

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Yes, I certainly underline my right hon. and learned Friend's comments. Over the past three or four years we have emphasised and underlined that aspect. That is why in 1982 we passed the Criminal Justice Act, which provides a range of new sentencing powers, and they must be used.

Luton Football Match (Crowd Violence) (14 Mar 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: That is an astonishing series of comments from the right hon. Gentleman. Many of these problems took root during his 11 years of office. He well understands some of them, so it ill behoves him to start making criticisms about lack of action. The Government have always tackled this problem seriously, in partnership with the football authorities. It must be tackled in partnership with them. In...

Orders of the Day — Professional Boxing (22 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I echo the sentiments of the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Mr. Pendry) in welcoming this debate introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, East (Mr. Moynihan) on the matter of professional boxing, which has been a source of much disquiet outside the House. This is a subject on which both hon. Members are well qualified to speak. Both have personal experience of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Planning Laws (Contravention) (6 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: My right hon. Friend is satisfied with the provisions of section 87 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, as amended. If, however, my hon. Friend is aware of any special difficulties, my right hon. Friend will be glad to consider them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Planning Laws (Contravention) (6 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I do not think that either my right hon. Friend The Secretary of State for the Environment or my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary is anxious to return to the conditions that prevailed in the 1960s, which involved the use of magistrates' courts. They would lead to all kinds of problems. The vigilance of the local authority is absolutely critical and vital in all these circumstances, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: "Coal and the Environment" (6 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: Progress continues to be made in implementing the commitments given in the Government's response to the commission's report.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: "Coal and the Environment" (6 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: We share the hon. Gentleman's anxieties and agree with the strategy that he wants to see implemented. Within the resources available, I can give the hon. Gentleman that full assurance. The Horden pipeline experiment is of great importance but is not at present operating because of the dispute. However, in use it has proved technically very successful. The experimental period is to be extended...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: "Coal and the Environment" (6 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: I note my hon. Friend's request. I shall study it and write to him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: "Coal and the Environment" (6 Feb 1985)

Mr Neil Macfarlane: We have considered many elements of planning and coal, coal extraction and the general development order. They are all under review and are constantly under discussion, though the role of the local authority is obviously of prime importance. We have made great steps, and I shall look into the point that the hon. Gentleman raises.


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